Review: Lowepro Flipside 200

Much like its big brother the Fastpack 250, the Flipside 200, has been a great addition to my arsenal of travel luggage for gadgets and cameras alike. The Flipside 200, however, has primarily been my camera bag for the better part of the last three months. My Pentax K200D with battery grip and two extra lenses fit nice and snug into the compartments that are revealed by zipping open the main pouch that’s accessed through the back of the bag. Some might think this is a pain in the rear, but it protects you and your gear from being ripped off if the zippers were exposed. On the exterior of the bag at the base there’s a concealed compartment that can be unvelcroed and taken out to support the feet of a tripod. It’s pretty handy, but it’s not as deep as I would have liked it to be. The Manfrotto tripod I’ve been using wasn’t very stable at times, but it never popped out, thankfully.

On the inside you’ll find four compartments for varying size lenses, but you won’t be toting around any telephoto lenses save for one that will fit along the main slot for the body and lens. There’s also a zippered pouch at the top of the inside of the Flipside for whatever you feel like storing there. On the side of the bag you’ll find a zippered pocket with tiny slots for memory cards and filters. A comfortable and padded handle on the outside makes it easy to maneuver through tight spots where a bag on your back might not be conducive.

Overall, the Flipside 200 is perfect for the prosumer with a DSLR and a few extra lenses. For only $80, the lightweight pack does the trick and it’s built like any other Lowepro pack. I give it two thumbs up.