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They missed a trick here!
on 12 August 2013
I am a massive Lowepro fan, i have 3 messenger bags in various sizes, a backpack, and a downwards facing SLR case, i love them all and am accustomed to the Lowepro way but the X200 for me was a real disappointment.
I've done a lot of research and tried out a number of roller bags and the fundamental design can normal be whittled down to either, the retractable handle being inside the bag and some of the internal space lost, or, the handle is outside of the bag and you have a flush bottom at the cost of depth. The X200 falls in to the latter and it's fundamental problem is, if you use speedlights the bag simply isn't deep enough. Placing speed lights horizontally really takes up a lot of space, multiple this by three and you've lost over a third of your bag space. In addition, the padding is adequate but not robust so it doesn't do a great job of wedging larger items in there compartments, therefore some items which are stored horizontally (70-200) end up rattling inside the bag. You do get a couple of sync straps but this seems to just be making things more fiddly.
This is one of the rare occasions where i'd say not to go Lowepro, look at a Think Tank International or Security, you can make way better use of the space, i'd sooner go back to using my backpack than cart around this large roller which offers little advantage and carries a huge premium for wheels and locks. It's simply isn't worth it when other products on the market are cheaper and better.