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Lowepro Dryzone Rover Waterproof Backpack for DSLR - Grey
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- Waterproof rucksack for camera Equipment with additional daypack compartment
- Integral hydration bladder
- Holds pro DSLR and additional lenses
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Water and camera equipment in the same bag used to spell disaster. The DryZone Rover is the worlds first backpack designed to safely carry both a hydration system and camera gear all inside the same bag. The unique design of the DryZone Rover allows you to comfortably store camera equipment or other water sensitive items in the waterproof lower compartment while providing quick access to personal storage space above. Remove the padded camera insert from the lower drypod and you instantly have a multi-purpose waterproof pack. Perfect for the adventure photographer in remote and extreme conditions, the DryZone Rover keeps you hiking, hydrated and shooting longer. Capacity: Pro digital or 35mm SLR 3-4 additional lenses (up to an 80-200mm f/2.4) tripod or monopod, memory cards, cables and personal accessories.
The DryZone Rover is the world’s first backpack designed to safely carry both a hydration system and camera gear all inside the same bag. The unique design of the DryZone Rover allows you to comfortably store camera equipment or other water sensitive items in the waterproof lower compartment while providing quick access to a daypack compartment above. Remove the padded camera insert from the lower drypod and you instantly have a multi-purpose waterproof pack. The DryZone Rover also features an integral hydration bladder, perfect for the adventure, landscape and location photographer, the DryZone Rover keeps you hiking, hydrated and shooting longer.See all Product description
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The other thing I've found is that for a pack without a frame, this one is extremely comfortable on your back. It has a well designed strapping system to allow you to get it sitting perfectly and maintain good posture. The broad, padded straps around the waist and shoulders make the world of difference. This one is clearly superior to many others of this type and size that I've tried...a clear case of "you pay for what you get".
The only minor disappointment is the rather small sized hydration bladder - only 1.5 litres - and it's made of pretty thin plastic too. Its small size is no doubt a trade off for having the split top and bottom compartments where you can't have a full length 2-3 ltr bladder needed for long days out. With the available space in the bladder pocket, I can envisage a much wider bladder of at least a 2.5 ltr capacity could fit in there. In any case I think the strength of the bladder material should be improved upon otherwise whatever gear you store in the upper compartment will get drenched if the bladder is pierced or ruptures...but your camera gear will be safe!
The backpack performed as advertised and I would highly recommend for anyone who needs serious waterproof protection for their gear.
Top part held waterproof jacket and layers when I needed them. I did leave the waterproof zip undone when I did not need it closed for full waterproof protection to make access to my camera and lens quicker and easier.
A) This pack is great if you want to haul a large amount of camera gear as well as additional stuff you wish to take a long.
The camera compartment holds a body with lenses, a flash, and 4 additional lenses without a problem. Even able to fit my 8in 200-400 inside of the bag. The tri-pod slots on the back are also nice if you want to haul one along.
B) The top compartment also provides lots of storage providing plenty of space for personal gear, a lunch, and even in one case also a camcorder. It also of course contains the hydration pack area and a basic slot.
C) The dry bag will keep your camera gear dry in rain, snow, or if the hydration pack or something else decides to leak. It is actually rated to keep it dry if accidentally dropped into a river but I wouldn't suggest it.
D) The pack is well padded and has all of the proper tension straps and pads in all the right places to be kind to your back.
A) The zipper on the dry bag functions VERY badly at colder temperatures (5deg F) and trying to follow a winter race I spent more time fighting the zipper than packing up all my gear.
B) The Hydration pack is VERY small and poorly designed.
At just over a liter,if you are hauling in a backpack full of camera gear into the back woods you are likely to be left thirsty.
Prone to Leaks:
The design of the bladder chosen is also poor and is prone to leaking; it is the open the top and simply fold over the top a few times then use a binder clip to seal it.
Storage Area of Bladder:
The compartment for holding the hydration bladder is also not separated from the upper compartment like most hydration packs if it did leak it is immediately going to soak everything in the upper compartment. It also is too small to hold one of the bladders with a better seal design like from Camelback or another designer.
C) The size of the pack is a bit bulky and if you are looking for a lighter pack for carrying a camera and a lenses or two into the woods this pack is way too large. They need a smaller more mobile version with a good hydration system design and one that would be small enough to perhaps bike with without throwing off your center of gravity.
D) The back of the pack is not well ventilated and if even on a cold day my back got relatively warm with this on my back as it doesn't have enough of the modern ventilation design for the weight the pack is designed to carry, and especially as an `outdoors' pack.
E) The camera compartment may be a dry bag, but the upper compartment is supposedly made of a water resistant material, but I would feel more comfortable to still have an integrated rain fly (all weather cover).
F) Bag itself is heavy, even empty.
I think it is a good pack for short distance photographic expeditions into the elements, or for a canoe or rafting trip. Not one I would recommend if you are going very far with it on your back or one you are going to use in the cold. Definitely not worth the MSRP of $395, but think Amazon's price of just under $200 is reasonable for it.
I can comment on the durability. This pack is like new, even after being lifted and carried to work every day with heavy loads(I have put all my camera gear in the bottom and a MacBook (barely) in the top!
Regarding the zipper: be prepared to struggle with this and master it. It is the same zipper used on drysuits. The camera compartment with the zipper correctly closed is virtually bomb proof, and I have submerged it with no leakage!
Normally a little difficult to close, the zipper fails to close if dirt gets in it. Very fine dirt is the worst. I carry a tooth brush and Purell hand cleaner and use it to get the dirt out. Lubrication must be applied in a very thin layer or it cam make dirt buildup worse. A light silicone oil is best. I have even used WD-40.
If you are willing to work with the zipper this pack is great.