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Lowepro Pro Messenger 160 AW

Messenger-style bag for pro-DSLR camera with grip and accessories

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    interior and zippered compartments, with camera and accessories (not included)

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    interior and zippered compartments, with camera and accessories (not included)

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    interior compartment, alternatively loaded (camera and accessories not included)

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    shown with Canon DSLR, flash unit, laptop and extra lens (not included)

 

Our take on the Lowepro Pro Messenger 160 AW

by Woody Sherman
Lowepro

The Lowepro Pro Messenger 160 AW bag will carry your pro-level DSLR with battery grip and attached standard zoom lens in style, while keeping everything safe and easy at hand. Adjustable padded dividers can be arranged to accommodate extra lenses and flash units. The case's durable modern performance fabric is reminiscent of broken-in canvas, and the included all-weather (AW) cover keeps your working investment safe from the elements.

The heavily padded shoulder strap lends solid comfort when you're fully loaded up. And the Dual-Mode Flap allows you to configure the kit for silent access (no Velcro® closure) or maximum security (Velcro tabs engaged). Plus, a Dual-Purpose Pocket transforms from handy storage space to travel-friendly trolley sleeve, so you can slip it over your rolling suitcase's handle with a fast unzipping.

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Highlights:

  • built for a pro DSLR with grip and attached standard zoom lens, plus extra lenses and accessories
  • popular messenger bag style swings across body for easy access, easy carrying
  • soft, durable modern performance fabric is reminiscent of canvas
  • padded and adjustable dividers help you organize your kit in multiple ways
  • dual-mode flap design goes from quiet work mode to maximum security mode by manipulating hook/loop fasteners
  • spacious main compartment allows quick access to camera
  • zippered front accessory pocket holds camera body, lens caps, memory cards, pens, chargers, and/or batteries
  • two stretch side pockets for extra accessories or water bottle
  • adjustable/removable heavily-padded shoulder strap with non-slip patch
  • quick-grab carrying handle
  • internal dimensions: 10-5/8"W x -9-7/16"H x 6-5/16"D
  • weight: 3.0 lbs.
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Slate gray shoulder bag for DSLR camera

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Features

Overview: The Lowepro Pro Messenger 160 AW is a durable, but attractive shoulder bag for the on-the-go photographer. It is built to fit pro-sized camera equipment, such as a DSLR with grip and attached lens up to 18-55mm, plus two extra lenses and a flash. The innovative folding FlexFlap design allows you the security of a full flap lid with hook-and-loop fasteners when moving from place-to-place, and the convenience of a half-length flap with a magnetic closure for quick (and quiet) access to your gear. The patented All Weather AW Cover protects everything from the elements, and tucks away when not in use.

Construction:

  • Materials: Slate gray spun polyester exterior; light gray polyester and nylon interior
  • Pockets: Large, fully padded main compartment with customizable partitions; dual zippered, expandable front pocket for manuals, maps, etc. with multiple interior pockets for pens, memory cards, batteries and personal items; two elastic side pockets
  • Divider: Adjustable, padded divider system in main compartment
  • Portability: Adjustable, non-removable, heavy duty shoulder strap with thick pad; long, padded grab handle that can be folded out of the way or removed

Internal Dimensions: The bag has the following internal dimensions:

  • Main Compartment: 10.6"W, 9.4"H, 6.3"D
  • Front Pocket: 9.4"W, 6.3"H, 2.2"D
 
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5 out of 5

Exceptional shooting bag

Written By RTinVA, Crozet, VA on Wednesday, June 11, 2014
 
This bag is ideal as a walkaround shooting bag. Extraordinary build quality, as is expected from Lowepro, but not obviously a camera bag. It looks like a standard messenger bag.
Pros:
Great for street photography, or just to have a subset of gear to always have with you.
Cons:
A little heavy but not unduly so.
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5 out of 5

nice product but a little limited

Written By tiredad, tulsa, ok on Friday, May 31, 2013
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From a quality standpoint, solid 5-star. Very well made bag that does not scream "expensive camera inside, please steal me!" Just looks like a fat messenger bag. REALLY wanted to use this bag; its solid construction and low-key appearance were very appealing, but it is limited, as noted in Crutchfield's description. It will take a full-frame DSLR with grip/extended battery pack and a good sized lens attached, plus a second largish lens, and a flash or something equivalent in size. That's really it. It does have a front pouch with limited room for memory cards, lens fliter pack, or similar thin or small items but if you need more room than that, tough. For many that will be enough room but for my wife's outdoor photography activities more room was needed. A Lowepro Backpack unit ended up filling her needs for a camera bag that also had room for travel/location shoot essentials.
Pros:
Low-profile, great quality bag that works well as long as used within its size limitations.
Cons:
Space is exactly as noted, no more. DSLR camera with grip and lens attached, extra lens, good sized flash, and a small assortment of thin or low-volume accessories. That's really it without compromising each item's protection.
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