Arctic Cat vs. Cirrus TLZ

Filed in Products, True Stories by on February 7, 2011

We get lots of stories from our customers about their experiences out in the real world. This one came from Brad Lung up in Canada — in his words, “a wicked story” about one of our smaller bags.

Sheldon and the Arctic Cat

Brad and his buddy Sheldon were up in Northern Sashkachewan for some snowmobiling and ice fishing — a ritual undertaken several times a year.  That’s Sheldon in the picture to the right.

Collins Camps (on Lake Bresnard) is owned by another friend, Chris, and seemed the perfect spot to celebrate the New Year and Chris’ birthday. So off they went, on an adventure that brought with it an unexpected twist.

With temperatures down to -20°C (are they crazy???), they set out on Arctic Cat mountain snowmobiles. Sheldon brought along his camera — a $3,000 Canon that he carried inside a  Lowepro Cirrus TLZ, stashing both inside a Search and Rescue bag for transit.

That Cat had Claws!

As they headed back from one of the adjoining lakes, a loose strap on the Search and Rescue bag got caught in the track of the Arctic Cat, pulling the whole thing into the tunnel where it was pummeled by the 2.25 inch lug paddles on the track until they were able to stop. In Brad’s words, “It tore the living daylights out of the Search and Rescue bag .”

Amazingly, the Cirrus TLZ not only came through in one piece, it saved Sheldon’s camera. “I can’t believe this bag took the punishment it did and survived, let alone protected the camera,” Brad said. “Too bad I didn’t get a shot of the Search and Rescue bag — it was totally annihilated!”

Extreme cold and abuse are never a good combination when it comes to camera gear. But we love happy endings. Thanks, Brad, for sharing this one.

Do you and your bag have a story to share? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Sam is the PR and Photographer Relations Manager for Lowepro’s Worldwide Marketing team.

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