For some time now, I’ve been testing a brand new backpack from Lowepro, and I want to share my thoughts with you about it. It’s called the CompuDay Photo 250. I really like this bag for everyday use. Why? For starters, it’s very light, only weighs 1.9 lb/0.9 kg. Yet inside this “not too big” exterior (32 x 20 x 43.5 cm / 12.6 x 7.9 x 17.1 in), it holds my laptop (up to 15.6″), iPad, Canon 60D with kit zoom, 50mm prime, hard drives, compact camera, and lots of personal accessories. And if you’re not toting a DSLR, the camera compartment magically compresses so you can use the space for other items.
The CompuDay Photo 250 has one of the most clever compartment designs I’ve ever seen. My DSLR is completely protected in the side-access pocket. I don’t have to worry about it banging against other items in the backpack. My laptop and iPad each have their own sleeves… again, protected and easy to access through the top of the bag. But there are also many smaller compartments that allow you to organize everything else you’re toting, including hard drives, small electronics, keys, pens, and even a sleeve that’s perfect for #10 envelopes.
This is also a great backpack for travel. The easy-grip top handle is comfortable to grab. The shoulder straps are nice and wide. And, unlike many backpacks, this one includes a trolly sleeve so you can slide it over the handle of your rolling suitcase. The CompuDay Photo 250 fits easily in overhead compartments on planes, under seats, or just about anywhere else. And it includes a side mesh pocket plus a front zipper pocket for those items you need to quickly access.
Here’s a quick run down of its main features:
- Lightweight, slim and protective design
- Dedicated storage for laptop, camera and personal electronics
- Adjust-to-fit, padded camera chamber
- Burnt orange lining
- Removable accessory pouch
- Multiple organization pockets
- Mesh-covered trolley sleeve
- Rain-flap lid
- Adjustable, lightly padded shoulder straps
- 2 SlipLock loops on shoulder straps
- Durable and water-resistant outer fabrics
The CompuDay Photo 250 should start showing up at Lowepro retailers now. Street price is around $75 US. There’s also a messenger style version of the bag that I’ll talk about in another post.
Derrick Story is the Photography Evangelist for Lowepro.