Do you have that favorite scuffed-up Lowepro bag that you just couldn’t live without? I do. Two of them. The Pro Runner x350 and x450 rolling backpacks. I use them for storage at the studio, then toss them in the trunk of the car for location shoots. They hold a tremendous amount of gear. I can roll them along the pavement, or pull out the hidden backpack straps and wear on my back across rough terrain.
Let me take you on a short, visual tour of why I like these bags so much. I’ll show you the smaller of the two, the x350 AW.
Inside the x350 I have a Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70mm f/4, 700-200mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, Speedlite 580EX, Off-Camera Shoe Cord, Gary Fong Lightsphere, Canon Remote Switch, Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 14-42mm zoom, strobe bracket, filters, memory cards, batteries, and cleaning cloth.
In the front compartment I store my Orbis Ring Flash and Rogue Flash Benders.
Most of the time, I have the backpack straps tucked away in their hidden compartments and I use the x350 as a professional rolling bag.
But if I encounter rough terrain, I can pull out the straps and belly band, and wear the x350 like a backpack. And it is incredibly comfortable.
Yes, my Pro Runner x350 has a few scuffs. But they are well earned. Because this bag has served me well on more location shoots than I can count. Both the x350 and x450 AW are my versatile workhorses.
Derrick Story is the Photography Evangelist for Lowepro.