When I opened up the box from B&H Photo, my initial thought was that this backpack is too small. I did want a small backpack that I could take longboarding and mountain biking, but I didn’t realize the one I purchased was so small, because I purchased it online and never saw it in person. Now that I’ve had a couple of outings with the Flipside Sport 10L AW, here is my review. Click any image to enlarge
Even though my first thought of this bag was that it’s too small, I’ve come to really like the size. The design is really thought-out for the active person. The air channeled padding for the back is just the right thickness and is designed for good air flow. The shoulder pads, also with air channeled padding, are very comfortable and help wicks moisture away. I find that the bag sits nice and high on my back. When you combine the sternum strap and the waist strap, the bag is really secure when I’m biking. The outer shell of this Flipside Sport is a 210D triple-ripstop nylon with PU coating for improved durability. The outside of the bag can also hold securely a tripod, walking sticks and house a 1 liter hydration bladder.
The photo above shows my Gorilla Pod with a Really Right Stuff head attached securely to the tripod mount.
The inside of the Flipside Sport 10L AW has a removable camera compartment. There are plenty of dividers in the compartment to help configure to your specific needs. When you want to use the backpack as a daypack, then just remove the compartment for easy storage.
How much equipment will this compartment fit? I am able to fit my camera without the grip, a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, 1.4X tele-converter, flash, SD card holder and some extra batteries. If you don’t bring a 70-200mm lens, then you can fit two smaller lenses. Below is the configuration I just described. It would be nice if there was a little extra room for a lightweight jacket.
Now how do I usually use this bag? I take out the camera compartment and use a Think Tank Photo insert and a Tenba lens wrap. My Canon 6D with grip and a 40mm f/2.8 STM lens fits perfectly in the Think Tank Photo insert. The lens wrap helps with a little extra padding and also divides the compartment so that I can use a Lowepro storage bag for some little items like granola bars, sunscreen, camera remote, lens clothe and batteries.
One accessory that I have not yet gotten for this backpack is a hydration bladder. I have been a longtime Camelbak user, so when I get a bladder it will be a Camelbak brand bladder. Below is the side pocket where you can see where the bladder will insert and the drinking tube comes out of the top. I also use this compartment to carry my cell phone.
To complete this Flipside Sport, like all other Lowepro AW bags, there is an all-weather cover included. Tucked nicely in the bottom of the bag, this cover can be accessed very quickly.
Conclusion: Being super comfortable, made from durable materials and able to keep up with an active sportsman, this Flipside Sport is a winner. I highly recommend this bag to anyone that wants to keep a camera with them as they bike, run, kayak, rock climb or just have fun in the sun. If this bag is a little too small, Lowepro also makes two more larger sizes, the 15L and the 20L.
Exterior dimensions 8.9 x 7.3 x 15.9″ Weight 2.1 lbs
I used my iPad for all the images in this post, except for the first two images.