The Rover Pro is a beautifully designed Backpack made especially for the adventurous photographer who is looking to go on multi day hikes.
I’ve owned the Rover Pro now for more than a year and have used the backpack extensively. Believe me, I’ve put it through some rough situations, but it still looks as beautiful as when I first took it out of its box. If you’re looking for a strong and reliable photography backpack, you just might have found it.
This is: The Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW
The Rover Pro 45L AW comes with 2 very handy removable camera cases which are fully customizable courtesy of the removable padded dividers. If you do not need your camera gear you could just leave the cases out, giving you additional storage. Alongside that there is also a very nice waterproof accessory pouch, which I use to store my clean-up kit and extra batteries in.
Accessing your camera gear is simply and quickly done by unzipping the back panel of the Rover Pro. The main case holds any DSLR (including battery grip bodies) with an attached lens of up to 14-24mm f/2.8, or 28-70mm f/2.8, and it will also take a second lens and flash. The second case is perfect for a big lens, such as a 70-200mm f/2.8. If you leave the big zoom behind, you can carry a total of 3-4 lenses/flashes and accessories.
At the top of the Rover Pro you have a zippered pocket which is designed for easy and quick access. I use it to store my first aid kit and other items I may need in a hurry such as gloves, a wind jacket, a headlamp, GPS, a sock (always good to have an extra sock to hand!), and it’s easily big enough.
Located on the wearer’s left side you have storage capability for a tripod or monopod, while on the right side you have a compartment for a 2-litre hydration reservoir. You also have attachment points for an axe or trekking poles. Each side of the waist-belt on the Rover Pro there’s a pouch, which is ideal to store some energy bars, a Swiss army knife, etc. – whatever you need quick access to while hiking. Other features of the Rover Pro are: an integrated laptop sleeve capable of fitting a 15″ laptop or tablet; a front stash pocket and sleeping pad straps.
The Rover Pro uses an AirFlow suspension system which offers a trampoline-style back panel with breathable spacer mesh that provides superb ventilation. The Rover 45L is made from 210D triple-ripstop nylon with PU (polyurethane) coating for improved durability, while the interior fabric is 200D polyester. There is also an all-weather cover that will fully protect the pack from sun, sand, dust and anything else the harshest of climates can throw at it. On top of that the Rover Pro is backed by a limited lifetime warranty from Lowepro, and I have to say, their customer support is amazing, and thats not a phrase you hear very often!
To give you an idea of what you can fit in the Rover Pro 45L, I’ll give you a list of what I usauly take with me when I go in the wild for several days:
- Main camera case (I usely don’t take the second case with me)
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat
- Cooking pots + gasfire
- X amount of noodles
- X amount of muesli bars
- First aid kit
- Survival kit
- Hydration reservoir
- Toilet paper
- Map, notebook
- Extras such as GPS, Swiss army knife, etc.
I absolutely love the Rover Pro. I’ve made many journeys with it and it has always proved to be a very reliable companion in all kinds of outdoor situations. It’s well designed, has a great breathability system and is all in all a very comfortable pack to carry around.
There are two sizes available – a 35L one and 45L, but honestly I do not see the point in buying the 35L, I would recommend you just go for its bigger brother. You just have more options with it in terms of storage.
If you’re an adventurous photographer looking for a pack that’s every bit as adventurous as you, the Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW will be a great fit!