Lowe­pro Pro Run­ner 300 AW

£85, $110 Slim­line and light­weight, this full photo back­pack nev­er­the­less has plenty of stor­age space

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Prov­ing that there’s a lot to be said for tra­di­tional de­sign, the Pro Run­ner is a full photo back­pack that of­fers space for plenty of kit while be­ing the shal­low­est, most slim­line bag in the group. It can eas­ily hold two cam­eras like the D800 with kit lenses at­tached, plus up to five other stan­dard or wide-an­gle lenses and a flash­gun. It’s equally well suited to stow­ing a sin­gle cam­era with a long su­per-tele­photo lens at­tached, plus a few other lenses, flash­gun and ac­ces­sories. In­deed, con­sid­er­ing the bag’s mod­est di­men­sions, it’s quite TARDIS­like in its car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity.

Typ­i­cal of Lowe­pro, no sac­ri­fice has been made to build qual­ity, de­spite the light­weight con­struc­tion. A sep­a­rate ex­ter­nal front pocket has plenty of room for car­ry­ing small es­sen­tials, and there’s a neat or­gan­iser built into the cover flap of the main sec­tion.

Lit­tle lux­u­ries

Other nice touches in­clude a good tri­pod at­tach­ment sys­tem, and a waist strap and all-weather cover that both stash away neatly when not re­quired. The Pro Run­ner lacks a side-ac­cess flap or lap­top com­part­ment but, for any­body who sim­ply wants to pack loads of photo gear into the small­est pos­si­ble space, it’s un­beat­able value for money.

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