LowePro Pro Runner RL x450 AW II

$345.87

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The Pro Runner x450 AW II convertible roller/backpack is purpose-built to organize and protect more gear, and provide more options for maneuvering in busy airports and crowded streets.
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The Pro Runner x450 AW II convertible roller/backpack is purpose-built to organize and protect more gear, and provide more options for maneuvering in busy airports and crowded streets. The bags camera zone includes MaxFit System of dividers for maximum capacity and a snug protective fit; easy to adjust for all types of kit scenarios, while a removable accessory case zips closed and serves as convenient organization for hard drives, cables and cords.

The bags device zone includes dedicated spaces for includes dedicated spaces for a laptop, iPad or Galaxy Tab, and Wacom tablet; CradleFit pockets suspend and protect devices from directly bumping against the ground. A 3D mesh padding on the back panel, contoured shoulder straps, and removable waistbelt provide support to carry a substantial amount of gear for the long haul. Travel-friendly details throughout the pack help make the journey hassle-free: YKK locking zippers, front document pockets, mesh side pockets, adjustable sternum strap, convertible compression/trolley straps, SlipLock attachment loops, and a built-in All Weather AW Cover (in a zippered pocket) add ease of use, convert x450 to a roller: tuck in shoulder straps, remove waistbelt, deploy trolley handle

This bag is sized to meet standard carry-on requirements (45 linear in./114.3 cm); to meet requirements, you may need to remove laptop, tripod holder and other attachments. See your airline for current size and weight restrictions.

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Good bag, but not perfect

By: David
10-26-2016
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I purchased this bag because I was tired of lugging a backpack full of cameras through airports. But, I also wanted the ability to use a bag as a backpack if required.

Overall the bag does what is intended. It is a carry on size bag with a good set of wheels. It can be wheeled down the aisle of an airplane. It is well constructed and comes with plenty of dividers so you can organize the main compartment. I also like the cord/gadget pack that fits in the bottom of the main pack. I was able to fit a D810, 80-200 F2.8, 17-35 F2.8, 24-70 F2.8 and a SB-800 speedlight in the bag and still have room to spare. With the exception of the 80-200, the other lenses could be placed vertically in the bag.

There is, however, room for improvement. Firstly, as some other reviewers on other sites have noted, the compartment for the pull handle reduces the depth of the compartment where the camera would normally be placed at the top of the bag. Consequently, you cannot put a full size DSLR with battery pack in that compartment. This, in my view, is a major oversight. If you have a Pro body like a D5, forget it. At least with a D-810 the battery pack can be removed and stowed elsewhere.

The second issue is that the telescoping handle has a single shaft connecting it to the bag. I have a Tamrac messenger bag style briefcase that also doubles as a camera bag which I take along when I travel for when I just want to grab one or two lenses and the body and go. It has a sleeve on the back where one of these handles can be passed through so you can place the messenger bag on top of the roller bag and pull both. The problem is that with the single shaft, the messenger bag will swing around, so it hangs off the pole rather than sitting on the top of the roller bag.

Finally, the front pockets for the laptop are really tight. I can put my Surface Pro 4 in it, but I wouldn't want to be putting a thicker laptop in it. There are also no dividers for pens, notepad, etc.

I understand that when you design a bag that is intended to fit in the overhead bins of most aircraft, you have to make compromises and the largest is the thickness of the bag. Consequently, in order to jam everything into such a tight space you are going to lose amenities that will require the bag to be thicker i.e. two shafts for the handle, and depth in the front compartment.

As for being a carry on, it will fit in the overhead bins in larger aircraft such as a Boeing 737 or Airbus A320. I would not fit in the overhead bin of a Bombardier Q400 Turboprop and barely fit under the seat in front of me because of its thickness. So, just because it says its carry on size, don't assume it will fit every aircraft.

In order to keep the bag thinner I would probably remove the webbing and buckles from the front as I don't usually carry a bulky tripod when I'm flying, and they catch on the edges and doors of the overhead bins. I think some more lash points on the side would be a good idea as well.

Overall the price was right and The Camera Store provided great mail order service. I will continue to use this bag, but I am still searching for the unicorn i.e. the bag that does everything perfectly.
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