Upper Saddle River, NJ—Lowepro introduced the second generation of its ProTactic collection. The rugged, tactical-inspired collection was redesigned for better organization, access and protection. The line now includes the ProTactic BP 350 AW II and BP 450 AW II enhanced backpacks, as well as lens cases, utility bags, accessory straps, belts and pouches.
“In designing carrying solutions, we always listen closely to what our image makers are telling us,” said Tim Grimmer, senior director of Product for Lowepro. “They are seeking increased versatility, organization and accessibility with the performance as well as protection ProTactic is known for. We’re excited to offer this enhanced lineup featuring more adaptive interiors, always-ready access and a great collection of exterior attachments and accessories.
Featured ProTactic Technology
Lowepro’s ProTactic bags feature four-point access: a molded, turret-loading top; quick-grab from both sides; and full back entry for setup and security. The new backpacks employ the company’s FormShell technology, a lightweight yet sturdy composite-shell construction for impact protection. They also utilize the SlipLock system of compatible loops and tabs to make it easier to add pouches and cases to larger bags. This allows users to bring along water bottles, memory cards and more.
In addition, the collection features Lowepro’s CradleFit laptop storage. This dedicated compartment suspends and safeguards laptop in the backpacks. Moreover, ActivZone technology delivers targeted support at the shoulder blades, lumbar and waist for comfort on the move. Also, a structured back panel allows for ventilation with integrated trolley strap.
Furthermore, ProTactic bags come with an all-weather AW cover. The patented cover fits snugly over a bag and can be folded away when not needed. It adds another layer of protection against rain, snow, dust and sand.
The second-generation ProTactic backpacks include the BP 350 AW II and BP 450 AW II. They offer a more adaptive interior, multiple access points, modular exterior attachment capabilities and convertible utility belts. Both models also include a utility pouch, water bottle holder, tripod cup and two quick-release straps.
The ProTactic BP 350 AW II fits one to two standard DSLRs, one with a 24–70mm f/2.8 lens attached, up to eight lenses/speed lights, a small drone such as a DJI Mavic, gimbals like the DJI Osmo, a 360º camera, a 13-inch laptop and small accessories. The backpack weighs 4.89 pounds and has external dimensions of 11.81×7.09×18.50 inches. It retails for $219.95.
The ProTactic BP 450 AW II backpack accommodates one to two pro DSLRs, one with a 70–200mm f/2.8 lens attached, up to eight lenses/speedlights, a small drone and gimbals, a 360º camera, a 15-inch laptop as well as small accessories. It weighs 6.26 pounds and has external dimensions of 14.17×8.66×20.47 inches. The BP 450 AW II sells for $269.95.
ProTactic Lens Cases
Purpose-built lens cases allow users to change out a lens with one hand. A dual-compartment design expands to temporarily hold two lenses during the exchange. Moreover, the cases feature: SlipLock compatible attachment tabs; an AW cover; an easy-grip main handle; a neoprene side pocket for lens or body caps; as well as a removable/adjustable shoulder strap.
The ProTactic Lens Exchange 100 AW fits a standard and ultrawide zoom lens. The 100 AW weighs 1.94 pounds and measures 5.91×4.92×7.28 inches. It has a retail price of $49.95.
The ProTactic Lens Exchange 200 AW handles up to a 70–200mm f/2.8 lens. It weighs 1.02 pounds and has external dimensions of 5.91×4.92×10.24 inches. It retails for $54.95.
ProTactic Utility Bags
These all-purpose bags provide storage space for photo and video gear. They have a padded, removable interior divider, YKK zippers as well as a SlipLock compatible tab to attach them to ProTactic backpacks or belts. They also come with an AW cover.
The ProTactic Utility Bag 100 AW fits a full-frame camera body with a portrait grip, binoculars, batteries, flash units or a small drone such as DJI Mavic Air with its controller. It weighs 0.69 pound and measures 7.87×4.33×7.87 inches. It sells for $39.95.
Lowepro’s ProTactic Utility Bag 200 AW fits gimbals such as the DJI Osmo, speedlights or a shotgun microphone. This bag weighs 0.67 pound and measures 5.51×3.54×12.20 inches. It retails for $49.95.
Additional ProTactic Accessories
The ProTactic collection also includes the following accessories.
The ProTactic Bottle Pouch holds up to 1 liter water bottles and canteens while keeping liquids insulated. It has stretchable, padded insulated construction, a drawstring toggle and closure, as well as a SlipLock compatible tab. $24.95.
The ProTactic Phone Pouch is a zip pouch that mounts on the ProTactic backpack harness, waist belt or on a pack for easy access. It also has a SlipLock compatible tab. This pouch fits up to a Plus size Apple or Android phone. $24.95.
The ProTactic Utility Belt is designed to operate during a variety of missions. Constructed for sturdy utility carry, the reinforced belt distributes weight evenly and keeps gear close at hand. It adjusts to fit 29- to 40-inch waists. Moreover, it holds 16 SlipLock compatible accessories when adjusted to 40 inches. $59.95.
ProTactic Quick Straps are quick-release adjustable straps that clip into any SlipLock attachment point. The two 1-inch webbing strap assemblies adjust from 5 to 13.5 inches. $11.95.