Lowepro PhotoSport X 35L Backpack review

This cross between a sports backpack and a photography kit bag is more suited to general outdoor pursuits than it is to the specific needs of photographers

Lowepro PhotoSport X backpack in the woods
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The PhotoSport X’s construction from recycled material will suit the needs of photographers who want to support sustainability, but a lack of dedicated compartments for small accessories such as batteries and memory cards is a disappointment. It’s comfortable to carry and it will keep your kit safe and dry on outdoor adventures, though you’ll need to pay extra for a dedicated GearUp Pro camera box to insert inside the main compartment.


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    Constricted from sustainable material

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    Weather wrap for extra protection

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    Comfortable to carry

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    Safe and secure smartphone pocket

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    Shock cord webbing to secure sporting accessories

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    Tripod (or water bottle) pouch


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    Camera insert (GearUp Pro Box) costs extra

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    Fiddly straps to attach GearUp PRO Box to bag interior

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    Not enough separate storage compartments for smaller items

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Lowepro has a well-established reputation for producing a wide range of rugged backpacks that range in size and cost and the PhotoSport X is a new arrival to this range. It’s marketed as a cross between a sporting or activity bag and a photographer’s camera bag - indeed the ‘X’ in its name refers to this cross-functionality.  

Without the additional purchase of a GearUp PRO Camera Box the PhotoSport X is more suited to carrying sporting paraphernalia in its capacious 35 L main storage area (though if you include storage from the bottom compartment you have 38L to work with). These essential GearUp Pro Boxes feature inserts that hold your DSLR or mirrorless camera (and a few accessories) safely and securely, as well as making them easier to access. Only with a GearUp Pro Box can you keep your camera kit separate from other contents in the backpack. 

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.