Lowepro Pro Trekker BP 650 AW II review: protect your gear in the great outdoors

The Pro Trekker BP 650 AW II is a capacious camera backpack that will suit the needs of a wide range of outdoor photographers and videographers

Lowepro Pro Trekker BP 650 AW II backpack on a mans's back outside in the scottish highlands
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Pro Trekker BP 650 AW II from Lowepro enables you to carry a large collection of camera gear in comfort thanks to its adjustable ActivLift system. It will also keep your expensive gadgets protected against whatever nature throws at you thanks to its sturdy construction. The modular interior can be easily adjusted to suit a wide range of photography storage requirements, so it will suit there needs of pro photographers and video makers alike.


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    Modular storage

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    Customizable interior

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    Rugged construction

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    Adjustable torso height

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    Extremely spacious


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    Heavy when full

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Having designed and manufactured some of the best camera backpacks and bags for half a century, the brand of Lowepro is synonymous with photography. Indeed many experienced photographers reading this are likely to own (or have owned) a Lowepro camera bag. Since Greg Lowe created the first internal frame backpack back in 1967 Lowepro backpacks have evolved to meet the needs of photographers worldwide. 

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Pro Trekker BP 650 AW IISpecifications
Total Volume43 L
External Dimensions (Collapsed)24 x 34 x 56 cm
Front Compartment Dimensions29 x 3 x 53 cm
Camera Compartment Dimensions18 x 32 x 54 cm
Top Compartment Dimensions30 x 17 x 6 cm
Primary DeviceCamera
Exterior Material500D Polyester Recycled, 840D Polyester Recycled, 420D Nylon 6.6 Robic Ripstop W/ Tpu 79% Recycled
Interior MaterialVelex nylon

Lowepro sells a range of Pro Trekker backpacks so if the 650 AW II is far too big for your needs you can find a more suitable size to enjoy. The range starts with the 24 L capacity 350 AW II which is small enough to carry onto an aircraft (while still being large enough to accommodate your 15” laptop.) You can also enjoy configuring its interior by adjusting the supplied hook and loop padded dividers.

Read more: Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II review


The PhotoSport X 35L Backpack is also designed to transport your gear outdoors, but it is more suited to the general needs of outdoor pursuits than the specific needs of photographers. However, you can customize it for photographic use by purchasing an additional GearUp Pro camera box to insert inside the main compartment. 

Read more: Lowepro PhotoSport X 35L review

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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.