Lowepro RunAbout BP 18L backpack review

Lowepro’s lightest backpack holds a decent load and is easily rolled up when hitting the trail

Lowepro RunAbout Daypack
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re an avid camper and your main camera rucksack has a GearUp insert, the RunAbout is a no-brainer. It’s a well-designed folding daypack that’s easy to stow and should appeal to photographers and dedicated hikers alike.


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    Folds up easily

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    Surprisingly sturdy

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    Extremely light


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    You need a Lowepro GearUp insert to get the most out of it

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    You can get more bag for your buck

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The RunAbout Pack-Away Daypack is designed for short photo excursions away from camp. Lowepro’s lightest backpack weighs just 400g and rolls up into a compact 11x3.9-inch cylinder so you can slip it inside or attach it to your main rucksack with minimal impact on the overall load. It’s a welcome alternative to making camp and then lugging around a 70L rucksack.

The interior is unsurprisingly sparse and there’s little to no padding so it can fold away as neatly as possible. While this provides little protection, the bag has been designed to house any one of Lowepro’s GearUp inserts, which feature padding and dividers to keep your expensive kit safe, just like the best camera backpacks should.

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Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  

While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks.