Lowepro Whistler Backpack 350 AW II backpack review

The Lowepro Whistler Backpack 350 AW II is built to withstand the harshest weather and toughest conditions

Lowepro Whistler Backpack 350 AW II
(Image: © Lowepro)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Designed for the adventurous, this is an ideal backpack for everything from summer trekking to winter sports photography. It’s particularly tough and gives lots of options for attaching extra kit to the exterior. Indeed, with winter in mind, it’s designed so you can attach a pair of skis to the outside and pack in a snow shovel. It’s as tough as old boots but rather better looking, and rather pricey.


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    Super-tough and sturdy

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    Waterproof inner divider to photo section

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    Secure rear flap to photo compartment


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    Quite heavy for its size

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    Chunky waist strap isn’t removable

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    Pricey to buy

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The Lowepro Whistler Backpack 350 AW II is designed as a split photo/daypack but the camera section is sufficiently large to hold a chunky DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, along with up to eight other lenses and a flashgun. Particularly well suited to winter adventures, it’s designed so that you can easily attach skis or a snowboard, a trekking pole and other mountain gear. A larger 450 AW II edition is also available.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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