In this review, I will be looking at the Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L backpack; it is a spacious, comfortable, well made camera bag highly suitable for Sony mirrorless users looking to go on a day hike. It will suit a DSLR user well, but I believe it’s more suited to a Sony a7rII type body or smaller, e.g. Sony a6000, Sony a6300, Sony a6500, Sony a7II, Sony a7sII, Sony a7rIII, Sony a9, etc.
Lowepro 22L Photo Hatchback backpack
Looking at it laying on the ground, we can see it could be holding anything; it doesn’t scream “I have thousands of pounds worth of equipment on me; please try mug me!” I think it’s a nice looking bag, and the sewing is good.
At the front, there’s a smallish compartment that can hold a miniature tripod, plenty of lens filters, some batteries and whatnot. The main compartment also has sub-compartments, one of these is the ideal size of a wallet or a phone.
You cannot see in the photograph, but against the wall on the right (to the greenish looking dry bag), there’s an elastic compartment where you can put memory cards, batteries and whatnot in.
The best thing about the Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L Backpack is that to get to the equipment, you have to take the backpack off i.e. some sneaky bastard cannot stick his/her hand in the top and steal all of your equipment through the top.
The main compartment rests against your back; you lower the backpack onto the ground facing down, from there you can get to your equipment. This is quite an ingenious design and it is especially useful if you’re travelling around the city. There’s room to fit a slim jacket or some food in the top compartment, and you can mount a drink on either side of the bag too! No it is not a 60 litre camping backpack, but what it does, it does very well.
The main camera compartment can hold a Sony a7rII/Sony a7rIII/Sony a9 with a lens attached and have room for multiple lenses, with ease. I suspect it can also hold a DSLR but I have not tried. I usually travel with a blower in one compartment, a Sony a7rII plus a 55mm attached, a 35mm and a 21mm. You can move the walls around a bit as they attach via velcro; I’ve sort of left them as is. The entire camera compartment comes out as it’s a separate foam unit. It also has a lining with a draw string to protect it against rain or sweat from your back. I love this, because if you have a bigger backpack for long hiking trails, you can take this out and use it.
As with the Lowepro 45AW II Bag, the Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L Backpack comes with a rain cover. This is easy enough to attach to the bag and if used correctly, it won’t let any water into the bag (unless you get fully submerged.) Please note, it should go over the front of the Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L Backpack and not behind the bag as the camera department has its own rain protector. It may seem convoluted, but in real world use it’s extremely easy to set up.