Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L Backpack – Camera bag review

The Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L backpack is spacious, has a lot of compartments and overall it’s a great bag; in my opinion, you should definitely buy one if you’re a Sony mirrorless user looking for a travel backpack or even a DSLR user.

Lowepro 22L Photo Hatchback backpack

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. You cannot get to the camera and lenses through the top of the backpack. 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 and you do not want someone to craftily steal your camera. There’s room to fit a thinnish jacket or some food in the top compartment. You can mount a drink on either side of the bag too!

The main camera compartment can hold a Sony a7II 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, but I tend to have them in a pretty standard position. There 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.

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. 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 and only takes a few seconds to understand.

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