Lowepro Adds An Optics Line
I received my Lowepro Field Station from Lowepro to review the other day and I thought I’d give you some first impressions before doing a full review. If you’re not familiar with them, Lowepro makes a full line of bags and cases for everything from air travel to professional photography and nearly everything in between. They’ve recently added an optics line to cater to birders and nature photographers and they contacted me to see if I would review one. As the higher end cases are for carrying way more gear than I would want to carry, I chose the Field Station as the one I thought would appeal to my readers.
Here’s a quick down and dirty on the Field Station of my first impressions. After I use it a while, I’ll write a full review.
Compact Yet Capable
The first thing I noticed about the pack is it’s light. Under 2 lbs. It has both an adjustable waist strap and a wing strap for securing your pack and keeping it snug against your body. It has all kinds of storage. One mesh compartment on each side, one with a velcro closure flap and both with elastic expansion for larger items, a snap keyring holder, cellphone pocket, removable padded binocular compartment, a pull out writing board with elastic straps for securing either your iPad or tablet computer or a field guide, zippered compartments on the front and inside the zippered top flap. I was blown away by how well thought out the storage was. They seem to have given you a place for everything you might need for a birding outing.
Here are some pics. Just click on the thumbnail to see the image in a gallery.
I thought the pack was a very attractive olive color. It was easy to size and get the excess strap out of the way. I’m looking forward to taking it out very soon because I can’t think of anything I won’t be able to carry in it for my needs. They have other larger packs that include space for professional photographic equipment, tripods, scopes and way more storage for everything the professional shutterbug would want.
This pack seems to be aimed at the casual birder but hardcore birders should take notice. This would still be the perfect size pack for scouting out an area or if you just don’t feel like toting all that gear with you sometimes.
More to follow…stay tuned.