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Lowepro Truckee BP 250 LX

We test out the Lowepro Truckee BP 250 LX camera bag

Lowepro Truckee BP 250 LX

This is a comfy and stylish mid size camera bag. Ideal for a DSLR camera and spare lens along with room for all your personal bits in the space above. I liked the way the Truckee also has options to reconfigure the inside to hold a larger lens or serve purely as a rucksack if desired.

This feels perfect for day or weekend outings with plenty of space to store chargers and hardrives or clothing and non camera bits in the top half. There are also good size mesh pockets on the side ideal for big items such as a water bottle – though personally I have a pretty firm no liquid policy anywhere near my bags.

Travelling through busy urban areas I sometimes find myself a bit paranoid when a bag has front access to my camera kit and prefer it to be out of sight, so I particularly liked the subtle addition on this bag of a secure toggle at the end of the zip – quite easy to undo but only when you know how!

If I’m being really picky, I would have liked the small top stash pocket to be a touch deeper as it felt like my phone had the potential to slide out but otherwise, as with other LowePro products, this feels like a very well-thought bag. There are intuitive pockets throughout including for memory cards and a laptop sleeve – though not so many that you start losing track of kit.

I am a real fan of the signature jazzy orange colour lining, it contrasts nicely against camera kit and is echoed round the bag- though perhaps try not to flash this if you’re trying to camouflage yourself mid-wildlife shoot.

Overall this felt like a very practical and nicely crafted bag that I think simultaneously looks pretty cool for a camera bag.

We named it one of the best camera bags for wildlife photographers

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