Unlike other tech-heavy camera bags, Lowepro’s Messenger AW Series is thoughtfully designed to maximize functionality but is styled to be understated. Each model in the series—200, 180 and 160—fits a full-sized DSLR with grip and attached lens, plus plenty of room for extra lenses and accessories. The canvas outer fabric and simple profile disguise the purpose and contents of the bag which is a welcomed benefit for street and travel shooting situations.
With the largest of the three, the 200, you’ll find the front flap pocket is large enough to accommodate two DSLR bodies while the main compartment features customizable padded sections to fit lenses, a flash and other accessories. Each successive model reduces capacity for different uses. For street and travel shooting the 160 has become my new favorite bag as it’s small enough to pack in my luggage but big enough to house my DSLR, one extra lens, a flash and other assorted items I grab for a day of shooting.
One innovative detail that deserves a special note is the folding main compartment flap featured on all three in the series. Fold it in half and use the magnetic closures for silent access, extend it to utilize the velcro patches for more secured storage, or simply fold it under the grab handle for open-bag access while shooting.
Another welcomed feature is the extra-comfortable sling strap. The addition of gel padding to the slightly oversized shape really helps prevent fatigue during long days of shooting. The last feature worth a nod is the hidden waterproof fly pulls out from under the front pocket to cover all when caught in an unexpected rain shower.
To learn more about the Pro Messenger AW Series bags, get a 360-degree view or watch instructional videos head to Lowerpro online. The series sells for around $230, $210 and $190 respectively; available at Amazon