The best Lowepro camera bag for airline carry-on?
I love Lowepro bags and I own several of them, but in Jan this year I had to return my Computrekker AW Plus for a small repair to one of the zip pockets inside. Sadly 2 months after! I was told by the distributor that the bag was discontinued and they didn’t have a replacement bag in stock neither the new bag [Pro Runner 450 AW] that is supposed to replace the Computrekker AW Plus. So I started looking at the new range trying to find out a suitable replacement for a carry-on bag.
Below is a comparison between the old and the new bags that are a close match to the maximum carry-on dimensions that most airlines use.
|Model||Interior Dim.||Exterior Dim.||Int. Capacity||Linear Ext.||Laptop Com.|
|Computrekker AW Plus (disc)||2.75||33||13.5||48||35.6||23.1||50.3||21384||109||29.5||4.75||47.5|
|Computrekker AW (disc)||1.54||28||12.5||38||34||21.6||45||13300||101||30.5||4||38|
|Omni Trekker (disc)||2.45||33||13.5||44.5||34.5||16.5||45.5||19825||97||no|
|Pro Runner 450 AW||2.7||31||17||47||34||29||50.5||24769||114||31||4.5||39.5|
|Vertex 200 AW||3.32||30||16.5||44||32||26||47||21780||105||30||5||42|
|Vertex 300 AW||3.7||31||16.5||52||33||26||55||26598||114||30||5||50|
|Metric (cm,kg,cm3)||Note: Although the Omni Trekker does not have a laptop compartment you can still squeeze a 13” screen laptop in the harness compartment.|
- Wear the backpack casually on one shoulder. It gives the impression that is light and you are less likely to be asked to put it on the scale [this is also why I do not travel with roller bags for carry-on];
- Wear a photo vest under your jacket. If they ask you to weight your backpack you can always transfer a considerable part of the heavier stuff into your jacket and photo vest pockets, hopefully meeting the limit;
- If you still don’t meet the limit, kindly argue that you are carrying valuable, delicate equipment and point out that the European Directive [in Europe, obviously] foresees such exceptions;
- If the ignominious bastard still insists that you check the backpack, ask him if it is possible to hand it in at the gate [of course, get rid of any bag tag he might have put in between];
- If the above doesn’t do the trick and you are still being asked to check it in, as a last resort ask him to call the airline person responsible, get the names of both bastards [no, you can not kill them! It’s against the law, although it shouldn’t be] , take as much as possible of the valuable gear with you, file a written complain to the airline and take them to court if any of your checked gear gets damaged or disappears.
|Airline||Exterior Dim.||Linear Ext.||No. of pieces [Economy]|
|Weight||Width||Height||Length||(W+H+L)||(basic or no Freq. Flyer card)|
|British Airways||Not Specified||45||25||56||126||1 + Laptop or other small item|
|United||Not Specified||35||23||56||114||1 + Laptop or other small item|
|KLM||12||35||25||55||115||1 + Laptop or other small item|
|Finnair||8||45||25||56||126||1 + Laptop or other small item|
|Singapore Air||7||40||25||50||115||1 + Laptop or other small item|
Note: The table above only applies for international flights from Europe.
- The Computrekker AW Plus [if you can still find one] as well as the Vertex bags are, as far as I am concerned, the best Lowepro options for carry-on if you are planning to take a reasonable amount of gear.
- Whenever possible opt for a friendly airline [like BA, United, KLM and others like them], one that is less likely to hassle you at check-in with carry-on and excess luggage charges.
PS: In the end I decided that my Computrekker AW Plus was still the best option for me, succeed in tracking a shop with one in stock, informed the Lowepro distributor and got it as a replacement.