Lowepro is a well-established brand that makes tons of different camera bags. Today I would like to do a quick review of the Lowepro Adventura 170 camera bag. In short, this is a simple midsize shoulder strap bag that fits enough gear for a casual day out shooting. It’s somewhat water resistant and has a few pockets for casual accessories. But best of all its very affordable and comes out to being a great value. Keep on reading for a detailed review.
Do you ever just bring a camera with a couple of lenses with you? If so, the Lowepro Adventura 170 camera bag is a perfect match for that combination. It has a well-padded interior and comes with two padded dividers that Velcro to the sides. You can move them to any position or even remove entirely.
Size and Portability
I would say that Lowepro Adventura 170 falls within the small to midsize category. Externally it measures at about 10×7.5×9.8in (25.5x19x25cm) but due to its thick padding the interior space is smaller. I wouldn’t call it super compact, it is a bit bulky but it still feels comfortable carrying around on walks for casual shooting for hours on end.
If you are flying with it, Lowepro Adventura 170 can technically be considered a “personal item.” You can even bring a larger rolling bag or a backpack as a carry on item and in addition have the Adventura 170 on a shoulder. This way you can leave some gear in a hotel and only take what’s needed for walk around during travels.
This bag is often being advertised as a DSLR bag but obviously you don’t have to own a DSLR. Lowepro Adventura 170 tightly fits my Canon Rebel T4i with 18-55mm lens, a speedlite and 10-18mm lens. But if you are in a mirrorless camp, this bag easily fits Sony a7ii camera with 24-70mm and 55mm lenses.
There is also a large pocket on the front which has a smaller section and another pocket for a memory card in it. This isn’t a very big section. At most you can probably fit a memory card, a filter and a map in there. So that’s one of the drawbacks if you are looking for numerous pockets. There are also pockets on both sides that can fit a water bottle and a GorillaPod. However, those pockets do not zip up so they are not secure at all.
This bag comes with an attachable strap. And this is essentially the main way to comfortably carry Adventura 170. However, the strap is not well padded so if you are walking around in summer clothing for a while it can get irritating. There is also a handle on top of the bag. You can certainly carry it this way but I only do it on very rare occasions. Amusingly Lowepro has also included belt straps on the back of this bag. Personally, I think this bag is too big to be hanging of off my belt, especially when it’s full of gear. But perhaps someone may find that useful.
Lowepro Adventura 170 is being branded as a camera bag but I think this is a very practical bag for non-photography situations as well. It’s the right shape and size to carry other gear you might want to protect; such as sensitive audio equipment.
The Lowepro Adventura 170 camera bag has been designed with the unpredictability of the outdoors in mind. Just in case you are too absorbed in your work to notice that the weather is turning bad, the bag has a rain flap that is made out of tough 600D Polyester which unzips to reveal the main compartment. While the overall material will not protect inside equipment from a drop in a pool, it does a good job of keeping it dry even in a serious downpour. On top of the flap is a quick release buckle that ensures safety of the contents inside especially when you are hauling your bag with the main compartment unzipped.
The interior padding is thick and it feels that the gear should be all protected even if the bag is dropped and rolled. The fact that the interior material is a shade of orange is also beneficial because it’s easier to see little objects on the bottom when they inadvertently make their way down there. The stitching and zippers seem solid enough.
The Lowepro Adventura 170 camera bag is a neat little practical carrying case for the most essential gear. It is not designed to carry all your gear, but just what you need for a short trip. It will protect your camera from rain and some bumps and maybe even a few falls. The overall construction and material of the bag is good especially considering its price point. If you are looking for compact bag for a camera and a lens, and don’t mind the limited amount of pocket space and an over the shoulder strap, then this bag would be a good option. For around $20 this is a great choice to consider.