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Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW

This post is probably a one-off in this blog as I am posting on request of someone who asked me on the internet whether one could fit an iPad inside a Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW.
I bought this backpack last summer and I wrote a comment about it on Amazon which I will basically quote here.
What I was looking for:
- I wanted a light backpack to use frequently and over rather long periods;
- I was considering using it whilst cycling and hiking;
- I wanted it to be waterproof;
- I wanted it to fit my D7000 with my 80-200 f/2.8 attached, my 105mm f/2.8 micro and my 50mm f/1.8, my SB-28 and triggers, a couple of filters and my hi-tech filter holder and my iPad (first model);
- Finally, and crucial, I wanted it to be lightweight.

This backpack is everything I was looking for. I can fit all the gear mentioned and still has a little room left, for instance I can also carry my Kenko teleconverter and a hoodman loupe, as the 1st and 2nd photos below show, in two different setups: the first one with two lenses, the second with three lenses.

1st photo
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L gear capacity

2nd photo
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L gear capacity

In the 3rd and 4th photos (sorry for the flash gare, I used a simple point-and-shoot) one can see how the iPad (with a Macally suede cover) fits inside the bag. I added a few velcro straps across the inside of the bag to keep my gear from falling off should someone open the backpack in a rather reckless way. In these shots all the equipment in this list is inside the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW:

• iPad (original model, w/ McNally case)
• Nikon D7000
• AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED w/ reversed hood
• Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom w/ reversed hood
• Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
• Kenko Teleplus MC4 AF 1.4X DGX
• Nikon SB-28
• 2XPhottix triggers
• 85mm Filter holder
• 52mm PL Filter (in box)
• Hoodman Loupe (in case)
• Camera body & lens rear caps
• 3X85mm Hitech filters (in backpack’s opening flap zipped pocket)

3rd photo
iPad inside Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L

4th photo
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L gear capacity

UPDATE 2014/08/14: On the 5th and 6th photos below one can now see how I fit two camera bodies and 4 lenses inside the backpack. All the equipment in this list is inside the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW:

  • iPad (original model, w/ McNally case), on the 6th photo only
  • Nikon D300
  • Nikon D600
  • AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED w/ reversed hood
  • Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom w/ reversed BH-7 II hood (a knock-off, I believe)
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
  • Hoodman Loupe (in case)
  • Walimex Angle Finder
  • Camera body & lens rear caps
  • 2 extra Nikon batteries one for each camera
5th photo
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L gear capacity

6th photo
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L gear capacity


If I can mention something I wish it could be different it is the side pocket (where a water bladder is meant to be installed) that I use to stow my mobile, my documents and whatnots. This pocket could be just a little more spacious because, although it is quite deep, it is a bit too tight. But this is not a problem for me, since I can fit in this pocket all I usually want to carry and I already knew it was a bit tight when I bought the backpack.

7th photo
Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L external pocket

So, I can clearly say that I am extremely pleased with my purchase and that this is the bag that I use the most. I also considered buying the 10L version of this backpack but, wisely, I thought its capacity would be a bit short for my needs.
I hope this post can be of some use for those looking for some information on this backpack.