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(based on 4 ratings)
Brand: Lowepro
Located in: Gadget Bags
Water and camera equipment in the same bag used to spell disaster. The DryZone Rover is the world?s first backpack designed to safely carry both a hydration system and camera gear all inside the same bag. The unique design of the DryZone Rover allows you to comfortably store camera equipment or other water sensitive items in the waterproof lower compartment while providing quick access to personal storage space above. Remove the padded camera insert from the lower drypod and you instantly have a multi-purpose waterproof pack.

Perfect for the adventure photographer in remote and extreme conditions, the DryZone Rover keeps you hiking, hydrated and shooting longer.

Capacity:
Pro digital or 35mm SLR; 3-4 additional lenses (up to an 80-200mm f/2.4); tripod or monopod, memory cards, cables and personal accessories.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.5 stars
(based on 4 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Comfortable(4), Lightweight(3), Strong construction(4), Well padded(4)
Cons:
Hard to access equipment(3)
Best Uses:
Protecting gear(4), Transporting gear(4)
 
The Photographers Backpack
By ToadVerified Reviewer from NW Indiana on 4/16/2009
Pros:
Bomb Shelter, Comfortable, Lightweight, Strong Construction, Well Padded
Cons:
Hard To Access Equipment
Best Uses:
Protecting Gear, Storing Gear, Transporting Gear
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Lowepro Lowepro DryZone Rover Waterproof Backpack, Black/Gray:

Lowepro DryZone Rover(The photographers backpack)Two months spent hiking some of the toughest terrain Spain has to offer, the Lowepro DryZone Rover left me with little doubt that anyone serious about their camera should be hauling it in this pack. For adventurous photographers like me who want confidence that they can get dirty while their camera is safe and snug, this is their pack. It’s easily one of the most well designed packs I have ever owned for going the extra mile to get my shots. The DryZone Rover offers much in terms of easing the minds of its users. This bag is durable, waterproof, has ample storage capacity, and all the adjustment capability you will need for a comfortable ride, no matter your hike. There are a few minor improvements I would like to see made to this pack; but without a doubt, I have never been more satisfied with a pack to carry my equipment. The pack is fully capable of transporting all the supplies a photographer needs for a demanding location shoot, rain or shine. The pack is well designed to transport a pro digital or 35mm SLR with 3-4 additional lenses up to an 80-200mm f/2.4; tripod or monopod, memory cards, cables and still has plenty of room for personal accessories. At just under five pounds in weight the pack’s dimensions and specs include: • Overall― 13W X 9.6D X 21.1H inches • Upper portion― (11.8W X 7.3D X 12H inches) rugged water-resistant 600D TXP (A Lowepro trademarked material) and 2000D ballistic nylon materials • Lower dry-pod― (11.8W X 6.9D X 8.7H inches) waterproof compartment of plastic-coated nylon This pack traveled with me from the searing heat of Andalusia’s foothills and beaches to the unpredictable weather changes on the northern peaks of the Spanish Pyreneans. I was traveling with my Nikon D80, tripod, two extra lenses, filters, a point-and-shoot, cables, and a few miscellaneous items all comfortably in tow within the DryZone Rover. Whether I was following some narrow rain-drenched sheep trail high in the mountains or stumbling through a crowded bus terminal on a 110 degree day in Salamanca, it was nice not having to worry about my camera’s safety. The pack rides true to the style of Lowepro and mother-company Lowe Alpine backpacks. It has well-padded shoulder and waist straps with tough, durable clips that stay secured. Although the pack can feel a bit unevenly distributed with its load, the overall ride is very well managed with its versatile adjustment options. Specifically the upper shoulder strap adjustments which tighten or loosen the pack to your back were much appreciated on my long daytrips up the steep slopes. On long hikes it is nice to have options like these that help avoid the fatigue of hauling your equipment. The camera bunker, as I like to refer to it, is just that; a veritable bomb-shelter for your camera. This is by far the best and my favorite feature of the bag which finalized my decision to purchase it. The heavy plastic zipper with double-tapped seams and rubberized shielding is sure to stop whatever moisture comes its way. This water-proof case can be cumbersome to access at times because the pack has to be removed to get to it, but it is worth the effort to know that pickpockets and Mother Nature alike will be deterred.Inside the bunker is a padded removable insert to stow all your camera gear. This is a handy feature that easily converts your pack from a camera bag to the only daypack you will need. The padded chamber is fully adjustable with velcro partitions that can be arranged to accommodate any combination of equipment. The outside of the pack is utilized to its full potential. While the small zippered mesh pockets don’t provide much storage space or concealment of what you’re carrying, they do come in handy for little items that would otherwise be lost in the bottom of your pack. The fold out velcro tripod sling is handy to grab your tripod in a rush and is held secure by elastic cordage, webbed across the back of the pack. The upper compartment is big enough for maps, guides, snacks, and the 1.5 liter hydration pouch that comes with it. The compartment, however, merely separates your hydration pouch and the rest of your gear with a mesh netting that could lead to a damp situation if the pouch is sweating. I did not experience this trouble but it could present itself as a problem if you like your water cold. It would be nice to see a less permeable barrier to separate the pouch from the rest of the compartment’s contents. As a plus, the pouch has a wide opening for easy cleaning and the compartment is accessed with ease via a dual zipper. Dual zippers are always nice for packs crammed into tight places or resting between your legs on a crowded bus for easier accessibility.This pack is an investment of premium insurance for your equipment. I would recommend purchasing it for anyone looking for a pack that can take their camera the distance. The pack retails for around $300 dollars. A comparable price to other such packs, but not many can offer the comfort, security and versatility that the Lowepro DryZone Rover has to offer. I wanted a pack that could work as hard as I do for the shots that make the difficult trail worth the effort. The Lowepro DryZone Rover is that pack, and I have the shots to prove it.-0-

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great pack
By JeffVerified Purchaser from seattle, WA on 2/23/2009
Pros:
Comfortable, Lightweight, Strong Construction, Well Padded
Cons:
Hard To Access Equipment
Best Uses:
Protecting Gear, Transporting Gear
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Lowepro Lowepro DryZone Rover Waterproof Backpack, Black/Gray:

This pack is great for protecting your gear from the elements. The camera part is totally water proof but being so makes it some what difficult to get into but If you take you camera in the elements like I do the bag will protect all of your gear.

[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

 
All in all a good pack, but........
By yaRVerified Purchaser from Florida on 10/5/2008
Pros:
Comfortable, Strong Construction, Well Padded
Cons:
Hard To Access Equipment
Best Uses:
Protecting Gear, Transporting Gear
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Lowepro Lowepro DryZone Rover Waterproof Backpack, Black/Gray:

I recently bought this pack to go on a treking trip to Peru and have the following observations:

If you are loking at this pack thinking "that's great! a pack that has a built-in hydration system" like I did, there are a few things you need to know: The hydration bladder has a VELCRO closure (velcro? are you kidding me?)-and is NOT protected from the contents of the upper compartmend, being separated only by a mesh pocket. I don't trust the velcro closure not to leak, and if you're like me and like to put ice in your bladder to keep your water cold, you won't trust the blader next to everything else in your pack where it can sweat and get everything else wet because it's not separated... Bottom line - I'll NEVER use the balder, opting to attach my stand alone camelback system to the outside of the pack.

the upper compartment is HUGE-plenty of room for everything you'll need for that long day-hike. No inner pockets except for that mesh pocket for the hydration pack makes organization a bit tricky-a very minor thing.

Two outside mesh zippered pockets on the upper comartment are useless - not big enought to hold much and I don't want the world to see what I'm carrying in my pack anyway.

The waterproof camera compartment was the other reason I bought this pack. It's great! Huge size is more than enough room for all my gear. You will have to take the pack off to get to your camera, but I don't have a problem with that. the inner padded camera compartment comes out-it would have been nice if they had added a way to clip on a shoulder strap to make it a day bag, but oh well, and where is that clear zippered pocket on the top for my quick reference guide, etc. that i find on ALL OTHER Lowepro bags. instead they have pockets for your media cards. I'd rather have the zippered pocket.

Enough with bashing Lowepro: the pack was VERY comfortable to have on. better than other daypacks I've worn in the past. moderatly easy to access everything, lots of room for gear and other stuff. and WATER PROOF (a plus when you're carrying around $4000+ worth of photo equipment)

Bottom line: I would recommend this pack to anyone, you just have to know that you shouldn't buy it for the hydration system-you won't use it (at least I won't)

all and all a good pack, but some missed opportunities.

[0 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
I judged this backpack
By BG Tucker from Detroit. Michigan on 8/7/2008
Pros:
Comfortable, Easily Accessible Equipment, Easy off and back On, Lightweight, Strong Construction, Well Padded
Best Uses:
Many places to clip on, Protecting Gear, Transporting Gear
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Lowepro Lowepro DryZone Rover Waterproof Backpack, Black/Gray:

I'm a pro photogrpher, i need my thing safe this gear works for me -

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