Lowepro has a pretty large range of camera bags on the market (I’m a particular fan of the Passport Sling, one of the bags I reviewed earlier this year). I wanted to try out a couple of models ahead of the holiday shopping season, so I chose both the Adventura 140 and 160, similar models, in two different sizes. They’re part of a series that includes the 120, 140, 160, and 170.
Both models are constructed of the same materials (featuring water-resistant outer fabric) and have a rain flap lid covering a zippered area, to protect the camera and accessories. The standard clip keeps the bag shut in front.
The easily removable/adjustable shoulder strap has a non-slip patch on the inside, and both bags have the zippered front pocket for storing memory cards, smart phones, or small cables.
I like that the shoulder strap is long enough to be worn cross body as well as on the shoulder. The grip handle at the top of the bag is a very welcome feature.
The larger 160 has built-in belt loops while the smaller 140 has a back pocket for a notepad. Both bags have side pockets that will fit keys or a USB stick, and can also accommodate a small water bottle.
The two bags I tested also differ in the interior liners. The 160′s is more padded than its smaller brother.
[L-R: Adventura 140, Adventura 160 padded liners]
Both are easily removable and customizable for your camera and its gear. The bag looks and feels sturdy and is lightweight.
I basically wanted to compare the models to see what gear combinations would fit into each.
The Adventura 140 is meant to fit a DSLR with attached standard lens, plus one additional lens or flash, or camcorder plus accessories; The Adventura 160 can add an additional lens or flash.
I tested both bags with the following gear: Nikon D90 DSLR, 35mm f/1.8 G prime lens, 60mm AF-S Micro f/2.8 G (macro) lens, 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 G zoom lens, Joby GorillaPod, Canon compact point and shoot, and a Nikon SB-700 speedlight flash.
Here’s the 160 with my D90, 35mm prime lens attached, plus the 18-200mm zoom lens on the side.
The 160 with the D90, 35mm prime lens attached, and an SB-700 Speedlight
The 160 with the D90, 35mm prime lens, Joby GorillaPod, and SB-700 Speedlight
I also fit the D90 with 35mm prime, the SB-700 Speedlight in one compartment and my Canon point and shoot in another.
In the Adventura 140, I fit just the D90 with a 60mm f/2.8 lens attached,
and the D90 with the 35mm prime lens attached plus the SB-700 Speedlight.
All in all, I think that the 140 would be perfect for a micro four-thirds or mirrorless sensor camera and lens such as the Nikon J1. I like to travel as lightly as possible, and these bags are flexible to fit a variety of gear configurations.
The Adventura 160′s inner dimensions: 8.5″ wide, 5.1″ deep, 6.9″ high
The Adventura 140′s inner dimensions: 6.7″ wide, 3.7″ deep, 6.9″ high
The 140 retails for $36 while the 160 costs $44 (listed here in Canadian dollars). The Lowepro Adventura bags are available at Beau Photo in Vancouver and Lens and Shutter shops throughout British Columbia.
Lowepro sent me both bags for the purposes of testing out and writing this review.