The key selling feature and innovative design to this bag is the super fast “Quick Draw” access panel via side loading access on the bag. This is suppose to be Lowepro’s answer to not having to take the back pack off your back and putting it on the ground to get at your camera gear via top load access.
You access the “Quick Draw” panel by unclipping the sternum strap, loosening the right should strap and swinging the bottom of the bag up towards your left hip. If this sounds all complicated, it is not. You can get at your camera in under 10 seconds with some practice and about the same amount of time to put the camera back in and the pack back on your back. Lowepro has an excellent video demonstration of this system in action. In my photo below, I show how the bag should end up on your body after you swing it around.
As you can also see, the bag is cut in such a way on the bottom of the bag, that it sort of cradles the right hand handle on the SLR body. At first I though this was a bit annoying as I could barley slip my skinny fingers in to grab the shutter grip on the SLR, but after I thought about the design, this is a pretty smart idea to prevent the camera from accidentally falling out of the bag when zip open the “Quick Draw” compartment.
There is also no need to worry about the entire “Quick Draw” compartment completely opening and all your gear somehow falling as the entire quick draw compartment is protected by a safety mechanism; The safety mechanism being the safety flap and the straps/clips on the front of the bag. When this safety flap is clipped by both clips, there is no chance that the zippers can fully unzip (East to West) to compromise the equipment inside.
The more I used this bag day to day, the more I like it and appreciate the “Quick Draw” compartment. I like that there are 2 padded memory card pockets on the inside flap of the “Quick Draw” panel for quick memory card changes. Getting at the camera is super fast compared to other camera bags.
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