Traveler's Gear Box: Lowepro Introducing New Packs To Keep Your Cameras Dry

A line of new dry bags from Lowepro is designed to keep your camera gear dry in the wettest of conditions.

Having recently returned from a five-day float trip down the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument, I know first-hand how wet things can get. And why you need good gear to keep your camera equipment dry.

Lowepro, which has a long history of making camera bags, just came out with a few more that are designed especially to keep your gear dry in the wettest conditions.

“We’re really excited for outdoor adventure photographers and enthusiasts to get a hold of these lightweight, yet technical bags,” Tim Grimmer, worldwide director of product management and design, said in a release. “The backpack and duffle are protective and extremely flexible – perfect for taking out on a kayak, canoe, SCUBA boat, sailboat or even a dogsled. When you want to protect your gear from splashes and extreme weather, these are carrying solutions you can rely on.”

The company's original DryZone series, launched in 2002, feature an IPX7 rating for protection from water when the bags are immersed. These new designs are tested at an IPX6 waterproof rating to offer protection from water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm nozzle) against enclosure from any direction.

Both the DryZone BP 40L and DryZone DF 20L feature a roll-top design with a wide-mouth opening for full access to gear. A removable and fully padded camera case is constructed with adjustable dividers so you can customize your kit, and taped teams to provide redundant water and weather protection when placed inside the backpack or duffle.

User-friendly details like sturdy side-release buckles and ergonomic grab handles and zipper pulls are added to enhance the active use of these bags. The backpack is ideal for photographers who pack up a few more personal items and carry their gear for longer periods of time.

A perforated, EVA backpad and shoulder straps provide lightweight, durable and breathable comfort. Laser-cut loops and lash points offer convenient attachment points for extra gear.

The duffle features a super-stable design in a more compact profile. It’s ideal for strapping to a kayak or stashing on a shelf in a dive boat. It’s built with daisy-chain webbing loops for easy outer attachments, plus an exterior zippered pocket for quick access to sunscreen, lip balm or other essentials.

The DryZone BP 40L fits up to a Pro DSLR with attached lens (up to 24-70mm); 1 to 2 extra lenses; a compact tripod, flash and accessories; it has capacity for 70% camera gear and 30% personal items.

The DryZone DF 20L fits up to a Pro DSLR with attached lens (up to 70-200mm); 1 to 2 extra lenses; a flash and accessories; it has capacity for 80% camera gear and 20% personal items.

Once we get a chance to demo the bags in the field we'll let you know how they perform.