Gear Review: Lowepro Photo Runner 100


Photo courtesy of Lowepro


I am an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to photography.

Taking photos is a hobby I stumbled into as an outgrowth of my outdoor trips.

I enjoy taking photos and have received some nice compliments on them over the years.

Enough where I invested in a DSLR camera for the options and the quality of the photos.

It is heavy to schlep at times, but I enjoy the results.


Taking photos at the outlet of Arapaho Lakes. PCO Mark Thomas

Having easy access to my camera is key.  If the camera is buried in my gear, I am less likely to use it.

So how to carry the camera?

A simple solution I found that fits my needs is to use a Lowepro Photo Runner 100. It is a solution I have been using ~5 years now.

This bag is technically shoulder bag, but can also be used as a waist pack.  More importantly, from my view point, it can easily be fashioned as a chest pack when backpacking.

Winter backpack in RMNP. PCO Andrew Skurka

The camera bag is weather resistant, has enough compartments for two extra lenses (though, I rarely use that feature) and some other storage space for SD cards and similar. It is durable and protects the camera for off-trail hiking and even falls.  Not intended to haul gear, I will occasionally stuff a map or liner gloves in the pack as well for convenience sake, too.

The bag is not lightweight..but I am hauling a heavy camera in any case.

Someday I may splurge on a fixed lens camera, but for now, the Lowepro Photo Runner 100 is a very good solution when I haul the DSLR.

Sometimes the weight is worth it…


Disclosure: This camera bag was purchased with my own funds.  The MSRP is $50, but it can be purchased for under $40. Mine was purchased at the great camera store in Boulder called Mike’s Camera. Started in Boulder, Mike’s now has some other locations and an online presence.  I have no affiliation with this store other than having excellent service in the past from them.


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9 years ago

I tried something similar for a year or so for hiking and random wanderings…. then I discovered this gem:

I’ve found the number of pictures I take has quadrupled and as a result, I get quite a few better shots during my wanderings.

I stow my camera when it rains, but the clip really makes it easy (unclip, shoot, reclip) to access my camera.

Sean O'Connell
Sean O'Connell
9 years ago
Reply to  KidA

LOVE the Peak Designs “Capture” clip! I have a Nikon DSLR that I take on backpack trips and hikes. I use a shower cap to keep dust and moisture off it? I wouldn’t want to ski or do anything where I might be more prone to falling on it.

It is ABSOLUTELY the best camera accessory I have purchased!

9 years ago

This looks like a nice solution – As I started carrying larger cameras on backpacking trips I was faced with the issue of where to carry everything as well and found myself passing up photo opportunities when the camera wasn’t accessible. I think the chest pack method is the way to go – Have been using the ZPacks Multi-Pack which keeps the camera easily accessible, carries a few accessories, and offers good water resistance as well as dust protection for those desert trips. 🙂


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