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Lowepro Adventura 140, 160

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.

Lowepro Adventura 160-3

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.

Lowepro Adventura strap

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.

Lowepro Adventura 160-2 Lowepro Adventura 160-6

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.

Lowepro Adventura 160 front

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.

Lowepro Adventura 160 belt loops

The two bags I tested also differ in the interior liners. The 160’s is more padded than its smaller brother.

Lowepro Adventura dividers
[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.

Lowepro Adventura side pocket

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.

Lowepro Adventura 160-5

Here’s the 160 with my D90, 35mm prime lens attached, plus the 18-200mm zoom lens on the side.

Lowepro Adventura 140-4

The 160 with the D90, 35mm prime lens attached, and an SB-700 Speedlight

Lowepro Adventura 160-4

The 160 with the D90, 35mm prime lens, Joby GorillaPod, and SB-700 Speedlight

Lowepro Adventura 160

I also fit the D90 with 35mm prime, the SB-700 Speedlight in one compartment and my Canon point and shoot in another.

Lowepro Adventura 140

In the Adventura 140, I fit just the D90 with a 60mm f/2.8 lens attached,

Lowepro Adventura 140-4

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.

Disclaimer: Lowepro sent me both bags for the purpose of test-driving for this feature. Opinions, as always, are my own.

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2 Comments

  • Comment by purse manufacturing — January 24, 2015 @ 12:16 am

    I’m a fan of Passport Sling too! I could easily put in my personal things! Good review by the way!

  • Comment by Ariane Colenbrander — January 24, 2015 @ 3:14 pm

    Thanks for reading! You have no idea how many people I’ve turned that Sling on to! I’ve already purchased a second one in grey just in case…

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