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Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag Review
06/16/2006

Front Side Pocket Reverse-Open
Lid and Belt
Loops
Attachment
Loop
Bottom Accessory
Pocket
I purchased the Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag because it is fairly small (which is relative of course) and light (also relative). I've owned Canon and Tamrac bags before and thought I would try a Lowepro this time.

The photo gear I wanted to pack in the bag, at the time of the Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag purchase, included a Digital Rebel XT, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, flash cards, spare battery, battery charger, lens brush/blower , pen, pencil, notepad and, of course, the Digital Rebel XT user manual.

What's included
1 - Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag
1 - All weather (AW) cover
1 - Shoulder strap
1 - Lifetime warranty

Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag Specifications
Material Exterior: Water-resistant micro fiber 600D TXP ripstop nylon
Interior: Soft brushed Tricot lining
Type of Closure   Zipper
Exterior Dimensions   9.6" x 6.1" x 9.3" (24.4cm x 15.5cm x 23.6cm) (WxDxH)
Interior Dimensions   8.7" x 4.5" x 7.9" (22.1cm x 11.4cm x 20cm) (WxDxH)
Tripod Holder   No
Accommodates   Compact digital SLR camera with zoom lens attached, 2-3 extra lenses, flash and accessories
Carrying/Transport Options   Removable shoulder strap
Carrying handle
Belt loops
Weight   1.41 lb (639.6 g)

Using Lowepro's Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag
I've finally figured out what the 'AW' in Lowepro's Rezo 170 AW stood for: All Weather. Now what makes this an all weather bag? The bag did not come with any instructions so I just assumed that since this was an in store purchase, the instructions may have been lifted.

As with any purchase, I sometimes do a thorough inspection, especially when a product doesn't include instructions. At the bottom of the bag, underneath the front accessory pocket, there is another pocket with a Velcro closure that stores the All Weather cover. I'm assuming that the All Weather cover is placed over the bag as shown in photos on the left.

Inside the Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag main compartment are two padded dividers that separates it into 3 sub compartments. For my use, I will have a lens in each side compartment and my Digital Rebel XT, with lens attached, occupying the center compartment.

On one side of the compartment (if you're looking down into the compartment from the front of the bag, it would be on the right side) there is a nylon open laced expandable pocket. With a lens occupying that compartment, in my case, it's impossible to store anything in it. I'm pretty sure someone else will find some use for it.

In the middle of the interior lid, there's a padded memory card pouch that opens and close via velcro. There are four pockets that will hold a compact flash card in each with room for a few business cards.

Permanently stitched to one side of the main compartment is a micro fiber cloth for cleaning the delicate LCD screens and provide protection against scratches from camera straps.

I sort of wish that this cloth was removable so that after a period of time, you can wash it (but that's just me).

The zippered accessory pocket in the front of the bag is accessible by lifting the padded lid which is locked with a nylon buckle. The zippered pocket lid itself stores the All Weather cover (adds additional padding) which is accessible from the bottom of the bag.

Inside the accessory pocket are three more pockets. Two are open laced and one is nylon fabric. Why the nylon fabric one, I haven't a clue at this moment.

The exterior side pocket on the Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag is a nice feature because you can store items in it which need to be readily accessible. I only wish it was large enough for the Digital Rebel XT user manual.

The attachment loops on the opposite side of the side pocket are designed to accept pouches or other SlipLock compatible products. The photo on the left shows a Tamrac lens case attached to the loop. Since it is not a SlipLock compatible product, it was a nightmare installing it because the strap on the lens case is wider than what the attachment loop could accommodate.

Conclusion
The Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag is a high quality product, compared to what I had before. It is durable and provides adaquate protection for my camera gear. The zippers on the main compartment lid and accessory pocket work smoothly and without a hitch. The attachment loop increases the expandability of the bag and with several pockets, it makes it easy to keep items organized in the bag.

:-)

Gary Kawamura    
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