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First internal frame backpack

Greg Lowe, founder of Lowepro, creates the first internal-frame backpack in his garage in Colorado. This breakthrough design innovation helped packs fit close to the back and minimize load shifting – so gear-wearing adventurers can climb, bike, ski and scramble with more ease.

Greg Lowe with the first internal frame backpack 1967
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First soft-sided, protective camera bag

Lowepro introduces the world's first soft-sided, foam-padded camera bag. Purpose-built for photographers and cinematographers, this design was made to protect valuable camera gear from bounces, abrasion and moisture.

First soft-sided, protective camera bag 1972
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First use of lightweight, plastic buckles

Formerly used on backpacking and camping gear, Lowepro adds lightweight, silent and durable plastic buckles to its photography bags.

First use of lightweight, plastic buckles 1977
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Ergonomic shoulder strap design

Another Greg Lowe invention, now applied to camera bags: ergonomically contoured straps are added to Lowepro photo packs to increase comfort and mobility.

First use of lightweight, plastic buckles 1985
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First built-in All Weather AW Cover™ with pack

Lowepro originates the revolutionary All Weather AW Cover™. Like a raincoat for gear, this patented and built-in cover protects valuable equipment and personal items from rain, snow, dust and sand.

First built-in All Weather AW Cover™ 1992
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SlipLock™ System

The design team creates a modular system to expand carrying capacity. Pouches, cases and tripod holders with a compatible loop or tab connect with hook/loop fasteners for increased gear access.

Introduced Street & Field modular carrying system 1993
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Introduced Street & Field modular carrying system

A comprehensive system created for active, hardworking professionals who cover events, sports and multimedia – Street & Field modular components work separately or in multiple combinations to increase speed and workflow.

Introduced Street & Field modular carrying system 1998
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First waterproof camera backpack – DryZone

Our DryZone backpack makes a splash as the world's first camera backpack that is fully waterproof with an IPX7 rating. The inner drypod is like a dry suit for your gear.

First waterproof camera backpack – DryZone 2002
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Quick, side-access design of SlingShot

Lowepro unveils a unique "sling" pack that can be rotated to the front of the body and go from carry mode to ready mode in a swift and seamless action.

Quick, side-access design of SlingShot 2005
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Ultra-Cinch Camera Chamber in Photo Sport

The design team creates a gear-stabilization system for active, athlete-photographers. A padded compartment with a drawstring-and-toggle closure tightens down for a snug, protective and secure fit to prevent bouncing and jostling.

Ultra-Cinch Camera Chamber in Photo Sport 2011
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MaxFit System™ dividers

Lowepro innovates with a patent-pending system of adjustable interior dividers for maximum gear capacity. This micro-fitting structure makes it easy to closely pack pro bodies, large lenses and all essential accessories in a deep and roomy interior while maintaining superior protection in a streamlined form factor.

MaxFit System™ dividers 2013
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ActivLift System™

A new harness design is unveiled that provides support and comfort to the wearer from the top of the shoulders to the lumbar. Introduced in our heavy-load-lifting pack designs that accommodate a large amount of pro-sized gear, plus lots of extras.

ActivLift System™ 2014
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ActivZone System™

The Lowepro design team develops a harness system that delivers targeted support at the shoulder blades, lumbar and waist – all to all more comfort for professional shooters on the move.

ActivZone System™ 2014