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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ActivZone System™

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

ActivZone System™ 2014


Lowepro launches DroneGuard, the first solutions made just for carrying and protecting imaging drones. These innovative bags incorporated the DroneGuard™ Divider systems allowing customized fits for the unique form factor of these new “flying cameras”.

DroneGuard bags for Quadcopters 2015

Travel Bags & Luggage

Leveraging our experience protecting expensive camera gear for some of the worlds most demanding travelers, Lowepro expands its reach beyond pure photo bags and creates new lines of travel bags that protect a wide range of digital devices during travel.

Travel bags for laptop & devices 2015


Working off the success in bags made specifically for imaging drones, Lowepro launches the QuadGuard Series made for the demands of FPV drone racing and all the equipment required by this emerging enthusiast sport.

QuadGuard for fpv racing 2016

50 Years of Trusted Design

Lowepro specialized backpacks, cases and camera bags have been an essential part of countless adventures through every climate and condition over the last 50 years. Our evolutionary designs elevate the way you carry, protect and organize your gear.

50 Years 2017