Lowepro likes to cultivate a rugged image. Maybe it's because the company's founder, Greg Lowe, is a world-class mountain climber and invented the world's first internal frame backpack, or maybe it's because they know the liberating feeling of having your camera equipment in a bag that can keep it safe while you scurry up the side of your local mountain. Either way, the company's Vertex series is just the thing if you have a lot of camera equipment and want to experience that liberating feeling for yourself.
The Vertex 200 AW occupies the middle of the line, and can hold up to two SLR bodies, four to six lenses, a 15.4-inch laptop, a tripod, and a slew of memory cards, batteries, filters, and other accessories. The backpack is deep, which means it can accommodate SLRs with vertical grips and big pro lenses as large as Canon's EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM.
Following what has become a fairly standard layout for larger camera backpacks, the Vertex 200 AW sports two zippered pockets on the front of the bag with a laptop sleeve behind them and the main compartment behind that. The main and laptop compartments' zippers are rubberized to help keep out water and dust, though the bag isn't actually waterproof, like the company's Dry Zone line. It does include a built-in rain cover with sealed seams, though, which is hidden away in a Velcro-enclosed nook in the bottom of the backpack.