Lowepro Nova 170 AW

With standout features and pockets-a-plenty, there’s an awful lot to like about the Nova 170 AW. First off, its unique overflap lid ensures no rain can find its way in to damage gear. It does this by cleverly hiding the main compartment’s zip underneath an oversized, water-resistant flap. This, coupled with the dedicated rain cover that pulls up from the bag’s base, means you get outstanding protection from even the most extreme weather. 

Lowepro Nova 170 AW

Lowepro Nova 170 AW

With enough room for a DSLR, lens and two extra optics, the main compartment is well-cushioned from knocks, thanks to its thick padded sides and adjustable dividers. There are dual SD card pouches and a large pocket on the underside of the top flap, while it also boasts three zipped pockets on its exterior. This means that all sorts of personal items can be easily stowed, while a sports bottle or flask can be placed in one of two mesh pockets on the Nova’s side.

User comfort hasn’t been forgotten either; a large pad provides excellent support on the strap, while a non-slip segment keeps the bag firmly on the shoulder. A grab handle and belt loop are also present. Our one minor gripe with the Nova is its fabric base, which picked up mud and felt less stable than some of the rubber-bottomed options when placed on the ground. Faultlessly manufactured, the Nova’s build quality stands out. It’s available in brown, red and blue alongside classic black.

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This review was first published in the April 2016 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.