Review: Lowepro Event Messenger 150
4.5Overall Score

Price (RRP): $65
Manufacturer: Lowepro

If you’ve ever had to go somewhere quiet and get a camera out of your bag, you’ve probably felt the twinge of embarrassment as the velcro on your bag goes “RRRIIIIPPPP” and everyone turns to look at what you’ve just done. A new product from Lowepro aims to do away with those issues by offering a quieter camera bag.

Design

Camera bags haven’t really changed much over the past few years, with the designs often being little more than slightly new implementations of the backpack, shoulder, or sling bags we’ve all seen before, but with different colour combinations.

Lowepro’s Event Messenger doesn’t change the camera bag dramatically, opting instead to make it quieter when we’re in environments that demand silence, like a wedding, a church, or a press conference.

Designed as a shoulder bag, the Event Messenger 150 features two main sections: a front zipper pocket and a covered main compartment.

The front zipper section is designed for accessories, offering flaps for memory, pens, lens filters, and whatever else you can fit in.

The main section offers a large compartment managed by padded dividers for your camera gear, with a plush tablet section lining the back.

Lowepro’s cover for the main section isn’t a zip-up cover, however, opting instead for a fold over flap with both velcro and squeeze-buckle fasteners. The velcro here is unique, though, able to be folded back to silence the velcro and stop it from maintaining a hold on the bag.

Three other shallow pockets are included on the bag, with one on each side able to hold pens or memory cards, and a thin section for papers or small flat objects. A pull handle is also available to use at the back of the bag.

Performance

Bags generally don’t require high performance; they just need to hold and protect gear as you shuffle around the place.

Here, the Lowepro Event Messenger 150 succeeds, storing as many as two small camera bodies, a lens or two, and a tablet.

If you take the dividers out, you can hold a few tablets in the main compartment.

Like every Lowepro camera bag, the internal dividers can be ripped out and moved into different configurations, enabling you to set it up for nearly every camera type. While it’s obvious that Lowepro has designed this for an SLR, a couple of lenses, and a flash, we were able to – at different times – fit in a video camera, two SLR bodies and a spare lens, and even several tablets.

If your camera kit consists of one enthusiast or semi-pro body, a flash head, your tablet, and some lenses, the Event Messenger 150 will suit fine.

More than “just another bag” though, this bag includes silenced velcro, a material that can be folded back so that the velcro can’t interlock and tighten. While this means you don’t get the full hold that velcro offers, it also means that you don’t get the full “RRRIIIPPP” noise that accompanies opening any bag lined with the stuff.