I have my first Lowepro in 1998, a Mini Trekker. Still in very good condition except for the wear marks. I don't mind the bulk and the loud badge so I got myself a Slingshot, Nova and Toploader recently for different purposes. My experience with Lowepro has been pleasant up till now.
Haha... I read in CS a few members find Lowepro not long-lasting.
Well, in that case I will just have to wait a few more years to see if my three Lowepros die on me or not.
Then I can get back to you all. Lolxxx...
Actually if we look carefully, lots of travellers carry rather colourful backpacks, harvest sacks even when roaming around so-called 3rd world or developing countries.
I would probably do what I do to my camera - Gaffer tape the Lowepro label, Gaffer tape a little here and a little there - make it a little old-ish looking and used.
Heard both good and bad reviews from many Lowepro users here. Guess I would have to use it and test out the durability of this bag myself!!!
I purchase this bag because, Domke (also dun like the little padding) and Billingham (I just need a simple bag) is way too ex for me.