ThinkTank Airport Addicted review

March 25, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I recently purchased my first product from ThinkTank Photo, and I have had several people ask me how I like the bag that I bought, so, I have decided to write my first product review.

 

Since I am a photographer who plans on traveling with my gear often, the Pelican hard case I use normally is not practical for flying, so I purchased the ThinkTank Airport Addicted V2.0 photo backpack (www.thinktankphoto.com). I ordered mine from Amazon.com for the hefty price of $329 plus tax and shipping.

One of the great features of this bag is the fact that it will hold tons of gear and up to a 17" laptop, and still fit into most airliner overhead bins. Don't get me wrong, it is a big bag, and when a laptop is included, it is heavy. ThinkTank says it will hold 2 pro SLR bodies with a 500 f4 and 400 f4 lens, but since I do not have either of those two lenses, I will take them at their word.

One of the neat features of this bag is the ability to hide the straps. The back padding on either side of the bag has a velcro flap that allows you to stow the back straps, a very convenient feature for flying or any other time the straps might get in the way. There is also a removable waist strap, handy for if you are like me, and do not use those features.

Included with the bag is a tripod mount that allows you to secure your tripod to the side for transport. A pocket for slipping a monopod into is also included.

Inside that bag, there are plenty of velcro dividers. The options for arrangements are endless. The top cover of the bag features three generously sized zippered pockets for misc. storage. The bag easily handles my D800 w/attached grip, D5200, F100,  Nikon 80-400, 70-200, 24-120, 50, 105, as well as a plethora of hard drives, misc. cables and such. With all that in the bag, there is still room for more lenses.

Also included is a rain cover that can quickly be slipped over the entire bag to keep it dry if you happen to get caught in the rain with it.

There are three carrying handles, on the top, side, and bottom, respectively. The top of the bag, right under the handle, features a business card compartment, along with a zippered pocket.

Last, but not least, is the laptop storage compartment on the front of the bag. Up to a 17" laptop can be kept in here, but the computer will need to be removed prior to placing the bag in an overhead bin. I am able to safely place my 17" Dell XPS laptop inside a neoprene slipcase in this compartment.

Overall, it is a great bag. the only drawbacks I found are that it is bulky and pricy, but not too much so.


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