Tenba Roadie Universal
51 x 36 x 22 cm, 4.9kg www.tenba.com
Tenba is keen to promote the construction and material quality of the Roadie, and it does indeed feel extremely rigid and robust. There are features like a weatherproof ballistic nylon exterior – reinforced in vulnerable areas – plus superb handles all round and userreplaceable wheels.
Size-wise, at 51cm high the Roadie is a shade shorter than the Manfrotto and Think Tank bags, but this helps ensure it can stay with you as cabin luggage. You’ll still be able to carry a couple of bodies and up to eight lenses, and there’s enough width to fit typical full-frame lenses three abreast. Ample interior padding offers good kit protection, even if it’s not quite up there with the sumptuously appointed Reloader-55.
Out on the front panel there’s an easy-access slot for a 17in laptop, along with a welldesigned tripod attachment system. Round the back, a rear pouch containing a steel security cable can tether the bag with an optional padlock.
Pros Exudes quality and toughness; good kit and accessory storage Cons Rather heavy; not quite as spacious as some rivals We say
The Roadie Universal is very solid all-rounder that comes at a fair price Overall score