Tenba Roadie Uni­ver­sal

£265/$325

NPhoto - - Gear Zone -

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

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