Think Tank Airport TakeOff V2.0
53 x 35.5 x 22cm, 3.9kg www.thinktankphoto.com
Recognizing that wheels aren’t always the best mode of transport, Think Tank has come up with a roller bag and backpack in one. Simply open the rear pouch to reveal two backpack straps, and the pouch’s padded flap folds down to offer some lower back cushioning. This set-up is fairly comfy, though without a hip belt you’ll only want to wear the bag as a backpack when wheels really won’t do.
As one of the largest bags here, there’s plenty of space inside for various kit configurations, but it’s still within most airlines’ carry-on limits. A decent set of dividers includes three with U-shaped cutouts to cradle cameras with attached lenses.
Premium fabrics and fittings help justify the price, but some corners have literally been cut. The lack of exterior corner reinforcement is surprising, and overall toughness doesn’t feel quite on a par with that of the Tenba Roadie, though the TakeOff is noticeably lighter.
Pros Useful, well-engineered backpack conversion; practical size; lightweight Cons High price, but average exterior protection We say
There’s a lot to like here, but being light in weight doesn’t come without compromise Overall score