Think Tank Air­port Take­Off V2.0

£360/$370

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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

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