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[REVIEW] ThinkTank Streetwalker (lots of pics)

 
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Apr 25, 2010 15:12 |  #1

Hello good folks of PoTN... i am still a noobie in this hobby and so please excuse my lack of experience in this review...

what i CAN comment on is based on my years of work experience in the apparel/accessories manufacturing industry and so here it goes...

my previous bag was a Crumpler 6MDH which was fine for my starter kit but as i began expanding my gear, i needed something that will allow me to carry more equipment while not lugging too much gear.

i was contemplating between the Lowepro Slingshot series but this fit my needs better...

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1) construction
i am pleased with the overall construction of the bag, minus some issues which i will address later.

(+) The stitchwork is very well done... consistent stitch density, good thick yarn used...
(+) Stitch Tack and Bar Tack on various stress points adds to the value.

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2) materials
The shell fabric is a combination of fabrics:

(+) Dobby gloss fabric to offer a "pop" design element is a nice touch...
(-) Cordura-esque fabric used on the side pannels is ok at best... but it's proving to be quite a dust magnet...
(+) Heavy Ballistic Nylon reiinforcment at the bottom is a nice touch...

Seems all fabric is sufficiently coated to offer some weather protection.

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(+) Main compartment zipper is YKK #10 coil type zipper... this is definitely a PLUS... there are many other brands out there but i've seen too many die cast zipper heads break after some use... especially if given such a huge zipper tab...

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the other zippers may or may not be YKK but they do not require so much strength and so i'm fine with this...

(+) the zipper tabs are nice sized, easy to access, even with gloves... on the smaller #5 coil zipper, they've added zipper pulls with plastic ends.

(-) One thing that would have made this sweeter is the use of a autolock function on the zipper sliders so that they do not open too easily...
There is no concern that the zipper will slide open while in use, but the autolock function guarantees that the zipper will not move unless the tab is pulled.

(+) Back is well padded... at least 1/2~3/4" padding via ventilated tricot material for added comfort. the same is used for the shoulder strap as well.

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(+) Plastic Side Release Buckles and Ladder Lock Buckles are very well selected from Duraflex/Tifco brand... this is one of the best brands of plastic accessories to use.

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(-) Webbing tape is where i start to have issues.
the size (width) of the tape is fine, and they added elastic "belt-loops" to tidy up the loose ends but the tape is MUCH TOO THIN...

Side Release Buckles and Ladder Lock Buckles uses friction to lock the webbing in place... a simple lift of the buckle will release the friction and your fit/length settings will come loose... use of a heavier grade webbing tape would have taken care of this...

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Apr 25, 2010 15:16 |  #2

3) comfort
as said above in materials, the padding makes this very comfortable... i do feel that the articulation of the shoulder strap may make the strap feel too short for taller/larger individuals. when i placed it on our size 48 form (ignore the number on the form...) you can see that the shoulder strap rides a bit high...

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the cross chest small buckle is a nice touch... using the movable position is also nice... but again, webbing... also, due to the position of the bag when worn, the highest position will basically choke you at the base of the neck...

as you can see, the shoulder strap starts to "cut in" at the armpits a bit... this would have been easily ammended by increasing the length of the shoulder strap by at least 4" and lowering the position of the cross chest buckle assembly...

but being 5'4", i'm fine with this... taller buyers, test it out... put some weight in the bag and test it out... due to size of the bag, it was meant to seat low on the back, else the waist belt will be in your lower chest and/or pull all your clothes up as you move around with the bag.

4) utility
nice stretch pockets on both sides of the bag using a "lycra" type material is a nice touch... it can fit a 0.5L poland spring water bottle, with some convincing... i'm sure it can fit additional gear as well...

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(+) the zippered side pocket has 3/4" gussets at the center to allow a little increase in volume. these compartments are lined with utility loops anchored at the seam.

(+) nice mesh gussets to ease access of the pockets so even for those with larger hands can easily dig into the bottom of the pocket...

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(+) outer bottom pocket also have center gussets to expand volume with zippered close and nice zip pulls as well.

(+) all pockets are nicely lined... this will prevent the polyurethane peels (yes they peel with frequent use... and is nasty if it gets into your equipments) from getting into your precious gear...

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(+) upper zippered pocket is larger in size, when opened, have nice pen pockets, mesh pockets and additional secure zippered inner pocket.

(+) the upside-down U shaped zipper opens to the base of pockets for ease of access, and the gussets allow it to be opened fully while preventing the contents from falling out.

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the main compartment is a decent size.. above shows the following gear inside..

70-200
kit lens
55-200
nifty fifty
2x 77mm filter case
cleaning wipe
rain cover
and the empty compartment will hold my camera with sigma30mm mounted

(+) tricot lining is a nice touch...
(+) the main L shaped divider is well padded and can be moved via velcro
(-) cross partition pads are slight thin... and again, oxford, not microfiber fabric...

nice binding tape used to cover the seam edges is nice...

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(-) they used the seam edge binding and a small inner placket behind the main zipper... i would have preferred a "better" weatherproofing as zippers are main entry point for rainwater...

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the flap shows 2 zippered pockets made of mesh-pvc... nice durable material and good touch...

(+) elastic covering the zipper slider is nice, no metal touching the gear...
(-) what about the zipper teeth?

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Apr 25, 2010 15:20 |  #3

long story short... i'm pretty satisfied with the bag...

for my build and my gear, it's fine...
am i 100% happy with it? no... but then again, i'm tough to satisfy... and working 15+ years as QC inspector made me become a tyrant...

there are some minor, cost effective ways to have made this bag MUCH better... but that's just my opinion...

if you have a larger build... again, as i've said before, try it out... load the bag and see how it seats on your back...

Construction: 9/10
Material Fabrication: 8/10 (yes the webbing bothers me that much)
Ergonomics/Utility: 8/10 (may not be comfortable for taller folks)

Overall: 8.33/10

i've thought it over and decided to be a bit more neutral and fair...
and also, i've seen the next bag i'm about to review... and this one shines in comparison to that...


thanks for reading... sorry for lots of pics and lengthy review...


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Apr 25, 2010 15:36 |  #4

Good write up! you should review more bags, haha.


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Apr 25, 2010 15:50 |  #5

You should contact Think Tank, they may be interested on what you have to say due to your background and great review.


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Apr 25, 2010 16:17 |  #6

deadpass wrote in post #10063315 (external link)
Good write up! you should review more bags, haha.

thanks!

hahaha... wife's already questioning WHY i have 2 camera bags...
but she should not complain... i HAD to buy an additional samsonite travel bag just because mother in law thought it'd be nice to send a BOX of dried sea weed and clothes... all of which, we can get here in the states...

lol!

NicolasRubio wrote in post #10063381 (external link)
You should contact Think Tank, they may be interested on what you have to say due to your background and great review.

thank you very much... i'm sure they have more folks in their R&D department for their bag constructions...

:D

plus, i'm just another person suffering from OCD... :D


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Apr 25, 2010 18:03 |  #7

Very Cool. I love TT products. I own the UD60, the modular system with harness and belt, and the Airport Security 2.0. My Streetwalker HD is on its way via UPS right now.

Congrats on the bag.


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Apr 29, 2010 04:07 as a reply to  @ CxThree's post |  #8

Great review :cool: & it's probably a first, having a textile expert review a bag for us :)

Alas, it's not a "sling" which is what I'm in the market for, but I read that you will review the Kata 3N1-xx in the near-future so I am very much looking forward to reading that review too :)


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Apr 29, 2010 06:01 as a reply to  @ Travelller's post |  #9

Nice review! I have this bag as well, and although I don't use it terribly often it is one of the better backpacks I've used. Here's some photos of mine loaded up a few different ways:

5D + 24L, 5D, 85L, 14L, 50L, 24 TS

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Apr 29, 2010 06:18 |  #10

Nice review - thanks for posting :)


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Apr 29, 2010 06:24 |  #11

Nice review! (:

I used to own a streetwalker HD but I sold that for my think tank airport take-off roller bag instead. Couldn't take the weight of the gear on my shoulders. Good materials all around!


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Apr 29, 2010 06:35 |  #12

wow, that's an awesome review. thanks for writing it. I have the Pro version. I wrote a review awhile back. welcome to check it out if interested. Review: Think Tank Streetwalker Pro Backpack (external link)

I LOVE TT bags..


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Apr 29, 2010 06:49 as a reply to  @ johnlo's post |  #13

Thanks for the review and pictures everyone

I've become addicted to Think Tank over the past couple of months and my Tenba Messenger apart, I'm likely to want to use only TT products from now on.


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Apr 29, 2010 08:05 |  #14

thank you all... i guess i was a bit tough on the bag...

perhaps the score i gave it is also affected by the fact that so little would have made is so much better...

i will have a Kata 3n1 30 coming in soon... i just could not resist the temptation...


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Apr 29, 2010 08:13 |  #15

Great review, I am sooo close to pulling the trigger on this one!


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