Also, today I received the new RRS TQB-89 tripod bag. It's the largest size available and should be perfect for when I add a leveling base and clamp to the top of my TVC-33. The upgrades RRS made to the bags are substantial. This is the design the TQB-80 was supposed to be in the first place.
All of the quality is carried over - substantial padding and zippers with over-sized teeth, roped pulls, etc. (Though I feel the action of the Gitzo bags to be smoother, the RRS zipper is every bit as robust.) The added side pouch, also featuring a robust zipper (not as large as the main zipper) with large, easy to use pulls, is a very welcome addition. The side ID slot is behind a clear protective screen and hidden underneath a velcro'd flap. There is now also a mesh zippered pouch inside the quiver top, under the embossed RRS logo. These added pouched are all smart, practical, and needed changes!
Oh, and the top handles are a godsend. Why they were ever left off the first iteration is beyond me, but better late than never.
If you remember my rant earlier in this thread regarding what I considered to be shortcomings with the RRS bag, those shortcomings have ALL been addressed, point for point, and a little extra thrown in on the side.
I am now happy RRS tripod bag user.
Awesome to hear! I'm debating on this extra large bag or wait for the Large 82 bag. I could get the X Large bag to house my g/f's Manfrotto along with the RRS. My shoulder/back aches just from thinking of carrying two tripods plus camera gear