The ThinkTank Urban Disguise 60 is ThinkTank's largest camera and laptop shoulder bag and features a large compartment for camera/lenses, laptop pocket and a number of other compartments as well as several nifty features. I recently picked one up, and thought I'd contribute by sharing some thoughts on it.
Why would I want one of these anyway?
I miss my gear too much to leave it at home. I work in graphic design, and I need to commute to a day job that can throw anything at me - I can't really pack for a particular kind of shooting - so I like to bring enough gear to be well covered. I regularly need a bag that will allow me to comfortably bring along a laptop, a DSLR, 3-4 lenses, hot-shoe flash units and accessories, and preferably have it readily accessible for use. I'm a bag-a-holic, so for this I already have a number of specialized shoulder-bags that get use depending on the amount of gear, except that none of them take a laptop.
Just for comparison...
For non-laptop camera shoulder-bags, my absolute all time favourite is the Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home. For me this is hands down the greatest camera-only bag ever made. It is discrete, extremely well manufactured, holds a great deal of gear in a space-efficient way, is great to work out of and comfortable to carry. It seems to magically fit any combination of gear I throw into it, too.
The only drawback to the 7MDH is that there isn't a 7MDH with laptop-compartment. Well there is, sort of: The largest comparable shoulder-bag in the european Crumpler range is (was?) the Crumpler Sixhundred Daily XL. It has a laptop compartment. I bought this bag, and then had a hell of a job trying to fit my regular stuff into it. It has tons of dividers and everything, it just seems like the internal proportions are slightly less than ideal - not at all like the 7MDH.
I got sold on ThinkTank because I needed a carry-on roller for air-travel last summer. ThinkTank's Airport International roller is, in a word, awesome. So I had no qualms about picking up the Urban Disguise 60 on impulse the other day, on the assumption that it will prove to be the bag I'm looking for.
ThinkTank's philosophy is altogether different from that of Crumpler, which is evident in their design. While both are great brands with great products, ThinkTank's gear is built with security and practicality foremost, where Crumpler makes more concessions to design and ends up looking better for it. Both strive for user comfort. Many of ThinkTank's models are built around a square frame/shape - and the Urban Disguise is one such model.
Urban Disguise 60
This is ThinkTanks largest camera shoulder-bag. It measures 16" L x 11.25" H x 4.25" D, or 40.5 x 28.5 x 10.5 cm. It easily holds 3 big lenses, and 1-2 camera body(ies) and a laptop (supposed to hold 17", I have only tried it with my 15"). Quality is superb. Adequate padding (not too much, not too little). Rugged, solid and reliable feel. Fairly discrete by design - as it should be, given its name.
The UD60 has a total of 15 pockets/compartments, not counting business-card slots or spaces created by dividers. Lets start from the front flap and work backwards through the bag:
The bag lying front-flap up.
Front-flap zippered pocket open. Extends to entire depth and width of the flap. Smaller inner pockets and pen-holders. Nice detail: Extra secure zippered inner pocket (red cord) holds passport and ticket for easy access.
Very nice fastening mechanism: 2 strips of velcro and a flat, solid buckle.
Front flap open. 2 deep expandable pockets on front. Zippered pocket behind.