Hey everyone! I just purchased this bag yesterday and I thought I'd give a short review about it. This is by no means technical in any way, and I won't be giving measurements. If you need measurements, go to TTP's website or take hints from the measurements of the gear I've put in. This review will highlight the good and bad points that matter to the photographer.
My search for a roller bag started when I bought my Think Tank Streetwalker Harddrive. Yes, I could load it up with lots of stuff. Yes I could put a tripod on it. Yes I could put a notebook in it. Yes I could make everything go well, except for the bad stress my shoulders had. Got that bag in April, shot with it for about five months, and sold it in September.
When I bring lots of gear, I'm primarily an event photographer or portrait photographer. I wanted a bag that could completely take the load off my back, and either give me the ability to bring about personal stuff in a small daypack, or let my shoulders be free from any baggage. I shoot in urban environments all the time, and usually there is easy excess for the handicapped like lifts and ramps. However, where I spent lots of my event photography time in school, there aren't any lifts. So I knew I wanted backpack straps to be available. I don't travel, but when I do and need the roller, I've read in many threads here about backpacks not being weighed, so that's a plus.
Before this bag, I owned 3 lowepro bags and 1 think tank bag. I knew TTP bags had way better materials than lowepro bags and security functions like locking zippers. That made me go with the TTP Airport TakeOff instead of Lowepro's Pro Roller X series.
Anyway, I'll be splitting up the review into little sections and update them accordingly when I have the time and manage to use the bag a bit more.
Onto the review:
Introduction & First Impression:
Well made is the key phrase to the construction and design. Everything is put together so well and integrates with each other element so nicely. Nothing wobbles too much, the bag never ever tips over even when the COG is nearer the top, and the stitching is clean. All zippers fully close and no loose stitches interfere with them.
Front, showing the laptop compartment and buckle.
Right, showing the tripod/monopod/misc attachment area.
Back, showing the shoulder straps properly kept when rolling.