Think Tank Photo “Streetwalker Pro” photo backpack
For the last few years, I’ve been looking for the perfect backpack that is capable of holding and transporting my camera equipment whether I’m traveling across Thailand or around the world. At one time, I got a little distracted and looked at and bought packs that also carried a laptop. On the whole, it makes sense to be able to carry your camera equipment and your laptop in one bag. However, I discovered that the weight of the camera equipment on top of a laptop became quite a load. Not difficult to carry across town but not for long periods of time. Eventually I realized what I needed was a compact pack and a separate laptop case. And that’s what I settled on.
In searching for the right pack, I tried many on and finally settled on what I consider to be the finest pack available, the Think Tank Streetwalker Pro.
First of all, the design is functional with four exterior flat zippered pockets, two elastic expanding pockets, and a fully adjustable heavily padded main compartment that can be configured in numerous ways. The material and fittings are of the finest quality and the workmanship and detailing is top drawer. I don’t believe that there is a better detailed pack. Although I hold the Crumpler line in the same high esteem.
Second, the Streetwalker Pro is very comfortable to wear. It has a heavily padded back and a waist belt that makes this pack an ease to wear for long periods of time. In addition, it’s profile is narrow and easy to wear in crowded environments. It bears weight well and is comfortable. Sometimes, you forget you’re wearing a pack.
Another thing, it’s also comfortable to wear on one shoulder. Really. Most heavily laden packs can be unbalanced and difficult to sling over your shoulder. Not this pack. Because it’s narrow and well-padded, it’s a joy to carry.
Also, there are other sizes of this line. The Streetwalker has the same profile but is just a bit smaller. The Streetwalker HardDrive is slightly larger than the Pro and can carry a laptop. Check them out.
Thirdly, this pack can carry lots of gear. Amazing when you consider how narrow the pack is. In the above photo, the pack is carrying a Canon 5D, a 70-200mm f/2.8 L lens, a Leica M8.2 with lens, a Canon 17-40mm f/4 L lens, and three Leica lenses in the bag next to the white Canon lens.
On other occasions, I have easily carried two Canon DSLR’s with attached lenses, and two additional lenses. That’s a lot of capacity.
Before you decide on a pack, do yourself a big favor and try this one out. You will not be disappointed.