Think Tank Photo recently launched Version 2 of their StreetWalker Rolling Backpack and when I was reading through the specifications it got me curious, and raised a few questions. You see, they also make another rolling backpack that was similarly updated to V2 recently, and it’s called the Airport TakeOff V2. Why does there need to be two rolling backpacks in Think Tank’s lineup I asked myself?
Initially I thought that they must significantly different in size, but upon closer inspection they were not. The TakeOff roller is a little wider than the StreetWalker roller, but the latter is a bit taller, so the overall volume is very similar.
I ended up sending a quick email to my contact at Think Tank Photo to get his thoughts on this because I figured that if I’m sitting here wondering this, then other people must be too! I really like the idea of a roller bag that also has backpack straps, but I needed to get to the bottom of this so that I could share it with all of you.
After a quick back-and-forth on the email, I had my answer, and it turned out to be simple:
- The StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2 is a backpack that can also roll.
- The Airport TakeOff V2 is a roller that you can also backpack.
Now it makes sense to me! The primary goal of each of these two bags is very different. On the one hand you’ve got the StreetWalker that is designed to live on your back most of the time, but be able to hit the ground and roll through airports and other flat areas. Then you have the Airport TakeOff which is designed to roll around airports and media centres, but has a set of backpack straps for those times when you need to get up lots of stairs or cross rougher ground that can’t be rolled. For example, anyone who has used a roller before will be well aware that gravel carparks are their nemesis.
Both bags can carry up to a 15″ laptop, and roughly speaking they will haul the same amount of gear, albeit in slightly different configurations due to the differences in shape. From a gear capacity perspective, the biggest difference I could find was that the TakeOff can hold two pro-sized bodies (side-by-side at the top of the bag), whilst the StreetWalker can only hold one pro body due to the tapered corners and generally less boxy design.
Which one would be right for you?
Airport TakeOff V2
- Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 18.5” H x 5.3– 6.8” D (33 x 47 x 13–17 cm)
- Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 21” H x 8” D (35.5 x 53 x 22 cm)
- 8.7–9.7 lbs. (3.9–4.4 kg) Depending on accessories used
StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2
- Internal Dimensions: 11.8” W x 19.7” H x 6.3–7.1” D (30 x 50 x 16–18 cm)
- Exterior Dimensions: 12.6” W x 21.9” H x 9” D (32 x 55.5 x 22.9 cm)
- 8.2 lbs. (3.7 kg)
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