Think Tank Airport Essentials Backpack for Standard DSLR System, 300mm f/2.8/iPad/13" Laptop, Small - with FREE Travel Pouch Large ($25 Value)

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About Think Tank

The Think Tank Airport Essentials Backpack makes a photographer's life easy since on the outside, it resembles an ordinary piece of luggage while the inside speaks differently. The pack is rated to hold your standard DSLR, 4-6 basic zooms plus your iPad and 13" laptop. It's sized to handle your 300 mm f/2.8 so if you're a nature or sports shooter, you're covered.

Think Tank has designed this bag both for functionality and security since it comes with a security cable and lock that can be tied to a reception hall column or fence leaving you to remove your gear while the rest of the pack stays safely tethered. Even the strong YKK zippered sliders accept user-supplied locks for maximum protection and peace of mind while on the job. Inside, padded movable dividers allow you to arrange the guts of the bag in whatever way you choose. Your computers are stored in their own, separate lockable, zippered compartment. For even more flexibility and security, you can store your optional Artificial Intelligence Laptop case within the computer pocket.

You have multiple ways of carrying the pack from its adjustable harness system and removable waist belt to the very convenient handles situated on three sides. The harness has enhanced lumbar support and air mesh paneling that will help keep you cool while the pack is on your back. And no need to worry about getting caught in bad weather since the pack is supplied with a neat rain cover that stores inside when not needed. A sternum strap is also provided to help maintain balance while walking. The Airport Essentials also accepts Think Tank's optional Pro Speed Belt or Thin Skin Belt that will assist with stability as well as increased load capacity.

Your tripod can be secured to the pack with its feet in a supplied exterior pocket and head tied with a supplied strap. For small accessories, the inside flap has laminated mesh pockets for everything from memory cards to a snack.

The exterior of the pack is made from a combination of ballistic nylon, polyester and nylon webbing all treated for water-resistance. The inside is nylon and polyurethane with padded, closed cell foam dividers. For a small pack that holds this much gear, it's relatively lightweight at a maximum of 3.6 lb.

Think Tank Features

  • Cable lock & locking YKK zipper sliders for added security
  • Holds your laptop and iPad in a separate (lockable) zippered compartment
  • Bottom hinge opens bag completely for quick and unencumbered access
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system
  • Light, comfortable and contoured harness system
  • Top zippered pocket for boarding pass
  • Removable waist belt for additional stability when walking, running, etc
  • Adapts to Pro Speed Belt for additional support
  • Water bottle pocket
  • Robust handles on three sides
  • Easily accessible front organizer pocket
  • Seam sealed rain cover included
  • Perfect for travel - Security cable & combination lock allows you to lock the laptop case or to immovable objects. This security cable is very effective when you have to leave your gear for a period of time in a media room, wedding hall, hotel room, or other open areas
  • High capacity: Holds a standard DSLR with 4-6 standard zoom lenses. Quick access pockets hold a 13" laptop and iPad
  • Holds your 13" laptop and iPad in a separate, integrated, locking zippered compartment
  • The removable waist belt allows the Pro Speed belt or Thin Skin Belt to be used which increases carrying capacity, stability and functionality
  • Contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support and Air Mesh paneling to help keep your back cool
  • Robust handles on three sides ensures rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks, etc. Airport Commuter backpack pictured
  • The included lock and cable allow the backpack to be secured to an immoveable object or can be used to lock the zipper sliders on the main compartment
  • Seam sealed rain cover helps protect your gear. Stows away inside backpack when not in use
  • Compatible with Artificial Intelligence Laptop cases
  • The inside flap has see-through laminated mesh pockets for various accessories such as note pads, energy bars, memory card wallets, instruction books and other items
  • YKK RC-Fuse zipper and highest quality materials throughout. Lockable zipper sliders for additional security

Think Tank Specifications

Exterior Material
All fabric exterior treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) while fabric underside is coated with PU (polyurethane) for superior water resistance, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 600D polyester, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique nickel plated metal hardware, big hole air mesh, honeycomb mono mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Interior Material
Removable closed cell foam dividers, 210D silver-toned nylon, PU backed velex liner, 2x PU coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, belly-o mesh pockets, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Type of Closure
Tripod Holder
Waist Belt
Yes - removable
Carrying/Transport Options
Adjustable harness
Sternum strap
Handles on three sides
Adapts to optional Pro Speed Belt for additional support
Exterior Dimensions
11.5 x 18.0 x 7.0" (29.2 x 45.7 17.8 cm)
Interior Dimensions
11.0 x 16.3 x 5.0" (27.9 x 41.4 x 12.7 cm)
Laptop compartment: 9.8 x 15.0 x 1.2 (24.9 x 38.1 x 3.0 cm)
2.9-3.6 lb (1.3-1.6 kg)
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Reviewed by 1 customers


Excellent backpack for hiking


from Seattle  -  Photo Enthusiast

While the airport qualities are well documented (small yet roomy, inconspicuous, well built), it's less obvious how well this backpack suits hiking. The contoured back, adjustable straps and belt make for a good, ergonomic load in the field. I hiked multiple times with it and even scrambled class 4 terrain without feeling unbalanced. Of course I still use a mountaineering backpack for overnight or more serious climbing, but for day hikes is almost perfect. "Almost" is the key word that looses one star here, as the backpack lacks in organization flexibility: there is no way to adjust the dividers to make more room for clothing or non photographic items. Typically I take one body with 300/4, 12-24/4, 50/1.4, and 100/2.8 macro lenses, filters, and all these still leave one third of the volume available, yet hard to fill due to the long compartments organization. Ideally Think Tank should provide an additional set of shorter, less than full height dividers to accommodate one large compartment and a couple of garment items laying flat over gear. One other issue has to do with where it opens, which forces people to lay it down on its back, thus exposing the carrying back to dirt, damp, etc. Obviously the zippered opening and hinge should be on the carrying side. Yes, I realize this is a technical challenge, take it as a recommendation for next version. :)


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Shopper  Will this bag fit a Canon body with a grip? My gut is telling me no, but I'd hate to buy the Commuter if a grip will fit in this one.
PASUL M  I have a canon 60D with a grip and it doesn’t fit in this bag. If you always carry your camera with grip attached, Commuter is the perfect one.
Michael G  Thanks for the quick reply.
Shopper  Will this bag fit a Canon body with a grip? My gut is telling me no, but I'd hate to buy the Commuter if a grip will fit in this one.
REGINALD E  If it is fastened to the body the answer is no. Get the bigger one!
Shopper  Will this bag fit a Canon body with a grip? My gut is telling me no, but I'd hate to buy the Commuter if a grip will fit in this one.
REGINALD E  If it is fastened to the body the answer is no. Get the bigger one!
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