Quick hands-on review of the new Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter backpack

This is a quick hands-on of the new Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter backpack that got announced today:


The backpack includes straps that let you attach a tripod on the side and the standard rain cover (click on images for larger view):


Easy to access business card pouch on the top:

An additional top pocket with a zipper:

The Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter backpack also includes a cable lock that is stored in a side pocket:

YKK zippers:

You can easily fit a 15" Macbook Pro in the large front pocket:

There is another smaller pocket on the front:

This is how the backpack looks on the inside - for reference, the lens on the bottom is a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII:

More details are available at thinktankphoto.com:


  • International and domestic carry-on size compatible
  • Cable lock & locking YKK zipper sliders for added security
  • Holds your laptop and iPad in a separate (locking) zippered compartment
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system
  • Bottom hinge opens bag completely for quick and unencumbered access
  • 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
  • Ultra-Stretch pockets on shoulder straps (Airport Commuter & Airport Accelerator only)
  • Robust handles on three sides
  • Easily accessible front organizer pocket
  • Seam sealed rain cover included
  • YKK RC-Fuse zipper and highest quality materials throughout
  • *Check with your air carrier to confirm current size restrictions

Gear Profile:

  • Holds pro sized DSLR, 4-6 standard zooms, iPad and 15” laptop.
  • Accommodates a 400 f/2.8 attached to a camera body or a 500 f/4 unattached

Technical Specifications:

  • SKU: 87453000 486 5 • Part Number: 486
  • ED: 12.5” W x 18.” H x 8.5” D (31.6 × 45.7 × 21.6cm)
  • ID: 11.5” W x 16.3” H x 6.8” D (29.2 × 42.4 × 17.3cm)
  • Laptop: 11” W x 16” H x 1.3” D (27 × 40 × 3.5cm)
  • Weight: 3.5-4.2lbs (1.5-1.9kg)
  • No Rhetoric Warranty Policy
  • Exterior - All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU 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 - 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.

Price: $199.75

Special offer from Think Tank Photo

When you order the Airport rollers this month, your can get the Artificial Intelligence laptop sleeves ($59 value) for free:

Think Tank Photo just announced a special deal on their popular rolling camera bags.  Order their Airport Security V2.0, Airport International V2.0, Airport Airstream, or Airport TakeOff rolling camera bags before May 31, 2012 and you will receive one of their Artificial IntelligenceV2.0 laptop sleeves for free!  This is a $59 value.

Their Airport rolling camera bags are considered the best designed, most durable in the industry.  Backed by Think Tank’s "No Rhetoric Warranty" and great customer service, their rollers have traveled millions of miles and been used on every continent.

All of Think Tank’s rollers are designed with the intention of helping you keep your bodies, lenses, and accessories near you at all times, even while flying.  Think Tank actually designs their rollers to comply with airline carry-on size requirements.

All of the rollers share three levels of security (TSA approved combination locks, front laptop cable and lock, and back cable and lock for securing entire bag to fixed object).  They employ the highest grade materials, including all fabric exterior treated with DWR (underside fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance), 1680D ballistic nylon, abrasion resistant YKK® RC Fuse zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, replaceable in-line skate wheels, antique nickel plated metal hardware, nylon webbing,  and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Free Laptop Case

Disclosure: Think Tank Photo is an affiliate sponsor of PhotoRumors.com.

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  • Harold Ellis

    would help to see the view with two cameras
    actually two cameras with big lenses on it.
    where is a bag for that.
    i would more prefer this cut out foam, like pelican bags have instead those dividers. you cannot make obscure shapes from it good enough

    • Harold Ellis

      love the locker though. Would be nice touch to have also kensington attachment on another string and 4 digit code. 3 digit can be cracked in max 5 minutes (toilet break)

      • Joe

        I don’t think the difference between 3 digit vs. 4 digit would be that great for someone who can crack it less than 5 minutes. Besides, it is easier to take the whole bag than to fumble with the lock. The point of this kind of bag is to carry it with you most of the time.

        And this bag seems to be better than the Clik Elite Pro bag (similar price point) in storage but less comfortable in support. I can hardly fit my 200/2 into the Clik Elite bag with a body and a couple of extra lenses.

        • Harold Ellis

          sure its only against occasional thieves (the real one have cutting tool), but 4 digits makes difference between “have to sit on it for a while” against “click click open”
          10 times more combinations might not be big difference for you, but it is anyway 🙂

          • Joe

            The point is not to leave your backpack out in the open. Taking the whole bag is, again, a much easier option than to crack the lock and take each individual piece out. And in reality, 10^3 vs. 10^4 would not mean anything if you don’t have a clue and have to go through the 10^3 combination. The difference between 3-combi and 4-combi is only a few seconds with this type of simple lock.

    • SK
      • Harold Ellis

        there is with two bodies but not both have lenses on it.
        who carries body without lens?
        when i come somewhere i want to take it and go.

  • dotslash

    does the bag still fit in carry on with a tripod on the side?

    Anyone got any general comments about taking a tripod (manfrotto 190xprob) on carry on?

  • everything opens from the back by the time you get where you are headed your bag will be much lighter i love my back pack into which you have to take it off your back to get into it other than a knife cut while you’re not aware of it could empty your contents

  • Nick

    Why does nobody make a good rucksack that can fit camera stuff properly stored and also clothes etc for carry on?

    I hate having to have two rucksacks with me, or a rucksack and a shoulder bag; one of clothes and stuff, one of camera equipment. Or of having to stuff a billingham hadly into a larger bag and pack it down with clothes to hold it in place.

  • Thanks for the timely review. I am looking for a backpack for two bodies and can hold a PC too.

    As Harold mentioned “would help to see the view with two cameras” and a couple of lenses.

    Anyway will consider this backpack as an option.

  • bklynpigeon

    Photo Rumors never reviews bags.

    think tank must have paid you for this post. lol.

    • No, they just sent me a pre-production sample. I have done several ThinkTank bag reviews in the past, I used most of the bags for giveaways.

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