Think Tank Photo has updated one of their most popular backpack series, the StreetWalker. There’s four sizes, the StreetWalker V2.0, StreetWalker Pro V2.0, StreetWalker Harddrive V2.0 and the StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0. The two smaller StreetWalker bags hold 1 to 2 camera bodies and several lenses, along with a 10″ tablet. I needed to carry my MacBook so I went with the largest, the Harddrive V2.0 which holds up to a 15″ laptop and 13″ tablet, along with a whole lot of camera gear. The rolling version is slightly larger and adds wheels and a retractable handle, but only holds a 15″ laptop, no dedicated tablet compartment.
I’m a minimalist traveler, so I only wanted to carry one bag on my week long trip to Germany. This was quite a challenge since I had an event that required a suit, but I negotiated down to a sport coat, dress shirt and black pants. I was able to fit everything in the Streetwalker Harddrive V2.0 and still had some space left over. I brought my Sony RX100V with Pilotfly C45 Gimbal, Canon M5 with 10-22mm lens and Rode Videomicro, MacBook, dress clothes, a light jacket, 3 sets of clothes, batteries, chargers and other accessories.
The bag weighed in at 23 pounds, much heavier than I usually travel with, but considering the extra clothing, it wasn’t too bad. The padded shoulder straps were amazing, it was very comfortable to carry, I even walked about a mile from the train station to my hotel in Wiesbaden. I had to put the sports coat in the laptop section so it bulged a little bit in the back, but was still comfortable, nice that I was able to fit it in there with the MacBook.
The build quality is excellent, just like the rest of Think Tank’s bags. I didn’t bring a tripod but there is an included strap, also a rain cover and plenty of padded dividers which I removed most of to fit my clothing and the gimbal. With exterior dimensions of 11.4” W x 20.4” H x 8.7” D (29 x 52 x 22 cm), it’s small enough as a carry on. Although one of my flights was on a small United Bombardier CRJ-200 V2 plane and it wouldn’t fit in the upper compartments since they’re tiny. I was in the front row so I had to switch with the person behind me and it fit easily under the seat.
Overall the StreetWalker Harddrive V2.0 is one of my favorite camera backpacks. It carries so much gear yet is compact enough to carry on most flights. I’ll be taking this bag on a week long road trip next week to Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. But this time it will be packed full of cameras. I’ll be bringing my Canon XC15, Canon M5, Sony RX100V, GoPro Hero 4 along with various gimbals, batteries, chargers, accessories, and hopefully my new MacBook Pro 13 if it’s delivered in time.