This is an update from my July 2010 original article…
I’ve started to travel a bit lately, so I decided it was time to take a look at Think Tank Photo’s new Airport Security v2.0 bag as a great option for rolling my heavy gear around instead of lugging it on my back. However, I’ve gained more gear since the days of my Airport Acceleration bag, so I needed a bigger bag too! This bag seemed like it would be the perfect bag as I’d be able to carry it on the plane (critical), drag it around on the wheels when i wanted to, and when needed I could carry it as a backpack (crowds, busses, etc…). In short, it seemed as it would be the perfect solution.
Here’s a view of the outside of the bag from several angles:
The handle retracts into a zip pocket (shown below)
You can lock the zippers on the side
Security tag and backpack strap view
Solid wheels and a sturdy legs to prevent tipping
The outside of the Airport Security v2.0 is very well designed. I can hold my 17” laptop easily inside the front pocket and thanks to the new legs it won’t tip over as my older bag did. I also loved the beefy handle which felt good and worked well, as well as the top and bottom handles which made it easy to lift and collect from the bag of a SUV. The straps stow away nicely and the security tag is a great feature I’d like to see on all bags as it has a unique serial number (think like a VIN number) so you can use that to identify a lost or or retrieve a stolen bag.
A peek inside
Here’s a look at how the Airport Security v2.0 can be configured inside to fit multiple bodies and lenses. As you see in both scenarios, it can handle a lot more practical configurations than the samples shown here:
|Nikon Sample Configuration||Canon Sample Configuration|
I packed about 40 pounds of gear in it on my trip (not shown) and it was a breeze to roll around – even on the rough surfaces in backwoods Texas. Like all TTP bags, it comes with a ton of extra dividers and a rain cover, so what you see here is just possible scenarios – not the only scenarios.
Inside there are some very nice large pockets that really help to keep things organized and in place much better than the old bags did:
From a storage standpoint, the Airport Security v2.0 is a perfect bag. Even the outside pocket (not shown) was handy for me to keep my G11 in as well as my wallet, and the inside safety hook for my keys is always welcome when travelling!
Will this really fit in an Airplane?
When I demo’d the Airport Security v2.0 to members of my photography club I had a couple people look at me with a raised eyebrow of disbelief when I assured them that all Think Tank Photo bags are designed to go in overhead compartments in airplanes. While this is a very large bag, it easily fit with no forcing or prodding despite being level full. Naturally I keep my laptop with me on the plane, so had that been in the bag it would have been a small problem (but I could put it behind the bag). This is a long bag so it must be stored as shown, but as you can see there’s plenty of room for a purse, small bag, or heavy jacket to go in front of it. You can also see the side pouch where I kept my wallet and G11 on this trip:
The Airport Security v2.0 is an outstanding travel companion and honestly I never even used the backpack straps until I wrote this review. The wheels were so good that I never found myself needing or wanting the straps.
It may even fit in your convertible too
A funny side note is that I had my Airport Security v2.0 in the tiny front trunk of a Porsche 911 C4s Cabriolet which is only 3.3 cubic feet (and not a nice rectangle), and it fit fine in that trunk as well – with room left for a day bag. I mention this for those photographers who might have small storage in their sports cars that they use for short trips and are wondering if it will fit.
Here’s a short 4 minute video walkthrough of the features that the Airport Security v2.0 offers (view the HD version for the best results as YouTube destroyed the image quality on the downres):
Everyone who reads this blog knows I am biased about Think Tank Photo bags because I love them so much. However, there’s a good reason for it – they are extremely well built professional bags designed by pro photographers for pro photographers. They don’t just look sturdy like the competition, they really are sturdy bags.
The Airport Security v2.0 is made very well inside and out as a camera bag, and the wheels and fabric handles were phenomenal. However, I was extremely disappointed in the quality of the retractable handle which was functional and served me well, it was a little loose feeling for my taste (like bags you’d buy from JC Penny’s) and sometimes difficult to fish out from its closed position. I also felt like the backpack straps in this version were more of a checkbox feature rather than something you’d really use because this bag is just too heavy for the useless straps included. These gripes aside, I found that I never needed the straps because it’s such a good roller and the roller handle did its job and never seemed to get more loose so it appears to just be a loose design.
In the end, I’d highly recommend the Airport Security v2.0 even if you don’t travel as it’s a good bag to roll your gear around in. I have a huge collection of TTP bags, and this roller system is so good that it’s become my favorite bag, and the others aren’t seeing much use these days. Of course, that seems to happen quite often with whatever my latest bag is so your mileage may vary.
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Other Think Tank Photo Bag Reviews
Considering other TTP bags? Then take a few moments to check out these other reviews found on this blog:
- ThinkTankPhoto Airport Acceleration, Artificial Intelligence 17, Camera Straps & Support Straps
- Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight
- Think Tank Photo AirStream
- Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff
- Think Tank Photo Digital Holster
- Think Thank Photo Hydrophobia 70-200 Camera Rain Cover
- Think Tank Photo Logistics Manager
- Think Tank Photo Modular Components V2.0
- Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20
- Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter
- Think Tank Photo Sling-O-Matic
- Think Tank Photo Streetwalker Pro vs Glass Taxi
- Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise Series (v2.0 Up)
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