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TenbaRoadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good protection (11)
  • Lots of pockets and features (11)
  • Rugged (11)
  • Stylish (6)
  • Comfortable strap (3)

Cons

  • Insufficient padding (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (10)
  • Commuting (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (7), High-end shopper (4), Professional (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (9), Personal (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Bag - Revisited from earlier revie

I'm back. I reviewed this bag a while back, and although I still haven't flown with this bag, I have used it on locations for a wedding. I say 'locations' because my...Read complete review

I'm back. I reviewed this bag a while back, and although I still haven't flown with this bag, I have used it on locations for a wedding. I say 'locations' because my team shot the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding preparations, wedding, reception, and formal portraits at different locations.

The biggest plus to the bag is that everything is at your fingertips on one level - no bridges, no digging required. Once on site, I unzipped the main compartment, lifted out the extra foam padding (still my only quibble wit this thing, and it is more minor than ever), and voila! All my gear was in plain view! No fumbling for a flash or lens. When my partner's flash failed, I simply told her to go the my bag and pull another unit. NO DIGGING. Also, we had just packed up our gear to move to the reception when we were told the game plan had changed - photos needed. Unzip, grab the cameras, and go. No hassles.

The handle on the side, and the handle at the top are, well, handy for getting the bag in and out of vehicles. No problems lifting the loaded bag, as you can do it from any angle.

Some other things I found I really like about this bag's construction - the handle, wheels, and 'bottom'. The telescoping handle is STURDY. This is not the dinky thin pullup handle you see on luggage. This is for the real world. The wheels took the terrain of the field (yes, field) I had to drag the bag through to get to one site. And, don't worry about scraping the bottom edge when you are pulling the bag on its wheels - there is a heavy-duty piece of molded plastic to prevent injury to the bag and its contents.

I am very pleased with my purchase - and wanted to update my review with this one!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

A lot of issues with the interior...

I was looking for a great rolling case & after reading endless reviews, this is the one I bought. Seemed to have the best reviews, size & features.
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I was looking for a great rolling case & after reading endless reviews, this is the one I bought. Seemed to have the best reviews, size & features.

However, when I got it, I was immediately struck by the fact that the interior has a HUGE design flaw. Where the telescoping handle goes into the case creates a huge square inside the case that creates a huge gap around it. It was impossible for me to fit my gear in the case.

It's very clear in the product photo and I am surprised I didn't notice this before purchasing.

This design/ledge creates a situation where I could not place my lenses into the lens slots without them being canted because they were half on the ledge & half hanging in the air. And everything was falling down into the gap. And the bottom of the case isn't padded. I was not comfortable placing my gear into this case.

I sent it back in and bought a different brand...

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5.0

Great camera case

By Pixelsaurus

from Grand Rapids, Mi

About Me Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Protection
  • Lots Of Pockets And Features
  • Rugged
  • Stylish
  • Weatherproof

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

      Solid construction with lots of room for equipment.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Great for travel

      By Goober Dog

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Strap
      • Good Protection
      • Lots Of Pockets And Features
      • Weatherproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Light Protection
        • Travel

        Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

        Packed in a Canon 5D, 3 lenses including a 70-200mm, 7.7in monitor, Israeli Arms, Rode mic, viewfinder and more. Great little organizer and exactly what I needed. All fits perfectly in to an overhead compartment. Also has a nice link to attach my tripod securely.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Top quality bag in a great size

        By divatog

        from Maryland USA

        About Me Bargain Hunter, High-End Shopper, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Protection
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

            I knew I needed a purpose-designed, high-quality roller bag that could hold my entire outfit and was likely to be ok for carry-on use - it came down to a choice between the Lowepro x200, the Thinktank International, and the Tenba Roadie II Universal. I was struggling trying to decide just by reading specs and reviews online, but fortunately had the chance to go into B&H in NY and see them in person: - the Lowepro was nice (and I do like the added features it has), but it weighed a TON even empty. It's larger than the other two as well.- the Thinktank was every bit as nice as I expected, but at nearly $[$] was out of my budget. The Tenba was everything I had hoped from my extensive online research: well-made, sized for both domestic and international carry-on, tall extendable handle, smooth wheels, nice pocket arrangements including a neat tripod-carrying pocket/attachment (I use it for a 6ft compact lightstand and umbrella - works perfectly). It's a bit of a Tardis (bigger on the inside than it is on the outside!) and is comfortably carrying: 5dII + mounted 70-200 2.8is; 7d; Tamron 24-70VC; 135L; 85 1.8; 50 1.4; Lensbaby; 580ex; 430exII; STE2 trigger; 3 Pixel King triggers/transmitter; 5-in-1 reflector; battery chargers/batteries/odds & ends. I could easily fit a tablet in the rear zipper compartment (a laptop will fit in the front pocket, but that's currently where I'm keeping the reflector). While the corners are rounded, those areas are perfect for odd-shaped little items like battery chargers - that is not wasted space. So far, I haven't found anything not to like. Some other reviews elsewhere have complained about the housing for the handle, which protrudes into the inside of the bag making it "two levels" in some places. This is true, HOWEVER Tenba helpfully include precision cut foam padding to fill in the recessed areas should you choose; it's a non-issue as far as I'm concerned (in fact, the ability to create deeper/shallower areas in the bag is USEFUL for me). There are various dividers of different shapes, sizes, and stiffness (some are rigid padded dividers; some are soft bendy foam dividers) which make it easy to configure for any gear. I really can't think of anything not to like about this bag. It's lighter and more carry-on friendly than the Lowepro, and more budget-friendly than the Thinktank - anybody looking for a roller bag would be wise to keep it on their shortlist as another option to look at!

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            best camera bag ever

            By jay

            from Sydney australia

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lots Of Pockets And Features
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                Strong construction
                Brilliant design
                a place for everything

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great bag

                By John urphotos

                from Little neck ny

                About Me High-End Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                • Rugged
                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                  I used this bag for my latest trip,, it is great. It fits perfectly on the overhead bin in the plane. I was able to fit 2 pro bodies, a 70-200 lens, an 85 1.4, 24-70, 105 macro, 2 flashes, filters, lens cleaners, rain bags, laptop, iPad, su-800, tripod ball head, etc. I definitely recommend this bag for travel

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  2.0

                  A lot of issues with the interior...

                  By Clay the Walker

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                  • Gap inside the case
                  • Insufficient Padding

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                  I was looking for a great rolling case & after reading endless reviews, this is the one I bought. Seemed to have the best reviews, size & features.

                  However, when I got it, I was immediately struck by the fact that the interior has a HUGE design flaw. Where the telescoping handle goes into the case creates a huge square inside the case that creates a huge gap around it. It was impossible for me to fit my gear in the case.

                  It's very clear in the product photo and I am surprised I didn't notice this before purchasing.

                  This design/ledge creates a situation where I could not place my lenses into the lens slots without them being canted because they were half on the ledge & half hanging in the air. And everything was falling down into the gap. And the bottom of the case isn't padded. I was not comfortable placing my gear into this case.

                  I sent it back in and bought a different brand...

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  My go to bag.

                  By Jed Rollins

                  from Dallas, Tx

                  About Me Gear enthusiast, Professional, Stylish

                  Pros

                  • Good amount of space
                  • Good Protection
                  • Good size
                  • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                  • PRACTICAL
                  • Rugged
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                  • Handle feels weak
                  • Laptop pocketinsufficiant
                  • Tripod pocket is small

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting
                  • Large day bag
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                  This bag is my absolute go to for International travel as well as daily commuting.
                  I have carried anything from an HD video setup to my photo setup with 2 bodies and an array of lenses. Space is (needless to say) not a big problem normally. I've taken this bag to Africa, Asia, and all thru Europe with no problems.
                  The only thing I have not tried is really using it as a laptop case!

                  I rated it 4 stars because this bag is not, however great it is, the end all bag.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Bag - Revisited from earlier revie

                  By Kes

                  from Kansas

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good Protection
                  • Rugged
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Insufficient Padding

                  Best Uses

                  • Location shooting
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                  I'm back. I reviewed this bag a while back, and although I still haven't flown with this bag, I have used it on locations for a wedding. I say 'locations' because my team shot the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding preparations, wedding, reception, and formal portraits at different locations.

                  The biggest plus to the bag is that everything is at your fingertips on one level - no bridges, no digging required. Once on site, I unzipped the main compartment, lifted out the extra foam padding (still my only quibble wit this thing, and it is more minor than ever), and voila! All my gear was in plain view! No fumbling for a flash or lens. When my partner's flash failed, I simply told her to go the my bag and pull another unit. NO DIGGING. Also, we had just packed up our gear to move to the reception when we were told the game plan had changed - photos needed. Unzip, grab the cameras, and go. No hassles.

                  The handle on the side, and the handle at the top are, well, handy for getting the bag in and out of vehicles. No problems lifting the loaded bag, as you can do it from any angle.

                  Some other things I found I really like about this bag's construction - the handle, wheels, and 'bottom'. The telescoping handle is STURDY. This is not the dinky thin pullup handle you see on luggage. This is for the real world. The wheels took the terrain of the field (yes, field) I had to drag the bag through to get to one site. And, don't worry about scraping the bottom edge when you are pulling the bag on its wheels - there is a heavy-duty piece of molded plastic to prevent injury to the bag and its contents.

                  I am very pleased with my purchase - and wanted to update my review with this one!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Holds It All - one minor concern

                  By Kes Two

                  from Kansas

                  About Me Organized, Practical, Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Everything at a Glance
                  • Good Protection
                  • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                  • Rugged
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                  • Could Use More Dividers
                  • Insufficient Padding

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting
                  • Easy access to gear
                  • Equipment Storage
                  • On-site control of gear
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                  I would really like to give the bag 4 1/2 stars. I really like it and there is only one minor concern to it.

                  As a Pro Photographer, I need my gear (two DSLRs w/attached lenses, two flash units, two telephoto lenses, battery chargers, 17" notebook, external hard drive, USB-camera cords, my wallet, notepad, pens, etc.) in one bag - and with all that weight, the thing needs wheels. I want to be able to access any piece of equipment easily without having to dig through layers of stuff.

                  I researched the available options & bought this one. I love the bag - it took me a while to work it all in, and I admit I cheated & used some dividers from another camera bag. The fully loaded bag does not tip over, the telescoping handle is sturdier than most. The wheels are rugged enough for most terrains, too - not the flimsy ones usually found on rolling luggage. The bag doesn't scream: "I am holding $$$$ of camera equipment!" (a decided plus), and there are two carry handles so you can load the bag into a trunk or overhead bin. Laid flat, one zip and you are looking at the camera gear. The outside pocket will house a tripod or monopod, and there is a strap included to secure them.

                  The notebook computer compartment is a tight squeeze for a 17", but I don't plan to carry that unless I am flying somehwer and will need it to edit photos. The computer compart could be better padded - I tired adding some thin protection, but it wouldn't quite close. (For non-flight assignments, I have a netbook, which fits fine.)

                  The only drawback: lack of sufficient padding. I solved this by buying a roll of 1" thick foam sheeting from a crafts store, and sitting down with a pair of scissors to custom pad the areas which need it. You lose a bit of depth, but it's a reasonable sacrifice for peace of mind. Take your time organizing your gear into compartments before you add the padding, and you'll be fine.

                  I would have liked a few more dividers, but as I said, I was able to use some from the camera bag I am abandoning. The main compartment is designed to accept any of the self-stick dividers that are standard with other bags.

                  I intend to use the bag for weddings to replace the crammed shoulder bag I have been using. When I fly, it's going to be interesting to see how it goes through security, but the flat 'everything at a glance' main compartment should help. Also, I have seen bigger backpacks carted on board a plane, so this one should easily take the place of a camera bag and separate computer case. And, now with this bag I can carry a handbag!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great designed

                  By prince disney

                  from jacksonville Fl.

                  About Me High-End Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Strap
                  • Good Protection

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Heavy Duty Protection
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                    great bag for traveling

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    One Flaw, One Inconvenience

                    By David I

                    from Gambrills, Maryland

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Protection
                    • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                    • Rugged
                    • Weatherproof

                    Cons

                    • Insufficient Padding

                    Best Uses

                    • Commuting
                    • Light Protection

                    Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                    I have not yet taken the Roadie II on an air trip, so I am not qualified to judge it for that purpose. I use it in my home to protect equipment from dust and damage and also to transport my kit by car for nature shoots.

                    This mid-sized case may be quite heavy when fully packed. Therein lies the flaw. The case has two hand straps for lifting, one on top (good) and one in back (bad). The second strap needs to be up front where one could use it along with the top strap to heft and gently heave the full case up onto a chair or a tabletop. That action is quite clumsy when one has one hand on the top strap and the other arm is reaching across the case to grip the back strap.

                    Inconvenience: of necessity, the channels that enclose the collapsible handle intrude into the bottom of the case. They are hard, and they cause the bottom of the case to be not flat. An additional layer of removable, soft insulation of varying thickness on the bottom of the case would fix this problem without compromising headroom. I recommend the user add custom-cut, high quality foam.

                    Capacity is and configurability are very good; the case gives the appearance of being small on the outside and large on the inside.

                    The collapsible handle and wheels work well.

                    The case is well constructed, and if past experience is any guide, I expect it to be very durable. My Tenba shoulder bag, purchased in 1975, traveled the world (Middle East, East Africa, SE Asia) for 20 years and is functionally as good as new. It will certainly outlast me.

                    Finally, this black-is-cool fashion (electronics to bags to appliances) is worn out. Let's see a couple of other colors, at least tan and olive. My older Tenba case is orange!

                    I purchased this case from B&H for my own use. I am not affiliated with any manufacturer or vendor.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    2.0

                    Bulkier than i thought

                    By Marios

                    from Tucson, AZ

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Insufficient Padding
                    • Not Enough Protection

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                      It is a bit bulkier than I thought. So if you had to gate check this suitcase I don't think it has enough protection for all the expensive gear you would be carrying. I would be very nervous.

                      I returned it and got the original Roadie Universal where it is a bit less bulky and the top cover (zipper) is harder and offers more protection (not to mention $100 cheaper)

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Best travel luggage

                      By traveler

                      from las vegas

                      About Me Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Protection
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Heavy Duty Protection
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                        Because it meets internatinal travel requirements, this is the best case for photo equipment I have flown with.

                        Only con- a raised section on the inside.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Just what I wanted

                        By Richard

                        from Oklahoma

                        About Me High-End Shopper, Practical

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Protection
                        • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                          Easily accessable and convenient to organize. Sturdy handle and wheels roll effortlessly! Would certainly recommend to a friend.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Excellent

                          By Live in TX, born in FL

                          from Austin, TX

                          About Me Bargain Hunter, Practical

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Strap
                          • Good Protection
                          • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                          • Rugged

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Commuting
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                            Very well made; sturdy.

                            Holds a lot but remarkably in a small form factor - will easily fit in the overhead compartment. Even the ever-so-picky Lufthansa airline personnel won't give you a second look.

                            Modularity is excellent - easy to rearrange interior to fit all my gear - D3x, 14-24, 24-70, 70-300, 50 prime, plus other misc. stuff.

                            Wheels, handle (retractable and sewn) all well made and sturdy.

                            Laptop compartment fits my 17" Macbook.

                            What's not to love.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            4.0

                            Solid little case

                            By SoFlo Photog

                            from Ft. Lauderdale

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Wheels
                            • Solid build
                            • Stores overhead easily

                            Cons

                            • Interior could be deeper
                            • Zippers get hung up

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Tenba Roadie II Universal Rolling Photo/Laptop Case:

                              working pro needed a travel case for a 2 cam system. Case was a little smaller than anticipated. Telescope handel is housed in a boxed enclosure that takes away from interior depth. My D700 with battery grip was too high. Also, when I traveled w my laptop, there was no room left for a mouse & power supply. Oh...and it's pretty heavy when fully loaded.

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