Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black)

Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black)

Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black)

B&H # TEMDB MFR # 638-291

Product Highlights

  • Fits SLR Camera 2-3 Lens Kit
  • Fits 15" Laptop or 17" MacBook Pro
  • 1000 Denier Military-grade Nylon
  • Closed-cell Foam Padded Interior
  • 30 Pockets for Accessories
  • Carry Handle
  • Backpack Harness
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Tenba 638-291 overview

  • 1Description

The Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black) is a lightweight backpack/daypack with a removable photo insert designed to carry a SLR camera with 2-3 lenses, flash, accessories, magazines and files. A laptop compartment will hold a computer with a screen up to 15" or an Apple MacBook pro notebook computer. The bag is made from weather and abrasion resistant 1000 denier military-grade nylon with closed-cell, crossed-link foam padded interior. A "wide mouth" top drawstring opening accesses the padded laptop compartment and a flexible storage space. There is a tilt-out front panel with a removable, adjustable photo insert that offers fast, quick-draw access to an SLR camera 2-3 lens kit. There is a full overlap top flap that provides weather protection and security. Dual, military-grade web straps provide additional security to both top flap and front photo section.
The Photo/Laptop Daypack has 30 various pockets, slots and storage spaces, including large side cargo pockets that hold cables, media cards and much more, an organizer inside the top flap keeps portable devices and accessories quickly accessible plus an accessory organizer in the top section holds a hard drive, USB thumb drives and more. There is additional fast storage and easy access to small items in the front zip pocket. Color-coded media windows separate used flash cards from empty ones. The pack can be carried by a padded handle or an expedition-grade harness system that is lined with ventilated mesh for serious carrying comfort.

  • Weather and abrasion resistant 1000 denier military-grade nylon
  • Closed-cell, crossed-link foam padded interior
  • Genuine YKK zippers
  • Duraflex clips and adjuster
  • Rubberized bottom panel protects fabric from moisture and abrasion.
"Wide mouth" top drawstring opening accesses padded laptop compartment and flexible storage space
Full overlap top flap provides weather protection and security
Dual, military-grade web straps provide additional security to both top flap and front photo section
  • Tilt-out front panel with removable, adjustable photo insert offers fast, quick-draw access to an SLR camera 2-3 lens kit
  • Laptop compartment holds a computer with a screen up to 15" or an Apple MacBook pro notebook and accessories
Photo insert can be used as daypack, weekend travel pack or laptop bag
    30 pockets, slots and storage spaces designed to carry almost every accessory including the following
  • Large side cargo pockets hold cables, media cards and much more
  • Organizer inside top flap keeps portable devices and accessories quickly accessible
  • Accessory organizer in top section holds hard drive, USB thumb drives and more
  • Additional fast storage and easy access to small items in front zip pocket
  • Color-coded media windows separate used flash cards from empty ones
Carrying options
  • Padded carry handle
  • Expedition-grade harness system lined with ventilated mesh for serious carrying comfort.
UPC: 026815382919
In the Box
Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black)
  • Photo Insert
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Tenba 638-291 specs

    Features Laptop Compartment
    Carrying/Transport Options Backpack Straps, Sternum Strap, Top Handle, Waist Belt
    Camera Support Strap None
    Laptop Compartment Screen Size 15.0"
    Laptop/Tablet Compartment Dimensions 10.5 x 15.5 x 1.5" / 27.0 x 39.0 x 3.8 cm
    Exterior Dimensions 13 x 17.5 x 8.5" / 33 x 44 x 22 cm
    Exterior Material Nylon
    Type of Closure Zipper
    Interior Dimensions 10 x 8.5 x 6.5" / 25 x 22 x 17 cm
    Interior Material Foam
    Weight 3.3 lb / 1.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.3 x 17.6 x 3.7"

    Tenba 638-291 reviews

    Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack (Black) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 35.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great All Purpose Bag All in all this is a great general use bag. The best feature is you don't look like a dork! or look like your carrying expensive camera gear. I toured NYC for a week with more kit than I needed and never got hassled or broke a sweat. The good thing they don't tell you in the product specs is you can remove the over-engineered waist belt...in case you're not hiking a mountain. The bad thing is Tenba really over did it with Tenba logos on this Tenba bag made by Tenba. There are 12 Tenba logos on this thing, including the ridiculously large one on the waist belt. Makes you look like TENBA-Man. in all, buy it.
    Date published: 2010-09-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Having mixed feelings There are many things I like about this backpack. It is built tough, yet comfortable to carry. It is obvious that a lot of thought was put into its design. However, there is one thing that I really really dislike about this backpack. The upper compartment does not have a zipper. It can be partly closed by only a drawstring. No matter how tight you pull the drawstring, the top is still left open by several square inches. Even though the flap comes down over the top compartment, this does not change the fact that the top compartment is actually open. I do not feel comfortable leaving any small items inside an open compartment. In my view, this is a major design flaw. Tenba could have easily used a zipper to close the top. The only reason why I would not recommend this product is due to the absence of this zipper. Otherwise, I am fine with everything else and I would have given it a 5-star rating. I also agree with another reviewer that ONE Tenba logo is enough. Tenba has placed so many logos on this backpack that I lost count. There are other less important nuisances. Certain zippers get caught in the inner linings of the backpack. This makes it difficult to open and close them. The camera section can be opened only after opening the top flap. This makes it rather difficult to access the camera. I like the laptop compartment. It has been nicely designed. I bought this bag a few days ago. I am still not sure about keeping it. I checked out camera bags made by other manufacturers. This Tenba model was the most comfortable of them all.
    Date published: 2011-05-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for when you don't need everything Great travel bag/ airplane carry on when you are going on a vacation and you don't need to bring every piece of camera equipment you own. Super comfortable with great support for all day hikes around town or in the woods. It would benefit from additional anchor points to attach equipment (tripods/monopods) or small accessory bags. As well you do have to take the bag off to access your gear. Loaded with lots of pockets to keep all your essentials organized and if you are like me and own several bags each with a specific purpose you won't be sorry adding this one to your arsenal. It would also benefit from a little more space up top for personal items and a waterproof cover.
    Date published: 2011-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from the pictures just doesnt do justice I use the back pack to carry my laptop, and my Sony A55V all over!! I also carry my planner, my Bible, a note tablet, safety glasses, pens and pencils....that's on Monday thru Friday...it drops down to just camera and laptop on weekends... The back pack has enough size to carrier just about everything you will need, plus some!! It has great hidden compartments, that took me a couple of days to figure out. One thing that may be a concern to some, it is on the heavy side, without a lot of itmes in it. So beware buyers of that fact! If you got the muscle, then its not a problem.
    Date published: 2012-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Bag I bought this bag for a business trip to Europe because I wanted to combine business (laptop) with a little pleasure (photography) and I did not want to carry two separate bags. I first ordered a different bag that turned out to be just too large as a reasonable carryon. Opted for this one and it was perfect. All the pockets are a nice feature. Like the zip top compartment on top for stashing those quick to retrieve items - passport, money, phone, etc. Limited room, but enough for the essentials. Next layer down is for keeping additional things you want with you, but not necessarily for quick access. The area is lareger than the top and has room for a change of clothes (shirt, shorts) filters, lunch, etc. The bottom portion is for photo equipment and held my camera body with lens attached (80-200), extra lens (400mm), and flash. So very roomy and like the way it pulls forward and out to expose whatever you need to access. Camera section when zipped fits a small lock when the two zippers are brought together. This is useful when traveling to areas where pickpocketers are prevalent. Hip/waist strap can be removed if not needed. Shoulder straps very comfortable and easily adjustable. It would have been nice if they had included some areas where items could be clipped on rather than using handle or strap. Tenba has other models where a waterproof cover is included in the bottom, but I do have a separate unit that works fine. Also would have been nice to have a zipper on the back to access the computer without having to unsnap and open middle compartment. Not all that troublesome, but would make airport security a bit easier. I have yet to go back to my old photo bag or computer bag for work. It is the perfect combo I was looking for or can be used as a total computer/work pack or camera pack. Highly recommend. Also have to commend B&H for getting it to me in time for my trip. I ordered from another vendor and they told me days after I placed the order that it was on backorder.
    Date published: 2010-07-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to Use, Attractive I bought the backpack for short trips and excursions where my large snowboarding backpack was too much. It fits my camera (Nikon D300s) with an attached lens and allows room for a second lens and filters. There is a top compartment that can be used for virtually anything, I like to stick my speedlight (in its case) up top, along with pens, model releases, etc. Anything I might need. The color is great. My only disappointment is how thick the straps are. I'm not a big person and they are a little overwhelming. I was hoping to be able to use this in cities, but it's a little much. Still happy with my buy!
    Date published: 2011-08-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Shoulder strap broke I bought this bag 8 months ago. I really like the compartments ... However the right strap broke away from the bag 2 days ago. I emailed the company to complain about this and haven't heard anything back. I am hoping I can find a seamstress shop with a heavy-duty sewing machine to sew the strap back into place for me.I am disappointed that this bag broke after less than a year of medium use. As you can imagine, this back pack is not a back pack with only one shoulder strap.
    Date published: 2011-03-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as big as it seems in the photo This bag is not as big as it seems in the photos. It is quite small; much smaller than I was expecting. It claims to accommodate a 15-inch laptop but I believe that claim only applies for thin laptops like Macbook Pro etc. If you have a standard-issue Windows laptop (may be a Dell or Lenovo), those would barely fit. I tried using it for a Lenovo T410 which is 14.1 and it was a struggle to insert the laptop in its compartment. And it was even more of a pain to take it out. The upper compartment, where you are supposed to keep a light jacket or a lunchbox etc, is also not very roomy. If you store a jacket in there, it doesn't leave any room to store a lunchbox or anything of similar size. This bag exudes quality otherwise. It's made of an extremely durable material and looks like it can take a beating.
    Date published: 2014-09-10
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