Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Backpack (Black)

Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Backpack (Black)

Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Backpack (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Holds Two Pro DSLRs and 6-8 Basic Lenses
  • For 600mm f/4, No Hood / iPad/17" Laptop
  • Security Cable and Lock / YKK Zippers
  • Adjustable Harness/Removable Waist Belt
  • Handles on Three Sides / Sternum Strap
  • Bottom Hinge for Quick Access to Gear
  • Top Zippered Pocket for Passport
  • Tripod Mounting System / Rain Cover
  • Organizer/Water Bottle Pocket
  • Accepts Optional Pro Speed Belt
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Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator overview

  • 1Description

The black Airport Accelerator Backpack from Think Tank is an immense pack designed for the serious pro that needs to carry an entire camera system. This huge pack will accommodate two pro DSLRs as well as 6-8 additional basic zooms including your 500mm f/4 attached to a body or an unattached 600mm f/4 without hood. Larger than Think Tank's Airport Commuter, this pack contains the same features but on a larger scale. Your 17" laptop and iPad are held in their own separate, zipper lockable compartment.

Overall, the pack is designed for maximum efficiency and portability and meets the needs of the pro shooter who needs a quick access pack that both travels well and is secure. The exterior is made from a combination of ballistic nylon and polyurethane for strength and water-resistance while the inside is nylon with padded closed cell foam dividers. For security, the Airport Accelerator comes with a security cable and lock that can be tied to any solid object such as a reception hall column or fence. This allows you to remove gear knowing that the rest of the pack will remain where you leave it. The strong YKK zippers on the pack can also be locked with user-supplied locks for even more peace of mind.

As part of Think Tank's Airport series, the Airport Accelerator makes your traveling life easy and comfortable. There are carry handles on three sides and the adjustable harness comes with beefed up lumbar support and Air Mesh paneling to keep your back cool while on the march. For sheer convenience, the adjustable shoulder straps even have elastic pockets for your iPhone or business cards. The waist belt is removable and can accept Think Tank's optional Pro Speed Belt or Thin Skin Belt that will make portability more comfortable as well as increase your load capacity. Inside, the main flap has see-through laminated mesh pockets for storing everything from memory cards to snacks.

For marginal weather, the pack comes with an easily deployed rain cover. The tripod mounting system places the feet in a side pocket and the head secured with an included strap. While you're on the move, use the side water bottle pocket for instant refreshment without having to stop, remove the entire pack and retrieve liquid. And, when you're at the airport, the top zippered pocket is the perfect place to store your passport.

The Airport Accelerator may not look like a traditional photo backpack but it holds as much, if not more, than most of them. With its immense capacity, ease of use and security features, the Airport Accelerator is a pack built for the traveling pro. It's backed by Think Tank's lifetime warranty against manufacturer's defects.

Does not look like a traditional camera backpack. Included security cable and combination lock allows you to lock the laptop case or to immovable objects. This security cable is very effective when you have to leave your gear for a period of time in a media room, wedding hall, hotel room, or other open area
Contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support and Air Mesh paneling to help keep your back cool
Robust handles on three sides ensures rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks
Seam sealed rain cover helps protect your gear. Stows away inside backpack when not in use
Compatible with optional Think Tank Artificial Intelligence Laptop cases
The inside flap has see-through laminated mesh pockets for various accessories such as note pads, energy bars, memory card wallets, instruction books, and other items
Includes tripod/monopod mounting system
YKK RC-Fuse zipper and highest quality materials throughout. Lockable zipper sliders for additional security
The removable waist belt allows the optional Pro Speed belt or Thin Skin Belt to be used which increases carrying capacity, stability and functionality
Two pro DSLR with 6-8 standard zoom lenses. Quick access pockets hold a 17" laptop and iPad; holds 17" laptop and iPad in a separate, integrated, locking zippered compartment; accommodates a 600mm f/4 without hood unattached or a 500mm f/4 with body attached
Carry-On Form Factor
FAA and airline carry-on specifications are subject to change without notice, please check with your airline before designating this case as a carry-on item. Most airlines require carry-on items to have an external linear measurement that is equal to or less than 45.0" (114.3 cm). The external dimensions of this case add up to 43.5" (110.5 cm)
UPC: 874530004896
In the Box
Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Backpack (Black)
  • Adjustable Harness
  • Removable Waist Belt
  • Security Cable and Lock
  • Rain Cover
  • Warranted Against Manufacturer's Defects
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    • 1Description

    Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator specs

    Features Laptop Compartment
    Carrying/Transport Options Backpack Straps, Side Handle, Sternum Strap, Top Handle, Waist Belt
    Camera Support Strap Tripod
    Laptop Compartment Screen Size 17.0"
    Laptop/Tablet Compartment Dimensions 11.8 x 17.3 x 1.4" / 30.0 x 43.9 x 3.6 cm
    Exterior Dimensions 14 x 20.5 x 9" / 35.6 x 52.1 x 22.9 cm
    Exterior Material Nylon, Polyester, Polyurethane
    Type of Closure Zipper
    Water Resistance Rain Cover
    Interior Dimensions 13 x 18.8 x 6.8" / 33 x 47.8 x 17.3 cm
    Interior Material Foam, Nylon, Polyester, Polyurethane, Taffeta
    Weight 4.1 lb / 1.9 kg (Empty)
    5.5 lb / 2.5 kg (Including Parts)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.0 x 15.0 x 11.0"

    Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator reviews

    Airport Accelerator Backpack (Black) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 28.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Serious gear bag This is a great backpack. It is certainly big and can carry lot's of stuff. In fact it is easy to overpack. I have flown with it in the US and into Canada with no issues using it as a carry on. A large percent of my shooting is out on mountain bike trails so I typical am on a bike with it. Even filled up and weighed down it seems to sit better on my back than some of the other packs I have used (lowepro, tamrac, f-stop.) My gear stays in place and it's easy to adjust. The pockets make sense and gear is easy to find. I did lose the waist strap rather quickly, but was planning on replacing it with something a little more beefy anyway.
    Date published: 2013-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent bag This is a really great bag. I had a LowePro roller bag before this and I gotta admit that the space in this Think Tank bag blew me away. I am able to fit 3 more lenses in this bag than my previous bag. The sections inside are easily adjustable and very flexible to work with. Having an iPad pocket above the Laptop pocket which fits my new HP 17 laptop is just pure genius. When I carry it around with both straps on my back it's very comfortable to walk with even with full gear inside. Seeing as I haven't owned another Backpack since 2009, this was really a big step for me but a step I'm glad I took.
    Date published: 2012-06-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Happy flyer Very happy with this backpack. Bought it for a new job out of state in which i flew to. After reading one review about it possibly not fitting in a crj jet i was concerned but it fit under the seat of a crj200. It wont go overhead but is fine on regular commercial jets. Holds most of what i need such as two pro bodies with attached lenses plus extra lens , three flashes and 5 pocketwizards. Plus all the accessories. I am happy with it. The only caution i have is that the three internal pockets that hold filters etc may hold too much once the laptop is added in its pocket. This may just make it tight under a airplane seat. May need to remove laptop in this case.
    Date published: 2013-07-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality product as usual Purchased this Think Tank backback to try and carry two D3s with a 400 attached to one body and then a 300 attached to the other. The images showed this configuration but with Canon. I assumed it would work perfectly. Got the bag and tryied to set it up the way it was pctured with these configurations and it won't work. So I assume Canon's bodies are slightly differnet in size to be able to allow for this. I was able to find a way to make it work, but not a pictured. Over all it is still a great bag, and I was able to accomplish the task at hand by carring these items fully assembled.
    Date published: 2015-03-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 500mm fits, but snug I bought this bag specifically for a Canon 5D and the new 500mm f/4 II lens. They do fit, but it's snug. I turn the camera vertical (hand grip up) and that provides a little more length since the camera handle isn't pushed against the top outside corner of the bag. In the B&H photo they show the lens installed without the lens cap - I can't imagine anyone doing this and the lens cap does add a little more length to the whole assembly. Lastly, you have to move the long divider over half an inch when putting the large 500mm lens in. This is easy to do, except the dividers on the other half are all scrunched, as you can see in the B&H photo. I disassembled one end of 3 of the dividers, cut half an inch off the foam insert and the cloth, then reattached the velcro on the end. This re-engineering took an entire day for 3 dividers and a very sturdy needle and thread, but since I only intend to use this bag with my 500mm, it's exactly what I want. The bag comes with plenty of dividers and is well constructed. One problem I had was with the combination lock. Mine did not arrive with the combination set to 000. I had to run through all combinations and eventually discovered the combination was 430, so now I can reset it to what I want. The zippers have slots for additional TSA-approved locks if you're traveling. The size of this bag is perfect for traveling on planes. Sometimes if you have the maximum allowable size for US planes they will make you check your bag if you are one of the later boarders. This bag is small enough that when they've been forcing people to check their carry-on, they let me take this size bag on as carry-on. The bag is nice and deep. Some big lenses can be stored standing up and you might benefit from flat dividers to stack gear on top of other gear to take advantage of the depth.
    Date published: 2013-05-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Built and Big This backpack is well constructed of high quality materials.� It is pretty rigid compared to many packs and holds its shape well even when empty.� Given this, it's surprisingly comfortable as a backpack.� I got this to be able to carry my 500/f4 with camera attached.� It does that and still has room for a second body and several other lenses.� It has a large capacity due to it's rectangular shape--that's both good and bad.� Yes, I can carry everything I need.� The downside is that I'm not sure how it will fare as a carry-on when flying on the smaller regional planes that I frequently have to take out of my local airport.� If it's not too large for you and the layout and feature set work for you, it's a near perfect backpack.
    Date published: 2017-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Runner up perfection I had to get this to take the place of having to check my carry-on that Id gotten for my gear. This was also my second choice as my first was out of stock and I couldnt be more thankful. She fit all my gear and other carry-on tech, shes sturdy as a tank, weight distribution is on point, and versatile for most all of my travel needs. Bit of a tight fit for under the seat but popped into the overhead like a handbag. If you have to travel with photo and tech gear this is definitely one of my top choices for future travel. And this is coming from someone who has been named the crazy bag lady, even though Im a guy, in my family because of my obsession with buying photo bags trying to fill/be ready for every situation.
    Date published: 2018-11-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Neither for airports nor the outdoors My primary goal in purchasing the bag was to be able to carry two bodies with lenses mounted and, of course, carry everything else as well. Changing lenses in less than ideal environments (rain forests, small moving boats, deserts; you get the point) is something I hate doing. Many bags allow you to carry an extra body but not the ability to have the lens mounted on the second body. The only other bag that is designed to carry two bodies with lenses mounted is one of the Gura Gear bags. I don't buy into the non-removable central divider Gura Gear bags have (a waste of space and a reduced number of potential configurations) and their new designs have no room for a laptop or tablet. With that in mind I opted for the ThinkTank Airport Accelerator. 1. Looks: potentially the least important item on the list. This is not a pretty looking bag, looks like an old fashioned suitcase with backpack straps. 2. Carry on option- very wide (depth wise). Fully loaded it will never be allowed on a regional jet (and these are so common nowadays) and is likely to be an issue even with larger aircrafts. 3. Quality: seems to be outstanding. Good stitching, YKK zippers, and very good attention to details 4. Comfort- surprisingly, for a bag that is not a true outdoor backpack , it is very comfortable with tons of heavy gear in it and can be carried around fully loaded for a long while. 5. Padding- in comparison to my Kata bags the periphery padding of the ThinkTank is far from being impressive but its ok in comparison to my Lowepro bag. 6. Padded dividers: not really a separate item but I had to mention it since ThinkTank is extremely generous with the number of dividers provided. 7. Laptop and tablet pockets- yes, this bag allows you to carry both in a well thought out manner. Well done! 8. Internal pockets and dividers- plenty of those, they are laid out very well. 9. Internal design- here comes the first fatal flaw. The bag has a special rigid divider that holds the two bodies with lenses. It connects to another rigid divider making it the sole configuration for two bodies with lenses mounted. This special divider which is designed to hold the bodies and the lens at the lens-body connection was way too tight. It required so much force to remove the cameras out of the bag that I was concerned about damaging both the lens mount on the body and the lens itself. 10. External design- second fatal flaw. You cannot really carry a full size tripod (remember, this is a full size bag). A tripod can be carried only on the side of the bag not the center. It should have been easy to add a detachable tripod pouch that fits in the center. If you use the tripod pouch on the side there is no room for a water bottle. Bottom line: If this is just for transporting gear from one location to another, it is a reasonable option since the quality seems to be very good. If you plan on taking it on board, I will be surprised if you will be routinely allowed to have it as a carry on .This is guaranteed to be a hit and miss; the misses may be painful and expensive because this bag is not padded enough for a checked in baggage. The two bodies with mounted lenses option that is well illustrated and appears appealing in the product info is not a winner.If you carry your bodies without lenses mounted, then the bag will work just fine This may work for local transport, potentially airports, and will not work for an outdoors person, bag sent back to B&H. I will stick to my beloved, reliable, and great looking Kata Pro-Light Bug-203 PL. It's (optional ) very heavily padded waist belt is removable and so are the (optional) additional side pockets, and the tripod carrying pouch. Take these off and put them in your checked in baggage and you have no worries about bringing the bag on board. Attach the aforementioned belt, pockets, and pouch and your days in the great outdoors are pleasant and worry free.
    Date published: 2012-11-27
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