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Think Tank PhotoAirport Commuter Backpack (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Roomy (23)
  • Easily accessible equipment (21)
  • Strong construction (20)
  • Adjustable harness (19)
  • Comfortable (19)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Transporting gear (24)
  • Protecting gear (17)
  • Travel (14)
  • Storing gear (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Close to perfection!

Overall, I am pleased with the construction and layout with the bag. Areas of improvement: The stretch pocket on the side of the bag. The bottom portion of the bag should have been...Read complete review

Overall, I am pleased with the construction and layout with the bag. Areas of improvement: The stretch pocket on the side of the bag. The bottom portion of the bag should have been made with the same material as the rest of the backpack to help with longevity. The straps to hold the tripod in work great, but are a little large for my monopod. I will probably use different straps or Velcro when mounting the monopod.The padding on the back and straps are comfortable. Straps also have built in keepers. If the cable and lock were removed from the pocket, it would make a great spot for keys. The interior is gray which helps to make the gear stand out. Plenty of dividers were included which allows plenty of adaptability. As seen in my picture, I was able to turn one of the main dividers to hold my second body with a lens attached. There is plenty of depth with a gripped body. I did not have physical access to the Airport Essentials backpack. I would have liked to know how a gripped body would have fit with the cover closed. The Commuter is 1 inch wider, same height and 1.5 inches deeper. This is exterior dimensions. Interior .5 inches wider and 1.8 inches deeper. This is according to the measurements on Think Tank's website. Small zippered compartment in front of bag. There are many pockets within the compartment. There are areas to hold pens. A strap to hold keys.There is a section in the "lid" to hold a laptop and Ipad. I like the fact that these items are stored on the lid and not the back of the back pack.I also like the fact that the back pack looks more like a suit case that does not scream out, "I'm a Camera Bag!".The zippers are heavy duty YKK's Side of bag has attachment points for straps to hold a tripod. There is also a pocket that stretches to accommodate the tripod legs.Very comfortable straps with a stretch pocket and D ring on each side. Adjustable sternum straps. Lots of padding on the back. Removable waist strap.Lock and Cable in it's own pocket. Very sturdy and padded handle.Front has two sets of lockable zippers.Top has sturdy and padded handle. Small zippered compartment along with card holder.Bottom has handstrap along with two "loop" straps.Three main zippered compartments. Two largest has lockable zippers. Small zippered compartment on top large enough to hold memory cards in a case.Card holder has plenty of room for business cards.Metal "D" rings, adjustable sternum strap with strap keepers and stretch pockets.Waist strap can be tucked under the padding to keep it out of the way.Inside cover has two zippered mesh compartments. Rain cover it included along with the two tripod straps.Plenty of room for two bodies with attached lens.Adjustable dividers provide enough protections between sections.ripod attached with provided straps with two legs in stretch pocket. Equipment can be accessed with the tripod still attached.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great case, but a bit too big.

Great case, like all Think Tank bags. Concerned though this would not be considered a "personal item" buy the airlines, when added to my roll-aboard. Also no good way to...Read complete review

Great case, like all Think Tank bags. Concerned though this would not be considered a "personal item" buy the airlines, when added to my roll-aboard. Also no good way to configure the bag to use some of the space for non-camera items, like headphones and other items. Because of this I returned the backpack.

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5.0

Perfect for the Photographer on the Go!

By Jamie Marie

from New Mexico

Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

This bag holds EVERYTHING I need for my photographing needs along with my laptop and iPad for uploading, editing and posting images. It's comfortable to carry and easy to access everything.

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5.0

Great Backpack

By Fly guy

from Ft Lauderdale, FL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Light Weight
  • Pro Quality
  • Strong
  • Well Made

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

    I needed to replace my Lowepro backpack because I just purchased several lenses that were too tall for it. The Commuter is perfect, it is an inch taller, which doesn't sound like much, but it makes all the difference between fitting nicely and being too tight to close properly.
    It is very well made, very well thoughtout. I will never go back to lowepro. This is a pro quality product.

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    5.0

    What a great bag

    By Thabesh

    from Colorado

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Holds Lots Of Gear

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

      I am very happy with this bag which I purchased specifically for traveling with. It is extremely well made and holds a lot more gear than one would think based on the dimensions alone. I expect it to hold up well over time too. For some reason, the included lock did not work but the great customer support at Think Tank took care of that in short order. Overall, very, very pleased.

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      5.0

      Perfect Bag!!!

      By intlp

      from phoenix, az

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

        If you have a couple hundred in the budget for a good backpack, you will not be disappointed. Ton of features and variations for my gears.

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        4.0

        Well made and very useful...but pricey

        By The Big Kahuna

        from Flat Rock, MI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • It's A Little Overpriced

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

        This is a great product, well made, and holds a lot of equipment.

        The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of the price.

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        5.0

        Great, flexible backpack

        By Dave

        from Atlanta

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Classy
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Looking
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Looking
        • Side Handle

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

          I bought this backpack specifically for a vacation to Hawaii. I already have a Think Tank Airstream, and the two made a perfect travel pair.

          Between the two, I was able to bring my Nikon D750, 200-500, 14-24, 24-85 and 28-300 lenses, plus SB700 flash, backup batteries, chargers, cables, filters etc. PLUS my girlfriend's Sony 580 body, Minolta 24-105, 100-300 and a Tamron 17-50, a pair of carbon fiber monopods with heads, flashlights, backup drives…

          The two bags are almost identical in size, meaning no problem for overhead airplane storage, or if necessary, under the seat in front of you. Once there, I was able to leave the Airstream in the room while taking what we needed for the day in the Commuter backpack.

          Some nice features of the Commuter backpack: comfortable on the back (no matter how much I packed in it), plenty of padded strap adjustability, easy internal reconfiguration and the locking cable (handy for the back of the Jeep at Pearl Harbor where bags or cases of any kind aren't allowed).

          The Commuter is the more flexible of the two – not soft-sided, but definitely able to pack (stuff?) more in, like hats and such in the outer lid.

          The only thing I'd add (if anyone asked), is a side pocket or two (for sunglasses, etc) and the bag tracking system like the Airstream has.

          Great bag.

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          5.0

          Re: Taz, Phoenix's review

          By Hollywood Mozart

          from Hollywood

          Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

          It's a personal item. You didn't try.

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          5.0

          Size is everything.

          By Mike D

          from orange County, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

              I have several Think Tank backpacks and I use them according to the type of plane I will be flying on when I take a trip. For example, the Airport Commuter will fit in the overhead bin of a Boeing 737 with a little bit of space to spare. I generally carry 4 lenses on 4 bodies and they all fit in this bag. If the smallest leg of a trip that I am going on is a 737, than this is my "go-to" bag. For a CRJ, Think Tank makes a slightly smaller bag that will fit in the overhead bin but it also means giving taking a lens and/or body. .

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              4.0

              AIRPORT COMMUTER BACKPACK IDEAL FOR TRAVEL

              By Jen

              from New York, NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor Back Support

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

              I use this bag to carry my gear when I am traveling. It fits as a carry on size and I use it to fit two canon 5d bodies, a 24-70 lens and a 70-200 telephoto lens. I love the compartments that can be resized to keep all my gear orderly. The side strap also allows a monopod to be attached to the bag so I can keep my hands free. The slot for my 15 inch laptop is also convenient as I speed through security at the airport.

              The zippers on the bag are durable and the a lock is attached in the side pocket that allows me to feel secure with my gear.

              I was doing a 12 hour shoot with no place to leave my gear, so I had this bag on my back. It got quite heavy after awhile so in looking for my next bag, I may be looking for more back support. I recognize though that my gear in itself is quite heavy, so this may not be so much a reflection of the bag.

              All in all, I loved this bag. Good size!

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              3.0

              Great case, but a bit too big.

              By Taz

              from Phoenix

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Not Flexible For Storage

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

              Great case, like all Think Tank bags. Concerned though this would not be considered a "personal item" buy the airlines, when added to my roll-aboard. Also no good way to configure the bag to use some of the space for non-camera items, like headphones and other items. Because of this I returned the backpack.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Hoss of a bag

              By Dave

              from Guatemala

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                Never heard of these guys before but but they are immediately on my best gear list. The bag is sturdy, works for carry-on efficiently carrying exactly as advertised which ends up weighing in at a pound under the international flight max of 25 pounds carrying all the stuff I'd never want to check in.There's no wasted space with too many gizmos or additional, unneeded pockets. It's snug on my old back. Nothing missing or overdone.

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                5.0

                Great Gear Bag

                By Maria K

                from Lowell, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                  Bought this bag for a trip and it fit all my gear with room to spare. Very comfortable on my back fully loaded. I highly recommend this bag. It held my Nikon D750, D5300, 300 2.8, 105 Macro lens, kit lens, batteries, chargers, Laptop and misc other items without a problem.

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                  5.0

                  Nicely made, holds a lot, and fits on an airplane

                  By Andy

                  from Richmond, VA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                    I use this commuter to move equipment safely on an airplane or in a car. I then pack a shoulder bag with what I need when I get there. Well padded, good dividers, and a whole "kit" of computer, drives, cameras, lenses fits in there. Good stuff.

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                    5.0

                    Good Choice

                    By BobK

                    from Bluffton, SC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good quality
                    • Heavy Duty Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                      Bag carries all of my photographic equipment including the camera and 400mm lens mounted on the camera. Throw in a flash unit, batteries chargers and that's all I have. Now the reality of this approach which it works ends up with a heavy bag. Stuff is heavy and there isn't much you can do about. So if your application requires you to carry a backpack like this for a long time you may want to consider something on wheels as that would be a lot less stressful. Short hikes.........no problem.

                      There are plenty of separators which are easy to attach to build up any combination of compartments that you need. The inside of the cover has two zippered storage compartments. As always pack them properly so that nothing presses against the camera or lens housing when the cover is closed.

                      The carrying straps are well padded and heavy in construction. Like them a lot. The bag also has a top and side handle for when you don't use the back straps.

                      The equipment fits fine without bulging out the sides. However, the pouch for carrying a tablet I would question as after all the stuff is in the bag I'm not sure this pouch is totally flat. You have to be careful as to not to bend these ultra thin tables or PCs so try before you store such a device in the bag.

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                      5.0

                      Be careful what you wish for!

                      By Steve

                      from Greater Chicago

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                          I have been looking for a back pack that will hold 2 pro bodies, 3 lenses, 2 flashes and accessories as needed, this pack does that and more. I have a need for a backpack that would substitute for my wheelies bag whenever the weather wasn't great or I was in a situation where the wheels were of no benefit. This bag will hold all I need to shoot 75% of my assignments and it still has room for a specialty lens or two. The construction is top-quality and there seems to be a pocket for everything you need. What would come in handy our small little drawstring bags to keep extra camera batteries or extra flash batteries together in a group so that you don't have to search the bag for the individual items. So far the only issue I have with it is that when it is packed to the gills it weighs quite a bit and then you have to throw it on your shoulders. I do appreciate the wheelies and they will be my first choice but when it comes to unfriendly terrain this backpack will be my go to bag.

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                          5.0

                          Good Bag Lacking Padding

                          By Ray

                          from Oregon

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Lacking Padding

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                          Its a great HUGE bag. I was thinking I might need the bigger one but figured I would try this one. It was plenty big enough for both my cameras and many lenses. I previously had a Lowepro and that one had more padding than this one, but I guess when you go so big its hard to add much padding without making it bigger. Other than that, big well built bag with plenty of compartments.

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                          5.0

                          A great "Think Tank"

                          By Zee71

                          from Queens, NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                            This is a great travel backpack for carrying your essential gear. The size is ideal for when traveling on large planes and on those small commuter planes. The bag accommodates the gear that I need, especially camera bodies with attached battery grips or a pro DSLR like the Nikon D4s. I have other "Think Tank" backpacks but this one gets the most use. I highly recommend this back for those short or long excursions.

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                            5.0

                            That's the ticket.

                            By Jimi Photo

                            from staten Island NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Transporting Equipment
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                              Compact and easy to carry, I'm 6'2" and large framed....It fits...I'm able to easily put in two DSLR's with lenses attached. A24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8...Nikon D810 bodies. still room for a 50mm lens, flash unit, teleconverter, Sekonic light meter, misc odds and ends.

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                              5.0

                              Great pro back

                              By Shooter

                              from Seattle

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

                                Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                                This bag is perfect as a carry on when I am traveling.
                                It is small but holds tons of gear.

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                                5.0

                                My work horse of a bag!

                                By Seek Studios

                                from Los Angeles

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                                • Secure
                                • Spacious
                                • Sturdy

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Maternity
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter Backpack (Black):

                                These are my specs: Nikon D800+grip, Nikon D600+grip, 50mm 1.8, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8, 70-300mm 4.0, two yong nuo flashes, flash triggers, + accessories. These these all fit in this bag you ask???? why yes! yes they do! plus there is still more room. I also carry a Samsung ultra book and occasioanly samsung 7in tablet. This bag is very comfortable but does feel like you are carrying a mountain on your back because it is on the bigger side. The space is great and have no problems fitting all my gear. I have yet to travel with it so do not know how it will fair in travel. Given I have travelled with other bags I dont think this one will have any problems at all! Ok so now onto what I use this for: I shoot mostly weddings and maternity shoots and one of the biggest reasons why I love this bag other than it fits everything I need is that it has a security cable to lock the bag up to a table/beanch/poll. I also put locks on the zippers so there is no possibility of someone stealing my gear when Im shooter. This is one of my favorite features! I can shoot without constantly checking or babysitting my gear! The quality is durable and feels very solid. It is heavy by itself without anything in it compared to other bags, i guess thats the trade off.

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