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Thinktank was kind enough to send me their CityWalker 30 messenger bag to test out. Full disclosure I am a big fan of their Retrospective line.  What I do miss from the Retro series (or at least the Retros I own) is the ability to stow a laptop, while keeping that “I’m not wearing a bag feeling” that the Retros have. While saying this, the CityWalker 30 is a full sized bag. Its made to carry a lot of gear if need be while staying light and wearable. This bag delivered in the department.Here’s a two camera set up I took out for a weekend trip.I would not usually carry this much gear with me but I wanted to test the comfort limits of this bag when fully loaded. The 30 performed well getting me to the location, where I lightened the load, by ditching the laptop, brick and readers before shooting.I like the concept of the removable camera insert. This expands the range of uses this bag fills.  The interior is still made of Velcro material so one can still fill it with dividers if need be. This helps when carrying a larger camera like the EPIC-X, or if you just want use the bag as a simple messenger. Nice double use. Might be nice to see a set of “half sized” removable inserts for more customization.The CityWalker 30 also has an extra pocket in the flap, unlike the RETRO series. This kinda reminds me of the flaps on most Domke bags. I like this addition. Makes a great place for one off, or two off filters, and its very accessible.
Another great bag from ThinkTank in my opinion, fits my shooting style perfectly.CityWalker 30 - Order from this site and receive a free gift at check out!Outside: 16.3” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D (41.5x 29 x 21 cm).Inside: 13.4”W x 9.6” H x 6.7” D (34 x 24.5 x 7 cm).Laptop: 15” W x 11”H x 1.4” D (38 x 28 x 3.6 cm).Weight: 2.7-3.0 Lbs. (1.2-1.4 kg).

Thinktank was kind enough to send me their CityWalker 30 messenger bag to test out. Full disclosure I am a big fan of their Retrospective line.  What I do miss from the Retro series (or at least the Retros I own) is the ability to stow a laptop, while keeping that “I’m not wearing a bag feeling” that the Retros have. While saying this, the CityWalker 30 is a full sized bag. Its made to carry a lot of gear if need be while staying light and wearable. This bag delivered in the department.

Here’s a two camera set up I took out for a weekend trip.



I would not usually carry this much gear with me but I wanted to test the comfort limits of this bag when fully loaded. The 30 performed well getting me to the location, where I lightened the load, by ditching the laptop, brick and readers before shooting.




I like the concept of the removable camera insert. This expands the range of uses this bag fills.  The interior is still made of Velcro material so one can still fill it with dividers if need be. This helps when carrying a larger camera like the EPIC-X, or if you just want use the bag as a simple messenger. Nice double use. Might be nice to see a set of “half sized” removable inserts for more customization.

The CityWalker 30 also has an extra pocket in the flap, unlike the RETRO series. This kinda reminds me of the flaps on most Domke bags. I like this addition. Makes a great place for one off, or two off filters, and its very accessible.

Another great bag from ThinkTank in my opinion, fits my shooting style perfectly.

CityWalker 30 - Order from this site and receive a free gift at check out!

Outside: 16.3” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D (41.5x 29 x 21 cm).
Inside: 13.4”W x 9.6” H x 6.7” D (34 x 24.5 x 7 cm).
Laptop: 15” W x 11”H x 1.4” D (38 x 28 x 3.6 cm).

Weight: 2.7-3.0 Lbs. (1.2-1.4 kg).

Retro 7

Think Tank was kind enough to send over their latest shoulder bag, the Retrospective 7. The 7 fits nicely between the Retro 5 and Retro 10, but features the addition of a zipper pocket that can hold the iPad or 11 inch Macbook Air.


Without taking the bag out for a full day of shooting my initial thoughts are:

LIKES:
This size seems juuuust right to me. Big enough to fit a bunch of gear but sized right as to not allow too big of a load for a shoulder bag.  As with all the TT Retro bags I love the lightweight, soft feel of the bag and inserts. Wearing it you don’t feel encumbered by the “padded foam box” syndrome of other shoulder bags. There’s a natural give to the design that hugs your body like an old school Domke would. But unlike the Domke the Retro line has hidden pockets and organizers. And they are scalable with the ability to take some of the Think Tank modular pouches. A big plus.

The Retrospective line disappear while shooting. When I take one out I don’t feel like I have a bag with me at all.

For Canon users it fits the holy trilogy of the 16-35mm 24-70mm 70-200mm without feeling too loaded down.


I was even able to fit a basic Epic X package into the Retro 7. A Epic, side handle (not attached) 28-70mm, 4xRedvolts, filter wallet. I plan to use this bag w/ the EPIC and the M mount as a ultra small shooting package.

WANTS:
Would be great if the laptop pocket could fit a 13 inch Mac Air. I bet they are saving that for a future Retro 10 update. Just my feeling. It’s so close as it is. A work around would be slipping the 13 Air in the front pouch. The front flap does close over the the laptop, but not an ideal solution.

The Retro 7 is a very versatile size. I can highly recommend this bag for many set ups.

Order here as a friend of Todays Tomorrow and receive a free gift from Think Tank