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First Impressions: Think Tank CityWalker 20

by Abram Goglanian on 11/18/2012

Think Tank Photo has developed quite the repertoire of versatile, durable and understated professional camera bags. They have no shortage of options when it comes to different types of bags, and their recently announced “CityWalker” line is designed to be fast and flexible on the street. I have the CityWalker 20 on hand presently and I’m looking forward to seeing how it holds up in comparison to Think Tank’s other bags.

Specs

*Taken from Think Tank’s site

Top features:

  • Dedicated compartment for iPad
  • Accomodates a 70-200, detached
  • Removable main insert increase functionality and gives multiple use capability
  • Soft and flexible to conform to your body

Gear Profile:

Fits one standard size body w/ 24-70 attached + 1-3 extra lenses + flash + tablet. Accommodates 70-200 detached

Technical Specs:

OD: 13.8” W x 9.8” H x 6.7” D  (35 x 25  x 17 cm)

ID : 13” W x 8.7” H x  5.3” D   (33 x 22x 13.5cm)

Tablet: 10.3” W x 8”H x 0.8” D (26.2 x 20.3 x 2 cm)

Weight: 2.0-2.3 Lbs. (0.9-1.0 kg)

Materials:

External: All fabric exterior treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 600D brushed polyester, 250D shadow rip-stop polyester, Derrington™ mesh pockets, antique nickel plated metal hardware, Dual Cross™ Buckle, 3D air mesh, mono mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Internal: PE board reinforced removable closed cell foam dividers, 210D silver-toned nylon, PU backed velex liner, 2x PU coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Info

*Taken from Think Tank’s Site

True to Think Tank’s commitment to balancing function and design philosophies, these casual, urban styled, “soft” bags feature body conforming comfort, rapid access, lightweight materials, and the quality of construction that Think Tank Photo is known for.

A fully removable padded insert and dedicated tablet or laptop pocket makes the CityWalker a true multiple purpose bag. With three sizes to choice from you’ll be ready to head out with whatever camera system and editing tool you choose. Pull out the padded insert and the  CityWalker quickly switches from a camera bag to a standard messenger bag with pockets for an iPad. In either configuration the CityWalker conforms to your body making it the perfect “walk-around” bag for urban environments.

First Impressions

I’ve had the bag in hand for a few days now, and the first thing that I noticed about it was the material they used in the bag’s construction. It feels very much like a pliable rain jacket, it does feel soft to the touch, but I’m sure time will tell if it can hold up to the kind of abuse daily life can bring. Other things I notice that are different in comparison to their other bags is the stretchy mesh pockets on both sides of the bag. This will give you easy access to  anything you want to put in there. I also noticed the new internal iPad sleeve, as well as the removable “bucket” which will hold your gear. The iPad sleeve is now inside of the bag rather than being an attachment on the rear found on the Retrospective 7. The camera bucket is quickly removable from the bag which transforms the bag into a simple messenger-style shoulder bag. This is great if you want to carry other things instead of camera gear, or if you want to carry a piece of equipment that doesn’t easily fit inside of the inserts, you could always make that work as well.

The bag feels well made, as all Think Tank products do, the material is definitely softer than what you get on the Retrospective bags, but I suspect that it will wear well over time. As a result of the softness of the bag, it conforms to ones body much better than the Retrospective bags (though my well-worn Retro 10 hugs my hip just fine!). As a matter of personal taste, I am not too fond of the splash of blue color on the bag. It’s not bad, but in all honestly I like plain and non-descript when it comes to the style of the camera bag I choose to carry. Thankfully the bag does come in all black as well. I really like the fact that internal bucket is so quickly removable, it makes it very easy to remove the equipment from the bag and store it elsewhere. I’ll be doing a more thorough evaluation over the coming weeks, but so far I think this is actually a great bag and I am looking forward to breaking it in.

 

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