In the Field

I took the ThinkTank StreetWalker HardDrive backpack with me on a few shoots. What first struck me about this backpack was its extreme level of comfort coupled with its premiere level of adjustability. It's one of the most comfortable backpacks I've ever used, despite the fact that it was weighed down significantly with all of my gear.

Contoured shoulder straps, an air channel, lower back pad, and straps add to the high comfort level of the StreetWalker HardDrive.

Usually, at the end of a day when you've had a gear bag strapped to your back for hours, your only wish is to take it off. I never experienced that with the StreetWalker HardDrive - despite the capacity it's as if the backpack is not even there. Part of this has to do with the bag's adjustable shoulder straps, waist belt, and sternum strap. The air channel in the middle of the back coupled with the lower back pad feels like a cloud, and the overall comfort level is off the charts. The lower back pad can even be lifted up by undoing its Velcro strip so that the waist strap can be concealed when not in use. One thing I love about the straps is that each individual strap has an elastic band that cinches around the excess of the straps so that they don't dangle around.

The foam padded carry handle and business card pocket. High quality YKK zippers can be secured with a lock.

Next to comfort, which I believe is the most important feature of any decent photo backpack, comes the StreetWalker HardDrive's ample and versatile storage capacity. The bag falls in the medium-size realm, which enables it to qualify as a carry-on at airports, yet it still packs a plethora of photography equipment and accessories.

I love the fact that I can carry my phone and business cards on the shoulder straps, snacks and drinks in the side pockets, lens wipes, notebooks, etc. in the organizer, a large tripod, decent size laptop, pro DSLR with telephoto lens, and lots of other equipment. While most bags make it very apparent that a giant tripod is strapped to the backpack by twisting and weighing down the bag, I could barely tell it was there with the StreetWalker HardDrive. The strapping is plush and can be modified to fit all different types of equipment, two different size tripods can be accommodated, and even different sizes of DSLRs can be configured to fit while maximizing space for other accessories.

Summing Up

There's a reason the ThinkTank StreetWalker HardDrive backpack doesn't have a customer review below 5 stars on the company's website. I found this backpack to provide ample storage capacity with several modular abilities to enhance its performance. It's capable of housing a pro DSLR with large lens and several accessories, as well as a large tripod and laptop, all the while providing a stellar comfort level unsurpassed by any bag I've used to date.

The bag is extremely waterproof, built with the toughest materials, is airplane-friendly, securable thanks to zipper locks, and can host a bunch of aftermarket straps and camera supports. Top that all off with the ThinkTank's 'no rhetoric' warranty and I really don't have any complaints about this bag.

What we like:

  • Extremely rugged
  • Ample storage
  • Comfortable
  • Fits pro DSLR and large tripod
  • Modular strapping
  • Carry-on capable
  • 'No rhetoric' warranty

What we don't like:

  • I'm still thinking...