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ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0 camera bag reviewed

A lightweight outdoorsy backpack that’s perfect for taking on a plane

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What takes up to two camera bodies attached to lenses, can be locked using a padlock, and can transform into a regular daypack for clothes, shoes, and even food? It’s designed to be the ultimate lightweight backpack for outdoor photographers after something weather-proof, but the ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0 does enough to convince us that it’s worth taking on a long trip. If you need to take a little more equipment consider the ThinkTank StreetWalker Pro V2.0 and ThinkTank StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0. 

ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0: design

Weighing 1.5kg and measuring 25x44x18cm, this sturdy-looking camera backpack is made mostly from ballistic nylon. It can hold up to two standard DSLR bodies each wearing a lens, as well as 3-4 standard zoom lenses and a 10-inch tablet. So, no laptop. The inner compartment has an L-shaped column down the middle to create a zone for a camera and a zone for lenses and accessories, but it can be twisted into a Z-shape to make room for another camera body and lens positioned the other way up. It’s just about deep enough to hold a full-frame DSLR, ensuring the ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0 goes beyond the current trend for mirrorless/compact DSLRs. The bag is also long enough to house up to a 300m zoom lens. The entire innards are Velcro-powered, so everything can be re-arranged, customized, or completely removed. Cue a great-looking travel bag! 

ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0: features

While its main feature is its customization options, the ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0 does have other flexible options. For example, there is no obvious way for this backpack to hold a tripod, but inside are two loose straps with clips. The outside of the bag has loops at each corner; attach those loose straps and you have yourself an optional, clip-on tripod system. 

The ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0 can’t accept a laptop of any size, but there is a nice hidden pocket accessed from the top that can take a 10-inch tablet while some stretch pockets on the sides can hold water bottles. There’s also a pocket with a deep section for large smartphone, something a lot of photographers favor. On the front of the bag is an organiser pocket with the usual pen holders, keyring attachment and zipped pockets for bits’ ’n’ pieces. That pocket can’t be locked, but the main compartment’s zippers interlock and can be secured using a small padlock. That could be really useful on the road. 

ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0: performance

We love the ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0’s shoulder straps, which are big beefy, and very comfortable. There are also a sternum strap and a waist belt for adding even more stability. Add a foldout rain cover and we’ve got a perfectly good camera backpack for the great outdoors. It’s a shame that the only way to get your camera out of this backpack is by using the main zipped door. Many camera backpacks offer side and/or top access. It’s not a problem, though we would have liked to see the top instead feature something like a sunglasses case. What it does have up there is a nice grab handle, and also a laminated pouch for … well,  we’re not sure!

ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0: conclusion

A lightweight backpack with an appealing design, the ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0’s star turns are that it fits a full-frame DSLR body and one other camera body with a lens attached. It can’t take a laptop, as many camera backpacks can, but we’re more concerned about its lack of support for a hydration bladder. However, since it’s comfortable out on the trail and one of the most versatile and customizable camera backpacks we’re tried, TravGear has no hesitation in declaring the ThinkTank StreetWalker V2.0 fit for travel! 

Price as reviewed: US$174.75 / UK£166