Think Tank Trio: Think Tank releases new Signature bags, updated Airport TakeOff and Helipak bags


posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:28 PM EDT


Think Tank Photo has announced new additions to its carrying solution lineup, including a new shoulder bag series and two additions to their “Airport” series.

Think Tank Signature Series

Blending modern fabrics and a classic style, the Think Tank Signature Series includes a pair of shoulder bags. Think Tank Photo CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch says of the new bags, “The new Signature Series features a modern fabric that is soft to the touch and yet is durable. In addition, the zippered flap provides full closure and security to the main compartment, or tucks away when not in use.  It is a next generation design for today’s discerning photographer.”

Think Tank Signature 13 (slate gray)

Available in two sizes, Signature 10 and Signature 13, the two versions share many of the same features, including one-handed operation of the front flap, a dedicated phone pocket (capable of fitting phones as large as an iPhone 7 Plus or Samsung S7 Edge), wide handle pass-through for attaching to rolling luggage, a large front pocket, a long neoprene shoulder pad for comfortable cross-body wearing, a small zippered front pocket, movable quilted velex dividers  and an included rain cover. Regarding the rain cover, the bag is coated for water resistance but the rain cover is included for heavy rain conditions.

The primary difference between the Signature 10 and 13 then is size; the 10 fits a 10-inch tablet and the 13 fits a 13-inch laptop. Regarding gear capacity, the Signature 10 can fit a standard-size DSLR with three to four prime lenses and accessories or a complete mirrorless system with three to four lenses plus accessories. The Signature 13 fits a standard-size DSLR with a mid-range zoom attached plus two to three additional lenses. When empty, the Signature 10 weighs 2.8 pounds (1.3 kilograms) and the 13 weighs 3.1 pounds (1.4 kilograms). Both bags are constructed using a 240D wool-like nylon/poly blend, full-grain leather accents, antique-plated metal hardware and YKK RC-Fuse zippers.

Think Tank Signature 13 interior

You can order the Think Tank Photo Signature bags now. They are available in two colorways: Olive and slate gray.

Think Tank Signature 10 ($250): Olive and Slate Gray

Think Tank Signature 13 ($280): Olive and Slate Gray

Think Tank Airport TakeOff V2.0

Think Tank has revised its popular Airport TakeOff rolling backpack with a version 2.0. The new version is 15 percent lighter and is designed to meet standard U.S. domestic and international carry-on requirements. Murdoch says of the TakeOff V2.0, “The Airport TakeOff V2.0 features a custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing for added strength and durability, making it easier to roll down the street. A newly added tablet carry in the laptop pocket and dedicated smart phone pocket in the front flap insure photographers’ tools are easily accessible and at the ready.”

Think Tank Airport TakeOff V2.0

The TakeOff 2.0 has a pocket for a tripod or water bottle on the side (additional straps are included for larger tripods); a cable and combination lock for security and lockable YKK RC-Fuse zippers; top compartment for large camera bodies; interior zippered pockets for accessories; custom-designed 80mm wheels with grade-5 bearings for smooth, quiet operation; user-replaceable retractable handle, wheels and feet; extra tall wheel housings; included seam-sealed rain cover; grab handles on three sides; reinforced dividers; and a business card holder on top for easy identification.

Think Tank Airport TakeOff V2.0 interior

Built for durability, the bag uses ballistic nylon and high-density velex. The exterior fabric is water-repellant and the underside of all fabric has a polyurethane coating. The bag has extra tall skid plates as well. While rugged, the bag is lightweight and can weigh as little as 7 pounds (3.2 kilograms) when empty. Using optional accessories can take the weight up to 8.7 pounds (3.9 kilograms).

You can order the Think Tank Airport TakeOff V2.0 now. It is available in black for right around US$370.

Think Tank Airport Helipak V2.0

If you have a DJI Phantom 4 or a similarly-sized drone, then the new Airport Helipak V2.0 should interest you. The backpack has been upgraded to fit more accessories than before. “We updated the backpack to carry a DJI Phantom 4, a 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, chargers, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more. The contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support, articulated air-channel, removable padded waistbelt, and height-adjustable sternum strap enable comfort for travel into remote areas.”

Think Tank Airport Helipak V2.0 for DJI Phantom

The backpack includes a 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware and durable nylon webbing. There is a side pocket for a tripod or water bottle and internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories, such as rotor blades and batteries. The bag has “robust handles” and includes a seam-sealed rain cover. When empty (but with all accessories in use), the bag weighs 4.6 pounds (2.1 kilograms).

You can order the Think Tank Airport Helipak V2.0 now for $200. It is available in black.