Way back in 2005, I was invited along with forty-nine other photographer to test and review a new photo backpack from a start-up called ThinkTank Photo. The backpack was the Airport Addicted.
The quality of the bag was many degrees better than other products on the market. Well designed, with tight stitching and the best quality zippers available plus an easy to modify interior.
My assistant at the time loaded up the Addicted backpack with Nikon’s and Hasselblad’s. This bag could handle it. Freddie Reiher (my assistant) said “this thing would be great with wheels on it”.
We used it for a couple of shoots and then sent it back to ThinkTank, with our thoughts and notes on how we thought it could be improved.
It was a great backpack, but it was too easy for us to overload it and hurt ourselves trying to get all of the camera kit into one bag. The Airport Addicted included lockable zippers, space for business cards plus a passport pouch.
As soon as the Airport Security hit the market I ordered one. Then a second one. Over the years I kept adding new ThinkTank products to my kit - including the Urban Disguise, Airport International, Logistics Manager 30, Airport Commuter and the Video Tripod Manager 44.
What keeps me going back to ThinkTank is: I am still using my original ThinkTank Photo Airport Security. It is a beast. It has gone around the world several times and been dragged through marshes, forests, snowy fields and more than its fair share of gravel parking lots.
The rest of the bag is fine. All the zippers work. I use it for storage mostly and take a smaller kit on location with the Airport International or Airport Commuter as the primary bag. When a shoot calls for everything I own, then we use the International and Security to hold the camera systems
Recently ThinkTank Photo asked me to become an affiliate. I decided I would. I will only endorse a product if I have used it, abused it and believe in it.
I decided to donate all affiliate income to a small charity in Haiti that I have shot for and donated to for years, Goals Beyond the Net. They help children in Jacmel, Haiti with education, soccer teams, free medical and meals. For a little over $800 a year, a child can be fed, educated and enjoy sports through the good folks at Goals Beyond the Net.
If you decided to buy a ThinkTank product, please consider using these affiliate links or place this code: 1874542.705cc into the affiliate box. By doing so, you will receive free shipping plus a goodie of your choice and you’ll know that a small portion of your purchase price will help children in Jacmel, Haiti.
Many thanks to Doug Murdoch of ThinkTank Photo for the invitation to test out their bags way back when. Extra thanks to Brian Erwin for the invite to join the affiliate program.