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Think Tank Photo rolling out StreetWalker backpack line  
Thursday, December 4, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
Camera bag maker Think Tank Photo has begun to roll out a trio of urban photo backpacks in its new StreetWalker series. Developed by Think Tank designer Lily Fisher to have a "slim vertical profile," the StreetWalker, StreetWalker Pro and StreetWalker HardDrive each have a narrower stance than most other Think Tank backpacks, plus the new line's shoulder harness is intended to fit more comfortably on a wider range of body sizes, including women with smaller frames.

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Svelte: The Think Tank Photo StreetWalker. Click to enlarge (Photo courtesy Think Tank Photo)
Upright: The Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro . Click to enlarge (Photo courtesy Think Tank Photo) Driven: The Think Tank Photo StreetWalker HardDrive . Click to enlarge (Photo courtesy Think Tank Photo)

All three StreetWalker models include a monopod/tripod attachment feature, contoured shoulder harness and back padding shaped to encourage airflow. The StreetWalker and StreetWalker Pro are almost identical in design, with the latter being a slightly wider, taller and deeper version of the former (the StreetWalker Pro can comfortably hold up to a 400mm f/2.8-size lens with camera attached and looks to be a versatile alternative to the company's existing Glass Taxi). The StreetWalker HardDrive includes a laptop slot capable of holding a typical 15 inch notebook.

The dimenions for each are as follows:

StreetWalker
Internal:  8.5” W x 16” H x 5.5” D  (22 x 41 x 14 cm)   
External:  9.5” W x 17” H x 6” D (24 x 43 x 15 cm)

StreetWalker Pro
Internal: 9.5” W x 16.5” H x 7” D (24 x 42 18 cm)           
External: 10” W x 17.5” H x 7.5” D (25 x 45 x 19 cm)

StreetWalker HardDrive
Internal: 11” W x 17” H x 6-7” D (28 x 43 x 15-18 cm)
External: 11.5” W x 18” H x 8.5” D (29 x 46 x 22 cm)

Manufacturer's suggested list prices in the U.S. are US$139 for the StreetWalker, US$159 for the StreetWalker Pro and US$179 for the StreetWalker HardDrive. All three backpacks have begun to arrive at retailers in Europe and Asia, while retailers in the U.S. and Canada are likely to see their first shipments beginning next week, says Think Tank's Brian Erwin.

More information is in the press release below.

Press Release

THINK TANK PHOTO RELEASES STREETWALKER BACKPACKS
FOR PHOTOGRAPHY IN CROWDED URBAN SPACES


SANTA ROSA, CALIF –Think Tank Photo has launched a new design in photo backpacks, the StreetWalker™ series.  With the three new backpacks’ slim vertical profile, photographers can navigate crowded places and public transportation while still being able to access professional photographic equipment. This solves a significant problem experienced by photographers shooting in urban and other crowded environments: getting the shot in spaces that allow little room for navigating.  Their unique unisex design makes them useful for both men and women photographers.

A common complaint of female photographers is that photo backpack shoulder harnesses are designed for average-sized men. The shoulder straps on the StreetWalker have been specifically engineered to fit a wider range of sizes for both genders.  Women in particular will appreciate the StreetWalker’s very narrow and vertical profile, especially when combined with the shoulder harness design.

The three new StreetWalker backpacks are:

  • StreetWalker -- This slim, lightweight backpack will hold a Pro Size DSLR with 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position.  It includes a monopod/tripod mounting system, a contoured harness and air channel for increased comfort, and lots of pockets and organizers for customization.

  • StreetWalker Pro -- This backpack is designed for a Pro Size DSLR with up to a 400 2.8 attached, or a 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position.  It also includes the monopod/tripod mounting system, the contoured harness and air channel, and lots of pockets and organizers.

  • StreetWalker HardDrive -- This backpack will hold most 15” laptops and a Pro Size DSLR with 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position.  It also includes the monopod/tripod mounting system, the contoured harness and air channel, and lots of pockets and organizers.

The StreetWalker backpacks were designed by veteran camera bag designer Lily
 Fisher.  “First and foremost  these lightweight backpacks give photographers quick access to their gear while allowing them to maneuver easily through crowds,” said Fisher.  “Additional benefits are the slim profile and adjustable sternum straps.  These backpacks also offer a unique benefit to women photographers, which is that the shoulder harness has been designed to  fit our unique body types.”

Specifications:

StreetWalker
Internal Dimensions:  8.5” W x 16” H x 5.5” D  (22 x 41 x 14 cm)    
External Dimensions:  9.5” W x 17” H x 6” D (24 x 43 x 15 cm)
Weight:  2 lbs – 2.8 lbs (0.9kg – 1.3 kg) (Varies based on accessories used)
Price:  $139.00

StreetWalker Pro
Internal Dimensions: 9.5” W x 16.5” H x 7” D (24 x 42 18 cm)            
External Dimensions: 10” W x 17.5” H x 7.5” D (25 x 45 x 19 cm)
Weight:  2.6 lbs - 3.4 lbs (1.2kg – 1.5kg)  (Varies based on accessories used)
Price:  $159.00

StreetWalker HardDrive
Internal Dimensions: 11” W x 17” H x 6-7” D (28 x 43 x 15-18 cm)
External Dimensions: 11.5” W x 18” H x 8.5” D (29 x 46 x 22 cm)
Weight:  3.6 lbs – 4.4 lbs (1.6kg – 2kg)  (Varies based on accessories used)
Price:  $179.00


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