Tenba Roadie Air Case Roller 21 Review

We take a look at the Tenba Roadie Air case Roller 21, a large rolling case for your kit.

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Handling & Performance

Roadie Air Case Roller 21

The Tenba Roadie Air Case Roller 21 is part of the new Roadie family, offering sleek, durable and discreet photography cases designed for photographers and film makers. There are 5 models in total and the Roller 21 is the largest case available that's airline carry-on compatible (always double check with your airline before flying). Tenba says they are designed to carry your gear efficiently and securely. Here, we find out how the Roadie 21 performs. 

Tenba Roadie Air Case Roller 21 Features

The Air Case Roller 21 can hold 2 Pro DSLR bodies with battery grips attached or 3 mirrorless bodies, and 8 lenses of up to 400mm. It weighs 4kg when empty. 

There is an easy to grip and well-padded carry handle on the top. Underneath this is a slim zipping pocket ideal for personal documents like your passport. Behind this is an extendable pulling handle that has 3 height options. On the back is a scuff guard and two smooth rolling wheels. 


On the left-hand side is a full length zipped side pocket with tightening strap which can be used to carry a tripod. On the right-hand side, there is a small zipped pocket at the top which houses a security cable and TSA lock for securing your bag to an immovable object. Below this is a well-padded side carry handle. Next to this is a TSA zip lock which requires a code to unlock, using 3 numbered dials. The zips for the main compartment can be secured to this. 

On the front is rubber piping around the edges and running down the middle to add grip and help protect against wear. 


Inside, on the underside of the lid, there are 4 zipped mesh pockets ideal for your cables, chargers and small accessories. The main compartment is reinforced by a foam shell that's about an inch thick and looks very sturdy. It's been designed so that the bag can withstand being shipped if necessary. Inside this is a wealth of adjustable dividers which you can move and fasten with velcro. There is a pull-out section which allows you to store 3 lenses and carry them around separately. The lid has some velcro strips which fasten to the interior and keep it upright when open.

On the bottom of the bag is another carrying handle and two robust feet for when the bag is stood. The bag comes with a waterproof 'weather wrap' too. 


Key Features

  • Holds up to 2 Pro DSLR bodies with grips and 8 400mm lenses
  • TSA zip and cable locks for security 
  • Rain cover
  • Height adjustable handle
  • Robust, reinforced exterior
  • Removable insert for 3 lenses
  • Adjustable dividers to suit your kit

Tenba Roadie Air Case Roller 21 Handling & Performance

The Roller 21 has a very smooth rolling action and is extremely robustly made. The only downside to this is its weight - it weighs 4kg before you've even loaded your kit! If you're flying with a budget airline the weight limit can sometimes be as little as 10kg for carry on luggage, limiting you as to how much gear you'll be able to put in before you reach this limit. 


That being said, the case is designed to keep your kit safe even if it has to be shipped, and so it should withstand having to go in the hold although this is every photographer's worst nightmare. Tenba say that the case can withstand being dropped, kicked and even stepped on whilst still ensuring everything inside the case is ok. This is thanks to its patented wall construction that gives the protection of a hard shell case in a soft shell body that's made from water resistant material. 


We were able to sit on the case, which could be handy when waiting in long queues with the case. Having a TSA zip lock is a nice touch and really adds peace of mind when travelling. The attached cable and lock will also prove invaluable if you want to secure your case to something while at a restaurant, for example. Tenba seem to have all the bases covered when it comes to robustness and security. 


The handle extends to a fair height - it was comfortable to pull for someone of 6ft without having to stoop. The carry handles also feel good to grab - they are padded and give you a firm hold thanks to the textured underside. 

The main compartment of the bag is very versatile, and having a 3-lens pull out section is a great idea for when you're on location and might need to change lenses on the fly. There are a good variety of velcro dividers to enable you to personalise the bag to your needs and there are a couple of options included, so every possible angle is covered. 

Everything feels and looks really well made - it definitely gives the feeling of a premium product, whilst staying inconspicuous.


Value For Money

The Tenba Roadie Air Case Roller 21 is available for £360. This is a lot of money for a bag, however, this particular one does have lots of added extras including zip and cable locks as well as being super robust for the protection of your most expensive kit. 

A bag of a similar spec and price is the Think Tank Airport International, available for £340.42. This bag weighs considerably more however, at 7kg. Bags of a similar size are available from Lowepro - the Lowepro PhotoStream RL is available for £169 however it lacks the robust shell and foam outer for better protection of your kit. 

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Tenba Roadie Air Case Roller 21 Verdict

The Tenba Roadie Air Case Roller 21 is a super sturdy roller and despite the high price tag, represents good value for money in terms of the features you get. A super sturdy case with superior gear protections and security locks which weighs less than a hard shell case but has the same protection, it is a great all round performer that runs smoothly. 

If the high weight of the case is an issue then you can look for lighter options but you'll be compromising the safety of your gear. This is a bag that can withstand being stood on, kicked, sat on and dropped (we tried all of these!), so we're confident that it could survive being shipped in the cargo hold if necessary. If the case is in your budget, then it will prove a reliable companion and we are happy to recommend it. 

Tenba Roadie Air Case Roller 21 Pros

  • Extremely robust
  • Zip lock and cable lock for security 
  • Versatile movable dividers
  • Smooth rolling
  • Rain cover included

Tenba Roadie Air Case Roller 21 Cons

  • Heavy 
  • Expensive 

Overall Verdict


Tenba Roadie Air Case Roller 21 Specifications

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