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Carry on luggage back pack

LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
27 Oct 2009 9:04PM
Any suggestions for a back pack just within the limits that does not way a lot?
I am flying KLM Amsterdam to Arusha. Hold luggage is not an issue - with 2 x 23 kg allowance.
Hand luggage (excluding photo vest items) is limited to 12 KG.
My decades old Lowe Pro Photo Trekker is within size limits - but worn out.
A straight replacement weighs 3 KG - a quarter of the allowance.
Has anybody found anything good and big enough to take a Nikon 200-400, 70-200 and bodies as a minimum - but weighs less than 3 KG?

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MattGrayson 11 622 3 England
27 Oct 2009 9:19PM
I thought Sid james and the gang were reforming... Wink

Try this:

Kata PR 460
Designed to fit the luggage spec, 1.5kg, can take up tp 300mm lenses.
scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
27 Oct 2009 9:34PM
Have a look at Think Tank bags, now available in UK.

Seem to get good reviews - and it's a backpack, unlike the Kata...
csurry 16 9.2k 92
27 Oct 2009 9:53PM
Think Tank specifically designed to be carry on and have the benefit that they do not scream camera gear to all around!

Had the original Think Tank Airport Acceleration and the new model has only improved on a very good product. Unlike other manufacturers the bag comes with lots of spare inserts so that you can tailor the bag to your needs.

Highly recommended.
LensYews 9 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2009 10:01PM
David Clapp mentioned three options for hand luggage in this article .The Pelican Case 1510, ThinkTank Airport Acceleration, and Lowepro MiniTrekker.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
28 Oct 2009 8:05AM
Thanks for the suggestions - keep them coming.
I had not thought of Think Tank for a back pack - the Airport Acceloration 2 looks good - the wheeled Think Tank Airport International is heavy.
I take the point the Think Tank looks like most other carry on bags - and it seems about 20% cheaper than the Lowepro photo trekker.
With 46 kg hold luggage allowance I can probably also take my Lowe Pro Trekker AW (too big for carry on) for better protection in the safari vehicles, and less essential gear in the hold.
Now for the next challenge - where can I handle Think Tank within 60 mile radius of Leyburn in North Yorks?
There seems to be no-where in Leeds, Jacobs in Newcastle might be a possibility, and Calumet Manchester is a 2 hour drive.
stolzy 12 3.8k 7
28 Oct 2009 9:35AM
Anybody remember the good old days when all flights had the same baggage rules?
It's a bloody nightmare these days, I often end up reconfiguring my luggage in the check-in queue
Stockczech 11 445 Czech Republic
28 Oct 2009 10:18AM
In my experience a roll-on is always better than a backpack - simply because it doesn't shout 'photo gear' and is therefore far less likely to be questioned.

I have often had shoulder bags and backpacks weighed - but never once had a roll-on questioned.

rowarrior 10 4.4k 9 Scotland
28 Oct 2009 10:37AM
I've had the opposite experience, where my Rover AW with rather bulging side pockets didn't get a second look, but every wheeled bag got checked (and a large number failed size limits)
yellowduke 9 303 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2009 12:21PM
Roller bags tend to be quite rigid so aren't as easy to squeeze into spaces in overhead lockers, hence i believe that they are more likely to be checked. Your typical daysack is much more maleable unless stuffed to the gills. Remember a jacket with big pockets isn't hand luggage!
JamesBurns 10 1.3k 7
28 Oct 2009 12:28PM

Quote:Jacobs in Newcastle might be a possibility.

Phone them first... They're a great shop, but carry limited stock at times.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
28 Oct 2009 10:08PM

Quote:Anybody remember the good old days when all flights had the same baggage rules?

Flying KLM to Tanzania even the hold luggage allowance is different - 23 KG per case rather than 27 KG - but 2 cases allowed - total 46 KG rather than 27 KG.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
28 Oct 2009 10:14PM
Not sure when you can see Think Tank stuff I bought mine on recommendation of a frequent photo traveller and have not been disappointed.
LensYews 9 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2009 11:41PM
The Jacob's website has a new Leeds store, and Think tank products on the website. Still a case of phoning to check its in stock first.

82, Albion Street
Tel 0113 2451451
Fax N/A

Our New Store is now open for business. Come and see us and check out all the latest equipment.

Opening Hours:
8:45am to 5:45pm - Mon to Sat
Stockczech 11 445 Czech Republic
29 Oct 2009 2:32PM
The secret is to have a small roller bag. I've got the Lowepro Mini roller, which holds a surprising amount of stuff, but looks pretty small compared to many rollers.


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