Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Hiking

Thinktank Rotation 180 34L Backpack

(1/1)

Like most camera-specific hiking bags, there really is no way to organize your gear this way and maintain the easy access. So, there is a trade-off for the rotational quick access. There are a lot of ways to attach and configure gear to the outside of the bag, which does help to move some of the heavier bits to better locations.  You can break the bag down into three main sections: the ROTATION 180° 10L waist pack, the main 40L compartment, and the external pockets and attachment points

Positive
25 days ago

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

(1/1)

I got the Tom Bihn Synapse 25 guide edition specifically for hiking as well as using as a day bag to carry my laptop. I think it's perfect but if you need more space then the 30L you're thinking about should work, although that's a big pack.

Positive
zerozerozerohero
7 months ago

Carry-on

Thinktank Rotation 180 34L Backpack

(1/1)

For me, the 34L is plenty bag for my photo trips - and it fits in most overhead bins (check those regional flights ... smaller planes are always a challenge)

Positive
25 days ago

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

(1/1)

I have alway used a single bag, normally carry-on. My lightbulb moment was a recognition that others didn't do this. I was going on a multi-week service trip in 1996 and was asked to have an extra max-size checkthrough to transport project supplies. No problem

Positive
maverber
2 years ago

Comfort

Thinktank Rotation 180 34L Backpack

(1/1)

You can also use the pouch on the left side of the bag. There is a strap on the side to secure the top of the tripod, lashing it to the side of the bag. Heavier tripods may skew weight distribution, though. Wide shoulder straps distribute the back weight and a padded, breathable back make the Rotation 34L Backpack comfortable

Positive
25 days ago

Size

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

(1/3)

First of all, it’s not as large as you’d imagine because of all the other pockets inside this pack. Remember that water bottle pocket? Yeah, if you’re utilizing that you will lose a ton of space in this main compartment—which is kind of a bummer.

Negative
1 month ago

Strap

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

(1/1)

My only complaint is that I would love if it had a hip strap that effectively transferred weight for the days I really load it as the grocery store.

Negative
maverber
2 years ago

Compartment

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

(1/1)

This little laptop “compartment” is designed very well, and the thinking here is that you can easily slide your laptop out when you go through security. All you need to do is slide the laptop out and it will stay connected to your bag. Send it through the conveyor belt, pop the laptop back in, you’re good to go.

Positive
1 month ago