I’ll review it fully when I receive my pack, but I can already see that there are a lot of very intelligent and practical ideas and solutions here.
I very much like the modular approach, and I’ve already commented elsewhere that I like the idea of a camera pack that can be rotated from the back to the front of the body. Thinktank’s implementation seems to be smarter – and less disruptive – than the one used by Lowepro.
On the Rotation360, the lower section of the backpack is actually a separate unit – the beltpack – which sits in within a rigid frame on the bottom of the bag.
It is this section which rotates (rather than the whole bag as with the Lowepro Slingshot), and – sensibly – it rotates around the photographer’s waist, which is where you’d want it to, really..!
Nice little touches like camera straps that lock onto the straps of the pack, making things secure and taking the load off the photographer’s neck, also appeal.
I’ve already identified what might be a bit of a downside – for me at least – in that I don’t know if I’ll be able to carry my Canon 30D with the 100-400mm attached. The largest internal space in the Rotation360 is 9.75 inches (in the beltpack), whereas camera and lens are slightly – less than an inch – longer.
All in all though, my first impressions are very positive – see what you think.