Object of Desire: Tenba’s Tough Traveling Roadie Collection

September 15, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Tenba's Tough Traveling Roadie Collection.

The newly updated Roadie line bears none of the hallmarks of a scruffy, bearded man policing access to the band. Instead, they’re designed to look like your average (if sophisticated) travel bag—the better to disguise the precious photographic cargo within. All of the models in Tenba’s Roadie line offer water-repellent nylon exteriors, YKK zippers and aircraft-grade aluminum luggage handles. They have drop-in tripod carriers and an extra bag strap that lets you attach a second bag to a Roadie. When opened, interior straps can keep the lid upright so you can access your gear without having to prop open the lid yourself. All of the wheels on the Roadie bags are user-replaceable. Most models in the line, with the exception of the Roadie 18, include a removable camera insert that holds a camera and up to three lenses so you can leave the Roadie behind if you don’t need your full kit. The new line has a number of models including the Air Case 21, which is rigid enough to withstand 400 pounds of pressure so it can be shipped or checked without risking its contents. It’s also sized to fit into overhead bins. The Hybrid Roadie 21 is a combination rolling bag/backpack while the Roadie Roller 24 is the only model in the line that’s too big to squeeze into an overhead bin.

PRICE: starting at $320