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Wired: Rolling camera bag rocks

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I guess it dates me a little when I say roller derby is coming back.

Think Tank Photo's new Airport Roller Derby camera bag helps you maneuver through crowded airports without elbowing your fellow passengers in the face.

The four-wheeled roller can turn on a dime and is easy to maneuver, reducing the amount of effort needed to pull it when it's filled to capacity. The newly designed wheel system even improves the weight distribution.

When I first opened the roller, I was pushing it around my house with one finger and hardly heard the wheels on my hardwood floors. Each wheel is actually a dual wheel, totalling up to eight wheels on the bottom.

The handle allows the bag to also tilt and roll with two wheels. Once you get past the new wheel system there's a lot more to admire, in addition to the expected great craftsmanship from Think Tank. This includes top-notch hardware, water-resistant zippers and exterior fabric, and replaceable wheels with sealed steel bearings (other companies need to take notice that the suitcase can often outlast the wheels).

Storage compartments include dedicated pockets to hold a tablet and laptop, and dividers to fit just about any combination of gear, including a pair of DSLR camera bodies and about seven lenses, flash or other accessories.

Before loaded, it weighs just under five kilograms.

DETAILS: US$389.75; the Airport Roller Derby includes a Think Tank rain cover, which your electronics will love the first time you get caught in a downpour;

Tiny charger can be big help


The superCUBE and superCUBE flip from Scosche are items you want to have tucked away in any travel bag.

The superCUBE is a small cube with nothing but AC prongs and a USB port. It's advertised to be up to 40 per cent smaller than most similar charging adapters.

Its big brother, the superCUBE flip, is a little bigger but has folding AC prongs so they can be tucked away when not in use.

There's not a lot to them, and with today's power-crazy gadgets in everyone's hands, it can be a big help to pull one of these out of your pocket.

DETAILS: US$19.99;

Wireless speaker can stick anywhere


Digital Treasures' Jive wireless speaker really lets you take your music and phone calls anywhere.

The Jive is a Bluetooth speaker with a mic for hands-free calls, but what makes it special is the built-in suction cup enabling the waterproof speaker built with silicone-based materials to go anywhere and everywhere, including your shower.

Obviously your media source (tablet, smartphone) doesn't have to be in the water, just make your Bluetooth connection and keep it within about 10 metres of the speaker.

It features a one-touch talk button, a three-watt, full-range speaker and an internal rechargeable battery good for up to four hours.

DETAILS: US$19 at; available in blue, green, black, orange and purple;

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 17, 2014 ??65521

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