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Billingham Hadley Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 13, 2019

4.25
based on 129 reviews


We have checked tens of reviews and found 13 reasons to buy the Hadley - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


92% of the reviewers give the Billingham Hadley a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (78%)
Good (14%)
Average (3%)
Poor (1%)
Bad (1%)





Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the Billingham Hadley:

Reviewers like these things about the Billingham Hadley

  • Many reviewers commend the Billingham Hadley pack for its excellent craftsmanship.
  • Users thought that it sports a compartment that will happily swallow a 13in laptop.
  • Reviewers believed that the pack has been designed with a zippered pocket for documents on its back.
  • Testers pointed out that it features a full-size removable insert that allows the bag to be alternated between a camera bag and a standard shoulder bag.
  • Users indicated that it is finished with a thick, leather strip to make it weather resistant.
  • Other users also thought that a weather-resistant FibreNyte canvas has been used for the main exterior of the bag, and this has been completed by leather pads and smaller leather details throughout.
  • Reviewers praised the grab handle at the top of the bag that feels extraordinarily sturdy, with a tightly wound top and comfortable leather bottom.
  • They also said that its main strap is constructed from shuttle-woven spun polyester, with brass fittings and smart leather ends.
  • Other reviewers thought that its strap can also be removed entirely from the bag if not required.
  • Testers pointed out that a luggage strap is also provided at the rear, which allows the bag to loop around the handle of rolling luggage.
  • Several of those who have tried the bag noted that the two pockets on the front are relatively spacious and are closed quite merely with their own button, and this is the same principle on which the internal removable compartment is clicked into and out of place.
  • Users took notice of the laptop compartment at the rear of the interior chamber that has a reassuringly thick divider, and together with the rear of the bag this is very well protected.
  • They also noted that it hangs well on the shoulder.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer had issues with its too high price.
  • Another reviewer felt that it might not be really suitable for shorter photographers.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Billingham Hadley models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight1.6-2.4 oz (0.7-1.1 kg)
Length iconLength5-15 in (13-38 cm)
Width7-11 in (18-28 cm)
Height8-12 in (20-30 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches





Popular Models


Billingham Hadley Small

86% choose the Billingham Hadley Small

86 %


Specs
Weight iconWeight1.6 oz (0.7 kg)
Length iconLength5 in (13 cm)
Width11 in (28 cm)
Height8 in (20 cm)


Billingham Hadley Large

14% choose the Billingham Hadley Large

14 %


Specs
Weight iconWeight2.4 oz (1.1 kg)
Length iconLength15 in (38 cm)
Width7 in (18 cm)
Height12 in (30 cm)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches




Billingham Hadley Small vs Hadley Large


The two most popular Billingham Hadley models are the Hadley Small and the Hadley Large, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Billingham Hadley bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Hadley Small which is choosen by 86% (6.1 times as many as the 14% that choose the Hadley Large).

Hadley SmallHadley Large
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Hadley Small is typically around $70 cheaper than the Hadley Large, but check the deals before you buy.

Hadley SmallHadley Large
Cheapest

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Hadley Small is 0.8 kg (28.2 oz) lower than the weight of the Hadley Large.

Hadley SmallHadley Large
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, the Hadley Small is 10 in (25 cm) longer than the Hadley Large (5 vs. 15 in). Both bags are the same width (11 in), while the height of the Hadley Small is 4 in (10 cm) less than the height of the Hadley Large (8 vs. 12 in).




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Billingham Hadley features:
  • Waterproof

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Rankings


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The Billingham Hadley ranks #1 compared with the other Billingham bags.

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4.25
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The Billingham Hadley ranks #524 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Billingham Hadley vs 2 other, similar bags.

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Some sources mention this feature


Billingham Hadley vs ONA The Bowery


Billingham Hadley
Billingham Hadley

4.25

Based on 129 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.6-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


ONA The Bowery
ONA The Bowery

4.33
BEST
Based on 782 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.75-3 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Hadley is rated a little bit worse than the The Bowery.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 911 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Hadley is 25% lighter than the biggest The Bowery (2.4 oz vs 3 oz).

FeatureHadleyThe Bowery
Water resistant
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black

Only the The Bowery is available in these colors:
Brown
Blue




Billingham Hadley vs Think Tank Retrospective


Billingham Hadley
Billingham Hadley

4.25

Based on 129 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.6-2.4 oz
Price: $$$


Think Tank Retrospective
Think Tank Retrospective

4.50
BEST
Based on 400 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 2.15-3.3 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Hadley is rated a little bit worse than the Retrospective.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 529 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Hadley is 38% lighter than the biggest Retrospective (2.4 oz vs 3.3 oz).

FeatureHadleyRetrospective
Laptop compartment
Raincover included
Tablet compartment
Waterproof

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black

Only the Retrospective is available in these colors:
Blue







Selected Reviews


ePHOTOzine

At a penny under £75, what you're talking about here is a triumph of styling over functionality.

Posted 16 January 2007 by Duncan - Read full review

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Last updated on May 13, 2019