Solid bag...definitely worth a look
January 24, 2011
(I accidentally reviewed the 3n1-10 Kata bag when I meant to review the 3n1-20...)
I purchased this bag in summer '10 when it was on sale for $99.99. I closely researched and tried out similar sling bags from Lowepro and Tamrac, but finally decided on the Kata. There are pros and cons to each brand, but over-all, the Kata had my final vote. Things I like about the Kata: - plenty storage space - front vinyl/rubber material better resists water than the nylon materials on the others - large front grab handle (can double as a sweatshirt holder on those long hikes) - VERY comfortable in sling and backpack mode Things that could improve: - zipper quality; not as smooth as Lowepro or Tamrac - compartment quality (Lowepro and Tamrac bags feel more solid in the way the compartment walls sit inside if that makes any sense, but IMO, it doesn't affect how well it protects your gear) One thing to look out for that almost made me choose another brand (you may find this on the net too with thorough researching): - the compartment that opens to allow quick access to your gear did not zipper closed completely b/c of the way the zipper/design was to allow quicker opening of the compartment. This left a tiny small opening that 'may' allow sand and dirt to get inside. However, when I revisited the Henry's store to purchase a bag (one of the other brands), I took one more close look at the Kata bags and found several examples where the zipper was redesigned and a small tab added to the inside to allow that quick open function to operate better without leaving a small hole. Definitely keep an eye out for this b/c this was what finally made me decide on the Kata bag.
I currently have a D90 with battery grip, 50mm, 24-120, and other small accessories.
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