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The Kata 3N1-20 sling backpack

 | August 13, 2010

Since 2003, Kata has been producing high quality camera bags for photo enthusiasts and professionals. Distributing bags to over 100 countries around the world, Kata has become one of the most respected leaders in the industry. One of the more recent offerings to the photo market is the Kata 3N1-20 sling backpack.

Weighing in at 1.30 kg, this exceptional bag allows the user to configure the carrying position to suit their shooting style and needs. This innovative bag can be worn as a sling bag by using a single strap across your chest or in the traditional backpack style where both straps are utilized. The single strap sling option is customizable to suit both left hand and right hand shooters. The strap that isn’t in use can be easily stored in the nicely designed compartment on the outside of the bag.

A single sling configuration is ideal for those times where quick access to your camera is important or if you’re simply on a leisurely shoot around town. The backpack configuration is great for times when you need to get off the beaten path and carry your gear to a specific location. No matter the carrying option you use, a well-padded and comfortable waist belt can be used to keep your pack close and secure to your body.

This bag can also be used as a carry-on for your travels. Simply hide both padded straps and the waist belt and take advantage of the large handle on the top of the bag.

Feeling a little confused about all these options? Well, not to worry. Kata has developed a media centre on their website where you can view video tutorials and see how others are making the most out of their Kata bags.

The Kata 3N1-20 has been designed to fit one digital SLR camera body with battery pack and an attached mid-size zoom lens. There’s still plenty of room for three or four more lenses, a flash unit and all your accessories.

Other than having the freedom of different carrying positions, the Kata 3N1-20 features a form-fitted element cover, a detachable media pouch for memory cards and padded Velcro organizers throughout. A compartment for your personal items is also conveniently found at the top of the bag to store keys, a cellphone, business cards, wallet and even a few snacks—all the things you need to get at real fast.

The materials used on this bag are second to none. High quality zippers and quick release buckles go a long way in making the 3N1-20 very user friendly. The padded shoulder straps are very comfortable on long hikes and an extra strip of padding built into the outside of the bag ensures that your gear is protected.

After spending several days with the 3N1-20 and getting to know my way around all the compartments and sling configurations, I can say that Kata has built a winner. I would recommend it to anyone who might be looking for a new carrying system.

For your chance to win a Kata 3N1-20 photographer’s bag, click here.

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