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Kata R-103 GDC Rucksack

by KATA

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  • Comfortable backpack can accommodate SLR with attached 300mm lens or large DV camcorder
  • Two outside pockets, two detachable interior mesh pockets, and a laptop compartment
  • Main compartment stores the camera in the center; quick draw via small top opening flap
  • Exterior made of highly durable, waterproof TST (Thermo Shield Technology)
  • Padded shoulder strap, detachable hip belt
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.9 x 17.7 inches ; 3.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009PYV6K
  • Item model number: KT R-103
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 31, 2006

Product Description

GDC Rucksack. The compact R-103 is designed to hold a Digital / SLR body with up to 300mm lens attached, an extra body, 4-5 lenses or a mini DV camcorder. Additional accessories, like flash-unit, filters, charger, cables and personal essentials can be stored in the spacious arched lid compartment, the 2 outside pockets and the central mesh/vinyl pocket. The R-103's ergonomic harness includes a unique cushioning and shock absorbing system, which allows for optimal ventilation, weight distribution and 5-point adjustment mechanism. The R-103 includes a well-padded dividing set, which allows you to organize it to fit your requirements, and two detachable mesh pouches. If needed, extra Modi-Vers Kit is available. Features Comfortable backpack can accommodate SLR with attached 300mm lens or large DV camcorder. Two outside pockets, two detachable interior mesh pockets, and a laptop compartment. Main compartment stores the camera in the center; quick draw via small top opening flap. Exterior made of highly durable, waterproof TST (Thermo Shield Technology) Padded shoulder strap, detachable hip belt

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It built extremely well with high quality material.
L. de Silva
I'm 167 cm tall (5'6') and it fits very well indeed - a lot better than the Tumi laptop "business" backpack I use when I'm not taking camera gear around.
Michael Sandman
So I emailed their customer service team with my specific bag information and a "hey - where can I buy another one of those?" questions.
Douglas R. McCready

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sandman on April 15, 2006
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I settled on the Kata R-103 after looking at the Lowepro Computrekker and Tamrac Cyber 6 and also considering Crumpler "Whickey & Cox" and the Tenba PB-15C. Having a backpack with room for both laptop and camera gear is great for taking a business trip with a rolling suitcase without also dragging a third piece of luggage for the camera, a load that puts you at risk for having to check your luggage

I have a DSLR, 3 lenses, flash, tripod and the usual assortment of cables, plus a Dell D-600 laptop, charger and cords. The Dell is 15" wide (long?). That assortment would fit any of the five backpacks noted above. If you have more gear than that, you need a bigger backpack, and all of the above makers have bigger models.

The Kata R-103 has several unusual features that give it an edge, but most important, it has a very comfortable harness that can be adjusted to fit both short and tall people. Another reviewer said it fits people 170-180cm tall (5'7" - 5'11"). I'm 167 cm tall (5'6') and it fits very well indeed - a lot better than the Tumi laptop "business" backpack I use when I'm not taking camera gear around.

Kata Features: (1) The zippers for the main (camera) compartment go around the outside edge and down under the bag, allowing it to open compeletely for easy access. (2) There's a smaller zippered flap on the main compartment that gives you easy access to just the camera and lens without the risk that any other gear will fall out. That flap is also zippered all the way down both sides to the bottom. (3) The laptop is accessible from the side, which seems better than access from the top if you want to get at it on a plane (although the zipper could be an inch or two longer). (4) It fits a full-sized 15" laptop.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Aalhad A. Saraf on December 12, 2005
Still haven't bought a bag for your camera?

Want a -really- good way to protect your investment?

Get a Kata R-103.

I have it since October 2005. I've travelled through south india for 11 days - in 'sleeper class' train compartments, crowded streets, trekked through the jungle surrounding the periyar lake with the following stuff in this bag -

Canon EOS 350D, a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, a Canon 75-300mm telephoto lens, a Tamron 18-200mm lens, Canon Speedlite 580EX flash, 4 rechargable 2500 milli-amp-hour NiMH AA cells, Nokia cell phone charger, NiMH battery charger, an IBM T42p Thinkpad laptop, laptop charger, my ebook and music library on a spool of 10 DVDs, a charger for the Canon camera NB2LH battery, a Sony portable Discman, an Apple iPod nano 4G (there were 9 more people in our gang, so we needed multiple music playing devices), a portable travelpod for the smaller Kodak DX6490, a larger Hansa tripod for the 350D, Apple earbuds, Shure e3c canalphones, Shure e2c canalphones, a full set of sleeves for the e2c and the e3c, cables for hooking the ipod to the laptop, a 25-in-1 memory card reader, a Nokia 6600 cellphone for continuous bluetooth->GPRS connectivity on my laptop, a kensington laptop cable lock, ethernet cables, a couple of paperbacks and a bunch of other small knickknacks like chewing gum and mints ..... so, the bag although devoid of all the equipment in this snapshot, has much more room than you can see!

The bag is made from military standard nylon that is ACTUALLY dust resistant! I've lugged it through a jungle - and not a speck of dust on it yet. It seems to be very shock resistant - Kata should know this kinda stuff well - they make bulletproof vests and other such equipment for the Israeli army!!!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Al Swanson VINE VOICE on October 21, 2005
I wanted a backpack with excellent protection, good size and flexibility and one that hopefully didn't scream "Steal me, I have camera equipment"! The Kata R-103 fills those needs perfectly.

1) The protection is unparalleled. Being made by a company dedicated to body armor, this isn't that surprising. Your camera would have to be solidly hit by an almost deliberate hit to do any damage.

2) I fit my XT, four lenses, a flash, my Jobo Giga2 20gb portable HD plus tons of little stuff in this thing. I still have room for a laptop!

3) Nothing on it, unless I have my tripod in the included holder, says camera. It's almost incognito.

I've had Tamrac and Lowepro - simply no comparison.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Z. Cai on August 26, 2006
I used this bag for a recent trip to St. John. I had a Nikon D70 with a 70-200 f2.8 VR lens mounted, 3 other f2.8 lenses, an SB-600 flash, and many small items like filters and spare batteries. there is also a Gitzo G2227 tripod mounted on the outside of the bag. The bag is well balanced and easy to carry. I had it on my back for a whole day, and I didn't feel much.
The only complaint that I have is the documentation of the bag. I had a hard time figuring out where to attach those belts that came with the bag.

This is an update after I have owned this bag for almost 3 years. One of the buckles on the bag was broken on a recent trip. I emailed their customer service on Sunday, and received a reply on Monday morning. Not only was I told that they would take care of the problem, but also they wanted to know the reason for the damage so that they could improve the quality of their product. I was so impressed by their genuine care of quality and their outstanding customer service. It turns out that the buckle was broken because a hotel doorman slammed a car door on it. Knowing this cause, their customer service still told me that they would send a replacement buckle to me and their R&D department would develop a solution for me so that I could do the repair without using any special tools.
I have never seen another company takes such great care of its customers. Neither have I seen another company pay so much attention to its product quality. I wish Amazon would allow me to rate this product 6 stars.
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