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Kata KT D-3N1-20 Sling/Backpack (Black)

by KATA

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  • Easily convert your 3N1 from a right-handed sling to a left-handed sling or a backpack
  • Features "Thermal Shield Technology" to ensure optimal camera protection
  • Included rain cover folds neatly away into an integrated pocket
  • Fast, one handed camera access with "Quick Release Buckle"
  • Waist strap is included to provide maximum comfort to your back when using the 3N1 in backpack mode
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 17.3 inches ; 3.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001BP7YFM
  • Item model number: KT D-3N1-20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Why Choose? Why Settle? Introducing the New Kata 3N1!
Why choose between a backpack and a sling when you simply can pick up one of the new Kata 3N1 bags and get the best features of each type of bag? These unique bags provide ultimate freedom designed with three carrying options in one bag: right-handed sling, left-handed sling and backpack. Quick access to a camera has never been faster with a sling that offers a quick release and one-handed bag opening for camera access. Left-handed photographers can celebrate as they discover the first photo bag that can be configured as a left-handed sling. When not in a situation that requires quick camera access, convert the 3N1 into an ergonomic and comfortable backpack. All these product features come in a package that includes the unique combination of protection, light weight and style that has become Kata’s calling card.

Kata 3NI Highlights

Flexible Configurations to Ensure Maximum Use

Kata 3NI Highlights
Use both as a sling and backpack
As a photographer, you choose a sling for the ability to gain quick access to your camera in shooting situations. A backpack is key for carrying your equipment long distances without straining your back. Finally, there is a bag that offers the best of both worlds in one sleek design. By including two padded straps that can be easily hidden, you decide which product configuration works best for you. Large sturdy strap buckles make it easy to quickly convert your 3N1 from a right-handed sling to a left-handed sling or a backpack. A waist strap is included to provide maximum comfort to your back when using the 3N1 in backpack mode. You no longer have to decide which camera bag to bring with you into the field. Load up your 3N1 and you are set for all photgraphic situations.

Kata 3NI Highlights
Uses Thermal Shield Technology to ensure maximum protection
Superior Protection for Your DSLR
Superior protection is key to the Kata design philosophy. The creation of TST (Thermal Shield Technology) is a physical expression of this philosophy. TST is modeled to create protective zones where your camera will most likely be impacted. Impact force is distributed to ensure that your camera remains safe and always ready for that important scene or shot. The 3N1 is also designed with reinforced corners to ensure that when in sling mode, the bag holds its shape to ensure your camera does not fall out.

Fast, One Handed Camera Access with Quick Release Buckle
When in sling mode, quick access to your camera is provided via a quick release clip with single pull opening of the camera compartment door. Pinch the clip and pull and the zippers easily slide to offer one-handed access to your camera. Easy access means you are always ready when the action happens and need to capture that perfect shot on the fly.

Kata 3NI Highlights
Rain Cover Provides All-Weather Protection
Included with each 3N1 model is a sturdy all-weather rain cover. You never know when Mother Nature will throw you a curve and you need to be prepared. This rain cover wraps around your entire sling / backpack ensuring that your valuable gear is protected. The bright color also reflects sunlight to keep your rucksack and sensitive digital equipment cooler in hot locations.

Optional InserTrolley (KT VG-DTS) for Easy Traveling
Both the 3N1-20 and 3N1-30 have a sleeve for use with the Kata InserTrolley (Model KT VG-DTS) or most luggage trolleys. This allows for easy transport of your camera. While connected to the trolley, your camera remains fully accessible. The Kata Insertrolley can be folded for easy storage when not in use. Kata's patented extendable wheel system provides better stabilization when wheeling your 3N1 bag.
Kata 3NI Highlights
Ensure you find the right fit for your camera

Product Description

Why choose between a backpack and a sling when you simply can pick up one of the new Kata 3N1 bags and get the best features of each type of bag? These unique bags provide ultimate freedom designed with three carrying options in one bag: right-handed sling, left-handed sling and backpack. Quick access to a camera has never been faster with a sling that offers a quick release and one-handed bag opening for camera access. Left-handed photographers can celebrate as they discover the first photo bag that can be configured as a left-handed sling. When not in a situation that requires quick camera access, convert the 3N1 into an ergonomic and comfortable backpack. All these product features come in a package that includes the unique combination of protection, light weight and style that has become Kata’s calling card. In sling position, the bag easily swings around from back to front providing quick draw access to your main camera & accessories via a quick release clip with single pull opening of the camera compartment door. In standard backpack position and “X” position (both straps crisscrossed over the user’s chest) you can comfortably carry your equipment for long distance walking when needed. The included balancing hip strap helps take the load of your heavy equipment off your shoulders. The 3N1-20 is designed to fit a D/SLR with mid-range zoom lens attached and 3-4 extra lenses with accessories.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Construction: Very, very well constructed.
Aaron Cloutier
I've now owned the -20 backpack/sling bag for a couple of months and can say that I am very comfortable with it.
C. Franz
Love the bag and think I'll get the larger on next to hold everything for those times when I need it all.
Randall V. Houston

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By H. Choi on September 10, 2008
I am only reviewing cause there aren't very many reviews of this bag for some reason anywhere. I have had it for about two weeks now. There is some video out there from [...] or something. You can find it on the kata website and it does a decent job of showing you the features.

Pros:
1. Many ways to wear it. Sling, backpack, x - straps across your chest like an x. I primarily wear as backpack and sling.
2. Looks pretty cool.
3. Lots of buckles so you don't have to zip it up if you know you are going to take another pic soon.
4. I really like the top handle for some reason. Cushioned and easy to grab.
5. Inside dividers are changeable and good.
6. Yellow insides makes easy to see stuff.

Cons
1. Wish it had a water pocket, but that is really just my preference.
2. Wish it had a pocket or something on the outside you didn't have to zip to get to.
3. This is what I took one star off for which is my only real complaint since the other two are just wishes - the material doesn't breathe very well so it gets hot on my back which isn't a huge complaint, but it is a complaint none the less. I wish it was more breathable or like Osprey backpacks, had mesh to let air in. Kata, if you are listening, go look at those Osprey backpacks which I use for hiking/overnighters cause they are awesome.

I got this one after thinking of getting a Lowe Slingshot 200 for a while. Friend of mine has that one and he likes it but I thought it wouldn't be comfortable to have on all day. He uses it for travel and thinks the sling aspect is great. I agreed with him about the sling, but didn't want to have to have it on one strap all day long. So when I saw this one, I got excited. It does what it is designed to do pretty well.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By C. Franz on June 29, 2009
I've now owned the -20 backpack/sling bag for a couple of months and can say that I am very comfortable with it. I bought it primarily because I needed something between the Lowepro 300 Slingshot and my Lowepro Nova 3 handheld (plus, according to some - mostly female - 'you can never have too many bags'). The Slingshot 300 is perfect when I need to carry my camera with the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS mounted. But that bag is a bit unwieldy, and I was looking for a bag that had the sling capability but was somewhat smaller. Initially, I looked at the Slingshot 200, but, after a tip from my brother (who shoots Nikon, and thus cannot be easily trusted :-) I also looked at this Kata bag.

What I really like about the Kata -20, and what made me purchase it over the Lowe 200 are a number of factors:
- Build:
The build quality (at least the one I have) is substantly above that of my Lowe. Seams are tighter. Zippers feel more robust. There are tight fabric seals over the zippers. The fabric and texture of the materials feels sturdier. The locks for the side access are also much better than the simple buckles the Slingshot employs.

- Shape:
The Slingshot is roughly pyramid-shaped, while the Kata bag is decidedly boxy. The bag is much more rigid than the Slingshot, and due to is shape I feel it is a bit more versatile and easier to handle. It also fits my back slighly better, and I can more easily pack it. plus, even though it extends outwards further than the Lowe, carrying it on my back is surprisingly unencumbering. And, not least of all, the bag looks darn good (that center vertical line was a stroke of design genius). Due to the more boxy design I (personally) feel it's easier to carry it aboard and stow in overhead compartments (not that I like the idea of the latter much).
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By W. Eng on October 30, 2008
I have FINALLY FOUND the bag!

I'm a freelance photographer and I'm always traveling around the city with my equipment. It's usually in my messenger style camera bag or my waist bag. But what a problem! The waist bag cannot hold all of my necessary equipment. The messenger bag tires my shoulder out.

Lo and behold, the Kata 3N1-20 bag! I actually wore it out in the city today. I loaded everything I had: Canon EOS 5D, EF 24-70mm, EF 70-200mm, EF 50mm, 580EX Speedlite, Point & Shoot, and small little items like batteries, diffusers, sunglasses case, etc.

It felt comfortable on me. I didn't feel the usual strain like I did with the messenger bag. I also tried it as a backback and the weight distribution was perfect.

I also liked how I can swing it to the front really quick so I can grab my camera to take a quick shot then put it back and tucked away.

I highly recommend this bag to anyone who's experiencing shoulder strains from the usual shoulder bags. This one is definitely worth it!

P.S. I also added photos into the product image section.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Gotti on October 29, 2009
Verified Purchase
I was seeking a bag that had some versatility, looked good and could carry a day's worth of equipment in. After reading the reviews here, I was sold on the Kata bag. The negatives didn't seem all that bad and the positives were that good that I didn't think twice about the purchase. Until I received the bag.

Let's start off with the pros. The bag looks great. It's compact, but not TOO compact and the handle on top is a nice added touch. The ability to use it as a sling or a full backpack is a major plus and the main reason I even came across this bag. I really like the way the cam can be pulled from the side without opening up the entire pack.

That's about it. Now for the cons. Off the cambags website, it states this bag can hold 1 large DSLR, 2 telezooms, 1 mid ranged lens and 1 prime with a flash. Maybe it's my in ability to pack well, or maybe my bag needs to "break in" a bit but there is no way it will fit all that. I currently have a d90 with a 17-55 attached, sb600 and my sigma 150 in it. I would be able to fit a 70-200 with what I have now and MAYBE a small prime...but NOT comfortably. I have my bag set up just like the pic here on Amazon and my SB600 doesn't have the room that this pic does and too boot, it DOESN'T fit longways [front to back] like it is shown in the picture.

The last thing that is frustrating is the upper portion of the, lower compartment, isnt easily accessible. You can see it in the user's pictures that are posted here. I have to PULL the lower flap up and pull and at the same time, push the foam partition down to access the equipment I put in that area. For the life of me, I honestly cannot understand why a company would not just raise the zipper path another inch to make it easy to reach that area.
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