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Kata Bumblebee UL-222 Backpack -Gray

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Product Description

Color: Gray

The Ultra-Light Bumblebee UL-222 backpack features a combination of technology, materials and design which embody the ultimate essences of Lightweight Protection without compromises. Specially formed foam encased spring steel Spine Guard for ultimate structural protection, light yet durable RipStop fabrics & meshes, Aeriform foams and Spider Webbing straps all join together to create a protective yet fantastically light backpack. The incredible modularity allows you to make it even lighter by simply removing components that are not necessary for your adventure. The bag is designed with a double compartment concept – In the lower compartment there is room for a Pro DSLR with up to 70-200 F/2.8 lens attached, additional body, 4 lenses, flash and accessories. Use the modular Aeriform Dividers and Cocoon Pouches to custom fit the interior set-up your exact gear needs. In the upper compartment there is plenty of space for personal effects. When needed the lower compartment can be emptied of the padded dividers and pouches and the zippered partition between the two compartments can be opened to create one large storage space. Additional storage space is available in the large full length rear laptop slot (will fit most 17" laptops). External top pocket and two side pockets will store personal effects. These can also store small accessories you need rapid access too such as media cards, batteries or filters, while a flexible pocket on the other side will easily carry a water bottle. The double purpose pocket on the bottom front of the bag can be used either for additional storage or as a docking base to secure a small tripod. Includes items to enhance performance such as: Tripod Holder which can be attached to either the front or the side of the backpack, Rain Cover for protection in rough weather conditions and an Aeriform camera strap. External dimensions Length 15.2" width 11.8" height 20.5"; Internal dimensions Length 12.6 width 7.5" height 13.4".

Product Details

Color: Gray
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 23 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003BIFNE6
  • Item model number: KT UL-B-222
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 1, 2010

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Padded computer area (easy access).
L. Ramirez
Overall, I really like this bag for both it's modularity and comfort and think this is a good choice for those looking for a day hike/photo bag hybrid.
Very comfortable and well balanced bag.
Eric J Liu

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel on August 18, 2010
Color Name: Gray
I am a biologist by trade so I wanted a recreational bag that was both comfortable on full day hikes through rough/hot terrain but allowed me to carry a moderate amount of gear. I ultimately decided on the Kata over the Clik Elite Nature backpack because of the dedicated laptop holder. As a researcher, there are times when I will need to carry my computer into the field.

My first impression was that this bag is extremely light and roomy. I take a d300s and a 70-300 f4-5.6 lens and at least one wide angle (usually a tokina 12-24). The bag is plenty large for me to carry additional filters, flash, cleaning supplies etc, chargers and even my 10X42 eagle optics binos (all in the padded lower compartment). Fully stuffed, it was still a breeze to wear making it great for travel. I imagine once on location, most items can be stored to minimize weight in the field. I will be testing this bag in Costa Rica in September and imagine that weight will not be an issue. A hydration bladder would be nice but I can carry a 1000 ml nalgene in the side pocket no sweat (though a hydration bladder would be nice--I imagine it's next to impossible given the laptop holder). The top compartment is large enough for some food and a rolled up lightweight rainjacket. I do wish the rain cover was attached to the bag via a pouch on the underside--it's too easy to lose and carrying it around requires losing at least one pocket's worth of space.

Perhaps most importantly, the bag carries very well. I am a big guy (6'4" 225 lbs) and it is long enough for my torso. It fits close to the back while its design allows for free airflow--important when I'm walking through the desert.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Bury on May 17, 2011
Color Name: Gray Verified Purchase
This is my 2nd Kata bag. I also own (and still use) a DR-466. I needed something larger to hold my 70-200 2.8 mounted or un-mounted that was also a daypack. I had looked at the quick access offerings (Fastpack 350, Aero 85, 3N1-33, Evolution 8) but decided that quick side access was not that big of a deal. For me, a light, comfortable daypack type bag with plenty of space for gear is what really mattered. I also felt like the quick access bags were just a tad shy on the space I was after.

I bought and returned and Aero 85, bought and returned a 3N1-33, considered the evolution 8, but kept coming back and eyeing this bag. I loved the space it offered and it appeared to be the highest performance as far as comfort (weight of pack, weight distribution, and air flow on my back). I also really liked the design. The one thing holding me back was the color. I looked for as many reviews as I could, and it appeared in some of them it was a little bit darker than the Kata produced images.

So... I ended up ordering it. I was really excited about what it could carry, the layout, and the comfort potential. After it arrived it did appear slightly darker, but not much. I immediately noticed the quality of materials and felt like I was in a different back pack/daypack league than I have ever been before.

So that was my thought process, this is what I think of the bag.

The color is fine and it's growing on me. It is light weight (until you load it of course). I am very extremely impressed how it distributes the weight and feels on my back. It is extremely comfortable and distributes the weight so well, it felt like I had much, much less gear in my bag. It felt that good on my back! My back did not get super hot like it has with other packs.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Labib on April 15, 2010
Color Name: Gray Verified Purchase
I've had this bag for about 2 weeks and used extensively on a recent field trip out of town with my daughter. I do have numerous camera bags, but I was looking for a travel bag that can double as a camera bag.

Things I like:

Ergonomics: The bag has many pockets allowing you to carry a large DSLR (Canon 1D series), including 4 lenses, one of which a 70-200 f/4.0, an additional PS camera, charger, extra batteries, laptop, and a small compartment for day travel. The harness does a great job at distributing the weight on your bag,
Ease of use: All pockets and compartment are easy to get to, the adjustable belts are easy and quick to adjust.
Capacity: See above
Padding: Very adequate.
Weight: feels extremely light.

Things I do not like:

Color: just ugly color, I prefer darker colors, and more rugged looking exterior (similar to the 3-N-1 series)
Space efficiency: The lower padded section can be removed and a zipper opened to connect both the top and bottom sections providing you with a larger space, however the combined space is not padded, ergo defeating the purpose. I was hoping to stow a small tripod along the the camera equipment, but that is not possible.
Tripod harness: A vented somewhat rugged looking pocket can be attached to the bag and act as tripod harness/carrier. From experience, you end up losing any additional accessories that are not permanently attached to the bag. It would ave been nicer to provide for a permanent tripod solution.
Size: The bag is actually larger than it seems from the pictures on the web, however it does hold a lot.

Overall I am pleased with the purchase and would recommend it. I am planning on using it for an oversea trip to carry 2 cameras, few lenses and small accesories.
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