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Straps ruin a good design
on June 22, 2012
I bought this backpack about a month ago for a trip, in order to be able to carry my DSLR and laptop in the same place.
Overall, the design is nice, the internal layout is nice as well, with the removable dividers making it easy to rearrange stuff as you see fit. The protection and cushion for the laptop and the camera gear is very good, but as title of my review says, I feel Kata messed up badly with the straps. It's so bad I will be selling it.
The bad things about the backpack?
1. The straps are not meshed or soft at all. Apparently they're EVA, but all EVA, no covers. I took the backpack on a trip, basically carrying the full backpack with me for a whole day of airport traveling (from 4 pm to 3 AM), and the feeling on my shoulders after taking it off its horrible. I'm not weak by any means, and it's not the weight that was the problem, it's the way the straps pull your skin because of the plastic.
2. The straps don't start from the top as most backpacks do, but from lower, and that makes it a bit uncomfortable.
3. As some reviews I had read said, the laptop is not easy to take out. Not impossible, but certainly not easy.
Again, the construction and internal layout are great, but if you're planning to carry the laptop for a whole day (say hiking, or a long walk), it's something I believe you'd end up regretting.
Hopefully Kata will improve the design.