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This review is from: Kata DR-467i Digital Rucksack -Black (Camera)PRO:
Exceptional quality, especially for the price. I don't know why, but similar bags, from other manufacturers, that offer comparable storage space typically cost 2 - 3x as much as this back pack. At sub-$100, this bag is a steal.
KATA makes good use of the space and the camera compartment can be removed to convert the bag into a "normal" back-pack. That being said, I don't think the rucksack will quite cut it as a school bag, per se, as the main storage compartment is still divided into two separate segments, not really making it possible to store text books or binders. But the digital ruck-sack definitely serves its purpose as a camera/laptop bag.
Well done, Kata.
I wish the rain cover wasn't gold, or was at least reversible with a "quieter" or more neutral color on the other side (like gray or black). I'd prefer not to walk around with a giant golden marshmallow on my back. It's a bit of an eyesore. :)
It would also be nice if they found a way to integrate/attach/conceal the rain cover onto the exterior (top) of the bag, like the hood of a raincoat/windbreaker is typically concealed into the jacket's collar... rather than storing it in a pouch inside the bag.
I can't really comment on its durability or build quality, as I've only owned the bag for a couple of days. I'm a little nervous about storing my camera and lenses at the bottom of the bag... as the bottom of a bag always absorbs the impact of a drop, but the camera "tray" seems pretty thick and reliable. Just be sure to have your lens caps with you.
The bag was shipped well, with each compartment stuffed with airbags to keep the bag "inflated", rather than folded, wrinkled and compressed to fit in a smaller box. Sure, the shipping box was huge because of this, but it was nice to not have to "break-in" the bag to get rid of that "new" look.
Bonus! I was wrong about this bag's ability to convert to a regular back-pack. Both the camera compartment and accessories compartment above it can be removed. I didn't notice the accessories compartment was held in place by zippers.