Kata DR-466i Digital Rucksack -Black
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- TST Rib Structural Protection
- Converts easily from camera bag to daypack
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|Item Weight||5 pounds|
|Package Height||8.98 x 12.99 x 19.06 inches|
|Shipping Weight||3.22 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Some notable things:
1) Only thin laptops (like Apple's line of notebooks) or laptops smaller than 15" will fit in the sleeve without trouble. In fact, my macbook pro snuggly fit after I removed the neoprene sleeve that protected it before.
2) Putting your DSLR in the bottom compartment will make it difficult to pull out later. Place it in the top area for easier access.
3) I bought the black and red color thinking that the inside will match the red exterior accents. However that's not the case. It is yellow inside no matter what color you bought (by no means a deal breaker for me).
4) The build quality is great. I don't get the impression that this will come apart anytime soon. Also, the bag is very compact and fairly discreet.
You can attach a medium sized tripod/monopod or a water bottle to the outside. You can remove the dividers in the bottom section to convert it to a regular (non-camera) laptop backpack. It's comfortable to wear with a moderate load and has both a chest strap (good) and a removable waist strap (maybe overkill) along with a few zippered external pockets. Don't put anything valuable in the external pockets because they could easily be unzipped in a crowd or on a subway car without you realizing it.
Like other Kata bags, it's well made with good zippers and it comes with a rain cover. The top section's zipper should extend an inch or so further down each side to make that section easier to get at, but apart from that the sections are accessible. The bottom section sticks out as much as 8" from your back so you have to be conscious of it in a tight space. Unlike Kata and other "sling packs" you need to take the bag off to easily reach your camera, but the bag does stands upright when you put it on the ground. All in all, it's a functional, reasonably priced bag that lets you comfortably haul both laptop and moderate amount of camera gear.
The quality of it is simply stunning and every little detail has been taken care of.
The only defect I found is that it is actually a little smaller than I thought: the upper compartment can carry a second pair of shoes, a small bottle of water and a sandwich.
The bag has three pockets on the upper section, two are quite small and flat, good for holding memory cards and batteries. They could easily hold wallet and keys as well I guess. The third one is bigger and I can put in a small bike pump, a spanner and a tube repair kit for when I go cycling.
The camera section is where the good things happen: the compartment looks small from outside, but it is actually pretty big, and holds the camera plus three lenses, or two bodies and two lenses.
There is a small pocket that holds sort of a net for a water bottle or the tripod, and another flat pocket on the back for your laptop. I have a 15'' MBP and it doesn't really fit. I had to remove the pad at the bottom of the pocket, remove the laptop sleeve and push quite hard to be able to close the zip. One it is closed the corners of the computer are quite compressed against the bag and I reckon that a small bump would definitely hurt the computer.
When the bag is closed it sits vertically without falling because of a rigid horizontal surface underneath the camera compartment, when you wear it it is very comfortable. A possible defect is that the waist strap is not padded and it hurts after a while.
The bag is compatible with that KATA system that allows you to lock multiple bags together. Useful if you have some already.
Globally I am very happy, if I had to but it again I would probably buy the 467i. But the 466i looks way more sexy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this bag back in June of 2012 in preparation for a 14-day trip to Malawi, Africa. This was a mission trip and I needed something that I could use each day to carry my... Read morePublished on August 18, 2014 by VA Gentleman
I've used this bag for awhile now and it has stood up to every extreme I've been able to put it through. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Tom Dooley
Its good, strong, not as boxy as so many others, you can deattach the padded part, unzip the middle divider part and use the bag as a regular backpack. Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by FatosYox
Excellent padding and ergonomics. It is extremely comfortable and fashionable. Holds a lot of weight without any effort. Highly customizable.Published on December 15, 2013 by Ravi
I've owned 1 bag prior to this purchase (which was heavy without equipment & bulky) and it seemed like it was missing something. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Riki Taira
I bought this to carry a small camera (Sony NEX-7) and related lenses, accessories, computer, and personal items to Europe. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by J. Omohundro
The backpack shipped to me did NOT come with the tripod strap (that secures your tripod to the bag at the top near the handle). Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by Seattle Piquete
Kata has very well made products and this one is no exception. Solid construction and comfortable to carry, even with a full compliment of lenses and a monopod. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Jason Smith