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Old 19-01-2011, 20:36   #1 (permalink)
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I've read members' positive reviews of the Lowepro mini trekker (revised as Pro Runner 200 AW). but has anyone experience of the Kata 3N1 series, specifically the 30 model. I've seen a couple of video reviews but they seemed sales orientated.

The concept seems pretty good with equipment easily accessible similar to a slingbag, and yet it can be swiftly reconfigured like a full harness rucksack - great for clambering over rough territory - boulders, felled trees on steep slopes and the like.
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Most bags look good untill you buy one....there will always be something not quite right, when you change one piece of kit quite often you have to change your bag as well! I dont like carrying a lot of gear so I have a very small camera bag which will hold one DSLR camera with standard zoom....one 70-300 zoom .. one compact camera and a small flash this outfit will fit nicely into a small compact bag however when travelling I take with me a 11in laptop and all this fits into a back pack which you can buy at any market, and when you are out and about you will just look like any other tourist on the street.....but carrying your gear will always be a problem..
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Re: Backpack, rucksack, slingbag

Thanks for your input Des.

Yes, in general I agree. We already have an assortment of rucksacks that we use for hiking and yes, at the end of 20 odd km, you do not want to feel you've packed too much. We try and keep our packs light but normally I take the camera kit: one body with a wide angle, plus a 80-200, a compact, binoculars, (never thought to use flash), and we each carry rain jackets and food and drink - 3 / 4 pints each. We always hike in the winter, so the rucksack has to hold clothing we shed if it gets too hot.

I've always felt that I could do with something better organised, and a purpose built bag with a proper separate space for personal items, as advertised by Kata, seemed a good option. However, I get your point that if the bag is too closely modelled on your kit you end up changing both, then again I'm unlikely to change too much, but you never can tell .
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Re: Backpack, rucksack, slingbag

Must admit that when I went on long hikes I used to take a large pack, the Tamrac Expedition 8, in which I put my lenses and spare clothing - and, most essential of all, a Platypus hydration system. Clipped to the front of the pack, across the chest, I had a camera bag containing camera and snacks. I could then walk and take pictures, snack and sip water all without stopping and removing pack (I just found that if I needed to stop to eat, drink or change a lens that I just wouldn't!). The only times I'd stop would be to switch to macro, in which case I'd remove my pack to get to the tripod. Downside to the Platypus is that every now and then the water would freeze in the hose, due to the high windchill - but the camera was always fine

Nowadays I take a slightly smaller pack, the Expedition 7, but also include two external lens cases, an external cool bag for cans (I do relish a cool can!) and the G11 in it's bag. Set off with good(ish) intentions but find way too much to photograph to get very far - so distances are under 10km, rather than 20+ km
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Thanks for that. Our (the other halve's) goal has always been a good distance, but over the last year she has not been so fit so maybe I can stop more often. Again never thought of using a camelpack - we use one in the glider where space is a premium and makes for one less object to handle - seems a good idea.

This kind of solution is what I'm really looking for. We go to the Ardennes, Alps or Pyrenees and walk along well defined, sometimes demanding routes, avoiding habitation. We can be out for 6 or 7 hours so the pack tends to be laden with water which gradually gets less of course.

I find many of these backpacks are poorly designed when it comes to ventilation, and I like one that has a harness that holds the pack away from the back slightly so my back can 'breathe'. Maybe at a slower walking pace this will be less of a concern .

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