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Kata KT UL-MB-111 MiniBee-111 UL Backpack LG – Gray
Amazon Price: $329.99 (as of April 30, 2017 8:31 pm –
The Bumblebee-111 UL backpack features a combination of technology, materials and design which embody the ultimate essences of lightweight protection without compromises. It will fit a DSLR (without grip and booster) + up to 70-200 f2.8 lens attached + 3-5 lenses + flash + accessories, OR a compact camcorder, chargers and accessories. It will also accommodate most 13" laptops, an iPad or netbook. The bag is designed with a double compartment concept: In the lower compartment there is a special padded camera insert, Cocoon Pouches and Aeriform Dividers to fit the camera/camcorder with accessories, while 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. A variety of external pockets will store items you need rapid access to, such as wallet, phone, water bottle etc. This products is available in 2 color options: in Light Grey with white accents or in Black color with yellow highlights. External dimensions: Length 14.4", Width 11.8", Height 11". Internal dimensions: Length 10.2", Width 5.5", Height 11". Laptop compartment dimensions: Length 13.4", Width 16.4", Height 13.4". Weight 4.1lbs.
Expensive but well thought out design for a hiker/traveler’s backpack
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I just got back from a trip where I used this bag as my personal item carry-on in addition to my other main carry-on suitcase. This bag is the perfect size! It fits all of my gear and slides nicely under the seat in front of you on most commercial aircraft. We flew on smaller regional jets and propeller planes and I did not have a problem fitting it under the seat. It does stick out a bit but is under far enough to not draw attention from the flight attendants. Fully packed it does take some maneuvering as it just fits between your seat and the one in front of you. Below is a list of all of the gear I had stuffed in this thing.
Great bag with a lot of great features
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I’ve been using this bag for the better part of two months now, and it is a fantastic bag. The most likely reason to consider the bag is because of the aluminum frame. The frame helps the bag to maintain it’s structure, which also helps to keep things tidy inside and put the weight where it should be, on your hips. Additionally, the frame allows Kata to use a mesh stretched across the frame so that there’s nothing between you and the bag except this mesh and a whole lot of air. It sure beats a traditional backplate, and is far more comfortable in hot humid days. I’ve carried this for long periods of time both in urban environments and out in the wooded areas – it’s top notch and comfortable.
Great one, but go for darker color as it gets dirty easily
-looks great in real, good material quality.
Kata UL 111 MiniBee
After searching through many backpacks, I decided to go with the 111 instead of the UL 222, which I found out was way bigger than the pictures. However, I noticed until I received it that the waistband is thin and not like that of the 222, which makes it feel like it’s not really doing anything by being there. I can’t stand the straps dangling from all sides, but I will deal with it because I really like the space inside the backpack. I yet have to take it out for a long trip. I’m getting the feeling this doesn’t fit under an airplane seat so it’s either the backpack with all my gear on my vacation, or my roll on bag with all the other personal things I need to take on my trip. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Obviously expensive, but you are getting the highest quality. Another comparable option is the Petrol DSLR line. Neither is for people who haul around a duffle bag full of lenses.
If you can find one (Manfrotto bought Kata), buy …
If you can find one (Manfrotto bought Kata), buy it. It’s a bit pricey but so well-designed and light that comparative to other bags’ prices it’s worth it.
Perfect and versatile for exactly what I needed. Light weight and feels very comfortable. All the compartments are perfectly suited.