most supportive backpack

Started May 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
zackiedawg Forum Pro • Posts: 29,987
Kata R102 or 103...

The Kata R102 & 103 were a fairly unique camera backpack design where the backpack itself is fairly form-fitted, turtle-shell style, to the wearer's back - it doesn't stick out like a square or brick where the center of gravity sits out far from your back, and due to the design, the top of the backpack is thin and narrow, then widens and grows thicker at the bottom edge, closer to the waist.  This turtle shell type design makes it not only great for form-fitting to the back and putting the weight down at the waist for long travelling without tiring the shoulders, but also helps keep the center of gravity close in to the body making it an excellent choice for steep hiking, climbing, etc.  It has excellent shoulder padding, waist straps, and plenty of external attachment loops as well...and it will easily accommodate your gear (the R103 is designed with a laptop zippered slot right up against your back on the inside of the pack, the R102 doesn't have the extra laptop slot)...and will handle a full frame DSLR body with vertical grip (built in or attached) and even long lenses like 300mm F2.8 or 200-500mm attached to the body...and 7-10 medium to large lenses (more if they're smaller) overall plus all accessories.

I've had one as my main travel bag for years, and it's extremely comfortable even loaded with two camera bodies, up to 15 lenses, cleaning kits, chargers, netbook, backup drives, flash unit, and other assorted bits, and runs around 27Lbs loaded.

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