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Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray)

B&H # KAULB222 Mfr # KT UL-B-222
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Product Highlights
  • Fits 2 D-SLR Camera 4-5 Lens Kit
  • Fits Small HDV Camcorder Kit
  • Holds Computer with Screen up to 17"
  • Ripstop Nylon Exterior
  • Aeriform EVA and EPE Foam Interior
  • Foam Encased Spring Steel Spine Guard
  • Aeriform Camera Strap
  • Aluminum Alloy Skeleton Frame
  • Gecko Backpack Harness

The light gray Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack is a multi-featured professional backpack designed to provide the best carrying, storage and working solutions. The pack is made from lightweight, durable Ripstop nylon and polyester mesh exterior plus Aeriform foam that is made of perforated super light laminated and reinforced EVA and EPE foams. It is also has additional protection from a specially formed, foam encased, spring steel Spine Guard. The Yelloop interior is a bright yellow material for viewing the contents with ease and attaching any optional Modi-Vers dividers. The modular interior allows removal of various components that are not necessary for a specific shoot.

The Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack is designed with a double compartment concept; the lower compartment has room for a Pro D-SLR camera body with up to 70-200 f/2.8 lens attached, an additional D-SLR camera body, 4 additional lenses, flash and accessories. Use the modular Aeriform dividers and Cocoon Pouches to custom fit the interior set-up to the needed gear. 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. There is an upper compartment that has plenty of space for personal effects. The pack has an external top pocket and two side pockets that can store personal effects such as phone, wallet, travel documents etc. These can also store small accessories needed for rapid access such as; media cards, batteries or filters. There is also a flexible pocket on the other side that will easily carry a water bottle and a double purpose pocket on the bottom front of the bag can be used either for additional storage or as a docking base to secure a small tripod.

The Bumblebee Backpack has a Tripod Holder that can be attached to either the front or the side of the backpack and a Double-sided Elements Cover that is used for protection in all weather and environment conditions. There is an Aeriform camera strap which is light, flexible and airy that can be used individually or interconnected to the two designated loops on the backpack harness. The pack is carried by a carry handle, an aluminum Alloy Skeleton frame for ultra light structural protection and perfect weight distribution and a full length suspended mesh back for ventilation. It also has a Gecko Harness that includes molded EVA foam harness straps that feature 3D tapered thickness that provides extra cushioning where it counts. Micro hatch texture secures in position firmly and comfortably and its shapely contour fits the body organically, a Clinch-Clasp Sternum Strap has an aluminum clinch connection and a waist belt that will fit itself perfectly to a photographer's shape and build. There are 2 specially designed connection strap loops for the included Aeriform camera strap and an EPH (Ergonomic Photo System) is designed with connection tabs to enable interconnections with other Kata products.

Construction
  • Lightweight, durable Ripstop nylon and polyester mesh exterior
  • Aeriform foam is perforated super light laminated and reinforced EVA and EPE foams
  • Specially formed foam encased spring steel Spine Guard for ultimate structural protection
  • Super light yet sturdy aluminum alloy components
  • Spider Webbing Straps are thin and narrow nylon and polypropylene straps, that are super strong and durable
  • Modular Aeriform dividers will comfortably organize additional lenses and accessories
  • Recessed Duraflex buckles are reduce surface buckles for extra light functionality
  • Yelloop interior is a bright yellow material for viewing the contents with ease and it can attach optional Modi-Vers dividers
  • Zipper closure
Compartments
  • Lower compartment there is room for a Pro D-SLR camera body with up to 70-200 f/2.8 lens attached, an additional D-SLR camera body, 4 additional lenses, flash and accessories. Use the modular Aeriform dividers and Cocoon Pouches to custom fit the interior set-up to the needed gear. 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
  • Upper compartment has plenty of space for personal effects
  • Rear laptop slot will hold most laptop computers with a screen up to 17"
Tripod Holder can be attached to either the front or the side of the backpack
Double-sided Elements Cover is used for protection in all weather and environment conditions
Pockets
  • External top pocket
  • Two side pockets
  • Flexible pocket on the other side will easily carry a water bottle.
  • Double purpose pocket on the bottom front of the bag can be used either for additional storage or as a docking base to secure a small tripod
Carrying options
  • Aeriform camera strap which is light, flexible and airy and can be used individually or interconnected to the two designated loops on the backpack harness thus providing frontal carrying for a camera by using shoulders instead of having an additional strap around the neck
  • Carry handle
  • Aluminum Alloy Skeleton frame for ultra light structural protection and perfect weight distribution
  • Full length suspended mesh back for ventilation
  • Gecko Harness includes molded EVA foam harness straps that feature 3D tapered thickness that provides extra cushioning where it counts. Micro hatch texture secures in position firmly and comfortably and its shapely contour fits the body organically
  • Clinch-Clasp Sternum Strap has an aluminum clinch connection
  • Waist belt will fit itself perfectly to a photographer's shape and build
  • Two specially designed connection strap loops for the included Aeriform camera strap
  • (EPH) Ergonomic Photo System is designed with connection tabs to enable interconnections with other Kata products
Material Exterior: Ripstop nylon and polyester mesh 
Interior: Aeriform EVA and EPE foam
Interior: Yelloop lining
Interior: Specially formed foam encased spring steel Spine Guard
Type of Closure Zipper
Exterior Dimensions 15.2 x 11.8 x 20.5" (38.5 x 30 x 52cm) (LxWxH)
Interior Dimensions 12.6 x 7.5 x 13.4" (32 x 19 x 34cm) (LxWxH)
Computer area: 12.6 x 1.6 x 18.9" (32 x 4.0 x 48cm) (LxWxH)
Tripod Holder Yes
Waist Belt Yes
Accommodates Pro D-SLR camera body with 70-200 F/2.8 lens attached, additional body, 4 additional lenses, flash, accessories and personal gear
Laptop computer with a screen up to 17"
Carrying/Transport Options Carry handle
Gecko backpack harness
Weight 5.1 lbs (2.3kg)
Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray)
  • Tripod Holder
  • 2 x Large Dividers
  • 5 x Small Dividers
  • Aeriform Camera Strap
  • 2 x Removable Padded Insert
  • Rain Cover
  • Camera fastening Strap
  • Clinch-Clasp Sternum Strap
  • Tripod Strap
  • Spine Guard
  • Bottom Pad for Laptop Compartment
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    KataUltra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray)
     
    4.5

    (based on 43 reviews)

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (29)
    • Roomy (28)
    • Strong construction (19)
    • Adjustable harness (17)
    • Easily accessible equipment (17)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting gear (22)
      • Transporting gear (20)
      • Storing gear (15)
      • Travel (10)
      • Computer (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (14), Practical (6), Pro photographer (5), Comfort-oriented (4), Modern (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (21)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good bag, could be great

      I am a biologist by trade so I wanted a recreational bag that was both comfortable on full day hikes through rough/hot terrain but allowed me to carry a moderate amount of gear....Read complete review

      I am a biologist by trade so I wanted a recreational bag that was both comfortable on full day hikes through rough/hot terrain but allowed me to carry a moderate amount of gear. I ultimately decided on the Kata over the Clik Elite Nature backpack because of the dedicated laptop holder. As a researcher, there are times when I will need to carry my computer into the field.

      My first impression was that this bag is extremely light and roomy. I take a d300s and a 70-300 f4-5.6 lens and at least one wide angle (usually a tokina 12-24). The bag is plenty large for me to carry additional filters, flash, cleaning supplies etc, chargers and even my 10X42 eagle optics binos (all in the padded lower compartment). Fully stuffed, it was still a breeze to wear making it great for travel. I imagine once on location, most items can be stored to minimize weight in the field. I will be testing this bag in Costa Rica in September and imagine that weight will not be an issue. A hydration bladder would be nice but I can carry a 1000 ml nalgene in the side pocket no sweat (though a hydration bladder would be nice--I imagine it's next to impossible given the laptop holder). The top compartment is large enough for some food and a rolled up lightweight rainjacket. I do wish the rain cover was attached to the bag via a pouch on the underside--it's too easy to lose and carrying it around requires losing at least one pocket's worth of space.

      Perhaps most importantly, the bag carries very well. I am a big guy (6'4" 225 lbs) and it is long enough for my torso. It fits close to the back while its design allows for free airflow--important when I'm walking through the desert. The hip belt is effective, but like most day pack type bags, not nearly robust enough (again, a weight saving measure no doubt) though I wish the hip-belt straps didn't taper so much (they easily get twisted). Properly fitted, 35 pounds of weight (as a test) was distributed perfectly. One thing however was that the aluminum frame would occasionally make contact with my shoulder blades--annoying on small hikes with little weight, but potentially problematic on long hikes fully loaded.

      A few mild criticisms: One, the bag could be streamlined--the straps are really thin which probably cuts down on weight, but makes them more difficult to maneuver and it seems they get tangled easily. The hip belt adjustment straps are also way too long and are constantly getting caught on twigs, branches, etc.. Additionally, the front accessory pouch (one of the places you can carry a tripod) is just that--a pouch. Kata should add a few small pockets to hold filters and flash cards etc., in the event you don't carry your tripod there, it's just a big black hole.

      Two, I'm not entirely sure what the spine guard does (I know what it's supposed to do) but it's flimsy and seems like a gimmick. It also makes opening the lower camera compartment significantly more difficult--I just took the spine guard out.

      Three the foam harness takes some getting used to. I'm also apprehensive about the lasting power of the foam. After a few uses, there were clearly stress points around the shoulders where the foam bends and supports the most weight. It seems that the straps will develop cracks sooner rather than later. I think, large, padded cloth straps would have been a better bet.

      Four, the tripod attachment seems to be an after thought--while it's there, the tripod bag is just another loose thing that can get caught/easily lost.

      Five--this bag will get dirty! I like the light color--the bag doesn't heat up in the sun nearly as much, but setting it down, particularly in a wet/muddy situation will have it looking worn in no time.

      Overall, I really like this bag for both it's modularity and comfort and think this is a good choice for those looking for a day hike/photo bag hybrid.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Think twice if intend to use as Carry-On

      While visiting NYC for my 50th, had to see B&H in person (a must see!).My husband and I splurged on this bag because it seemed to have everything I had...Read complete review

      While visiting NYC for my 50th, had to see B&H in person (a must see!).My husband and I splurged on this bag because it seemed to have everything I had been looking for in a backpack camera bag (all-in-one for computer, lenses, cameras x3, plus room for miscellaneoous) AND that it would be all together for taking on airplanes. How majorly disappointed i was to be told on four different size planes, including 737, that it would have to handed over to the Sky Check folks (are you kidding me?)because it would not fit in overhead storage. Thankfully, the first time,I had a bag I could empty the contents into, and handed the backpack over. Then, I had to go prepared and each time was same.Now, there's no way I'll try again - what a waste of money. Otherwise, really liked it.

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      5.0

      Almost perfect

      By SBrady

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Easily Accessible Equipment
      • Roomy
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Storing Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

        This is one of my most useful camera bags. It's comfortable for day and weekend photography excursions. It has multiple options for gear storage and preferences. I purchased a second tripod base pocket to carry a flash stand along with my tripod. My only issue is that there are no enough smaller organizers for little things like batteries or memory cards.

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        5.0

        Fantastic bag.

        By SBrady

        from MA

        Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

        So far this bag seems to be almost perfect. It hold everything I need for day trips and weekend excursions. A few small items to help organize the top compartment could make it a bit better but that's a personal preference. I bought a second tripod base holder to carry a flash stand along with my camera tripod. The bag is completely adjustable and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a new sturdy backpack.

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        4.0

        Great dual purpose bag

        By Sailor

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Good Daypack
        • Roomy
        • Strong Construction
        • Versitile

        Cons

        • No Fit Under Plane Seat
        • Too Big 4 Under Seat

        Best Uses

        • Converting To Daypack
        • Protecting Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

        I travel to and from a boat in the Caribbean on a regular basis and use this bag to transport my Nikon D600, four lenses, a flash, a GoPro and a 17 inch laptop, with room for books, passports, cell phones, etc. Once on the boat, I remove the bottom camera equipment pouch and use it as a daypack. It's well-built and designed. It's reasonably comfortable on the shoulders, unless it's really loaded-up. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit well under an airline seat.

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        5.0

        I am an astronaut now.

        By Nitze and Ken

        from Honolulu, HI

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Roomy
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Pet Gets Out

        Best Uses

        • Cat Carrier
        • Protecting Gear
        • Storing Gear
        • Transporting Gear

        Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

        I don't remember joining NASA, but I am suddenly an astronaut with this camera bag on. Engineering such as found in this product is normally reserved for Swiss watches, German cars and Israeli tanks. It was used daily in NYC to carry camera gear in the lower half and gym clothes in the top compartment. It is reliable and durable. The whole "tray" is removable from the bottom compartment, along with the dividers, so one could probably fit a whole broadcast network tv camera in it. The separator between compartments unzips to make one large compartment.

        I used this bag to take water, snacks, batteries, flashlights and extra socks to the top of Mt. Fuji in Japan on a bullet climb on September 1, 2013. I am glad I had this bag.

        Furthermore, if one knows how to sew, you can use yellow thread and permanently attach the lower half screen netting so the bag is converted into a pet carrier with less than 26cm height. This is important when taking pets on international flights. My cat rode in it from Tokyo to Honolulu (6 hours flight, 9 hours total inside it).

        As the plane was half empty (Oahu is rather gross lately) I was allowed to move seats and slept across 4 seats on Flight KE001 with my Kata Bumblebee on the floor next to me. Nitze, my cat, was cozy. Unfortunately, the Kata Bumblebee 222 and my sewing skills cant always hold up to the strength of a curious Maine Coon and I was awakened by the flight attendant who told me that Nitze was at the 1st class galley with the stewardesses. Fortunately she had her harness and leash on (it's red, it was her xmas present). I got Nitze back in the carrier/Kata Bumblebee 222 and happily finished the flight.

        AQS in Tokyo and Honolulu were equally amazed at the quality and construction of the Kata Bumblebee 222. Most photographers will surely agree. Maybe in the future there will be a movie about a Maine Coon that runs about an A330-300 at 40,000ft and makes friends with the stewardesses.

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        3.0

        Little 2 big

        By Arzaga

        from Boston,Ma

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Roomy
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Big For A Carry On
        • Big For The Everyday

        Best Uses

        • Protecting Gear
        • Storing Gear
        • Transporting Gear
        • Trips Out Of Town

        Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

        I was looking for something for my daily city trip and on location shoots,
        After reading reviews and comparing all kata bags and watching youtube reviews i decided to go for the 222. Love the design, the straps, is light and so comfortable. Now the cons; it is to big for a daily bag. Now i am looking for. A second one, smaller and similar. The other kata options doesn't hold my laptop so i have to go look somewhere else. Besides that, its a little to big for the airplane. You can remove the inside divisions, and it will be able to fit on the plane compartment, but your stuff will not be still. The color in my opinion looks good, but if you like to be prudent and shoot in shady places like me, you better go for a black on. Besides i don't know for how long it will last clean!
        If you want to show off an amazing looking camera bag and the size does not matter go for it!

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        5.0

        Great Bag

        By Al

        from New Jersey

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Comfortable
        • Easily Accessible Equipment
        • Roomy
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Storing Gear

          Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

          Great bag, holds plenty of gear. After taking time to organize the sections in the bag, it is fantastic. Very durable, light, and distributes weight well. Cons: the bag is larger than I expected (not really such a bad thing).

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          5.0

          Great Backpack

          By Jackie S Photography

          from MEntor OH

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Harness
          • Comfortable
          • Easily Accessible Equipment
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

              Love this bag. Great color and style. Love the zipper pulls and all the pockets. Holds what I would need on an all day photo hike. Its big...looks it would hold more stuff but the space is big enough to hold what I need and my lap top too for travel. I think it provides a safe place for my equipment with a good amount of padding.

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              5.0

              Awesome bag

              By kalinski

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable Harness
              • Comfortable
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Hard To Access Equipment

              Best Uses

              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear

              Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

              This bag holds all of my gear and some. Very light and comfortable.

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              4.0

              Impressive but imperfect

              By Loose Canon with a Canon

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Camera Strap Conversion
              • Comfortable
              • Easily Accessible Equipment
              • Internal Frame
              • Light
              • Relatively light
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Complicated Waist Belt
              • Too Big For Overhead Bin
              • Ugly Color

              Best Uses

              • Hiking
              • Protecting Gear
              • Storing Gear
              • Transporting Gear
              • Travel With Camera And Pc

              Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

              This product deserves its highly touted reputation for support, very low weight, and organized storage. The market for high-end, light weight camera plus laptop protection with additional storage is surprisingly limited, and, after a LOT of research, I chose this one, and it performs as advertised. I really like the camera strap (which replaces the normal neck strap) that converts easily to hook to the backpack shoulder straps. The internal frame is plus, but the silver-grey color is horrible. (Like many others, I was unwilling to pay the huge market difference/premium of $ + to buy the more palatable black version). My primary frustration, however, is that the bag DOES NOT FIT in the overhead bin in smaller, regional jets!!!! Also, the waist belt mechanism seems unduly complicated to me.... Still, a light, solid, well padded and organized camera and laptop bag, well worth the money....

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              5.0

              Exceeded expectations

              By Arda

              from Terre Haute, IN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Roomy
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Storing Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                I've needed a bag like this for a long time. After getting this bag I realized that it had more than enough space to all my photography equipment (A bunch of small electronics, A Telephoto lens, A macro lens, A teleconverter, Nikon D7000 with stock lens, and SB-700 External Flash). The straps in front of the bag also help getting some of the weight off of your bag. Therefore, it is also very easy to carry this bag.

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                4.0

                Almost exactly the bag I wanted

                By JCB3

                from Baltimore MD USA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • A little too large
                • Many straps

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Storing Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                I was looking for a quality travel backpack for Sony A850 with VG and 70-400 attached. Wanted room for other lenses and typical travel items. the bag fits everything I wanted and carries the load well. It's comfortable, well fitting and good quality.

                It does not fit in overhead bins of CRJ or ERJ aircraft. I would not mind if it was about 2 inches less deep and that there was a good way to stow the straps. The only other recommendation would be a couple more internal pouches, clips or rings for attaching car keys, accessories, etc. I will probably sew a in a couple of the aforementioned items.

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                4.0

                Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray)

                By Anthony

                from Hong Kong

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Dirt clean up issue

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Transporting Gear

                Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                The backpack is light weight, compact and reliable. It is easy to load and offload cameras and gears easily (two cameras with 2-3 prime lens and some others). Computer holder position can be used to place some miscellanous items if you do not bring the laptop in the trip. A minor drawback is that dirts may not be easy to clean up completely though the sales said it should be.

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                3.0

                Some Pro's & Con's

                By Traveler

                from Philadelphia, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Doesn't fit on airplanes
                • Not sized for a woman

                Best Uses

                • Protecting Gear
                • Storing Gear

                Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                I recently bought the black version of this (now discontinued), flew on airplanes with it and spent a day carrying it and my equipment (except tripod) around on my back. This bag is divided up well so you can accommodate your camera gear, snacks, etc. The shoulder straps are well designed. As a woman, I had to move the chest strap up a notch, but then it worked well. The hip strap worked pretty well, which was a surprise since it looks pretty flimsy. The straps are very long and, even though I rolled them up w/the provided velcro, they repeatedly came loose and dangled all over the place. The aluminum frame is a good idea, but with two major drawbacks. It's not designed for a woman's hips and can cause sciatic pain - not a small issue. Also, and this is very important to note - this bag does NOT fit in the overhead bins of smaller planes, does NOT fit under the seat in front of you without sticking out substantially - if you can get it in there at all, and ONLY fits overhead in a large plane by squeezing and smashing to the point that you wonder what you just did to the bag and your photo gear. So, if you're not a woman and you're not traveling by airplane, this is a great bag.

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                5.0

                Excellent design

                By lteran

                from SLC, Utah

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable Harness
                • Comfortable
                • Easily Accessible Equipment
                • Roomy
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Protecting Gear
                  • Storing Gear
                  • Transporting Gear

                  Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                  Finally, a backpack that is comfortable to wear even when I've stuffed it full! I recently filled it with a Canon 5D MarkII, 3 lenses (one 70-200),3 batteries, 4 cards, a Hoodman, an Expodisc, an Arctic Bufferfly, and a 17-inch MacBook Pro. And, it still fit into the over-head bin on a cross-country Delta flight. The zippers are durable, and the straps - and frame - are comfortable. Now I can sell all the other packs I've spent a small fortune on...only to be disappointed.

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                  5.0

                  Superb Backpack

                  By Mark

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Harness
                  • Comfortable
                  • Easily Accessible Equipment
                  • Roomy
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                    This is a lightweight, well constructed backpack with storage for both camera gear and personal stuff.

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                    3.0

                    Think twice if intend to use as Carry-On

                    By TexasCanuck

                    from Houston, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Harness
                    • Roomy
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Cumbersome

                    Best Uses

                    • Protecting Gear
                    • Storing Gear
                    • Transporting Gear

                    Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                    While visiting NYC for my 50th, had to see B&H in person (a must see!).My husband and I splurged on this bag because it seemed to have everything I had been looking for in a backpack camera bag (all-in-one for computer, lenses, cameras x3, plus room for miscellaneoous) AND that it would be all together for taking on airplanes. How majorly disappointed i was to be told on four different size planes, including 737, that it would have to handed over to the Sky Check folks (are you kidding me?)because it would not fit in overhead storage. Thankfully, the first time,I had a bag I could empty the contents into, and handed the backpack over. Then, I had to go prepared and each time was same.Now, there's no way I'll try again - what a waste of money. Otherwise, really liked it.

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                    4.0

                    Great pack, but not for petite people

                    By KT

                    from Kailua, HI

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Easily Accessible Equipment
                    • Roomy
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Protecting Gear
                      • Storing Gear
                      • Transporting Gear

                      Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                      I like the design of the pack with space on the top for personal gear. It easily fits a jacket, some snacks, and a flash bracket. I've got a D300s, four lenses and a flash in the main compartment, and there is still quite a bit more room. The computer pocket is quite large, and I use it to hold a water bladder when I'm out hiking without the computer. There are several small external pockets that I use for storing batteries, memory cards, the rain fly, car keys, etc. The main complaints about the pack are 1) It is fairly large, and I'm not sure it would be allowed on all airlines as a carry on, but it holds what I need it to. 2) The waist belt is really large. I'm not exactly petite (5'8", 140 lbs), but I have to cinch it down to its smallest size, and then it just fits. However, I've also tried LowePro and ClikElite packs and I had the same problem with them.

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                      5.0

                      Impressive

                      By JD

                      from Dallas, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable Harness
                      • Comfortable
                      • Easily Accessible Equipment
                      • High Quality
                      • Long Strap Lengths
                      • Outstanding Looks
                      • Roomy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Protecting Gear
                        • Transporting Gear

                        Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                        This is a usefull size backpack with room for photography equipment plus some personal items. The top section could easily store additional photo gear if you provided protective cases or organizers. Left as an open area it is great for a light jacket, lunch, etc. My Nikon D3S fits snugly in the well protected bottom with room for lots of extras down both sides. Kata has very impressive workmanship and this bag looks fantastic. Kata spent some time thinking this design through. It is very comfortable. I think a backpack is a good choice for many outings and during those times I have not found one that can beat the "222" for my needs. Empty it is hard to believe how light it is and even loaded it is the most comfortable pack I have ever had on. All straps as provided are very long and will fit extremely large persons, or with a quick pull shrink to fit persons of lesser stature. The mesh between your back and the pack is great for hot weather. Kata you have impressed me. This is an a time I paid for a premium product and received what I paid for. If you do not need the personl storage, Kata has the "Prolight" dedicated fully to photot-gear storage. I recommend the "222" without hesitation. The silver looks fantastic.

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                        5.0

                        Quality paid for was quality received!

                        By Doug

                        from Texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable Harness
                        • Comfortable
                        • Roomy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Protecting Gear
                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                          [...] I reviewed measurements before purchase but was concerned this pack might prove a little large for what I wanted. When unboxing it I thought it would have been perfect if 3" less thick but otherwise perfect. Placing my D3s into the pack it was obvious Kata knows what they are doing. The large Nikon fits perfectly but needs all the packs thickness as provided. I am a large man and all straps fit me so should go around anyone and Kata is the first manufacture I have seen to provide ample strap length. I tried many other packs including other Kata models at a local vendor and had e-mailed Kata prior to purchse regarding their strap lengths. (Kata customer service had responded timely to all my questions.) Empty it is hard to believe the 222 pack is so light. Quality of this product is in line with it's price. Comfort is outstanding. If using the camera straps from the shoulder harness it appears Kata selected on the side of caution choosing clips less likely to come loose and destroy a camera over instant ease of removal. Considering I saved for 2-years for my D3s I am happy with having to take a few seconds to get the clips worked off the loops and it seems easier after the first few times. Kata spent some time and thought on this bag and it looks fantastic. I read opinions that backbacks were not a good way to carry equipment but have never been please with any shoulder bag owned. I agree no one way to carry equipment is ideal all the time but for those outings where a pack makes sense I have not seen one better made, better looking, lighter or more comfortable. The mesh back support and air space between it and the pack will be appreciated on our hot Texas days. The extra space at the top of the pack is perfect for lunch or personal items and extra camera gear could always go there too. Thanks Kata!

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                          4.0

                          Bumblebee is the Buzz

                          By KevanB

                          from Honolulu, HI

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable Harness
                          • Comfortable
                          • Roomy
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Protecting Gear
                            • Storing Gear
                            • Transporting Gear

                            Comments about Kata Ultra-Light Bumblebee-222 Backpack (Light Gray):

                            The Backpack is superlatively suited for carrying my camera gear whether over land or through the airport security checks. It is roomy, having plenty of space to stash batteries and what not without being crowded, yet, it is wonderfully light. The comfort of packing the backpack can't be overstated - the integrated metal frame lifts it off my back, keeping me cool, the straps comfortably molded to my shoulders. And, it's really good lookin'. Highly recommended in spite of the cost.

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