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Crumpler Karachi Outpost - Medium (Black / Gunmetal)

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Product Highlights
  • Tough 1000 Denier Cordura Exterior
  • 300D Rip-stop Lining/Polypropylene Web
  • Rear Zipper Opening
  • Removable Padded Main/Laptop Compartment
  • Holds 15" Laptop and 6-Pocket Organizer
  • Wide, Foam-Filled Adjustable Straps
  • Chest and Waist Belts
  • Durable Cushioned Carry Handle
  • Air Mesh Padding/Venting Channels
  • Tripod Holder

The Crumpler Karachi Outpost - Medium (Black / Gunmetal) is a camera/laptop backpack. It features a tough 1,000D / Denier Cordura nylon exterior designed to weather the elements and keep your equipment dry. 300D Rip-stop lining, flamed polypropylene webbing and bonded nylon thread on all stress points help make this a truly tough, durable pack. Its main zipper opening is in the rear, so that, on location, you place the bag front-side down to access your gear - meaning the bag's harness, back pad - and you - all stay cleaner. Both the padded main compartment and padded laptop compartment are fully configurable and removable, so you can take only what you need at any given time. The laptop compartment boasts the capacity for a 15" (38.1 cm) laptop and 6-pocket organizer. The Karachi features wide, ergonomic, EVA foam-filled, fully adjustable harness straps, combined with chest and waist belts to distribute weight evenly across your body. On-location shoots will never be a pain in the neck again! There's also a durable, cushioned carry handle. Air Mesh padding and venting channels help keep you cool while you carry your stuff. The included tripod holder is another bonus.

Tough 1,000D (1,000 Denier Cordura nylon) exterior is designed to weather the elements and keep your equipment dry
300D Rip-stop lining, flamed polypropylene webbing, triple strength S-Bend webbing attachment, injection molded touch fastener and bonded nylon thread with bar tack stitching on all stress points
Rear zipper opening in middle of pack - on location, you place bag front-side down to access your gear, meaning bag's harness, back pad - and you - all stay cleaner
Padded main compartment is fully configurable and, like padded laptop compartment, fully removable - meaning Karachi can also be used just for cargo, should the need arise
Removable padded main compartment features zippered internal mesh cover, fully configurable 13-piece touch-fastener and padded nylon divider system (including 2 with fold down flaps), and 3 touch fastener-mounting elastic stays
Removable padded laptop compartment features capacity for a 15" laptop and 6-pocket organizer
Wide, body-contoured and filled with EVA foam, Karachi's fully adjustable ergonomic harness straps combine with chest and waist belts to distribute weight evenly across your body, so shoots will never be a pain in the neck again
Carry handle features EVA foam cushioning for comfort and double weave flamed polypropylene for strength and durability
Each side has large, gusseted (with inset material for added strength / expansion) pocket with hooded zipper
Rear of bag and underside of harness both feature Air Mesh padding - rear features venting channels to keep fresh air circulating between bag and your back
Includes tripod holder
Dual injection molded D ring accessory loops on each harness strap allow you to attach various photo gadgets for instant access
Full-height polyethylene-EVA foam laminate insert at the back ensures the bag holds its shape
Material Padded nylon, mesh, EVA foam, polypropylene, 1,000D (Denier Cordura) exterior
Type of Closure Zipper
Accommodates 15" laptop
Carrying/Transport Options Shoulder straps/waist and chest belts
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.2 x 10 x 19.7" (31 x 25.4 x 50 cm)
Volume 0.76 cubic ft (21.5 L)
Weight 4.8 lb (2.2 kg)
Crumpler Karachi Outpost - Medium (Black / Gunmetal)
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    CrumplerKarachi Outpost - Medium (Black / Gunmetal)
     
    4.0

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (6)
    • Strong construction (6)
    • Adjustable harness (5)
    • Roomy (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Protecting gear (6)
      • Transporting gear (6)
      • Storing gear (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Beautiful backpack, Flawed for Daily Use

      By Atomox

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Pretty
      • Security
      • Seems Water-resistant
      • Strong Construction
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Hard To Access Equipment
      • Some Loose Compartments

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Crumpler Karachi Outpost - Medium (Black / Gunmetal):

      A quick disclaimer:

      I'm trying to do a lot with this bag. I shoot every day after work, so I commute to work with it, and walk around New York for about 2-3 hours after work, shooting with it. That means I need: A practical bag for the subway, long walks on foot, enough space for work stuff (I'm a programmer, so mostly a laptop and accessories), and good style that all of us New Yorkers expect.

      This bag does all of these things for me. It doesn't do all of them well.

      I'm going to spend more time on the cons, but here's a few quick pros.

      The Pros:
      - Good Support
      - Doesn't look like a gear bag (+ for Style, + for security)
      - Reasonable Management of gear
      - Thin "loops" attached to the shoulder straps support the Peek Design Camera Clip system.
      - Back-only access means confidence in crowded areas, such as subways.
      - Fits lots of Gear:

      The Gear I fit:
      - Canon 70-200 F 2.8 L Lens
      - Canon 85 F 1.2 L Lens
      - Canon 50 F 1.4 Lens
      - Canon 5D MK II (with Canon battery grip)
      - Pentax K1000 Film Body
      - Pentax 50 F2 Lens
      - Pentax 28 F2 Lens
      - Multi-format card reader, Canon battery charger, extra CF cards/lens cloth
      - Anywhere from 2-6 rolls of 35mm film.
      - Macbook Pro 13", plus cord (short version), magic mouse
      - Trade Paperback sized Moleskin, extra trade paperback book
      - collapsable umbrella

      So those are the pros. I love this bag, and don't think I'd go back if I could start over. It holds a lot of stuff, it looks good, and it's secure on a crowded subway.

      However, the cons are pretty big, at least for my requirements.

      The Cons:

      - Getting something out or putting something away is a full-commitment. You have to lay the bag on it's back, unzip it all the way, then unzip the netting covering the gear area. If you travel around a city like New York, this means not only exposing your entire bag of gear to the world, but also laying it on some sort of filthy surface. I second-guess switching lenses, both because of access and how visible all my equipment becomes to anyone nearby. Because it opens in a non-standard way, I get looks regularly. Probably not a problem for a wedding photographer. Definitely an issue for a street photographer.

      - While a full-frame camera with a Grip will fit upright, it's difficult to close when you also have a laptop or other items in the laptop sleeve. I accept I'm forcing it a bit, and glad I can do it at all. However, when my bag is full, this means unzipping and re-zipping 1 or both sides several times before I can get it properly closed. The fact that I can fit this at all means I can't hold this against them too much, but it does provide a daily annoyance.

      - The side columns of the gear area are not as deep as the center of the gear storage. I store a Canon 70-200 F2.8 in the center third of my storage area. That means my 85 1.2 needs to go on one of the sides. It fits, but because of the curved walls, the bottom is not flat. That means that my lens is sitting on top, not snugly wedged into a compartment. It feels like it would fall out, if the netting was unzipped. Not a feeling I want when storing a $2000 lens. Smallers lenses, like the 50 F1.4 fit here better, but the center column is the only one that's going to feel as snug/safe as the Lowepro-style gear bags we're all used to.

      - The laptop sleeve is a bit clumsy, particularly when you have an undersized laptop. I have a 13" Macbook, while this fits a 15". Maybe that's why the detachable sleeve is always sagging low, and doesn't stay snug when I open the bag. The velcro holds it closed, but because I have to open this bag all the way to get anything, it just ends up awkward, and flopping all over the place when I do.

      - Not many casual pockets for other, every-day items. The laptop sleeve has a few tiny pockets, but I'm missing dumb things like a clip for my keys, and more small pockets for things like my mouse and film containers. Sure, you can store them in the main gear area, but if you have anything that goes above the netting, like a 5D MKII with a grip, the netting is raised, and you film, mouse and other small items just fall to the bottom of the bag.

      - The outer pockets are large, but terribly tight to open if you use the sides in your gear area. I can fit an umbrella in one side, and am not surprised that getting it out takes some work. However, I use the other side for a single bag of cough drops, and even getting those out pinches my hand as I try to reach into it. I'm not exaggerating: the outer pockets are tight, unless you leave the main gear area mostly empty.

      - The bag wraps around you well, which is nice when it's cold. However, I find myself sweating a lot more than I did with previous bags. This isn't a deal-breaker, but is worth noting.

      Conclusion:

      This bag is pretty, it holds a lot, and it has good support. However, as an everyday bag, I'm reminded constantly of it's flaws. I've had it for about a month, and I'm living with them.

      The biggest strength is also it's biggest weakness: Opening only from the back is awesome when I'm in a rush hour subway, but exposes my gear to the world when I'm trying to swap out. If you do a lot of travel photography or Street Photography, think twice before committing to this bag. If you use more prime lenses, and swap regularly, this bag is a real pain to get in and out of. You're not going to just flip your bag around, in mid air, and put some gear away. You're going to be searching for a bench or a table, and setting it down.

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      4.0

      Best camera backpack I've ever owned

      By subcmdr

      from Leesburg, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Side Pockets Useless

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Crumpler Karachi Outpost - Medium (Black / Gunmetal):

      And I own several, including Think Tank. What I like is it doesn't scream "expensive camera equipment inside." And the construction quality is the best I've ever seen. Only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is the side pockets are essentially useless-- zippers so tight you can't get your hand inside to retrieve what might be in there. I also own the huge Crumpler barge for when I need to carry everything-- the medium Karachi is perfect size for hiking trip-- camera plus 3 big lenses plus batteries, laptop, and all peripherals.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great, but not perfect for petite ladies

      By Kristin

      from Florida

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Customizable
      • Roomy
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Chest strap location
      • Not constructed for women

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Storing Gear
      • Transporting Gear
      • Travel

      Comments about Crumpler Karachi Outpost - Medium (Black / Gunmetal):

      I just got this bag and it definitely fits a lot of gear. I love that it is customizable and that it can't be unzipped while it's on me. If I were a different size and a guy, I would definitely give this bag 5 stars. The only downside is that I had a really hard time trying to find out whether the bag would be too big for me or not, and it is. I am 5'1" and the bag is a little big for my body. Also, the chest strap falls in a really unfortunate location for females. It is adjustable, but the highest point is in the mid-bosom area and the lowest point is in the low-bosom/under-bosom ribcage area. I am excited to take this bag on an upcoming trip and to have something that holds all my gear, looks sleek, and is hard for the general public to get into while I'm wearing it. :)

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      4.0

      Perfect for travel

      By Stu~bon

      from Australia

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable Harness
      • Comfortable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Hard To Access Equipment

      Best Uses

      • Protecting Gear
      • Storing Gear
      • Transporting Gear

      Comments about Crumpler Karachi Outpost - Medium (Black / Gunmetal):

      i bought this for the trip my partner and i are taking later in the year it fits all my camera stuff every thing i need for my laptop and i can even attach my tripod to the bag so its all in one easy to carry location. a few small things bother me not everything is velcro-friendly and the shelves could be a little more customisable but still a fantastic bag. Aussie made and life time warranty

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      5.0

      Karachi Outpost = AWESOMENESS!

      By NightNinjaPDX

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portable Studio
        • Protecting Gear
        • Storing Gear
        • Transporting Gear
        • Vlogging Gear

        Comments about Crumpler Karachi Outpost - Medium (Black / Gunmetal):

        This bag is perfect because it is tough and durable, water proof, holds all of my gear, and my 15.4" MacBook Pro. When i was at the [@] the other day I actually tried to put a 17" MacBook Pro into the removable laptop insert and it fit like a glove too!

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        4.0

        Good

        By Al

        from New York

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable Harness
        • Comfortable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Protecting Gear
          • Storing Gear
          • Transporting Gear

          Comments about Crumpler Karachi Outpost - Medium (Black / Gunmetal):

          I switched over to Crumpler's backpack because I was using shoulder-slings before. The shoulder-slings would dig into your shoulder after a while. Since this is a backpack, there's 2 straps instead of one and it makes it more comfortable especially when you have over 10lbs of equipment. I mostly use this for travel. The construction is good, but I felt like they could of maximized the space a little to fit more things. The laptop case is detachable, but it's also where the pockets are to put your memory cards, filters, etc. The laptop case is a bit bulky and takes up space that could of been used to hold more equipment. Obviously, you probably wouldn't be carrying your laptop everywhere. I also felt like they should of had a place to hold water bottles. The side pockets are zippered, so I feel like that's more for a place to put other types of equipment like a rag or your cell phone, etc. Overall, it's a well-made backpack, but I think there's some improvements that needs to be done.

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