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The slim and sturdy KATARA™ VSlinger is truly designed for comfortable ambidextrous carry, and it will always ride straight on your back! Ideally-sized to carry your everyday essentials, this CCW- and hydration-compatible slingpack offers urban minimalist design with superb ergonomics and organization.
KATARA™ features a fully padded / symmetrical compartment that can filet-open, and a user-adjustable shoulder strap that delivers optimal ergonomics unlike any other “ambidextrous” slingpacks that always points to one side of your body and hurts your shoulder.
Despite its slim footprint, KATARA™ surprisingly delivers 12 liters of space with excellent organization via its 11 pockets and slots. 1,000-D Cordura treated with DuPont Teflon, coupled with reversed genuine YKK locking zippers to provide a strong defense against dirt, dust, water and wear.
Main compartment (15" x 8" x 4") provides CCW, hydration, and laptop/tablet carry options. The posterior sleeve is padded, and lined with loop for modular attachments. The open-sided sleeve can also hold a laptop/tablet (up to 11”), or a 2-liter water bladder. The opposite side of the main compartment features 2 large horizontal pockets that can be accessed from either left or right on a horizontal orientation.
Exterior front pocket has parallel zippers with north to south opening. Inside is a large horizontal pocket that can be accessed from both left and right. Both the main and front compartments have symmetrical openings that can open flat with no limitations.
The shoulder strap is well-padded and removable. It is secured through a 14” double-sided heavy-duty hook-n-loop strap system, and a top anchor: you can zip open the padded mesh back panel to adjust the strap’s position for right- or left-carry. The shoulder strap is further anchored to the top with a removable Duraflex Silk Clip. Stabilizer strap keeps the load from swaying, and can be setup for ambidextrous carry.
MOLLE attachment points, two loop fields, and a shock cord cage are selectively placed on the outside of the KATARA to give users more carry options. Zipper travel limiting snaps from our popular JAVELIN 2.0 and TRIDENT-20 are placed on both sides of the KATARA™, giving you secure means of operation.
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Posted by Unknown on 28th Mar 2017
I will directly write my critics, since there are many appraisals (rightly) in other reviews. I had to modify the bag to be able to remedy the shortcomings described below.
1. There needs to be an admin pocket similar to Javelin, Trident on the top of bag. I really do not understand, why they opted for not having it. Closest to mind, since this is a competitor for maxpedition remora, and it does not have. In a small bag, admin pocet is very important for tiny little bits of things and I do not want to hassle going through the opening the bag and opening the velcro dump packets for the things which I freguently use such as earplugs etc.
I have spend so much time to find a bag that will remedy this deficiency. I bought Maxpedition Jenus and attach it with great difficulty to this space. Although janus is a very good bag, it does not look native, but still the solution works. however, I had to spend 30 bucks for janus additionally.
2. Shoulder strap definetely is NOT comfortable as it should be. It quickly makes you uncomfortable. The bag itself is overbuilt for its capacity and it has high empty load. I carry much havier loads with my envoy, but its shoulder strap is much more comfortable. Javelin should strap seems to be larger and much comfortable even though I have not tried.
3. For the helper strap, if you do not want to use it, there is no place to tuck it away.
4. I bought Katara for its ambidextrous design. However it is not practical to change it, so you do not change it. Then why did I buy ambidextrous bag. The design should be reworked. There are several reasons that the rework is critical in addition to being not practical. It adds weight. To much things going on to the current design. Crazy amount of velcro have been used. Another point is that, a large pocket is wasted because of the design. I believe a better and more practical ambidextrous solution can be invented, this complexity also adds to cost I believe.
5. I hate the trend of morale paches. The usable areas are left open for the sake of attaching moral patches. Katara is not an exception. For the space of vanquest brand and velcro area for the morale paches, only two strands of molle available in the front of the bag. The bags you attach hangs down, and stay dangle below the buttom of the bag. I had to buy a should strap from vanquest which has the exact same construction of the molle strips and add myself two strips that covers the vanquest brand and some of morale patch area. Now only maxpedition logo can be seen on my janus. What a pity for vanquest. This costed me another 15 bucks for whole process.
6. Vanquest does note have wide array of selection of supporting products. For example to carry water bottle, I bought isopot 2.0 to attach katara. Since isopod has only two strips of molle, the bottom part of the pouch moves and hangs down which I hate. I have ordered a bottle holder pouch from other vendor with four layers of molle which I hope to remedy this problem.
7. Vanquest expects you to buy edcm, ppm style pouches to attach the bag which I did. I did not find the idea applicable much. To be able to attach it, you need to buy hook and loop accessories along with molle strips. Adding a lot of weight, and wastes space. However I bought from maxpedition zippered an hook and loop pouch (7x5 inch) which serves very well.
I like the pouches in katara but they are simply not enough. I especially do not want to put keys in these pouches since they may tear the pouches.
Posted by Marc (Netherlands) on 15th Jan 2017
I was looking for a small bag next to my daily 29L daily backpack. Some may call that a man-purse. Initially I found the Eastpack One in leather, but this is way to small and indeed a purse. I looked like an idiot with this. Back to my good old backpack and the drawing desk, what did I really need? To haul gear I have my backpack. I wanted a small bag Smaller than and not being a backpack, not looking like a purse.
I found the Vanquest Website and I was in doubt, the Pilum or the Katara. But I figured that the Pilum would be more backpacksize and thus packed to the max, getting heavy in the long run. Plus, which shoulder would carry best? And I already had a backpack.
So, I went for the Katara which exactly fits the bill - wallet+phone=check. Small First aid boobookit= check, 32oz bottle=check, HD rainponcho= check, EDCmaximiser= check, 6fx6f tarp= check, sandwichbox=check, small camera=check. I can go out for a day without looking like a tourist.
The layout of the bag is well thought through, how and where things are positioned makes perfect sence and feel like they have always been there. Very ergonomic. Even my wife likes the Bag. Her dislike about slingpacks is fatigue on one shoulder carry, but after Seeing this set-up she is impressed with the Katara. It fits quite a lot without looking bulky and I do not look like a tourist or a some-one with a manpurse. Discreet enough, but still manly.
Quality of the bag is what I expected and what has been expressed before. I know the 1000D Cordura fabric from my diving gear which is being abused for 10 years now and it’s still looking like new. The Seems are also straight and tidy.
Small point is that I wish that the paracord on the front compartmentzip was a little bit longer, so it would fit the buttoned secure zipper hold on the side as well. And a keyper would have been nice. But I can manage, I ordered a Cocoon grid it and and will put some velcro on the back to fit the front compartment. Might look into the velcro solutions that Vanquest has to organise the main compartment.
All-in-All I realy like my purchase and regret not buying other gear from Vanquest earlier. Maybe a new back-pack next Christmas……
Posted by Scott on 22nd Oct 2016
I've never seen quality of materials and construction, well thought out design and attention to detail on this level. Over the years I have had numerous packs and much gear from many top name makers but, in my book VANQUEST is number one and in a class of it's own! I couldn't be more satisfied!
That being said, a few tweaks have come to mind for a possible "Katara Gen 2". Or, maybe even a new, but very similar product. Hmmm... ...
Posted by Joshua on 30th Jul 2016
I recently purchased this bag directly from Vanquest. As soon as I received it and unpacked the product you could immediately see the thought and care that was put into the design and the craftsmanship of Katara. Although this is not a large bag, it certainly will do a great job at serving as an EDC bag and a casual motorcycle bag for me to throw on when I go out and not worry about making sure everything is secured in a pocket or having to deal with the inconvenience of carrying a tank bag around! The materials are excellent and all of the seams and stitching are great. I was truly impressed with the functionality of the zippers. I had just purchased a small MOLLE pouch from Maxpedition not too long ago and the zippers on that were utterly useless (which surprised me because their products are usually great), and the zippers on the Katara out performed those by leaps and bounds! If you're like me and have been sucking on the Maxpedition teet for a while, make the switch to Vanquest. These guys really know what it takes to produce a world class product! Bravo Vanquest :).
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Jul 2016
Great bag. My only complaint is that the vertical zippers on front doesn't have horizontal tabs to keep them from sliding down or being pulled down. It could be an issue if you're in a crowded area where it could get snagged onto something or get easily pickpocketed. Vanquest has this tab in their other bags with vertical zippers but I don't know why they chose to leave it out on this bag. Just make sure to not put anything in this front compartment that can fall out or easily be taken out. I have gloves in mine. I will buy a second one if they get this updated.
Posted by DJGrecco on 31st May 2016
I added two of these to my Katara bag and they are perfect additions to an almost perfect bag. The material is much softer and lays much flatter than the Maxpedition dump pouch. A drawstring and an over flap pocket cover hold contents in place and when not in use, they can be quickly and easily rolled-up.
Posted by DJGrecco on 31st May 2016
To no surprise my search ended when I saw the Vanquest Katara. It did come down to either Maxpedition or Vanquest, but the Katara won out. Many of us overload our bags, then regret the weight afterwards. I wanted a bag to limit my over-packing tendencies, one that was neither right nor left shouldered, was easily reconfigured, could fit an iPad, was comfortable, was a quality material anfd had outside water bottle holders. Eventually I conceded and added a ISOPOD-SMALL VANQUEST 2.0 Fold-Up Pouch to each side of the Katara since it had none. There is no "perfect" bag! The Ambidextrous Katara Slingpack fit that need. It is a center-riding pack much like any backpack would hang. Most sling bags hang diagonally, making the weight uneven.
The Katara offers plenty of organization and packing options, but it really needs to be organized using pouches or hook and loop bags or fixtures. The Katara is great and I love it. Its comfortable, made with great quality products and is large enough not to be a man's purse/bag, but not too large as to be weighted down with excessive equipment.
Its ambidextrous design allows the bag to be accessed from either side whether wearing it on the left or right shoulder. The contrasting color on the interior make it easy to find contents and the YKK zippers are inverted (a trademark of theirs) to protect the zippers from weather and dirt.
All in all a great bag. The Katara will teach you how to pack lighter and smarter. 4338
Posted by Marco on 6th May 2016
Great pack. Quality is top notch!!!!
Posted by Unknown on 4th May 2016
Great pack. Quality is top notch. Bag was a little smalled than expected but still a great bag.
Posted by Unknown on 25th Jan 2016
I read reviews and watched numerous YouTube videos trying to pick a pack to replace my old Push Pack which just was not large enough to hold my iPad. I purchased the KATARA believing that it would be a good fit for my needs.
I now KNOW it is a good fit. I've taken this pack out as an EDC bag, as at travel bag on car trips and on vacation as a very overstuffed carry-on. I am very please with its quality and its design. I have found a place for everything I carry on a day to day basis and still have room for specialized loads for whatever outing I have in mind. I could not be happier with this bag.
I added two of the small ISOPOD pouches that I attache when traveling so I can put water bottles in for my self and my wife.
I would buy this bag again in a heartbeat.
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