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KATARA VSlinger Ambidextrous Slingpack

MSRP:
$129.99
Your Price:
$84.89 (You save $45.10)
Item Code:
764011
Shipping Weight:
2.85 LBS



Product Description

*FEW WOLF GREY LEFT* 
**FIRE SALE products can only be returned for exchange for other FIRE SALE product(s) within 30-days (refund not available for FIRE SALE items)**


**Based on customer feedback, the back panel zipper tabs/pulls have been removed & interior ripstop lining is now wolf gray on Wolf Gray (WG) models**

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.

 

Features/Specifications/Materials

● Net Weight: 2.1 pound | 955 gram (1000-D Cordura)
● Pack Capacity: 12 Liters
● Main Compartment Size: 15" (H) x 8" (W) x 4" (D)
● Bottom Front Pocket Size: 10" (H) x 7.5" (W) x 2" (D)
● Dedicated padded sleeve holds tablets and most laptops up to 11” screen size
● 11 organizing compartments and slots .

Materials:
● 1,000-D Mil-grade Cordura® fabric with water-repellent Teflon® fabric protector by DuPont®
● Genuine MADE-IN-USA MultiCam® & MultiCam-Black Cordura® by Crye Precision™
● High-visibility, lightweight & moisture resistant 210-D Ripstop nylon interior.
● Durable & abrasion resistant RC-Class YKK® zippers, reversed for protection.
● MOLLE / PALS compatible attachment system with high tensile strength nylon webbing.
● Mil-grade ITW® and UTX-Duraflex® hardware made from high tensile strength Acetal polymer.
● Circular user-friendly zipper loops made of Gladding's 550 lb. tensile strength paracord (MADE-IN-USA)
● Neoprene rubber padded grab handle for extra comfort
● High tensile strength nylon webbings and binding tapes
● Finished with high tensile strength bonded nylon thread
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  1. Well-made, Versatile, Effing cool as **** 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th May 2017

    I carry a Surface 3 in a sleeve, with a spare battery for all my mobile needs.After a year and a half of moderate use, it is still perfect, and my favorite light pack.

    It's very versatile with MOLLE straps that hold a lot of my personal things if I want to keep my pockets light. The middle compartment can hold a trauma plate, which rotates to the front when executing a draw, and adds extra chest/torso protection with little weight penalty. I don't think the middle compartment was intended for carrying a plate, but it was a nice surprise as well as reassuring knowing I have the option.

    When I strained my right pectoral at the gym, I appreciated being able to keep pressure off it by reversing the straps, as well as one-handed slinging with just my left hand to keep loads off my right side.

    When the strap is right-handed in orientation, the Katara manages to stay clear of a strong-side, behind-the-hip IWB carry, which is all but impossible with a traditional two-strapper.

    And yeah, I may be a throwback for saying this, but one-strapping ALWAYS looks cool.


  2. Perfect in the crowd 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th May 2017

    Some months ago I bought a photo bag which I really love but there was one problem: it was too deep. It stuck out from my back too much and in tight crowded areas people kept bumping into me. It was annoying for me, and I'm sure they felt the same. So I wondered: is there a sling bag with side access to my mirrorless camera that is of good quality, good organization, security and NOT TOO DEEP?
    I couldn't believe it when I saw the Katara. I knew of Vanquest already but bought the other bag instead of the Javelin (which was only one side or the other). Not only was the Katara just what I needed but it was ambidextrous. Wow! And it was on sale! Wooo! So now I have my hiking bag and my everyday commuting bag.
    Like everyone said, it's a great bag. So compact! I hope they don't make Katara 2.0 yet since I want to enjoy my new bag more lol.


  3. Breast Cancer Survivors -- Buy this bag!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th May 2017

    After the cancerous tumor and lymph node(s) are removed, and your subjected to radiation, let's just say that a woman does not want a double strap typical daypack. I know I didn't. However, I love nature and am not willing to give up such wonder and nourishment. So, I researched everywhere for a solution.

    There are sling bags out there, but only a few made for serious day hiking, as opposed to cute purses. Of those few remaining, almost all are made for one side only -- not the side I needed! And I wanted a bag with a strap that was fully and simply adjustable for utter comfort in that region.

    Finally, after weeks of research, I found the Vanquest ambidextrous pack. It is not only "ambidextrous," but truly and completely adjustable. Like baby bear's porridge, you can get it "just right." That's a miracle in my book.

    So, if you are a breast cancer survivor with similar issues, please do yourself a favor and buy the Vanquest ambidextrous pack!!!

    Other wonderful features are that it opens up completely for quick and easy access, has lots of velcro for simple organization, and when used with the waist belt, feels heavenly. [I should note that I'm about 5'5,'' am short waisted and weigh about 160 lbs. I cut the strap a bit to shorten it for a perfect fit. Easy fix, and the cut end of the strap is hidden in the velcro compartment used for complete adjustability.]

    I would be remiss if I didn't mention one of the other best feature of this bag -- it hugs your body in a fantastically ergonomic manner, hanging vertically down your back, yet not so low that it sits on top of your low back. The vertical position keeps it from swinging around as you walk, and provides a solid balance for your gait. And, for all of us who suffer from some low back pain, the higher position is such a relief from the usual configuration of daypacks.

    Perhaps it should also be mentioned that this pack has a hydration compartment, which I use, instead, for my solar panels (Sokoo folding solar panels -- perfect fit). In this way, I have power for everything from my cell phone and flashlight to my camera battery.

    I also recommend the Vanquest HYDRA bottle holder as an attachment. It's amazing, folds flat when not in use, and can accommodate small to very large water bottles, or even tripods, etc. By the way, I use this bag as my camera bag too, and it works great for this purpose as well. I particularly like the design feature that allows you to keep one of the zippers below the snap closure so that you can just open the lower portion of the main compartment to grab your camera when you need it. And that portion of the bag is large enough for your DSLR camera. Fantastic.

    I'd also recommend the purchase of a pocket maximizer for the front of the bag. This allows you to have your own personalized first aid kit, plus items such as a mini leatherman, mag lite, a bit of duct tape, etc.

    Truly, the Vanquest attention to detail is phenomenal. Not only is there a place for everything, but all of the double stitching and detailing is a kind of craftsmanship that harkens back to an earlier era.

    The only thing I would add for a newer version is an attachment on the bottom of the bag for a sleeping quilt, bag, or jacket, and perhaps a rain cover. But that's just being plain old nit-picky. Buy this bag. You'll love it!!! Enjoy nature again!

    Thank you Vanquest!

    p.s. The customer service folks are wonderful too.


  4. Fantastic EDC bag 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st May 2017

    Just received my Katara in the mail today and am very happy with this bag. I was able to place my medkit and other assorted organizers in here along with a water bladder and there is still plenty of room thanks to the internal Velcro pockets. I will probably acquire the 4 x 6 fatpak and a slim organizer just so I can add some spare clothes to my pack. The shoulder strap fits comfortably and the weight is not too straining for a sling pack. This being my first vanquest pack, I cannot believe the quality. I bought this during the fire sale but there was no sign of tearing, fraying or any other damage that initially gave me doubts. That being said, I am ending my search for an EDC pack. This is the one for me. Thanks Vanquest!


  5. Very well thouht out, but needs improvement 3 Star Review

    Posted by 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.


  6. Small Greatest bag ever! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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……


  7. VANQUEST Katara - Much More Than 5 Stars! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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... ...


  8. Exceptional products from a company that truly invests in its engineering! 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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 :).


  9. Almost perfect 4 Star Review

    Posted by 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.


  10. Great pouch for Water Bottles with Low Profile 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.


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