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Vanquest Katara 16: Day Hiking & Everyday Carry (EDC) Backpack and Convertible Sling Bag

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The new Vanquest Katara stood out to me at Shot Show 2018 because I am always looking to find new and innovative features in everyday carry (EDC) gear. This bag has a ton of organization and also allows you to convert it from a backpack to a sling bag – very cool.

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7 thoughts on “Vanquest Katara 16: Day Hiking & Everyday Carry (EDC) Backpack and Convertible Sling Bag

  1. Been loving mine for the past two weeks. I tried the sling pack option but, I didn’t really care for it. With two water bottles on it, it makes it look weird. lol. those two side snaps come in handy for when you just want to stuff things in the main compartment. The zippers are pretty easy to have open all the way. Not like on my old maxpedition Pigmy falcon 2 where the zippers would stay in place. for a small pack, it can pack alot of gear. I have mine semi full. I love organization not a huge fan of using pouches unless I have too. I don’t want my pack being filled with pouches when other ore useful stuff can be put in my pack. Other then that, no complaints and my first pack not needing to use the sternum strap neither. I did end up putting some cardboard in the back to help stiffin it up, and give some more back support, where the shoulder straps are. it has helped. Thanks for the review Tim

  2. Bought this bag and water bottle holder last week. Originally, I bought a Vertx Commuter sling bag which I liked very much. But I found it to be a little too large for my needs. The Katara, however, is perfect. High vis, well organized interior. Everything is easily accessible, well thought out and extremely well made. Where it really shines is its versatility. So many different things you can do with this little bag. And that’s what really sold me over the competition. Plus, I like the low key look of it. It doesn’t scream “tactical” or “I’m carrying a pistol”. I’m impressed with the attention to detail and quality. Hopefully, I’ll be using this for years to come.

  3. Tim, nice review of the bag. I looks very versatile between field and urban scenarios. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for reviewing this bag. It looks like a good bag, I’m just wondering if the velcro that closes the big pocket inside the bag will stay closed as you cram stuff into it.

  5. Great review as always Tim, a bag I really want for use in Africa. Alas it’s still unavailable in the UK and to buy and ship from the US would cost over $250 so a no go for me at the moment.

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