Hama Ka­toomba Sling 190RL

£75, $130 De­signed as a mes­sen­ger-style sling, this photo back­pack is supplied with only one shoul­der strap

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Like one of the Man­frotto bags in this test group, the Ka­toomba Sling has a sin­gle shoul­der strap that you can wear di­ag­o­nally across your back in ei­ther di­rec­tion, and you wear it mes­sen­ger-style on your shoul­der of choice.

It’s a split photo/day­pack and the de­sign makes it easy to sling the bag into a for­ward po­si­tion so that you can re­trieve photo gear from the main com­part­ment (in­clud­ing the mem­ory card or­gan­iser) with­out hav­ing to take the bag off and lay it down. The in­ter­nal di­viders can be eas­ily repo­si­tioned in ei­ther hor­i­zon­tal ori­en­ta­tion so that cam­era ac­cess is suited to which shoul­der you’re wear­ing the bag on. If you’re de­ter­mined to use the Ka­toomba Sling as a reg­u­lar back­pack, an ad­di­tional strap can be pur­chased sep­a­rately.

Easy ac­cess

As well as open­ing at the side from ei­ther di­rec­tion, four zips en­able the front flap to be hinged down. This gives ac­cess to the en­tire cam­era com­part­ment. Up top there’s a small ad­di­tional com­part­ment with a di­vider that can be re­moved to con­vert the whole bag to photo use. The Ka­toomba is well thought out, well made, and rea­son­ably com­fort­able even when loaded, con­sid­er­ing it has only one strap.

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