Hama Katoomba Sling 190RL
£75, $130 Designed as a messenger-style sling, this photo backpack is supplied with only one shoulder strap
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.
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.