F-stop Kashmir UL Women’s Photopack Review

 

 

Two hours from leaving to JFK airport to catch a flight to Reykjavik, my long-awaited Kashmir camera pack arrived. Back in the fall of 2014 I backed an f-Stop Kickstarter campaign for a female focused camera backpack. F-Stop has a line of camera bags that are well-regarded and I jumped at the chance to back a bag fitted for us female photographers. After much delay, the camera bag arrived on August 19th, 2015 and sat in the shipping box until a week later when I arrived home.

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Da Specs from F-stop gear:

The Kashmir UL retails at US $159.00. Adding a small shallow ICU will cost an extra US $55.00, the medium shallow ICU costs US $ 65.00.
Construction
DWR-treated, 210D Ripstop Nylon with 1500mm Polyurethane coating
Breathability and comfort via EVA molded rear panel
Ultra-lightweight materials
Heavy-duty 3-fold carry handle and side handle
Protection against wet surfaces and contact with terrain provided by a Hypalon® reinforced base
Pocket Configuration
Easily accessible side mesh pockets with ripstop nylon base and elastic cuff
Passport, wallet, and other less commonly needed items can be stored in a zippered mesh underside lid pocket
Multipurpose internal sleeve either fits up to a 13” laptop or can be used as a hydration bladder pocket
Store avalanche shovel and blades, as well as jackets and extra layers in the exterior front panel pocket
Pack Hydration
Compatible with numerous hydration systems
Even distribution of water without “lumping” provided by an internal bladder pocket
Sealed Velcro® hydration tube port
Suspension & Compression
Depth adjustment and a means to mount a tripod or other vertically shaped tools and gear provided by quick-release compression straps
Easy tightening while on-the-fly via strap keepers
Adjustable sternum strap with integrated whistle for emergencies
All-day comfort provided by ergonomic Soft Flex injection molded EVA belt and shoulder straps
Loading & Closure
Camera gear is accessed via the rear panel and features YKK® heavy gauge zippers
Top opening for main internal compartment access features YKK® heavy gauge zippers
Superior water and weather resistance provided by YKK® Aquaguard® zippers
Impact protection and prevention of water penetration provided by Hypalon® zipper garages
Fast and catch-free closure during demanding moments provided by Hypalon® pull-tabs
Pack Attachments
Easy attachment of tripods, snowboard, sleeping bags and similar equipment via 14 GateKeeper mounting points (GateKeepers sold separately)
Attachment of f-stop and third-party accessories via internal and external MOLLE system
Accessory attachment via daisy chain loops
Additional accessories attachable via 2 metal D-ring attachment points
Attachment of a Rain Cover via connection loops
Integrated Features
4 internal ICU attachment points
Exceptional all-day support provided by an internal aluminum frame

I was able to lash my super heavy tripod to the outside of the backpack. I would suggest investing in a lighter, travel-sized tripod such as a Gorilla pod to attach to this bag. Large outside mesh pockets are deep enough to carry water bottles or items you may need to grab quickly.

Kashmir

An exterior pocket is large enough to store lightweight jackets or other items you need to reach quickly.

Stuffpack

A port for a water reservoir is built into the pack.

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There are clips to attach items you want to store outside your pack, if you choose to do so.

clips

Jersey laminate EVA-padded back panel allows easy access into the main storage compartment.

back panel

30 liters of space to fill! F-stop recommend adding the small shallow ICU (Internal Camera Unit) or the medium shallow ICU to store camera gear in this pack. The ICU does not come with the camera pack and need to be purchased separately. The small ICU adds 0.7 pounds and the medium ICU adds 0.9 lbs to the weight of this pack.

Interior space

The camera bag has top loading access into the main compartment. There is also a small zippered storage pocket to store maps, filters, safety kits, etc.

top pocket

Hip belt pockets are the perfect place to stash Cliff bars, Benadryl and tissues. Arghh..allergies! Also lots of compression straps to cinch down the pack as needed.

Hip belt pockets

Overall, I like this bag. It has worked well in a variety of settings – from walking the spoiled dogs to hiking in the ‘wilds’ of Lorimer Park. After a few adjustments the pack fit well. Even with a heavy pack, the internal frame distributed the weight preventing shoulder pulling. If you are looking for a multipurpose day pack for photography or any outdoor activity, this is an excellent backcountry-inspired camera bag.

Let me know your thoughts on what makes the perfect hiking daypack/photobag in the comment section below.

UPDATE: Well, ain’t this a kicker. Thanks to a kind email from Sinh Truong who reminded me F-stop is not part of F-Stoppers, I have made the appropriate edits to this post. I feel rather foolish with this gaffe and want to always be upfront with my readers. I usually pay more attentive to detail than I have demonstrated with this review. For any confusion this may cause, I am sorry. However, my impression of this camera backpack remains the same just the name of the pack has changed. Also, all the links in this post refer back to f-stop gear, not f-stoppers.

Happy Snapping!

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  • rochester_veteran

    I found the Kickstarter page for The Kashmir and saw that you were 1 of 326 to back this project and it did a lot better than its $35,000 funding goal. What’s done with the extra money that was raised? I read some of the comments and shipping issues from Hong Kong seemed to be the biggest issue, so you were not alone in waiting for yours. Looks like a nice, quality made, lightweight pack, Tania! Glad you finally got your Kashmir and your review of it is perfection! 😉

    • Tania

      Thanks for reading the review! Love this backpack so much!!!