After carrying the F-Stop Kashmir UL 30L fully-laden on several long walks, I’ve found it is one of the most comfortable backpacks that I’ve ever put my camera gear in. I also love the idea of a modular bag, but I think many photographers will probably stick with one set-up that suits the majority of their kit.
Extremely comfortable to carry
Compatible with F-Stop's Internal Camera Units and accessories for customisation
Water-resistant outer fabric, durable base
The Internal Camera Units and accessories add extra cost - look for kits and bundles
Items in the top can get lost behind the ICU
What is the F-Stop Kashmir UL 30L?
The F-Stop Kashmir UL 30L is a modular backpack from F-Stop’s Ultra Light range. Although it’s suitable for use by any photographer, it’s designed with women in mind.
As a modular pack, it can accept a range of F-stop’s Internal Camera Units (ICUs) to make it bespoke to you and your kit. I was recommended to pair it with the Slope ICU – Medium which retails for £92/$89. This fits inside the main compartment of the bag to hold your camera gear still and protect it from bumps.
The F-Stop Slope ICU – Medium has a configurable interior with padded dividers. It can accommodate a double-gripped camera like the Nikon D6 or Canon EOS-1D X Mark III plus 3 or 4 lenses including a 70-200mm f/2.8. It can also be customised to hold smaller camera systems such as a Nikon Z6 II or the Fuji X-T4.
Product type: Modular backpack
Fabric: 210D nylon shell with polyurethane and water resistant coating, Hypalon reinforced base
Dimensions (H x W x D): 52 x 31.8 x 27.9cm / 20.5 x 12.5 x 11-inches
Weight: 1.1Kg / 2.5Lbs
The fabric of the F-Stop Kashmir UL 30L is lightweight but it feels very tough and durable. It also sheds the odd raindrop but there’s an optional raincover available if you’re planning on walking in bad weather for an extended period.
You can access the main compartment via a zip at the top of the backpack, but the easiest way to reach your gear in the ICU is via the large zip around the back panel. That means you need to take the pack off your back before you can get at your kit.
Initially, I kept the ICU zipped closed in the backpack because it seems the most secure, but I soon realised that this was awkward to open and close when it’s inside the bag. The solution is to fold the ICU flap down and tuck it out of the way.
That’s fine with most cameras and lenses, but small optics and some accessories may fall to the bottom of the bag.
F-Stop has a solution for this too, the ICU Gate. This is basically a strip of mesh with a zip down its centre and velcro along each edge. The Velcro holds the mess in place while the zip lets you access your kit.
It takes a while to find the right configuration for your bag and if you’re the type of photographer who uses different kit for different shoots, you may find it a pain or want to invest in a second ICU.
I carried the F-Stop Kashmir UL 30L fully laden on several 4 and 5-mile walks and at the end, my shoulders felt as fresh as they did at the start.
I attribute this to F-Stop’s choice of materials. The shoulder straps, for example, aren’t thick and bulky, but they’re reasonably wide and have high-density padding. If you pinch the strap from either side, you can’t feel your fingers through the foam inside.
Similarly, the back panel doesn’t look especially well-padded, but like the straps, the foam stops you feeling anything on the other side.
Should you need them, there’s a waist-belt and chest strap to pull the pack onto your back and take some of the weight off your shoulders, but I found the shoulder straps comfortable enough to leave these undone most of the time.
With the medium-sized ICU in the main compartment, there’s space on top (accessed via the zip I mentioned earlier) to stash a jumper or light jacket. Bear in mind, however, that smaller item placed here are likely to work their way to the bottom of the pack or behind the ICU.
A little further forward from this there’s a large zip-close pocket with a simple mesh organiser panel that’s useful for stowing your purse or wallet and a few accessories.
In addition, a zip that runs along much of the length of the front of the Kashmir opens to give access to a useful large pocket.
As is quite common, either side of the backpack has stretchy mesh pockets for holding a drink bottle or tripod. There straps towards the top and bottom of the sides to keep the tripod safely in place. There’s room for a larger tripod, but I found that the Peak Design Travel Tripod is a perfect fit and I hardly knew I was carrying it.
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