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Introduction to the Kinesis System

“Finally,
a practical alternative to the
back-breaking shoulder bag —
a complete modular belt system
for the active shooter.”

Click on any photo on this site to see it enlarged.
Many have informative call outs.
Click here for our PDF overview brochure.

Our core products comprise a complete modular belt-pouch system for photojournalists, nature/outdoor traveling photographers, sports shooters, commercial photographers and wedding/portrait shooters. Samples of different belt configurations can be found at this link.

We manufacture products for those looking for a lightweight, quick-moving carrying system for shooting in the field. We do not offer a complete line of traditional shoulder bags, large padded system backpacks, point & shoot camera cases or video camcorder cases.

Shown below are specific categories or product “series.” Each of our products are assigned a four digit product number with a “series” prefix letter (i.e. A200, E280, R421 etc.). Each series is featured on one page. Since the site is not database driven you can just browse, starting at the top of each page.

A-Series — Accessory Pouches are small-sized pouches for film, light meters, cell phones, water bottles and other non-optical items.
B-Series — Belts are available in sizes from 24 to 64 inches.
C-Series — Camera & Lens Cases, also called holster cases, are for a DSLR camera body with lens attached.They are also called top-load zoom cases.
D-Series — Digital Equipment cases for CF cards, Microdrives or laptop computers.
E-Series — Lens Pouches that are cylindrical (circular) in shape for lenses not attached to a camera body.
F-Series — Film, Flash & Filter Pouches are lightweight, rectangular pouches for non-optical items such as film backs, filters, film holders, Polaroid® backs, battery packs, radio slaves, video tapes and two-way radios.
H-Series — Harnesses & Camera Straps which include suspenders that intergrate with the rest of the Kinesis system.
L-Series — Long Lens Cases are for a SLR body with a lens attached. They are for glass 300/2.8 and larger.
N-Series — Rain or dust covers for the a single case or belt system.
P-Series — Packs, rucksacks, or backpacks for photo gear or for travel & mountaineering.
R-Series — SafariSack™ is our exclusive bean bag/sand bag product.
S-Series — Shoulder Bags are larger bags that are worn over the shoulder with a single shoulder strap--this includes shoulder bags, duffel bags or just plain old "camera bags."
T-Series — Tripod Accessories or shoulder straps for tripods.
V-Series — Padded Modular Dividers for various cases and pouches in our system.
Y-Series — System Accessories includes shoulder straps and general purpose accessories.

Product Nomenclature & Sizing

The numbers following the letter define the size of the product within each category. Our product numbers (following the series prefix letter) define the size of the product within each category. Most of these numbers equal the volume in liters. For example, the volume of the M330 is 3.3 liters, compared to the volume of the M550 which is 5.5 liters, about 60% larger. Our shoulder bags and packs use a similar method, moving the decimal over one row. For example, the volume of the P450 pack is 45 liters. The volume of the S360 shoulder bag is 36 liters. To measure the small pouches we fill them with water. For the the larger products (S- and P-series), we use packing peanuts as the measuring fill. (In our tests the packing peanuts gave the same result as using water.) In all cases the measurement includes pockets.

Height, width, depth specifications provided are inside dimensions. Shown below is a legend used throughout this Website. The diameter is the distance straight across the circle on cylindrical products.

Visit this this page for instructions on how to figure out which size product is best for you.

All products (except where noted) are available in one great color — black. Further explanation on why we don't offer other colors is found on this page.

The Following Features Make this System Unique

  • Pouches are not permanently attached, permitting them to be worn at any place on the belt
  • Foam-padded conically cut belt (banana shaped)
  • Low-profile pouches for working in crowds or athletic/active situations
  • Foam-padded components designed to accommodate pro-series motor-drive 35mm SLRs with the newer, faster and larger "2.8" zoom lenses
  • Long lens cases with stiff sidewalls that provide more protection plus the ability to carry these cases on your back as a pack
  • Application of the same rugged construction and materials used in the making of mountaineering backpacks
To compare us against other brands visit our Competitor Analysis page.

Kinesis  Pouch Attachment Methods

(how to attach a pouch to a belt or onto another larger case)

On the left is the TwinBukcle method and on the right is the newer KATS (Kinesis Attachment Tab System). Visit our "How To" page for complete information and steps.

Modularity is Key to Kinesis

The photos below illustrate the modularity of the system. Components are purchased a la carte for maximum versatility. Click on any photo on this website to see an enlarged view. Many have informative captions.

Kinesis Black Belt
(B108 Large shown)
Eight attachment points or space for seven "single-wide" components.

Belt with one "double-wide" component attached.

Kinesis Black Belt — fully loaded.

Components can be attached any place on the belt.

 

Common Features Found on Most Products

Click on this photo to learn more about the Kinesis Velcro QuickClose™ lid, weather resistant overlapping zipper and more.

A buckled QuickClose™ method is also found on our C-Series zoom or holster cases.

 

Ergonomics of the System

Larger pouches are best placed at the side of your hip, or in the rear.
Some people like to wear the belt buckle in the back with their front surrounded with pouches.
See
this page for more info on this topic.

The above photo shows one of the clear advantages of the Kinesis modular system. Pouches can be attached anywhere on the belt and they do not slide around even when there are gaps in the sequence.

 

Every Kinesis pouch or case has a generous sized hand grab loop allowing you to pick up and carry the
whole system in one hand.

PDF Brochure

Our simple 2-page B&W brochure is a summary of all products, but does not have the detail found in the web site. Please note that our web site is always current, whereas the brochure may not have the latest pricing or product updates. Our brochure can obtained in one of two ways:
1. Print it as a PDF download**. KinesisBrochure.pdf (450kb file -- approx. download time is 2 minutes with 56K dial-up modem or 30 seconds with DSL or cable modems.)
2. You can drop me (Richard) an e-mail with your name and address and we'll send one via snail mail. Because of extraordinary postage costs, we don't snail-mail catalogs outside the US or Canada.

**Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) download. Click on the logo below to download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is required to open and/or print the above documents. Version 4.0 or above is required to open our brochure.

Fabrication & Design Notes

Fabrics

• Exteriors made with durable 500 denier DuPont Cordura® nylon (waterproof urethane coated)

For a discussion about Waterproof vs. Weatherproof fabrics visit this link our our site.

• Interiors lined with smooth 210 denier nylon Oxford cloth (also urethane coated)
• 1/4" (6mm) crosslinked closed-cell foam for protection against bumps & temperature
• Some larger cases & bags use heavier fabrics and thicker foams or laminates. (See individual products for exceptions).

Hardware

• Acetal or Nylon webbing and hardware (no cheap Polypropylene imitations)
• Rugged #8 YKK® zippers for main compartment lids

Fabrication

• Load bearing seams double stitched with bonded nylon thread
• Exposed seams & zipper ends bound with nylon binding tape
• Stress areas stitched at least five times

Design

• System modularity
• Pouches not permanently attached to belt--can be worn any place on the waist
• Small pieces piggy-back on larger pieces
• Bellows pockets on many products--flat when empty, yet expandable
• Weather resistant overlapping zippers on many products.

All products USA made.

Fine Print

CameraCushion™, Journeyman™, Kinesis™, Kinesis Photo Gear™, PolyCore™, QuickClose™, SafariSack™ and TwinBuckle™, Built for People -- On the Move™, are trademarks of Kinesis Photo Gear. Cordura®, Delrin®, Lexan®, Mini-mag®, Polaroid® & Velcro® are all registered trademarks of their respective organizations. For information on warranty repairs visit this link.

 

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