The Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L – V2 camera bag

We are huge fans of the Peak Design Everday Sling bag. And if you don’t believe us, read our original post here. These bags are now our main camera bag for all our travel photography work. However, if we are travelling and using a rental car we sometimes still use our camera backpacks. Click here to see ‘What’s in our Bag”.

In our opinion, the Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L – V1 is almost perfect in every way for our travel photography needs so we were delighted when Peak Design released the V2 of the sling bags in late 2019. We were keen to get our hands on one to do a comparison review between the 2 bags and hoped that the improvements would convince us to replace our V1. Thanks to Peak Design who kindly supplied us a black version of the bag for this review.

Note: this post is a review of the V2 and also a comparison between the V1 and V2 versions of the bag. 

Photography Planner

OVERVIEW

With a 13″ laptop sleeve, the 10L Sling sets up perfectly as a minimalist everyday work bag. As a photo bag, it’ll give you substantially more capacity than the 6L, while still feeling compact and streamlined. The only sling with a strap for roller bag luggage carry.


BAG CONFIGURATION EXAMPLES

  • Mirrorless camera body/lens + 3-4 extra lenses & accessories, or,
  • DJI Mavic drone + controller, batteries, charger, or,
  • Crop-sensor DSLR/lens + 2-3 extra lenses & accessories, or,
  • Full-frame DLSR camera body/lens + 1-2 extra lens, or,
  • Full-frame DSLR + 70-200 pro lens + another lens and/or accessories

INCLUDES

  • 2 FlexFold divider
  • 4 small internal stretchy pockets (no large ones)
  • 2 external carry straps
  • Padded tablet sleeve for up to 13” tablets or 13” laptops
  • High-volume external zip pocket

CARRY STYLE

  • Wear as a sling only
  • Luggage carry pass-through for roller-top carry

Above: Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L – V2
Rear View – Hover for a closer look

Above: Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L – V2
Inside View – Hover for a closer look

Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L – V2 – Exterior

The first things we noticed about the V2 were –

  • The bag is far more streamlined and clean in its design
  • The 2 buckles at the front of the V1 bag which were used for attaching a tripod, have been removed
  • The front zipper pocket is recessed and is no longer exposed to the elements
  • There are dual zip pulls to open the main compartment zipper. One of the main design changes to the bag is how the main compartment flap has been configured (more below). The weatherproof UltraZip is also an added feature.
  • 6 hooks attached (3 each side of the bag). These hooks can be used with the external carry straps for attaching a tripod or other items.
  • The bag is a little larger than V1. The V1 is 40cm (W) x 24.5cm (H) x 14cm (D) while the V2 is 42cm (W) x 25.5cm (H) x 14cm (D)

On further examination of the exterior, we also note that the padded shoulder strap is a little longer and a little wider.

All of these changes seem great for the exterior of the bag with two exceptions –

  • We prefer the attached straps on the V1 compared to the straps that attach separately on V2 for carrying a tripod.  Naturally, everyone has different size tripods so this may not be a problem, however, our Carbon Fibre tripod (38.5cm/15.15in long) struggled with the attached straps as they are spaced further apart (see images below – hover over for a magnified view). The straps supplied with V2 are also much narrower than V1. The tripod will still attach, but only just! We can live with this but not ideal. For many photographers, this may not be a problem.
  • The front zipper pocket that is recessed is a great idea. The zipper is less exposed and therefore more impervious to the weather and thieves. However, the interior seems much smaller than V1 and is not expandable. Also, the pockets have been removed from inside which was a useful place to keep filters. Also, the pocket extends upwards into the main compartment flap of the bag. This seems to us to be ‘dead space’ and we feel that it would have been better utilised by making the internal zipper pocket a little deeper.

Above: Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L – V1
Tripod Attached

Above: Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L – V2
Tripod Attached

Above: Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L – V1
External Pocket Interior

Above: Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L – V2
External Pocket Interior

Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L – V2 – Interior

The first things we noticed about the V2 were –

  • The main compartment opening section has had a complete re-design. The V1’s main compartment opening is fairly flat when the zipper is closed. They have altered the pitch of the V2 zipper so that it no longer sits flat when closed. This design allows extra height inside the bag which makes it easier to store a 70-200 lens, and also the ability to use the internal zipper compartment more effectively. In V1, any batteries in this compartment would press down on your equipment once the flap was closed. As a result, we never use the provided pockets for the batteries.
  • The compartment that allows storage of a 13″ laptop/tablet now has a magnetic closer rather than a velcro strap that was provided in V1. However, the pocket will fit a 13″ laptop but you will not be able to utilise the magnetic closer.
  • The internal zipper pocket and the actual individual storage pockets are not as deep as V1. Personally, we think this pocket could have been a bit deeper on V2
  • As the bag is slightly higher the collapsible dividers inside work better to separate the lenses.

All of these changes seem great for the interior of the bag with one exception – the configuration of space/pockets (compared to V1) in the zippered internal pocket. This may not be an issue for many photographers but it is a little limiting for our setup. Having said that, we can now use the pocket for our batteries so the space lost here has been gained in the external zipper pocket where we housed our batteries in V1.

Previously the V1 Everyday Sling was only available in 5L and 10L sizes, however, the V2 release has been introduced in 3L, 6L & 10L sizes (see image below). They have been produced in the following colours – Black, Ash & Midnight (Dark Blue). Personally, we preferred the Charcoal colour in the V1 version.

Pros

  • Well designed
  • Two pockets plus section for a tablet or small laptop
  • Weatherproof
  • Ability to carry a small tripod
  • Extremely comfortable to carry
  • Slightly wider and longer padded shoulder strap
  • Dual sliders for the main compartment zipper
  • Easy to access your gear
  • Collapsible dividers make it easy to carry plenty of gear
  • Can fold flat in your check-in luggage for use as a secondary bag when travelling
  • Slightly higher allowing for a better fit for a 70-200 lens

Cons

  • Great for carrying the average amount of gear but not everything, however, the bag is not designed to carry an entire kit.
  • Straps for carrying tripod not ideal (for us) compared to V1 of the bag.
  • External zipper compartment – internal pockets removed in this version
  • Weatherproof but not Waterproof
  • Expensive

TIP!

When using the bag always make sure you tighten the straps to fit snugly on your back. Otherwise, when you kneel to take a low shot the bag can swing around to your front.

The Final Word

Even though there are a couple of things we preferred in V1 of the bag, we still HIGHLY RECOMMEND this bag.

If you are looking to purchase this bag as your first sling bag then we don’t think you’ll be disappointed. If you are looking to upgrade from V1, we would suggest you visit your local stockist and check out the bag yourself. From our point of view, the V2 bag works well in combination with the V1 bag (between the two of us) especially because it can better accommodate our Sony FE 70-200 f4 G lens.

Peak Design Everyday Sling 3L bag –  Buy at Peak Design / Buy in Australia
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