We’re planning a trip to Japan and although we have been Professional Travel Photographers for many years we don’t normally travel to the megacities around the world. Therefore, we were a little concerned with taking our normal camera backpacks to the metropolis of Tokyo and beyond. We still planned to take our backpack bags but wanted a low-profile alternative when out and about in the bigger cities so it needed to be small enough to pack into our checked-in luggage but big enough to carry our essential gear while out and about. This is a big plus for us as many times when you venture out and you do not want to take everything with you.
We’ve been using Peak Design products for a few years now. We exclusively use the Slide camera straps and Shell. We rarely use the Capture Clip as it never seemed to fit our backpack bags properly and just did not fit into our shooting style although we may use it with this bag. We’ve known about the Everyday Sling Bags and the larger Everyday Backpack for some time, however, we’d never really had the need for the Sling Bag and quite frankly the Everyday Backpack was just not suitable for our shooting needs.
After a visit to a local camera shop to check out our options it seemed that the Everyday Sling 10L bag pretty much met all our needs. This is a very stylish looking bag however stylish means nothing to us unless the bag is really functional and meets all our needs. Check out our blog post about Pauls search for a new backpack bag! After about 5 minutes we knew that this was the perfect bag for our needs and we promptly bought one.
2 FlexFold Dividers allow for endless internal configuration, compartmentalizing, and gear stacking. Completely customize the inside of your sling to perfectly meet your carry needs.
EXTERNAL CARRY STRAPS
External utility straps for a tripod.
Dedicated, protected tablet sleeve holds up to 11” tablets and even some small laptops (Max tablet/laptop dimensions: 12.5″x8.65″x.75″ or 32x22x2cm). Please Note: the Sling only has 1 internal sleeve for tablet OR laptop, but not both. It can carry up to a 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina. A laptop may be difficult when the sling is fully packed—they recommend packing your laptop first, then other contents.
A network of small internal pockets organizes and protect all your little stuff.
Perfectly sized to fit the DJI Mavic and DJI Spark, with controller and accessories, and give you plenty of room to spare.
EXPANDABLE SECONDARY COMPARTMENT
A hugely expandable secondary compartment holds jackets, snacks, and other everyday items. When not in use, it cinches flat, with no baggy or loose fabric.
When the sling is empty, the two compression straps can cinch the bag flat so you can easily fit it in a suitcase.
Approved for carry-on by all major airlines. Fits easily under aeroplane seats.
LOVES YOUR LUGGAGE
A dual-purpose briefcase and rolling luggage carry strap ensure you’ll always have an easy way to transport the sling.
LIGHTNING FAST STRAP
The sling’s strap features a quick adjuster handle that lets you loosen the strap and swivel the bag in front of you in one easy motion.
DEDICATED CAPTURE ATTACHMENT
An external attachment point for the Capture Clip (sold separately) lets you rigidly carry your camera on the outside of your sling for instant access.
Weatherproof 400D nylon canvas shell with high-density padding is DWR impregnated and poly-coated twice on both sides. Premium weatherproof exterior zippers.
PREMIUM MATERIALS & BUILD
Hypalon-reinforced and bar-tacked stress points. Soft, durable mixed-cotton twill interior for protection, durability, and a luxurious feel. The Ash Sling replaces Hypalon touchpoints with natural NuBuck leather. All-custom anodized aluminum hardware.
The bag is incredibly well made and well designed. The material looks extremely durable and Peak Design has rated it as “Weatherproof” which means it is made from fabric that is coated with a finish that is resistant but NOT impervious to penetration by water. Therefore, we don’t think it will handle a complete drenching (untested). The bag has enough interior and exterior pockets to put all your accessories including small pockets for camera batteries, cords etc., and a pocket for a tablet/small laptop.
You also have the ability to carry a small travel tripod which can be strapped to the front of the bag. For those of you that use the Peak Design Capture Clip, there are handles on both sides of the bag where it can be attached. If you are using the bag as your primary camera bag or as a bag, in general, there’s a nifty handle at the back of the bag which can slip over your luggage handle.
- Well designed
- Heaps of pockets including room for a tablet or small laptop
- Ability to carry a small tripod
- Extremely comfortable to carry
- 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
- Great for carrying the average amount of gear but not everything, however, the bag is not designed to carry an entire kit.
- Not Waterproof
For what it was designed for, we can find little fault with this bag. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND this bag and suggest you visit a camera store to check it out and make sure it suits your needs. They also have a smaller Everyday Sling 5L now available as well.
If you have any comments or questions about this product then we’d love to hear from you.
UPDATE: We have just returned from a 3-week visit to Japan. OMG, this bag was absolutely awesome. Our standard backpack bags were used for 2 days out of the entire trip. The bags are so practical and easy to use especially when changing lenses. The only downside was not being able to fit our 100x100mm filter bag with our holder, ND’s & Grads. Having said that we barely used them on the trip and when we did, they easily fitted once the camera was out of the bag. Unlike a landscape photographer, we tend to have our camera out as soon as we leave our accommodation so this was only a minor problem. In addition, the filter bag could also attach to the outside of the bag if necessary. Most days we walked in excess of 15kms and one day we did 24kms and the only pain we had were our throbbing feet. Do yourself a favour and get one of these bags. You will not regret it.
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