Urth Dolomite Camera Sling

INTRODUCTION

Anyone who has read our posts knows that we love sling bags. For travel and street photography, it is the best option for photographers who change lenses frequently. It is significantly quicker than changing a lens using a backpack. If you are a photographer that works at a fast pace then this is the type of bag that will suit your needs. Our bags in the field are the Peak Design Everyday 10L Sling although, on our recent trip to Japan, Helen used the Peak Design Everyday Tote 15L bag that can still be worn as a sling bag, however, it is a bit larger than the Everyday Sling bag.

In 2021, Urth launched its “Carry” series of modular backpack bags in an extremely competitive market, probably even more so than its core business of selling filters. These included the Arkose 20L Modular Backpack and the Norite 24L Modular Backpack. We’ve reviewed both bags – you can read them by clicking the links at the bottom of this post.

In early November 2023, they released 3 new ‘Carry’ options with the Andesite Camera Pouch, the Arkose Tote, and the Dolomite Camera Sling bags.

Urth kindly sent us the Dolomite Camera Sling, in the Onyx (Black) colourway for this review. As per usual, this is an unbiased review of the product. Urth did not pay us for this review. Check out our disclaimer at the bottom of this post.

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OVERVIEW

The Urth Dolomite Camera Sling is the only sling bag in their range. With their latest bag releases, it appears they are trying to plug gaps in their Carry Range to cater for a wider audience. The Andesite Camera Pouch is a no-frills camera pouch for point-and-shoot users whilst the Arkose Tote is an 18L bag that is a hybrid between their camera backpack and a sling bag.

The Dolomite Camera Sling sits between the Andesite Camera Pouch and the Arkose Tote, although its capacity is a bit small at 5.1L which is half the capacity of our current 10L sling bag. The bag seems to target minimalist and street photography users.

As mentioned in other Urth posts when it comes to design they try to make the product practical and functional while giving it a clean, modern, and minimalist look. A substantial proportion of photographers do not want to carry a ton of gear and are happy with the smaller camera systems and lighter prime lenses. So products like the Dolomite Camera Sling are a viable option for many photographers.

Unfortunately, we do not fall into the category above and find that the Dolomite Camera Sling is just too small for our travel needs. If the bag had a 10-12L capacity then this may be a contender as a replacement for our current sling bags. Nevertheless, for those occasions where we just want to head out to do some urban exploration with a camera and a couple of lenses then the Dolomite Camera Sling will be a great alternative to our current sling bags.

Now, let’s get into the bag’s features. We’ll break this up into Exterior and Interior features to make it easier to read.

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CAMERA SLING EXTERIOR

The exterior of the bag looks like a larger version of the Urth Zeolite Tech Organiser. The bag is constructed with durable weatherproof* 100% recycled nylon (the product as a whole is 70% recycled). The exterior seems quite impervious to moisture, but we would still consider using a rain cover on the sling to give it that bit more protection, especially if you are exposed to a heavy downpour. See below for the definitions of weatherproof v waterproof. 

There is a  single-zippered entrance at the top of the sling that extends the full width of the bag. The zipper opens smoothly and seals the top of the sling securely. We would presume it is a YKK zipper like all their other products, however, there are no markings on the zipper nor information on their site to confirm or deny this.

The base of the exterior has sufficient rigidity to allow the sling to stand upright. This is quite handy and is a feature that is not possible with our current sling bag. Having said that, the rigid bottom and shape make the Dolomite Camera Sling a little bit boxy and less ideal when slung around to your back. It becomes a little like having a brick attached to your back, especially if you have the sling packed to capacity.

*Weatherproof (aka water-resistant) – usually the material has a coating which will cause water droplets to bead on the surface giving it added protection, however, it will not make the bag impervious to penetration by water. To produce a bag that is Waterproof would mean a completely different material thus adding considerable weight to the bag. If this is a concern, we suggest you purchase a rain cover for the bag. You could also try spraying the bag with a fabric protector, however, we’re not sure how that would react with the materials current coatings. We could not find any information on their website saying that this would be an issue.

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On each side of the sling and quite close to the entrance zipper are loops that are designed for the attachment of the shoulder strap. We found that the strap is a bit awkward to attach to the loops and even harder to detach them, however, once attached, they don’t necessarily need to be removed again. If you do need to detach the strap frequently then this attachment system is not very intuitive. Personally speaking, we think Urth would have been better off making the loops on the sling slightly narrower which would allow the use of their Pebble Camera Strap Clips to attach the strap to the bag. This would have made it much easier for users. Unfortunately, after countless efforts failed to connect a Pebble Camera Strap Clip to a loop on the bag, we concluded that this was a lost opportunity for Urth to utilise current hardware on a new product.

The strap provided with the Dolomite Camera is only 25mm wide and if the sling is carried to capacity is uncomfortable to wear after a while. With a lighter load and for shorter carry periods the strap is adequate.

The exterior also has a single zippered pocket with a Nylon zipper-pull. The pocket extends about 80% of the width of the sling. It is also recessed, making it less visible and giving it more protection from the elements and thieves. The depth of the pocket is about two-thirds the height of the sling bag (about 12cm). We love external pockets for frequently accessed items, however, it would have been nice to have some smaller pockets inside to store spare camera batteries, sd cards etc. Instead it is just one big pocket. Another lost opportunity, in our opinion, to give users more functionality without making the bag bigger.

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Urth Dolomite Sling Bag - Strap Connection

Above: Dolomite Camera Sling – The frustrating shoulder strap connection. If you only connect it once, then it’s fine. But if you are removing it frequently – take a deep breath!

CAMERA SLING INTERIOR

There’s not much to write home about here. The 5.1L interior has 2 Velcro dividers and one zippered pocket. Once again, the zippered pocket is just a single large pocket. It would have been great to have added some smaller compartments in the main compartment so that the user could separate smaller items. Urth has failed to understand that the average photographer likes organisation. There is nothing worse than having to fumble around looking for items in a large pocket. Maybe that’s just us, but we’re sure most photographers would prefer better storage options in a bag.

The interior is designed for someone with a smaller camera body with a lens attached and maybe 2-3 smaller prime lenses.

Unfortunately, if you want to carry a couple of smaller primes in one of the compartments you will have to place some protection between the lenses to stop them rubbing. We struggled using this sling with a 24-105 f/4 lens attached to our Sony A7Riii and a couple of prime lenses. It did all fit, but it was tight and not much room for anything else. If you are a photographer with a smaller kit, the sling will probably be perfect for your gear.

Needless to say, the capacity of this sling does not make it a competitor for our current sling bag, but for the odd occasion where we are taking out minimalist gear such as the Sony A7Riii with 50mm, 35mm and 18mm primes, this sling bag could be an alternative.

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Urth Dolomite Sling Bag

Above: Urth Dolomite Camera Sling. Everyone has distinct equipment and will pack differently, but this is what we would pack for a bit of urban exploration. We primarily shoot with the Sony A7Riii and our main lens is the 24-105 f/4 lens. This combination alone takes up 2/3rds of the space in the interior. There’s still enough room for a Samyang AF 35mm f1.8 FE lens and the Urth Core Camera Strap in the secondary compartment. This compartment could take a slightly larger lens than the 35mm f1.8 or two smaller lenses such as the Samyang 35mm f1.8 and our Voigtlander 10mm f5.6 lens, but you will need a divider between the two lenses to stop them from rubbing together. The Core Camera Strap would have to be moved to the camera compartment as pictured. We tried to fit our Sony 16-35 f/4 and  Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro lenses in the secondary compartment but there was not enough room.

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Urth Dolomite Sling Bag

Above: Urth Dolomite Sling Bag packed with the same equipment as above, however, this image shows the interior zipper pocket open which can accommodate accessories.

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PROS

  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • Deep pockets
  • Weatherproof
  • External zippered pocket
  • Made from 70% recycled material
  • Plants 5 trees
  • Lifetime Warranty

Some of these CONS may not necessarily be a problem for many photographers. 

CONS

  • A bit boxy for a sling bag
  • A minimalist design (a negative if  you are not a minimalist type of photographer)
  • No small pockets for spare batteries, SD cards etc.
  • The shoulder strap is not easily comfortable for extended use and is not easily adjusted
  • Does not hold a lot of gear, but then we don’t think it was designed for that purpose
  • Not waterproof and no rain cover included
  • No tripod attachment
  • Overpriced
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SPECIFICATIONS

External Dimensions

Width: 30cm Height: 17.5cm Depth: 10cm Volume: 5.1L

Urth Dolomite Camera Sling - Onyx

Above: Onyx (Black)

Urth Dolomite Camera Sling - Sand

Above: Sand

Urth Dolomite Camera Sling - Moss

Above: Moss

PRICING & SHIPPING

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THE FINAL WORD

We’re sure that many photographers will love the Urth Dolomite Camera Sling. For the minimalist and street photographer, there is probably ample room in this small sling bag to keep you happy. If you are a photographer that carries a smaller APS-C or Micro Four Thirds body and prime lenses this could be the ideal sling bag for you.

Unfortunately, several improvements could be made to this sling bag to make it more desirable for users. There have been some missed opportunities that could have made this sling bag awesome, so hopefully they will be addressed in subsequent versions. The lack of additional pockets for smaller items and a better shoulder strap and connection to the bag are definite weaknesses of this product. There are better sling bags currently in the market such as the Peak Design Everyday Sling 6L bag which has a ton of functionality including the ability to carry an 11″ tablet and is only slightly more expensive. Nevertheless, the Urth Dolomite Camera Sling bag is adequate for a limited market.

Would we use the Urth Dolomite Camera Sling? – only on the odd occasions. As mentioned above, if it had a 10-12L capacity, a better strap and connection, more pockets, a less boxy design, and a place to attach a tripod we would consider it over our current bag for our travel work. Regardless, the Urth Dolomite Camera Sling would be considered for occasions where we only want to head out to do some local urban exploration with minimal equipment.

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