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Best sling bag 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated October 1, 2023
Best sling bag of 2018
Come with me. I make the search easier for you, by reviewing the best sling bag on the market.
Now, let’s get to the gist of the matter: which are the best sling bag for the money? Here are my top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect item for your needs.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this sling bag win the first place?
I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
№2 – WATERFLY Sling Chest Backpacks Bags Crossbody Shoulder Triangle Packs Daypacks for Cycling Walking Dog Hiking Boys Girls Men Women
Why did this sling bag come in second place?
I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.
Why did this sling bag take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
sling bag Buyer’s Guide
Action Oriented: The Capital is the gym bag for the minimalist who can get by with just the basics, or for the outdoorsman who doesn’t need all the heft of a backpack for their trail runs. The adjustable strap absorbs the shock of movement without transferring it to your body, avoiding that sense of carrying rocks as your body gets more drained between energy gel hits.
Grab Bag: The Hub doesn’t offer a load of adjustment straps that allow it to turn into a half-dozen other kinds of bags, it’s a sling and little else. The whole build is to meant to facilitate easy reach while being worn so that you can get to your notebook and pens, your ID card, or your pistol without breaking stride. Comfortable for all day wear, once you adopt it, you’ll feel naked without it.
Aer Sling Bag
Gym Rat: No longer must those of us who prefer a healthy life full of sweat and motion be forced to carry oversized, unprofessional duffels. The 1680D ballistic nylon body is more than a match for the rigors of everyday life, and with separate compartments for clothes and shoes, keeping smell where it belongs is as simple as zipping it up.
Keep Pursuing KP
Bushcrafter: 1000 Denier Cordura and Ripstop nylon, coupled with water-resistant zippers and treatment are what make up the KP slingbag, proving that bold things come in small packages. The central pocket is padded for your gizmos, with a secret stash spot precisely sized for passports lurks in the lining for anyone heading into the third world.
Arc’teryx Slingblade 4
Changeling: The Slingblade can be used as a crossbody bag, a regular shoulder sling complete with quickdraw pockets, or carried in hand as a ordinary knapsack with your GORP and water bottle. Meant primarily for outdoor trekking, behind the plain exterior lurks the heart of a business shark with lots of pockets and pouches for easy organization.
Wanderlust: A handy item for the jet-setter, this works as your carry-on bag, a daily traveler for packing along your basic necessities for a day of sightseeing, or can be repurposed as a shaving kit should you need that. Not one to go quietly into that good night, the Slingpack has Mil spec webbing beneath ballistic nylon and Duraflex accessories for a little Ooh-Rah wherever you may roam.
Any Given Day: Part messenger, part briefcase, all stylish-yet-functional canvas, the Agger can be adjusted to work over either shoulder, go around your body, across your back, or do each one in turn as your day progresses. A padded laptop sleeve can take a 13” machine safely, without scratching or scraping, no matter what else you throw into the other pockets.
The Insider Pick
Messenger bags are a great choice for commuters, students, and anyone looking for an alternative to a backpack. After looking at a ton of options, we’ve found that the Chrome Industries Citizen is the best overall messenger bag for everyday use.
When I have to carry a lot of heavy stuff, I usually use a backpack — and between my computer, iPad, headphones, sometimes a camera, a water bottle, and other gear, my commute load can definitely weigh me down. When they’re built well and have padded shoulder straps, backpacks are great because they help you manage the load by distributing the contents’ weight evenly and securely.
But there are definitely downsides. Backpacks aren’t great for when you need to reach something in your bag quickly or while you’re on the go, and they’re a bit inconvenient if you’re worried about pickpockets. Personally, I find backpacks annoying on crowded subways. They take up too much room, which means that you have to take it off your back and hold it — especially a pain when you’re holding a cup of coffee in one hand and the handrail with the other.
Enter the messenger bag. Originally used by bicycle couriers in New York City, the design is based on the types of bags used by messenger services as far back as the Pony Express. Messenger bags are an extremely popular alternative to backpacks, partly because they can usually carry the same amount of gear, but they are easier to access since you can simply shift the bag to your side or front. I prefer it on the subway, too, for the same reason. If it’s crowded, I can just shift it in front of me, rather than having to take it off and hold it.
Although the Chrome Industries Citizen Messenger Bag is our top pick, for various reasons laid out in the slides below, you should also consider the TimbukCommand Messenger Bag, the Timbuk Classic Messenger Bag, the J.Crew Abingdon Messenger Bag, and the Kenneth Cole Reaction Show Business Messenger Bag.
Chrome Industries makes a few different backpacks and messenger bags that are well-adapted to cycling and city life, but the Citizen messenger bag is one of the most popular — and for good reason. This timeless bag was designed for biking, and it has an iconic, durable design with space, space, and more space.
When you open the bag, there’s one huge main compartment that takes up most of the bag. There’s no padded laptop pocket, no internal dividers, and nothing else to take up space. Even though the contents of that main section are less organized, there’s more room for all your gear. You can use a laptop sleeve to protect your computer and pouches or other sleeves to organize smaller items.
A larger slash pocket on the front of the bag can fit a bicycle U-lock or other items, while a slightly smaller slash pocket in front of the bag closes with a zipper and sits next to a few pen and pencil pockets. The bag is large enough to carry a laptop up to 1inches, notebooks, pens, documents, chargers, maybe a change of clothes, and just about anything else you might need.
Waist belts are a great option for any photographer seeking a more ‘hands-free’ way of carrying their kit. Simplicity is the key and so you’ll find that there are essentially two main options available to you – fixed-capacity storage and modular arrangements.
Taking the first option, this is exactly what it sounds like. To oversimplify, think of a bumbag design but with great protection for your gear and you won’t be far wrong. Key features include padded internal dividers, a zipped lid and even mesh pockets on the outside. With a main buckle fastening at the front attached to a comfortable waist belt, some models also offer the option to be worn as a sling over the shoulder.
The beauty of modular waist belts is that they work on the ‘system’ principle – i.e. you add whichever pouches you want, essentially creating a setup which is perfectly tailored to your needs. Expect to find additional padding around the belt itself, accessory loops and attachment points, quick removal of pouches via easy-to-use buckles and optional shoulder straps.
Perhaps the biggest selling point of waist belts as a whole is the fact that all of the weight of your gear is transferred to your hips. This means less fatigue on your shoulders over the course of a long day out in the field, not to mention quick access to your kit while on the fly.
The shoulder bag is perhaps the most popular option for many photographers. Tried and tested over the years, its design offers a combination of practicality along with robustness. Usually, there is also great scope for customising the internal compartments thanks to Velcro-attached, non-abrasive dividers, which are generally light and quick to reposition.
Things to look out for in particular include a strong, comfortable strap, durable zips with decent rain flaps and a practical grab handle on the top. Also, take a look underneath to make sure you get some form of ‘feet’ studs which will will do a good job of raising the bag off the ground just enough to keep moisture at bay.
Because this is one of the most popular categories of bag, you’ll find that it is also one of the most variable in terms of design. While a lot of features are shared (multiple pockets for accessories, pull-out waterproof covers etc), the physical appearance varies greatly – so there is bound to be a bag to suit your preference, whether it be a classic travel-reporter style or state-of-the-art ballistic nylon.
As you might imagine, there’s a wide range of sizes available to satisfy all needs. Whether you want to carry a small camera (for example, a Compact System Camera) along with a packed lunch, waterproof clothing and accessories, or a full-on professional DSLR outfit and tripod, you’ll find many shared features which will make your kit carrying experience as comfortable as it can be.
Some backpacks have even bridged the gap into rolling cases, too, with discreet built-in wheels ready to go whenever the need arises – perfect for anyone who finds themselves heading across airport or railway concourses en route to their photography adventures.
Ok, so now we’re into slightly different territory. Rolling bags are definitely not going to be for everybody, but they do have one clear advantage – they completely remove the necessity to carry heavy kit on your shoulders. Again, this can make a huge difference over the course of a long day, not to mention if you have pre-existing back complaints.
As discussed above, there are models available which offer ‘occasional backpack’ functionality, and as you might imagine, these sport a tough nylon construction, complete with tuck-away straps. Some rolling bags actually look like traditional shoulder bags, so if this is your design of preference they’re well worth considering.
Because rolling bags are designed for the photographer on the go, it’s typical for their telescopic handles to store away down the back when not in use; this means easy transport in tight spaces such as car boots and train compartments.
Picking a bag for your tripod may not be the most obvious thought when it comes to building a camera system, but there are a number of reasons why it’s a worthwhile purchase – especially with prices starting at around the £mark.
Of course, you get the advantage of easy transportation for your tripod; most bags come with grab handles and/or a shoulder strap, and perhaps a small pocket on the outside. But more importantly, by using a bag you can ensure that your tripod stays in great shape – at least until it’s taken out for use on location.
The more basic tripod bags out there typically feature a single zip running full- or 3/4-length, but these typically do not offer any padding. The other main design to consider is one with a top zip which runs around the circumference of the bag. Some people say this offers quicker access, but it really is personal preference.
As you go up the price range you’ll find that padding comes as standard. Understandably, this can make a great difference to the tripod over the course of its life, protecting it from all manner of unfortunate scrapes with abrasive surfaces. It goes without saying that padding also improves the comfort for the user.
At the more technical end of the scale, some tripod bags are equipped with all manner of features including backpack-style harnesses, accessory pockets, multiple grab handles and even wheels for easy transportation.
While many of today’s cameras benefit from improved moisture protection (thanks to effective seals around certain key areas on DSLR bodies and lenses, for example), when the weather really takes a turn for the worst, it isn’t worth taking the risk of dodging showers and hoping for the best while out and about.
No matter whether you’re using a small DSLR with a standard kit lens or a professional wildlife/sports setup with a 600mm long lens, there’s a cover to suit your needs.
Designs vary, of course, but there are a few features which are shared by most offerings. Typically, the cover will be of a nylon pull-over or zip-up construction, often featuring a drawcord which allows secure fastening around the front of the lens. On some models, you’ll also find a Velcro fastening here too, which does a great job of ensuring maximum protection from running water.
At the camera end, you have a choice of a drawcord fastening (which allows the camera back to be exposed if you so wish) or a completely tight seal, thanks to a compatible eye-piece which essentially allows the user unobscured use of the viewfinder. An alternative option here is also a simple clear cover arrangement which, although it falls over the front of your camera’s eyepiece, does offer a good level of protection.
As for controlling the lens/camera controls, some covers offer more flexibility than others. For example, as well as the main ‘body’ of the cover, some models feature sleeves for you to put your hand/forearms through; both elastic and drawcords are typically used for creating the weather-proof seal.
With some designs offering a modular approach (you can attach different lens covers to the body cover, for example), there is also an option for those who might want to venture out with a flashgun attached to your camera. Again, this component tends to be of a one-piece, see-through construction, so there is no loss of light output when the flash does fire.
As you can probably tell by now, once you have chosen your bag, very often the personalisation process doesn’t simply stop with arranging your kit into the various pockets and compartments of the base unit. Rather, there’s a whole host of accessories available which will allow you to customise everything from the type of straps you use to additional pockets which seamlessly fix onto designated attachment points.
If you decide to take the hard case with foam-padding route, for example, there are replacement foam sets available. As I highlighted above, you really need to be sure of what’s going in that box before you start pulling out the padding; that said, sometimes it’s just not possible to future-proof your decision.
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It’s designed to be an everyday bag as well as a laptop bag, with plenty of space for your laptop (up to 15in), charger, phone, lunch and even a jacket – believe me, I’ve tried. There are plenty of pockets of all shapes and sizes that’ll hold everything from sunglasses to phones to battery packs and more.
That’s not to say that it has some impressive laptop-specific features including the company’s own Slingtech protection that suspends the laptop sleeve from the ground to protect it from drops, while also providing extra cushioning at the corners.
The Udee backpack is for everyone, and with anti-theft features you won’t have to worry about whether your belongings are safe. Equipped with 1features, from charging- and earphone ports to safety LED lights, reflective strips and various pockets for everything from your phone and power bank to pens and passports, the Udee is both versatile and user-friendly. If you travel frequently and love the outdoors then it’s good to know this waterproof bag can be adaptable to any situation.
It has a large 25-litre capacity, and the Udee’s volume can be expanded when required. Nevertheless it is reasonably compact for the number of things you can fit in it – which can even include your lunch, given that it can also function as a cooler bag. A huge advantage for travellers.
The quality of construction is very high, and the bag’s many pockets are fastened with durable zips. Our only complaint is that the LED safety lights are placed on the Udee’s straps, making them visible only from the front when worn on your back, and less useful for cyclists wanting to warn drivers that they are in the road ahead.
Toffee Commuter Satchel
The Commuter Satchel from Australian brand Toffee is a smart laptop messenger bag with looks that work for both weekday and weekend.
Alongside the padded laptop pocket there are multiple storage compartments for extra gadgets and all the other stuff you carry around with you and your computer.
Speck Ruck Backpack
Speck is best known for its range of phone and tablet cases, but The Ruck (great name, we’ve got to admit) is proof that the company is capable of more.
Available in grey or khaki, The Ruck has a hefty capacity of 2litres, and should hold most 15-inch laptops in its dedicated padded section, found within the main compartment.
A second zipped compartment contains separate padding for a tablet, along with an assortment of other smaller pockets and pouches for organising your gear. This pouch is designed to only open halfway down, which might sound annoying but is actually very convenient, as it stops it falling completely open, spilling your stuff everywhere.
There are a couple of side pockets, ideal for water bottles or small umbrellas, and there are two separate smaller zipped sections at the front for other stuff – one on the flap, and one underneath it.
The straps are padded with an air mesh fabric to keep the bag comfortable to wear no matter how weighed down it is, and the top handle is lightly padded too.
Build quality is solid too, which is especially impressive given the price – for its size and features, this is one of the most affordable laptop bags around.
If you’re constantly worried that someone will try and steal something from your bag then the anti-theft R1laptop rucksack will put your mind to rest. All the zips are on the opposite site to regular rucksacks so no one can get it unless you take it off.
Top- and D-pockets mean you can get quick access to things while other handy features include waterproof Cordura nylon, suitcase strap, durable Thermoplastic polyurethane base and detachable chest straps.
We like the new navy blue colour and you can also personalise the bag with RiutBands – colourful clip on bands which are reflective to help keep you safe.
It’s also available in a smaller litre Rmodel which is £89, but both fit up to 15in laptops.
This bag from Moshi is expensive, but the quality shines through. It’s named after an arcus cloud (no, us neither) but the headline is it’s very spacious. We like the fact the main compartment doesn’t actually store your laptop or tablet, instead using a zippered section next to your back.
Moleskine Digital Device Bag
Moleskine traditionally produces fine notebooks – and not the laptop kind either. However, the company also makes carrying bags for laptops, and the classy, understated Digital Device bag (Vertical or Horizontal) is a great option for those on the market. There are a multitude of options available for laptops between 1and 15.4in, and there’s plenty of padding within the bag to protect your valuable digital goods. The vertical bag can be worn as a rucksack while the horizontal bag comes with a strap to be worn as a satchel, and both come with a strap to be securely fastened to suitcase handles. Read our indepth Moleskine laptop bag review.
Thule Crossover 25L Backpack
The Crossover 25L has a 25-litre capacity and is crafted from dobby nylon that makes the bag appear dark graphite in colour at a distance, as opposed to pure black. The outer fabric is backed by a high-quality waterproof coating that should protect your laptop and other gadgets in a downpour. There’s one main compartment to the bag, sealed by a double-end zip and sectioned off with a designated laptop pocket large enough to fit a 17in laptop. The main compartment along with zipped sub-pockets are quite large and you can carry more than first expected. The only real downside is the lack of protection at the bottom of the laptop compartment – only a single layer of foam separates your laptop and the hard ground, potentially devastating if you drop your bag.
Knomo James Tote Backpack
These can be split into two types – the traditional design with dividers and exterior pockets, and the more modern messenger style that can be worn across the chest or on the shoulder. Many messenger bags have moveable inserts to accommodate your camera gear, and some also offer dedicated space for a laptop, tablet, or often both. The Manfrotto BeFree Messenger is one such bag – with space for a tablet, plus the brilliant addition of a pocket to store a Manfrotto BeFree Tripod.
The shoulder bag is a good choice for working from – they enable you to have a camera and lens on one shoulder and your bag on the other. They’re not so great if you have heavy equipment however, as all the weight is concentrated on one side.
Belt Bags and Camera Pouch Bags
Belt bags are designed to be attached to your belt or to a dedicated belt system. They are modular in fashion, with some brands even supplying bottle bags as well as camera cases – they’re like the Swiss Army Knife of the camera bag world. Examples include the Lowepro Street and Field system and the ThinkTank Belt range. These are great for really quick access to a limited amount of gear, and are especially useful if you are working in fast-moving environments – such as running along a touchline for example.
Backpack Camera Bags
Camera backpacks are the bag of choice for most photographers, as they enable lots of gear to be carried easily and with the weight evenly distributed. Many pro photographers work with a backpack and then two camera bodies – one over each shoulder with different lenses on. The range of backpacks is huge, with varying capacities and protection levels available. The Vanguard VEO 4Backpack can carry a vast array of equipment in a relatively small package, and has a particularly useful tripod pocket and front-facing camera/lens pocket for quick access to your gear.
The Lowepro Photo Classic BP 300 AW in Mica
Lowepro camera bags are especially well known among wildlife and nature photographers for their weatherproofing, and have recently launched some extremely well priced backpacks including the Lowepro Photo Classic BP 300AW which combines some rather nice looking styling with convenience – and can store a deceptive amount of kit.
The Urban Disguise Classic 60 V3
ThinkTank’s great range of bags are especially lightweight and blend in well. The Urban Disguise range is designed to not stand out from the crowd – with the idea of security in mind – but retains some panache in doing so.
The VEO 3shoulder bag
Vanguard provide some well designed bags including the Vanguard VEO 3Shoulder Bag, which has a separate section for one of their VEO compact tripods – a truly innovative solution meaning tripod carrying becomes much less of a hassle! Their Supreme range of hard cases are a strong competitor when looking for ultimate protection of your equipment.
Billingham 33in Imperial Blue & Tan
Billingham are a world renowned brand offering a blend of traditional materials and innovative design. Their bags are on the higher end of the budget spectrum, but their quality and style carries great appeal. The Billingham 33in Imperial Blue and Tan is a particularly attractive and eye-catching member of their range.
The Tamrac T060Stratus Shoulder Bag
Tamrac bags and cases include a wide range of traditional and messenger bags as well as backpacks. Tamrac also supply great value lens cases to protect your precious glass. The Tamrac T060Stratus is a good solid shoulder bag with accessibility and organisation in mind.
WHAT Spacious and versatile, this carrier is a discreet way to carry all the equipment you need to express your milk. You can carry by hand, use the shoulder sling, as a backpack, or attach it to your stroller. Made from a strong, longlasting material, it boasts a waterproof and insulated lining.
PARENTS SAY You’ll enjoy easy access to the contents, especially when you’re busy with your baby, thanks to the wide opening. It’s also large enough to hold most breast pumps and all its parts. Though the design is very basic, we like the versatility offered by the different ways in which we can carry it.
WHAT Simply collapse the cooler bag, pop it into the freezer for hours and it’s ready to use! Fits six bottles ― the tote handle makes it easy to carry around. The built-in cooling panels will keep your milk chilled for 1hours.
PARENTS SAY You don’t have to deal with ice packs or messy condensation with this spacious cooler bag. Although it’s expensive, you know you’re paying for something reliable. You can easily use it to transport food and drinks for outings and picnics when your pumping days are over.
WHAT Pumping mums will love this portable BPA-free cooler set that will keep your breastmilk cool and safe. Comes with four Medela storage milk bottles ― very handy! ― and a contoured ice pack.
PARENTS SAY This is probably the cooler bag you’ll want to go for if you are using a Medela pump. It’s compact and portable, and the ideal fit for four Medela storage bottles. The ice pack ensures that your bottles of milk won’t go tumbling around the bag. However, some mums wish that it’s slightly bigger, especially the mums who express more than twice a day might find this bag a bit too small.
These are similar to slings in their over-the-shoulder design, but give you more freedom in terms of storage. Because the pack typically sits to the side, as opposed to on the back, there is more room for larger objects such as tablets or laptops. In fact, this configuration makes a messenger bag the best choice for those looking to carry more than just camera gear.
Of course, comfort is something to consider, as weight distribution — focused primarily on one shoulder at a time — is the least effective of all the options we’ve covered. This is one of the primary tradeoffs for having immediate access at almost all times.
The Athalon everything boot pack is one of the best choices that you make when looking for a ski boot backpack. Apart from the major compartments that are meant to store up your skiing gear, you get several tiny pockets to stash up some of the little things that you may want to take with you. There is a small pocket at the very top, and two zippered pockets lockated on the boot compartment. The pockets come in handy in case you may need to carry smaller items which you may not want to have inside the main compartment. The boot compartment is large enough to accommodate you ski boots and in case you may have something more that you need to carry, there is plenty of space in the boot compartment. With the boots in place, you can now focus on the main storage compartment that is in a position to hold your helmet, your jacket and even you glove. This backpack offers amazing capabilities that are most ski boarders would find useful. The fabric is water resistant putting in mind that this pack is mainly used in snow prone areas meaning that one may need a bag that is good enough not to allow a drop of water to get through the bag. Most airlines allow you to have this pack with you while you fly and you can stop worrying about your gear being in the luggage area which is associated with a lot of risks. It is an amazing backpack that gives you comfort and efficiency.
I bet one of the main thing that we put focus on when buying a ski boot backpack is its capacity and whether it has a great quality that can offer durability. The Transpack can do all that for you with the consideration that it is a low budget backpack. This bag is quite spacious and large enough to accommodate your ski boots while the main compartment has more room for the gear that you will be taking with you. There are several features that makes this bag stand out, the backpack is designed with a shape that gives it water drainage capabilities. In as much as the bag is water resistant, it does not harbor any water on its material since the water easily rolls away after it hits the bag. The quality of the nylon fabric that makes the bag is good enough to ensure that the backpack takes you as many skiing adventures as you would want. It has a fabric that can be trusted and thus worth every single coin that you spend on it. The shoulder straps are padded to give you comfort and an easy time when you are carrying your gear. The straps are also adjustable which is good enough as they can be adjusted to the right fit which is comfortable for anybody. It is a great backpack that gives you the freedom of selecting a bag from the variety of colors that are available.
The Kulkea ski boot backpack is unique as far as its design is concerned. It is a pretty amazing backpack that comes with a number of zippered pockets that can be used to store a number of small items such as your keys or anything else that you may want inside you may want to take with you. The back panel is made with a breathable mesh that enhance air circulation which keeps you feeling fresh all day long and you also get to have contoured padded shoulder straps that give you an easy time whenever you are carrying your skiing gear. One of the unique features that you get with this bag is that it comes with a padded waist belt that helps in weight distribution since the gear is at times too heavy. The waist belt has buckles that may be used in the event that you may want to remove it. One thing that you can be sure with when it comes to this backpack is that it keeps you feeling comfortable. The ski boot compartment is large enough to accommodate your boots with the main compartment reserving lots of space for the storage of most of the skiing gear that you would take with you.
The Transpack sidekick lite ski boot bag is one of the best boot bag that you can come across this season. It is an amazing storage bag that enables you to store your skiing gear within a single trip and you can have your hands to yourself to carry your ski poles or your ski board. The bag is unique in that it has an external storage for your boots, this is not only stylish but also good since storing the boots inside the bag may give you a wet bag which may be a bit uncomfortable. The bag has an outer storage compartment for the helmet which is a great place to store your equipment. The bag is water resistant and thus protects the content inside the bag keeping all your items your safe. Kids as well as adults may find this bag to be useful since the shoulder straps can be adjusted to fit most body forms. You may want to check with the airline that you are using to find out whether the bag is within the acceptable range of their travel regulation. You may want to check out this bag in case you are looking for a top ski boot bag.
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Designed by photographers for photographers, this bag has a laundry list of useful features.
Although the Peak Everyday bags are nicely styled and offer top-notch organization features and ergonomics, they are quite spendy, and different photographers have varying needs. That’s why we also have picks for camera purses, more affordable backpacks, and high-capacity backpacks for pros, as well as alternatives to each of our picks.
How we picked and tested
Camera-specific pockets and organization for memory cards and accessories, dividers for lenses, and ample padding are also crucial. Otherwise it’s just a normal bag.
A bag that buries your camera beneath too many straps or closures, or requires clumsy unbuckling, hinders access and is a bad bag.
To test the bags, we asked Wirecutter contributors Eric Adams, Erin Lodi, and Mike Perlman (who are also professional photographers) to put them through their paces. Each tester loaded the bags with a compact DSLR or mirrorless camera, lenses, accessories, an assortment of cables, a laptop, and, if the bag’s capacity allowed it, personal items, and took the bags out for anything from three hours to multiple days at a time. When applicable, the testers also used the bags to carry their personal gear to, from, and during shoots. This process gave us a list of favorite bags that can not only hold all of that comfortably but also come in a variety of styles and capacities, and often have useful features such as easily adjustable capacities and locking zippers.
If you already have a messenger bag you love
If you’re already attached to a messenger bag, you might not need to buy a dedicated camera bag at all. Ona, Tenba, and Timbukall offer messenger-bag inserts that can drop into any bag (assuming the right internal dimensions). We didn’t test these inserts, but we firmly believe in using what you already have, so if grabbing such an add-on gets you out of needing to buy an entirely new bag when you already have a perfectly good one, we’re for it. Wirecutter and Sweethome staff writer Kevin Purdy, who uses a Timbukinsert in a Fjallraven bag, told us it fit his needs perfectly for a small DSLR, two lenses, a battery charger, and cleaning gear.
A camera purse
Who it’s for: The Kelly Moore Sues 2.0 bag is our favorite purse-style camera bag for carrying a photographer’s essentials to a shorter shoot. It offers easy access to the main compartment and plenty of tiny pockets for stashing everything from memory cards to a smartphone. The bag looks like leather but is a “vegan-friendly” material of the company’s own devising called Cambrio; the gold hardware accents look shiny and high end. A longer strap offers considerable padding to carry the bag across one shoulder, or you can use a single, shorter handstrap.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your sling bag wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of sling bag
- №1 — NIID-FIIT Sling Shoulder Crossbody Chest Bag Pack
- №2 — WATERFLY Sling Chest Backpacks Bags Crossbody Shoulder Triangle Packs Daypacks for Cycling Walking Dog Hiking Boys Girls Men Women
- №3 — OUTRY Tactical Military Shoulder Bag