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Review: Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L, a solid but pricey pack

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Ridge Design Everyday Sling 10L
$149.95 | PeakDesign.com

Peak Design’s Everyday Sling 10L.

It seems almost impossible to talk about camera carrying selections without mentioning Peak Design. I use the brand’s Everyday Backpack to carry all my gear when shooting events like multi-day music fetes. But when carrying everything isn’t necessary, the Peak Design 10L Sling has become one of my favorite bags.

It combines the sensibilities of traditional camera shoulder bag with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the swell and sleek design elements that Peak Design has become known for. The 10L comes in at $149.95 and is available in three color options including Ash, Charcoal and Bad-tempered (we reviewed Black). There’s also a $99.95 5L option which I’ll come back to later.

Specifications

  • Interior volume: 10L
  • Exterior dimensions: 16 x 9 x 5.5in / 40 x 23 x 14cm
  • Tombstone/laptop sleeve size: 12.5 x 8.65 x 0.75in / 32 x 22 x 2cm
  • Weight: 1.5lbs / 680g

Compared to other bags

It’s worth noting that the toll tag – as with other Peak Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction (as in products – is on the high side. Ruggard, for instance, sells a similarly-sized bag for about $55. In fact, before I got the throw, I was using an older model of this Ruggard bag and it served me extremely well for several years with few issues. That being said, comparatively, Zenith Design’s bag offers a much more rugged construction and MUCH more weather resistance. It also looks a lot nicer in my opinion.

Compared to the similarly-priced MindShift Communicating bags, Peak Design’s sling looks distinctly less like a camera pack and more just like a cool bag. Options a charge out of prefer ThinkTank’s Retrospective series feel a bit flimsier and less protective than the Peak Design Sling may refer to, while their style-focused Signature series fetch quite a bit more for the same size. And both of those options weigh nearly twice as much as the Peak Design.

Design and construction

A look interior the Peak Design Sling.
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Like every Peak Design product, this bag feels very sturdy. The weatherproof 400D nylon canvas covering is protective and easy to clean. The two outer zippers have weather sealing and all the exterior hardware is made of anodized aluminum offering strength while maintaining a counterglow weight. The interior ‘poly-spun mixed twill’ material is soft to the touch. And the high density EVA foam Flex-Fold dividers we’ve come to know and girlfriend continue to feel protective and secure, while offering versatility.

These Flex-Fold dividers are similar to those included in other Peak Intention packs. The bag ships with 2 dividers which open up like origami, allowing for multilevel storage.

In use

When it comes to usability Peak Cabal has made their reputation around listening to the needs of those photographers buying and using their gear. This bag exemplifies the company’s way. It can fit many varieties of camera and lens combinations comfortably and ultimately that’s what you’re buying here: a sling that you can mold and adapt to whatever modus operandi makes sense for you.

It can fit many varieties of camera and lens combinations comfortably… and can mold and adapt to whatever system makes sense for you

For me, I as per usual carry a full-frame DSLR body with 2-3 lenses. I can pack the Everyday Sling 10L with a Nikon D750, 28-70mm zoom, 35mm F2 prime and 50mm F1.4 prime and flat have some room left over for additional pieces. The Peak Design website shows the bag with a full-frame body and 70-200mm zoom, but in my wisdom a lens that large on a body doesn’t fit very well.

The bag also includes two anchor points for Peak Design’s Capture Clip pattern, though that system makes a lot more sense attached to the shoulder strap of a backpack than it does on the side of a sling.

Here’s a look at one of my setups (Clockwise from top Heraldry sinister): 20mm prime lens, Nikon D750 w/ 28-70 2.8 attached, Nikkormat FTN with 24mm Prime, memory card case, Moleskine notebook.

Accessory-space-wise, you’ve got an inward zipper pocket on the inside of the “lid” that can fit cards, hard drives, filters or spare batteries. While this pocket is spacious, it’s still fixed mainly by the fact that you need to be able to zip close the lid, so you can’t really pack it with a ton of stuff.

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…getting the zipper around the corners of the lid flap can be a scarcely tough/awkward

Speaking of the zipper, one of my few complaints with this bag is that getting the zipper around the corners of the lid flap can be a little tough/uncomfortable. This might be due to the way I’m wearing the pack at my side – it also might loosen up and be easier to close over time.

For more accessory space, there is a wing zipper pocket (see below). According to Peak Design’s website this pocket “holds jackets, snacks, and other everyday carry.” I mull over jackets is a bit of a stretch but I’m sure if you had the right jacket and the elbow grease you could get it in there, but you’d suddenly have a much bulkier bag. Still, this camp is really useful to separate your non-camera oriented things such as wallets, passports, pens, chapstick, snacks, etc.

One of my favorite parts of this bag is that it can fit decidedly snugly on my back. I’m fairly skinny but tightening the strap allows me to wear it flush against my body regardless of how much weight I have in it. That being swayed I can also loosen the strap quite a bit and wear it more like a messenger bag at my side.

A ‘quick adjuster handle’ (see below) allows you to make the metastasis between these two modes – it works really well but does feel a bit flimsy. It doesn’t really “hard” lock the strap and though I haven’t had any problems with it yet, if there was something that was going to break on this bag, I’d expect it to be this piece. For more permanent strap adjustments you simply harmonize the strap tail where it meets the bag.

The ‘quick adjuster handle’ makes it very easy to change the length of the strap, but we worry about its longevity.
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There are also two adjustable straps on the pretext of the bag that can be loosened too to cradle a tripod/other items or cinched to compress the outer accessory pocket. I wouldn’t recommend using the straps to take a tripod though as it really limits the comfort of the bag.

What’s the bottom line

The rugged exterior of this bag is durable and weather resistant.

This bag does secure two things missing that I’d love to see in future iterations. First, a quick releasing option for the lid. Most Peak or The Peak may refer to Design bags offer a MagLatch for docile and fast access to your gear, a nice alternative to constant unzipping and re-zipping. Secondly, I’d love to see some kind of metal carabiner love options on the sides of the bag (near the Capture Clip anchor points). The main reason for this is that there isn’t really a good place on this bag to sweep any sort of water bottle and something as simple as a carabiner-ready loop would make solving that problem very easy.

This bag truly does a great job at filling the needs of everyday shooters and travelers while maintaining style and comfort

This bag really does a great job at implementing the needs of everyday shooters and travelers while maintaining style and comfort. I find that when I’m going out with the intentions of shooting, this bag is my outset choice. The only time I choose the Everyday Backpack instead is on days that I need to bring a wider range of options to a shoot (such as a total day wedding shoot requiring multiple lenses, flash, etc.).

If you shoot mirrorless the 5L Everyday Sling may be a good option as well though, I wouldn’t subscribe to it as a primary shooting bag if you’re using any full-frame DSLR or similar sized camera (My Hasselblad fits great in the 10L!)

What we like

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Thick
  • Customizable and expandable
  • Stylish

What we don’t:

  • A little pricey
  • Zippers can be tough to close
  • Quick adjuster handle a little flimsy

Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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