Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L V2 Review
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Peak Design has rightfully garnered a reputation for stylish camera and everyday carry gear with thoughtful and unique features and recently they launched Version 2 of many of their bags. I had the original version of the Everyday Sling in a 5L size and I was excited to try out the updated models. I reviewed the Everyday Sling 10L V2, which is the largest of the three sizes available, the others being a 6L and 3L option. The 10L is designed to fit more of your stuff while also holding up to a 13” laptop. Read the rest of the review to find out how it did in real life.
Here’s what Peak Design has to say about the 10 liter version of the Everyday Sling:
With an 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.
EXAMPLE CAMERA CARRY
- Mirrorless camera body/lens + 3-4 extra lenses & accessories
- DJI Mavic drone + controller, batteries, charger
- Crop-sensor DSLR/lens + 2-3 extra lenses & accessories
- DLSR camera body/lens + 1-2 extra lens
- Fits a full-frame DSLR + 70-200 pro lens + another lens and/or accessories
EXAMPLE EVERYDAY CARRY
- 11 in laptop, notebook, lunch, wallet, phone, keys, sunglasses, passport
- a solid 12-er of cold snacks (aka beer)
- 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
- Wear as a sling only
- Luggage carry pass-through for roller-top carry
Wearing the Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L V2
Large sling packs have a specific use case for me in that I would never want to wear one all day but more for commuting from place to place with the things I need. For a long day touring a city or hiking, they will rarely be as comfortable as a backpack or fanny pack because of the uneven nature. That said, the ability to quickly throw a sling over a shoulder is what makes it great for grab and go daily use. There are a couple of things that make the Everyday Sling 10L V2 more comfortable then many alternatives. First is the rotating attachment points for the strap. These allow the strap to move around freely as you move, independently of the part they are attached to. Many bags’ shoulder straps are fixed in place, which leads to a pulling at that point.
The shoulder strap has a wide range of adjustment for all body sizes with two fixed length adjustments and a movable quick-adjuster. The Everyday Sling 10L V2 was able to adjust to both my 6’ body and my wife’s 5’3” frame. The quick-adjuster is a great feature of this bag and allows you to open up the strap for easy removal or spinning the bag around for access or simply changing where it sits on you. You can also tighten it up fast if you want it more secure or higher up on your body. The shoulder pad is a really nice blend of comfortable without being cumbersome. There is just enough to cushion things without getting in the way. An update from V1 to V2 that I really appreciate is an improvement in the hardware to make it anti-slip. My original sometimes had issues with the strap adjusters getting loose and this has been addressed.
Peak Design worked on the shape of the Everyday Sling V2 to make it more ergonomic and while I can’t directly compare to V1 in the 10L size, I find the sling to carry nicely. It feels like it’s specifically rounded and flat in certain areas to make the most of the design. I do miss the ability to convert the sling into a waist pack but with the 10L, that would have been way too big. If you want a more versatile bag for walking around for extended periods of time, I’d suggest looking at the 6L or 3L sizes. On another note, the grab handle is comfortable and pretty easy to reach for but it’s a bit tighter to the bag than I’d like. That said, it serves double duty as a luggage pass through and it works great in that capacity, so it’s a worthwhile tradeoff.
Storage and Capacity
My daily commute to my photography studio (https://twoelkstudios.com) usually involves bringing a camera, my iPad, and a couple of small items like a sandwich with me. I feel like the Everyday Sling 10L V2 was made for this. I have a 12.9” iPad Pro with an Apple Magic Keyboard attached to it and it JUST fits in the 13” laptop sleeve. I’m not sure how it would handle an actual laptop, so I suggest trying it yourself. Because of the way the access panel is designed, my iPad is a wee bit difficult to get to. It’s ok though because I like that I’m not worried about it falling out. The challenge comes when you want to get your iPad out and the rest of the bag is full because it’s harder to shimmy the opening for access. Perhaps if the access flap was adjusted slightly on version 3, it will be perfect.
As for camera carry, I put my Nikon Z7 with a 35mm f1.8 lens attached into the center area and found it fit best in a lens down configuration. This really depends on what else you want to carry. Your options are much greater without a bulky tablet or laptop in the sling. Peak Design’s excellent FlexFold dividers have been improved over the last few years and are extremely versatile and functional. I love the ability to make “shelves” that can double up the vertical organization in a space. The move easily when you want to adjust them but stay firmly in place otherwise. Two dividers are included and I’ve generally used them to have three equal “compartments” in the bag. The nice thing is that you can always just flatten them against the side or remove them completely if you have a bulkier item like a jacker to transport. In terms of gear protection, I wouldn’t want an airline baggage handler to touch this but I’m quite confident in the padding’s ability to protect from everyday carry and use. I’m quite satisfied with the capacity of the Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L V2 and if you need more, you can go up to the Everyday Messenger and for less, there are the 6L and 3L versions of the sling.
The Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L V2 has a number of ways it attempts to organize your belongings in it. In addition to the previously mentioned FlexFold dividers for adjusting the carrying compartment, there is an interior and exterior zippered pocket. Starting on the outside, you’ve got a fairly large pocket that can fit quite a bit of stuff. The thing is, some of that storage is above the zipper because the zipper is 2/3 of the way down the pocket. That, combined with the overlapping fabric designed to add some water resistance, makes it a bit harder to access than I’d like. Also, since you can’t open the whole compartment up wide, it’s easy for it to become a black hole and harder to find individual items. Maybe a more circular zipper would allow greater access.
Moving onto the interior, there is a small stretchy pocket against the lid of the bag. Within this pocket are 5 small divider pockets that can be used for a variety of things. They are color coded, which could be good for organizing used and unused memory cards or smaller camera batteries. I found that my AirPods case fit perfectly in one of them. This is also a great place for pens and a couple of cords you want to organize.
Peak Design included multiple attachment points on the Everyday Sling 10L v2, which can serve a variety of purposes. I always like to carry around a small collapsible water bottle that has a built in clip and it was easy to attach this to the sling. There are two attachment points for Peak Design’s Capture Clip, which you can use for keeping a camera on the outside for quick access or some other lens/accessory with a tripod mount screw.
For carrying larger items such as a jacket, Peak Design included two adjustable length straps that can clip on to numerous spots and numerous ways. You can cross them up or run them parrallel, or attach them along the bottom for carrying a small tripod or a yoga mat. I really love the versatility of these types of straps and they are easy to detach if you don’t need them on a given outing.
The Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L v2 is a nice update to a solid line of everyday carry bags. It looks great, carries well, and can hold more than it appears. The ability to use it as a camera bag, a work bag, or a hybrid for your needs, makes it a good option for people who don’t want to have to purchase multiple carriers for every situation. While it’s not the quickest to open and access, the capacity and external attachment solutions mitigate some of that. All in all, I think it’s another great product from a company that really strives for iterative improvement in everything it does. The Everyday Sling 10L v2 is available in Black, Ash, and Midnight colors for $149. For more information on the Everyday Sling 10L V2 and other PD gear, visit www.peakdesign.com