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Peak Design Everyday Sling 10L Review
Peak Design was born in 2010 when founder, Peter Dering, was looking for a better way to carry his camera on a 4 month trip around the world. The flagship product of the brand was the Capture Camera Clip, which was developed through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2011. Peak Design has since moved on to develop other camera accessories and bags but has never strayed from its founding principles. They are dedicated to creating thoughtfully designed products that solve problems, resist trends, and limit their impact on the earth.
I feel like in the carry community, and consumerist culture at large, we often hear that a company is committed to environmental consciousness. This is often followed by some lofty promises for the far-off future or vague marketing jargon. However, Peak Design has woven its promises throughout every piece of their business. They are already carbon neutral and give 1% of their profits to environmental non-profits, and the Everyday Sling, which we will be looking at in this review, is created out of 100% recycled post-consumer material. Add in the fact that Peak Design’s products are made to last, and you can feel good about purchasing one of their products.
Who It Suits
The Everyday Sling (10L) is a versatile piece. It is sleek and low profile enough to grab as you run out of the house to run errands, yet when packed thoughtfully, you can make this bag work for a day of running to meetings, working from a coffee shop, or taking photos. Though with a sling bag the functionality can be somewhat limited, the flexible dividers allow for customization. This is a great bag for someone who tends to be rougher on their stuff or lives in a climate with unpredictable weather.
Who It Doesn’t
This bag has a lot to offer, but it may not be the right bag for those who want to be prepared for everything. You are going to need to pair down what you are bringing out for the day, even with the 10L size bag. If you have a large or heavy laptop and plan to use this bag for work, keep looking. Though, I found it to be completely comfortable for casual wear.
- Top: 26 cm (Height) x 42 cm (Width) x 15 cm (Depth)
- Bottom: 26 cm (Height) x 35cm (Width) x 13 cm (Depth)
- Strap Length: 86-172 cm
- 10 Liters (Also available in 3 and 6L capacities)
- Without Dividers: 1.50 lb
- With Dividers: 1.94 lb
- Outside: 400D double poly-coated DWR-impregnated nylon canvas shell
- Interior: High-visibility grey nylon
- Hardware: Anodized aluminum and glass reinforced nylon
- Price: $159.95
To me, the sleek design of the Everyday Sling is what really sets this bag above the rest. This V2 has rounded out the edges and the profile of the sling compared to the initial release from 2015. Just unboxing this product, you can tell how well made it is. There is not a cheap stitch on this bag. The outer material (400D double poly-coated DWR-impregnated nylon canvas shell) is thick and durable. The zippers are watertight but do not catch or get jammed. The actual zipper pulls are thick and heavy. The strap is padded and is easily adjusted for size with “no-show” pockets to tuck the unused straps. The velcro dividers stay where they are placed with no chance of shifting.
It’s not often I find a bag with a design that I would feel comfortable wearing to watch a rugby game in the rain but also bring to a professional meeting. This sling spans both environments effortlessly, and this ties right back into the Peak Design ethos of creating thoughtfully designed bags that you can use forever.
There are 4 pockets in the Everyday Sling. The outer pocket provides the easiest access and is surprisingly roomy. I was able to fit all of my EDC– Kindle, phone, Airpods, wallet, and dog bags in this pocket without any overlap or cramming. Even when this pocket is stuffed the bag keeps its shape and looks sharp.
The large main cavity includes a laptop or tablet sleeve with a thin layer of padding. When I tested this bag, I was carrying an Ipad Pro (11’) and found it to be really comfortable. You can fit up to a 13” Macbook Pro in the sleeve, but I could see the weight becoming an issue depending on what else you have packed for the day.
There is another internal zippered pocket within the main volume. This pocket is long and shallow across the top of the bag and has some smaller individual stretch pockets within it. This pocket is perfect for smaller items that you do not want to have to dig for such as chargers, camera SD cards or extra batteries, chapstick, or cash.
The rest of this cavity can be used to fit your needs. The dividers can be arranged in countless ways to make sure your camera gear is snug and safe, to separate a shorter water bottle from your other items, or to maximize space. The dividers have a fold that creates a shelf and allows you to stack items on top of one another with a layer of protection in between. This is great if you are carrying multiple lenses and want to keep them separate and secure.
There are two cord hook carrier straps that can be added to the outside of the bag for carrying a tripod, yoga mat or even a down jacket creating slightly more space and the opportunity to bring this bag into climates where layers are a must.
I recently used this bag while working from a coffee shop between meetings. I used a divider to keep a small water bottle standing up and filled the rest of the bag with my iPad, an extra layer, snacks, a notebook, and a travel watercolor set. I still had room left. If you pack with care, you can fit more than enough for a day out in this sling. If you prioritize a low profile over storage space check out the 3 liter or 6 liter options.
Full transparency, I did not expect to like this bag as much as I did. I consider myself a backpack person. I struggle with neck pain and refuse to wear racerback shirts because of it. I thought I was setting myself up for discomfort when I first took this bag out for a spin. I could not have been more wrong. I’m yet to decide whether the credit should go to the padded strap or the weight distribution of the design, but this bag was really comfortable.
It also quickly showed me where it outperformed a backpack- accessibility. It was so easy to swing this bag to my front to grab out dog bags or my wallet without having to slow my pace at all. I knew where everything was inside this bag because of the size, pocket placement, and dividers. This really gave me peace of mind throughout the day and cut down on the dreaded digging for something that you “swore you packed”.
-Made with quality materials
-Lightweight to keep carrying comfortable
-Clean but versatile design
-Easy accessibility so you can grab important items fast
The Not So Good
-Cord hook carrier straps rely on tension to stay fastened
I would absolutely recommend the Everyday Sling by Peak Design. The price is fair based on the quality of the materials used and the brand’s dedication to ethical manufacturing. Wearing this sling is comfortable and convenient. The look is sleek and design allows for focused customization to keep expensive equipment safe in most environments.
This review was written by our newest contributor–Welcome to the team, Colleen!
Colleen is an avid skier and hiker. She is also a new mom, navigating the best ways to get outside with a little one and all the stuff that comes with them. When not enjoying nature, Colleen spends her time reading and painting.