- Buyer's Guide
Black Ember are long time favourites of ours at Carry HQ, and also of our readers. Their urban style, modularity, weatherproof construction and functionality have always impressed so much so that they’ve been a Carry Award Winner and nominated multiple times. Black Ember is known for its high-quality and innovative bags and backpacks, and they’ve just launched their latest product: the Grip Sling.
The Grip Sling is a modular sling, and like all of Black Ember’s products, the focus is on adaptability and accessibility. The Grip Sling is the third sling in their collection and packed full of useful features for EDC and photography.
Black Ember’s design language has always been very sleek and muted, but also very functional. That directly influences the manufacture of their products, and is clear to see in the Grip Sling. At 8 litres, this is their biggest sling yet, and arguably the most versatile. The body material is 420D Velocity Cordura® Re/Cor Nylon 6.6 which is a three layer, 100% recycled textile. This makes for a very robust and weatherproof face fabric which not only protects, but suits Black Ember’s aesthetic perfectly. It is internally lined with a light grey 210d nylon which aids visibility.
YKK® Aquaguard zippers (with hypalon pulls) continue to add to the outdoor capabilities, and will provide peace of mind for anyone carting around expensive electronics such as tablets and cameras. Black Ember uses an innovative blend of laser cutting, sewing, and bonding to create their bags, and that technique contributes to their recognisable look, and their renowned durability. Elsewhere on the Grip Sling you’ll find custom aluminium hardware that is laser etched with the Black Ember logo. As a whole, this is an incredibly well built sling that is ready for any urban adventure, whatever the weather!
Functionality & Modularity
The Grip sling is designed for comfortable carry with quick access on the move. As such it features a top-loading main compartment that provides easy access to all your gear. The wide opening makes both view and access simple, allowing you to grab a camera, water bottle, or whatever else you may need without much thought. That may seem like a necessity on any bag, but it is especially critical on a daily carry sling.
Speaking of Cameras, there is a camera insert available, that’ll give you the option to make this a multi-use and even more versatile sling. With the addition of the grip sling camera insert and Fidlock V Buckle straps, you can comfortably carry a field shooting set up complete with tripod, extra lenses and any other necessary accoutrement.
Rotating pivot joints on the wings mean that the sling moves with you as you explore, and helps to avoid the dreaded hotspots. The Quick-Slide Lever on the strap makes adjusting with one hand easy, for either access to the sling or a comfort adjustment. There are multiple carrying options, including cross-body, over the shoulder, or as a waist pack, making it the perfect bag for a variety of activities.
The main compartment can hold up to an 11” tablet in its magnetic sleeve, and an internal zippered pocket is an ideal home for items such as wallets. On the front of the grip sling is another pocket that is split into two. Perfectly made for EDC, this’ll house your pens, multitools, sunglasses etc. This front pocket also has a detachable key clip that uses a fidlock magnetic connection for quick release.
The Grip Sling is an exciting step forward from Black Ember, who time and again continue to design and release innovative products. You can score yours now at a pre-order discount, with an expected June delivery.
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