- Buyer's Guide
One of our favorite modern-heritage brands is back with an updated Waist Pack / Sling Pouch that is worthy of a standalone look in its own right. If you’ve yet to be introduced, Wotancraft, a Taiwan based maker of bags and accessories for photographers and everyday-goers alike, blends their unique styles to create modern, technical designs with old school charm and heritage materials. This shines through in this latest offering; delivering quality craftsmanship in a smaller, everyday capable sling.
Urban Capable Carry
Wotancraft and photography have been synonymous since their inception back in 2008, but that hasn’t kept them out of the EDC market, which is where the new Waist Pack really thrives. While you can certainly stash a small camera in here, it’s optimized for your daily essentials. The pocketing is overdone in the best of ways, while staying intuitive and simple to use. We’ve got nine pockets in total, if you count the stash area behind the front zipper panel.
On the top of the sling sits the easiest pocket to access of the bunch, adorned with an aquaguard zipper and benefiting from the numerous 3D panelings you’ll find all around the waist pack. It’s the perfect spot to stash your earbuds, lip balm, sunglasses, or other non-flat items that you want quicker access to. And thanks to those 3D panels, you can stash quite a bit in here.
The front of the sling has a zippered slash pocket, and so does the rear. The front is great for keys or a wallet, while the rear can hold a passport, or even an e-reader. Behind that front pocket sits a hidden pass-thru zippered mesh pocket, accessible from either side, and the area adjacent to it can stash a light rain shell in a pinch.
The primary interior can really stash a good amount, from a 500ml bottle, to an umbrella, to a smaller mirrorless camera. Though, keep in mind there’s no padding on the front/sides/bottom, so don’t toss it around too hard with your camera inside. The four rear mesh pockets on the back side can stash your essentials like pens, power banks, in or out of any of Wotancraft’s pouches.
Unlike almost any other sling on the market, the new Wotancraft offering has four different mounting points for the on-swivel strap. This means you can carry it in three different configurations; satchel-style, waistpack-style, or L-style. My personal preference for sling-style carry on the front of your chest or back is L-style, which lets it lay flat, keeping everything comfortable and easy to access. This setup is completely ambidextrous, so give it a try to see what works best for you.
Just like the latest updates to their Pilot series of camera bags, the shoulder strap has an intuitive quick release cam buckle with a sharp red-leather pull tab. This makes for super easy one-handed adjustment on the go and adds a nice touch of style.
Eye Catching Details
The attention to detail on any product from Wotancraft is out of this world, down to the custom stamped rivets on the hand-made leather zipper pulls, and we’re here for it. These little things are what really brings a piece of gear together.
The updates to the Waist Pack make it truly worthy of a revisit if you’ve already checked one out. On the other hand, if you’ve never had one in hand, it’s a no brainer. Not to mention the incredibly reasonable price of $99 shipped – it’s one of the best deals out there.