- Buyer's Guide
Best Active Messenger Results – The Fifth Annual Carry Awards
This is a two-fer for Peak Design – boy what a year they had! Kudos gang.
Their Everyday Sling exudes thoughtful design at every turn, with features and functionality that meet so many cross-sections of end users. This is versatility condensed into one, simple, over the shoulder solution.
Key features include quick access, expandability, and organization for a variety of loads. Quick strap adjustment enables easy access on the go, while FlexFold dividers in the main compartment provide customizable organization. An expandable secondary compartment provides handy storage for items like jackets or snacks and cinches flat when not in use. In addition, external carry straps take care of bulky items like tripods or yoga mats.
Peek inside and you’ll find an internal sleeve for a tablet or small laptop, as well as plenty of pockets for organizing EDC items, photography accessories, and more. The weatherproof and durable construction is complemented by stylish aesthetics, enabling the bag to glide effortlessly between work and play. And when it’s time to travel, a dual purpose handle can be used as a luggage pass-through strap or for convenient grab-and-go portability. Plus the bag can pack flat for storing inside a larger bag, so you have a day bag ready at your destination.
Highly versatile and elegantly designed, the Everyday Sling is a great piece for EDC, photography, and travel use. Awesome work, Peak Design!
These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honor, we bow our heads in the utmost respect and kudos. If this were a dais, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And we’re sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
The Parallax Messenger combines TAD’s tactical heritage with sleek and understated aesthetics for urban settings. Lightweight yet durable and weather resistant, the Parallax is made in the USA and designed to handle changing needs, from the commute to exploring off the beaten path or keeping the essentials close during your travels. An ambidextrous shoulder strap and stowable stabilizer strap keep the load secure on the go, while magnetic Fidlock buckles allow hassle-free access. To prevent carry chaos the messenger also includes a choice of organization options, from Helix attachment points to interior and exterior pockets, along with a padded laptop compartment. With its low-key aesthetics, reliable construction, and flexible organization, the Parallax Messenger gets a solid nod of approval and our high commendation.
The Sniper’s killer silhouette is what first draws the eye. But look further and you’ll find plenty of useful features camouflaged within its multifunctional design. Made by hand in Berlin, the bag includes an integrated/removable soft shell muff and three rows of MOLLE webbing for attaching items externally. The padded main compartment has space for a small tablet and a phone, while the exterior pocket provides ready access to frequently used items. The shoulder strap is also removable, and comes with a top-notch AustriAlpin Cobra buckle. Sleek, tough, and versatile, the Sniper is equally adept at carrying EDC or travel essentials on foot or by bike. Great job, bagjack!