- Buyer's Guide
Best Sling Bag 2019
The Best Sling Bag is a go-to solution for carrying smaller setups. A piece that keeps essentials secure on the go, yet easily accessible when needed…
Before the rise of the sling in carry culture, CODE OF BELL was pushing the category to new levels with their X-Pak, an offering that brought technical fabrics, urban style, and expansion to the table.
Fast forward 12 months and the sling has risen to infamy and CODE OF BELL have yet again delivered a master work with the trimmed down X-Pod. A more compact and agile offering. An offering that’s now a champion!
Lean but rich in organization, the bag features dual compartments and multiple pockets to organize your gear, with a rear concealed zippered pocket, quick access wing pockets, and an expandable front compartment that allows you to carry more when you need to and keep things compact when you don’t.
The durable, weatherproof X-Pac sling also adds a choice of carry options to the mix. Wear it across your back to keep it securely out of the way on the go, or sling it across your chest or around your waist for rapid access to gear and greater peace of mind in crowded spaces.
CODE OF BELL have created a well-built and compact sling that moves easily with you throughout the day, adapting on the fly, whilst introducing urban style to your carry setup. Congratulations, CODE OF BELL!
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 – a feat not to be overlooked. And we’re sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
Whether you’re commuting with a minimalist work load or sightseeing with travel essentials, the Bellroy Sling is a chic and well-considered choice for small to medium setups. The design has two-way zippers and a convenient magnetic strap clasp for easily securing or removing the bag. Dual compartments let you organize gear, while the expandable design allows you to squeeze in a little extra when required and self-compresses when you’re roaming with less. Super stylish and practical for work or play, it’s a classy take on sling, with thoughtful features in a clean and functional design. Well done, Bellroy!
Aer do a great job blending minimalist aesthetics with practical, intuitive design. And their Day Sling 2 deftly balances both. Constructed with durable, water-resistant 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon, it’s a bag that easily keeps up with life on the go. And with its understated aesthetics it slips effortlessly into diverse travel or day-to-day settings. Aer have also done well on the organization front, with a practical mix of pocketing to neatly store work, travel and EDC items including a 7.9″ tablet. All in, the Day Sling 2 is a fine companion for more compact carry days, delivering enticing form and functionality alike. We salute you, Aer!