- Buyer's Guide
Best Sling Champion 2020
The Best Sling celebrates compact carry tailor-made for smaller loads. Keeping smaller setups well organized and accessible for life on the go…
Few brands have shaped the carry world like Peak Design has over recent years. They’ve rethought what carry can be, with an innovative take on bags that can adapt to both everyday and photography use. Pieces like their Everyday Sling, revamped from the original design to be even better, lighter and more useful.
The Everyday Sling is a smart everyday/photography hybrid (that comes in 3L, 6L and 10L), with FlexFold dividers, perfect pockets and external carry options for organization. It’s a dream for photographers who need to carry smaller setups, as well as folks looking for a feature-rich daily companion.
Peak Design haven’t overlooked build quality either. The sling is made with a weatherproof 100% recycled 400D shell and a tough and weatherproof UltraZip to keep the elements at bay. They’ve honed in on comfort too, with a lightweight and ergonomic design that utilizes angled strap mounts and a comfy, easily adjustable and padded strap that can be worn cross-body or around the waist.
This is signature Peak Design at its best. A highly versatile and smartly innovative piece that transitions smoothly between discreet camera carry and urban life. Brilliant 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 Bedouin Foundry Balian offers a luxurious take on sling carry that’s rarely seen in the category. This piece is all about delivering that next level in premium quality and style. The sling is meticulously handcrafted in England, weaving technical and luxurious touches together to create a statement piece. The striking combination of Dyneema composite fabric, rumbled vegetable-tanned leather, and AustriAlpin Cobra hardware delivers durability and X-factor that stands out from the crowd.
There’s just enough organization for everyday or travel essentials without cluttering up the design. And details such as the hand-printed crank design lining and artistic internal label add elements of fun and personality to the bag that reveal themselves each time you reach for an item throughout the day. We were beyond chuffed to collaborate with such a top-notch brand on this sling, and even more honored by the reception it’s received from the carry community.
Aer’s City Sling expertly combines sleek minimalist aesthetics and hard-wearing durability in an agile and compact form that’s perfect for carrying the essentials. There’s more than enough organization to keep everyday items tidy and accessible, while maintaining those oh-so-clean lines that nail the urban vibe.
The bag’s versatile carry options let you wear it cross-body, over the shoulder, or around the waist. Ideal for roaming with small loads and low-key enough to adapt easily to a variety of settings, this bag keeps you moving freely while ensuring all your essentials are secure yet close at hand when required. All with a price tag that shocks in value!
High-five, Aer, you’ve done a great job!