The shell of the Unit Sling Pouch is made up entirely of 5oz Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF). If you’ve had DCF bags before, you know what you’re getting into. If you haven’t, then know that there’s not much out there similar to DCF – a lamination of woven polyester and non-woven Cuben Fiber. It owes its DNA to racing sails whose tech trickled down into the ultralight backpacker communities well before it ever saw the light of day in the more urban carry world. It’s the counter-thesis to leather and waxed canvas, though in a way very similar. It ages and develops a patina that is unique to you and your bag – you can see this developing in the photos below.
DCF itself is inherently waterproof, so it makes sense to see YKK AquaGuard zippers on both compartments. The entire bag is borderline waterproof, though since it’s not seam-sealed, don’t dunk it. The pull tabs are adorned with custom zipper pulls, which are a nice touch. However, I found the pull from the smaller compartment would sometimes get snagged as I opened and closed the main compartment. This is mostly solved by ditching the pull on the small compartment, where it’s not a necessary addition anyway. It’s a small nitpick. Both zippered sections are terminated by a small DWR-coated stretch-fabric garage. On top of adding a bit more water resistance to the zipper openings, they add some nice contrast to the overall look of the DSPTCH RND Unit Sling Pouch.
Given DSPTCH’s history of strap design, it’s no surprise to see a substantial, well-designed strap attached to the Unit Sling. This current iteration ships with a reversible quick-release strap, with one side set on a swivel. The swivel side sits on your lower side, allowing the Unit Sling to better form to your body and motion. The fixed side sits on your high side, or near your shoulder. One interesting thing about this strap is it ships with two different types of webbing; the lower adjustable end made of 17337 webbing, and the higher fixed end made of a softer herringbone webbing I found similar to 4088 T-17. It’s a bit odd to look at. I’d guess as to why this was done, but DSPTCH’s other straps don’t seem to be configured this way.
The quick-detach adjustable buckle sits between the two straps. It’s a very similar setup to what you’d see on a larger messenger with a quick-adjust loop to boot. Personally, I think this is a bit overkill for what is an otherwise very simple and streamlined sling. Over the past few months of use I don’t think I ever once found the need to use the quick-detach and I found the buckle ever so slightly annoying, where a simple tri-glide would have been more low profile. DSPTCH does offer strap upgrades for purchase, but they’re all a bit beefier than this, so YMMV.