I wanted a bag that was sturdy, a good size (but not too big) and easy on my back.
I love the look of the Everyday Backpacks but cannot bring myself to spend upwards of £200 on a bag. (I was tempted on a recent trip to Wex Photographic in London but didn’t make a purchase).
I have been getting my stuff together for our forthcoming trip and decided that the camera equipment was due to be sorted as everything is charged and ready to go.
Now full disclaimer, the Everyday Sling won’t carry everything I am taking with me on this particular trip but all that is missing is my Tripod (which I will use with my normal rucksack when requiring it) and the other odd bits and pieces such as my shutter release cable, micro fibre cloth, other SD cards in a hard protective carrier and a few random bits. All of which is going into a large lens bag in my suitcase.
The Peak Design Everyday Sling will include all my valuables and day to day kit. The stuff I want to keep on me and not check into the hold on the flight. This bag itself will sit inside my rucksack, a bit convoluted but it provides extra padding for my gear.
When out and about in Seattle and Canada I plan to only use the Everyday Sling and the required kit for that particular trip or day out.
I, therefore, wanted to share this post to show you exactly what you can get into this small bag and to give you my views of the bag so far as I have been using it for a couple of months.
First up it’s a very light bag and is very well built. It’s waterproof (which has been very handy) and the strap is very comfortable.
When I went to Paris and Dublin I only took this bag with my camera, mini tripod, the one lens on the camera (back then it was my kit lens) my wallet, keys, passport, tickets and a small bottle of water. All very manageable.
I have had three issues with this bag though.
- Firstly in Paris, I had a shock when the bag fell off my back. We were walking through Les Halles (a very busy part of Paris) and luckily I felt the bag go and was quick enough to catch it.
The strap hadn’t been feed properly into the loop when it was manufactured and over the period of time of me using it, it worked it’s way loose. I panicked for a bit and was annoyed by this flaw but it was soon rectified and has not happened again.
- Another annoyance I have are the pockets in the zipped compartment for batteries and cards. There are two black and two red which allows you to identify fresh and used kit and I place one battery in the top and one or two spare SD cards in the other.
When the zip is open there is a tendency for the SD cards to flip out of the compartment which means you run the risk of losing them on the go. It happens constantly and I wish Peak Design had fitted stronger elastic to the pockets.
- The front zip loop can be unhooked and wrapped into the other zip to stop people getting into your bag. A great feature but sadly the ribbon used has slipped off the zip hook which meant spending some time to fix it (and makes me wonder just how secure it is).
These are all minor small annoyances but all could end up with you losing your kit or dropping it so my advice would be to double check it when getting the bag to ensure all is fitted properly.
I don’t want to moan about the bag too much as it is very well built and is very well designed but as I paid nearly £100 for it, I expect the build quality to be better.
Regardless of all this, the design of the bag is well thought out and allows you to change the configuration for your needs.
For the forthcoming trip I have managed to fit in:
- Olympus OMD EM5 MKII fitted with Pro 12-40mm lens (much bigger than the kit lens)
- 40 – 150mm telephoto lens
- 20mm pancake lens
- Numerous lens wipes
- Manfrotto mini tripod
- Set of Lens/Filter Pens and cloth
- 2 SD cards
- 1 spare battery
- Polarising Filter in case
- ND filter in case
- Air Blower
- USB battery charger (not pictured below)
Not bad for a small bag. All of it fits with plenty of room (I could get more in but don’t want to cram stuff in for fear of damaging my camera).
You will have a tighter squeeze if you use a full-size camera but I am sure you can still get a DSLR in the bag with ease (or a compact drone).
This will allow me to have a selection of lenses for the holiday so I can travel light with the pancake lens if required and have the pro lens for landscapes and the zoom lens when out on our adventures.
I can also change the configuration and chose to take and leave things as I see fit once we are at our destination.
It’s amazing what you can fit into such a compact bag and yet it remains comfortable on your shoulders when you carry it. (I did try to convert it to a waist bag when we visited the Alhambra Palace but gave up!).
If you want to travel light or want an everyday bag for your gear (good choice of name Peak Design) then I highly recommend the Everyday Sling.