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Porta BraceSS-2 Side Sling Pack (Signature Blue)
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily loaded equipment (10)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Seals easily (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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    • Pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Another success by Porta Brace!

I want to first say that I use the SS-2 nearly every night of the year as a freelance news photog, so I have become VERY familiar with this item and can give...Read complete review

I want to first say that I use the SS-2 nearly every night of the year as a freelance news photog, so I have become VERY familiar with this item and can give a fair review. It is truly an amazing piece of equipment. It is incredibly durable and can hold just about anything you need. I'm able to hold a Bescor battery in the large pocket for my camera light, which is the primary reason I bought this. I can put my police scanners either in the pocket on the strap or use the belt clips and stack them sideways on the strap. I've got some extra batteries, earplugs, pen and paper, tapes, flashlight, handcuffs and pepper spray all in this thing. I'm switching over to Porta Brace's Videographer Vest due to one reason. Running with this thing is cumbersome. If you're walking or standing it is very comfortable, but running chasing police down the street is not easy cause it flops around. There is an included waist strap that I've never tried that would probably help reduce the flopping around though. And furthermore, having it on (w/ 10 pounds of gear and not sitting down) for more than about 3 hours can cause some shoulder pain from the direct weight/pressure from the one-shoulder design or back stiffness, and I'm 23. But I'd say that's normal for anything like this. The padded shoulder pad is amazing for shoulder-mount cameras as it helps grip the camera from sliding off your shoulder and adds very comfortable padding. I bought the black one. Overall I recommend this product a full 10/10 and do not believe they could have done anything to make it any better. Buy it. You won't regret it. I'm incredibly picky and still love it. I've used this with a Canon XL-2 and Canon XH-A1s.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very work friendly design.

For a run-and-gun news photographer, this bag is great. It holds batteries, cables, media, and microphones. The only drawback is the zipper broke on my last one. But I loved the...Read complete review

For a run-and-gun news photographer, this bag is great. It holds batteries, cables, media, and microphones. The only drawback is the zipper broke on my last one. But I loved the bag so much I bought another one.

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4.0

Very comfortable.

By Migi 915

from El Paso, Texas

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Loaded Equipment
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Eng Daily Use

    Comments about SS-2 Side Sling Pack (Black):

    Big difference between this and other less expensive bags. For the longest time I would be $ or less courier bags for eng use. They were always choking me with the all the equipment I would put in. This bag is so well balanced and comfortable. Feels very durable too.

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    4.0

    SLING PACK

    By VIDIMED / LIGHTBULB ADVERTISING

    from Houston, Texas

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Loaded Equipment
    • Have A Secret Side Strap
    • Lightweight
    • Seals Easily
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Color Is Not Classic Blue
    • Strap Is Not Sof Leather

    Best Uses

    • Carry On
    • Fast Grab
    • Organizer
    • Remote Location

    Comments about SS-2 Side Sling Pack (Signature Blue):

    Howdy Colleague. Being in the video biz for +25 years and always used Porta Brace products. I think my first unit was a Quick draw bag for my camcorder by 1992. Great products, also got in the past the Directors BAG that I still have. All zippers working perfect. Did also had the production belt with 2 pockets, great products from the "Blue" company. It was time to refresh my "pockets" and decided to go for the Sling Pack. Great product, plenty of space and very adaptable to any situation. Ample pockets, light weight and well padded. There are only 2 things I would of prefer for the price I paid. 1 a real classic blue like the old gear, this blue is much lighter and the strap although is good could have the leather style from the past. The bag does have a secret mini pocket where a side strap is hidden. This side strap is perfect for climbers or runners.The strap is rubber stuff and I think it will rip with time. Almost 5 stars! But I highly recommend this product. It's well made, good materials but could be better.

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    5.0

    I luv this product

    By Bill

    from Miami,Florida

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Loaded Equipment
    • Lightweight
    • Seals Easily
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • To Hold Equipment

      Comments about SS-2 Side Sling Pack (Black):

      It holds everything I need it to hold, when I am on the move.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Wish I had bought it a long time ago.

      By FLotog

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Loaded Equipment
      • Lightweight
      • Seals Easily
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about SS-2 Side Sling Pack (Black):

          Works great as a run bag for news shooting. Holds plenty of gear and essentials yet still provides comfort and manageability. I wish it was cheaper but high prices are synonymous with the Porta Brace brand.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Almost perfect.

          By Guil

          from Singapore

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Loaded Equipment
          • Great Pockets And Pouches
          • Lightweight
          • Seals Easily
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Rubber Shoulder Pad

          Best Uses

          • Documentary Cameramen
          • News Gathering

          Comments about SS-2 Side Sling Pack (Signature Blue):

          By far the best if not only bag for ENG cameramen. Perfect is every way except for one detail: the shoulder is non-slip rubber, which is great for non slipping, but bad for hot countries as it'll make you sweat more than needed.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Another success by Porta Brace!

          By Stringer619

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Easily Loaded Equipment
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Loose fitting

          Best Uses

          • ENG
          • News
          • Run-N-Gun

          Comments about SS-2 Side Sling Pack (Black):

          I want to first say that I use the SS-2 nearly every night of the year as a freelance news photog, so I have become VERY familiar with this item and can give a fair review. It is truly an amazing piece of equipment. It is incredibly durable and can hold just about anything you need. I'm able to hold a Bescor battery in the large pocket for my camera light, which is the primary reason I bought this. I can put my police scanners either in the pocket on the strap or use the belt clips and stack them sideways on the strap. I've got some extra batteries, earplugs, pen and paper, tapes, flashlight, handcuffs and pepper spray all in this thing. I'm switching over to Porta Brace's Videographer Vest due to one reason. Running with this thing is cumbersome. If you're walking or standing it is very comfortable, but running chasing police down the street is not easy cause it flops around. There is an included waist strap that I've never tried that would probably help reduce the flopping around though. And furthermore, having it on (w/ 10 pounds of gear and not sitting down) for more than about 3 hours can cause some shoulder pain from the direct weight/pressure from the one-shoulder design or back stiffness, and I'm 23. But I'd say that's normal for anything like this. The padded shoulder pad is amazing for shoulder-mount cameras as it helps grip the camera from sliding off your shoulder and adds very comfortable padding. I bought the black one. Overall I recommend this product a full 10/10 and do not believe they could have done anything to make it any better. Buy it. You won't regret it. I'm incredibly picky and still love it. I've used this with a Canon XL-2 and Canon XH-A1s.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By NAS Video

          from Fresno, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Loaded Equipment
          • Lightweight
          • Seals Easily
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Camera Accessories

            Comments about SS-2 Side Sling Pack (Black):

            Very comfortable, didn't take time to get used to. Has a great spot for my cell phone, and room for everything from pens to full scripts. I'm sure I can fit everything I need and more in here.

            Has two pockets the full length of the sling, 3 closing pockets, 3 slip pockets behind the closing pockets, 2 phone/wireless mic pockets with velcro closures for cords or antennas, probably 7-8 pen or flashlight-sized pockets, and a small zippered pocket inside the main zipper pocket.

            When hot weather hits I'll see if I regret the extra layer of black material, but this sling has already replaced my blue PortaBrace belt pack and I doubt I'll be switching back.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Awsome

            By david

            from sweden

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Easily Loaded Equipment
            • Lightweight
            • Seals Easily
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about SS-2 Side Sling Pack (Signature Blue):

                Its an very good quality bag with all the space you need, but its -1 star because its a little to big for me, im like 5,8-9 and pretty well built..

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                • No

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                3.0

                Very work friendly design.

                By ENG

                from Salt Lake City

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Loaded Equipment
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about SS-2 Side Sling Pack (Black):

                    For a run-and-gun news photographer, this bag is great. It holds batteries, cables, media, and microphones. The only drawback is the zipper broke on my last one. But I loved the bag so much I bought another one.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Idea !

                    By Wally

                    from Houston,Tx

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Loaded Equipment
                    • Lightweight
                    • Seals Easily
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about SS-2 Side Sling Pack (Black):

                        I can`t believe I waited so long to buy this product. I use this everyday. I didn`t like the way the waist belt felt, and this fixed the problem. It has enough pockets for everything. I can even get a full Anton bauer battery in it with no problem. Buy this product. I bought the black one.

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                        5.0

                        Can't live without this...

                        By fopette

                        from Quebec, Canada

                        About Me Film Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lots of Compartments

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Transporting Gear

                          Comments about SS-2 Side Sling Pack (Signature Blue):

                          Space, nice design, weel done as all Porta Brace product.

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