Photography / Hands-on Review

Things We Love: Peak Design Everyday Sling


Searching for the right camera bag is a lot like dating in New York. In theory, the possibilities are nearly endless. In practice, the results are often terrible. Occasionally, however, the clouds above the B&H SuperStore part and a bag appears that can pry the jaded veil from this writer’s eyes and set his heart aflame. I first encountered the Peak Design Everyday Sling while preparing to head across the country to review Sony’s Alpha a7R III mirrorless camera and FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens. I planned to travel light and needed something with minimal baggage that I could trust to protect one of my favorite lenses and a pricey camera on loan. I wasn’t looking for love—but isn’t that how it always happens?

First Impression

If you are half as superficial as I am, you’ll appreciate how fine this bag looks. Kodra fabric treated with a waterproof DWR coating makes it perfect for long walks on the beach or rainy-day rendezvous. Its cotton/poly twill and felt interior provides thickness in all the right places and a gentle touch for your equipment’s most sensitive parts. For those with a fear of commitment, a thumb-adjustable tab on its shoulder strap allows the Everyday Sling to be worn a variety of ways, so you don’t have to settle on one look. Its ergonomic form can rest comfortably against your body for hours but, if you need more space, a top handle serves as an additional mode of carry.

Inner Beauty

The Everyday Sling has two compartments: a large, main area for your camera and a smaller, front area for accessories. Included are two FlexFold dividers equipped with touch-fastening sides to help organize the contents of the main compartment. My setup required the inserts to be left at home so that everything would fit, but I can see them coming in handy when working with a more modest camera and lens. Additionally, the main compartment offers two elastic side pouches and a zippered compartment under its top cover that contains four small pockets for storing additional essentials.

Nothing was the Same

The Everyday Sling forces you to simplify your life. Don’t bother trying to fit your DSLR and grip; it’s not going to happen. Technically, my Sony a7R II fits with its grip attached if I remove its lens—but at that point, I might as well leave my camera at home. This isn’t the bag that you pack when shooting a six-figure ad campaign. It’s the ride-or-die bag you pack when going for a hike or taking the subway to work. It keeps you honest, forcing you to ask what is truly necessary for your daily practice.

If you are looking for a drama-free way to carry your camera that looks great by your side, try the Everyday Sling. Just don’t tell your other bags back home.