Bellroy Venture Camera Sling 10L Review

Long-term Bellroy Venture Camera Sling 10L Review; Hiking with the bag in Doi Inthanon

Overall Score:8.8

With extensive use, the Bellroy Venture Camera Sling has firmly established itself as one of the Best Camera Sling Bags for Travel. Its versatility, comfort, and aesthetic make it a standout choice, perfectly meeting the needs of on-the-go photographers.

Durability: 8.5
Functionality: 9.5
Performance: 9.0
Aesthetics: 8.5
Value: 8.5

Weight: 500 g

Camera Storage:  1 body + 3 lenses

Main Material: Recycled Nylon

Hardware: YKK Zippers

Manufacturing Country: India

Warranty Period: 3 Years

Acquisition: Bellroy sent us the Venture Camera Sling for testing purposes. All of the opinions in this review are 100% our own honest thoughts

Countries: Thailand

Climate(s): Tropical Savanna

Weather: Hot and Humid (highest temp 35 C)

The Venture Sling is designed for:

  • Travel & street photography.

It’s not designed for:

  • Bulky telephoto lenses.

Table Of Contents

Venture Camera Sling Durablity

Bellroy's Build Quality

After two months of putting the Venture Camera Sling through its paces, I can confidently attest to its top-notch build quality. Crafted from recycled nylon with a ripstop grid fabric, it exudes a premium feel reminiscent of high-end hiking packs but without the overt sheen. The material choice not only adds to its robustness but also aligns with Bellroy’s eco-conscious principles.

The YKK AquaGuard zippers operate seamlessly and provide a water-resistant barrier for added protection. Their smoothness ensures quick and hassle-free access to my gear. The beefy paracord zipper pulls are a nice touch, emphasizing practicality and a rugged hand feel.

Moreover, the metal buckles throughout the bag enhance its sturdiness and contribute to the overall feeling of reliability. Whether trekking through the jungle or navigating Bangkok’s bustling city streets, the bag has proven to be exceptionally durable.

Functionality

The Sling's Features

The low-profile carry strap of the Venture Camera Sling has proven to be a pleasant surprise. Despite its sleek appearance, the padding is adequately thick and firm, providing a fair amount of comfort during extended wear. 

What I truly love about the carry strap is its integration into the sling’s design, functioning as a built-in compression system when there’s tension on the strap. The strap itself connects to sewn-in side anchors, and when you put the sling on, these anchors constrict the bag. While the effect is subtle, it significantly enhances the fit by allowing the bag to conform to your back and stay snug during movement.

This compression system, coupled with the bag’s lack of rigidity, offers a comfortable carry, even when fully loaded. The bag handles weight remarkably well, avoiding the usual discomfort hotspots that are associated with camera messenger bags.

The Venture Camera Sling effortlessly accommodates my Fuji camera and a trio of lenses – the 90mm f/2, the 35mm f/1.4, and the 14mm f/2.8 – all with room to spare. The gear is accessible from either side through a shingleback double-ended zipper – a feature that provides ambidextrous access. Additionally, the gussets on the sides allow the main compartment to open up wide, providing unparalleled ease in organizing and retrieving gear when on-the-go.

But wait, there’s more! The main compartment also houses a revolutionary floating divider system. Unlike the conventional velcro dividers that demand constant rearrangement with each lens switch, Bellroy’s dividers are sewn in and dynamically adapt to any setup. Transitioning from a nifty fifty prime to a telephoto or zoom lens is a breeze – a smooth slide with no fuss or friction. This divider system not only simplifies the photographic process but is similar to the discovery of fire for cavemen – it changes everything

On the sides of the main compartment are two stretchy dump pockets that’ll fit SD card cases or filters. At the top, there’s a zippered pocket ideal for storing batteries, cleaning items, and more. 

While this pocket is undeniably useful, I do have one small gripe. The mesh pockets inside lack a stretch band at the top and are too wide to keep items securely in place. So, most of the time, whenever I open this pocket, my batteries are swimming around like Michael Phelps. This issue is by no means a dealbreaker; I just wish the next iteration of this bag would incorporate a similar battery pocket design as seen in the Peak Design slings.

The exterior of the Venture Camera Sling features two detachable tripod carry straps with integrated anchor loops that are designed to secure a compact travel tripod, as larger ones will likely be too heavy and unwieldy. 

Additionally, there’s a front zippered pocket with two stretch mesh pockets inside, perfect for carrying relatively flat items and essential everyday carry items. In this pocket, I usually store my LED light, lens caps, wallet, and occasionally my passport and phone. This pocket also includes a tethered key clip, which is a thoughtful addition.

Real-World Performance

The Sling's Practicality

The Bellroy Venture Camera Sling has become my go-to camera bag and it’ll likely stay that way for the long haul. Whether I’m trekking through nature, exploring remote villages, or navigating the streets of new cities, this bag consistently delivers. The quick access provided by a sling, in contrast to a backpack, makes a substantial difference, especially considering my gear setup.

Admittedly, the bag isn’t ideal for extended hikes or air travel due to its compact form factor. However, its detachable carry strap adds a layer of versatility for these scenarios. Toss it into a larger backpack, and it transforms into a convenient camera cube. Once you arrive at your destination, reattach the strap, and you’ve got a stand-alone camera bag that’s ready for action.

Bellroy Aesthetics

The Sling's Design

The Venture Camera Sling embodies a minimalist and refined design. Its unassuming aesthetic allows it to blend in, without projecting that it’s a camera bag. Carrying it doesn’t feel like I’m advertising an arsenal of expensive equipment, as it doesn’t draw any unnecessary attention. 

Every detail, from the discreet placement of the zippers to the overall silhouette, demonstrates Bellroy’s commitment to both form and function. The bag not only excels in its primary purpose but also enhances my photographic journey with a touch of sophistication.

Comparable Value

Primary Alternatives

Cutting to the chase, this bag is likely a worthwhile investment for most photographers. While it may not be the most budget-friendly option, its pricing sits within a reasonable range, striking a balance between affordability and quality. 

Since the Venture Camera Sling is built to endure years of abuse, and considering its role in streamlining the photography process, the question of its worth is based around how much you value efficiency. In my book, efficiency is king.

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Sling Main Fabric Vol. Weight Camera Storage WR?
Venture Sling Recycled Nylon 10L 500 g 1 body + 3 lenses Yes
Rugged Sling Northpak 10L 790 g 1 body + 3 lenses Yes
Everyday Sling 400D Nylon Canvas 10L 880 g 1 body + 3 lenses Yes
Rogue Sling 840D Jr Ballistic Nylon 9L 790 g 1 body + 3 lenses Yes
McKinnon Sling 900D TPU-coated Nylon 8L 726 g 1 body + 2-3 lenses Yes

8.8/10 Rating

Our Overall Verdict

The Bellroy Venture Camera Sling stands as an overall solid bag, and I find myself having minimal complaints about its performance. While it might not achieve perfection, it comes remarkably close to it in terms of meeting the essential needs and expectations of a reliable camera bag.

Its well-thought-out design, versatility, and durability make it an excellent choice for a wide range of users, from hobbyist to pros that are seeking a compact carry solution for their camera gear.

Longevity

Usage Timeline

Excellent

Initial Usage

My initial experiences with the Venture Camera Sling have been remarkably smooth and efficient. Additionally, the bag’s comfort and adaptability to various shooting environments have marked the beginning of what seems to be a promising partnership on my photographic journeys.

Excellent

Excellent

2 Months of Usage

After two months of regular use, the Bellroy Venture Camera Sling continues to uphold its durability and maintains a like-new appearance. Despite exposure to varied environments, the bag shows no signs of wear and tear, attesting to its robust construction.

Excellent
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