Peak Design Everyday Sling 3L V2 Review
After 4 months of daily use in Thailand, the Peak Design Everyday Sling 3L V2 has earned its title as the “Best Camera Sling for Travel and Everyday Use.” It’s comfortable, functional, and looks great in just about any environment. Amongst the competition, the Everyday Sling is best-in-class.
Capacity: 1 camera body + 1-2 prime lenses
Weight: 549 g
Main Material: 400D Nylon Canvas
Hardware: Zoom Zippers
Manufacturing Country: China
Length of Test: 4 months.
Acquisition: we purchased the Peak Design Everyday Sling with our own hard-earned cash.
Climate(s): Tropical Savanna.
Weather: Hot and Humid (highest temp 40 C), Cold and Dry (lowest temp 16 C), and Light Rain.
The Everyday Sling 3L is designed for:
It’s not designed for:
Construction: made from recycled plastics, the Everyday Sling utilizes Peak Design’s tried-and-trusted 400D nylon canvas – the same material that’s used on their larger backpacks.
Performance wise, the Everyday Sling’s nylon canvas has a high amount of abrasion and stain resistance. After 4 months of daily use (in both urban and outdoor environments), the bag still looks brand spanking new. Additionally, the nylon canvas is decently weatherproof thanks to its DWR coating and has held up to 30+ minutes in light rain without letting any water seep in.
As for the hardware, Peak Design uses proprietary aluminum buckles and weather-resistant UltraZips (which were co-developed with Zoom Zippers) that are significantly smoother in use than comparable YKK Aquaguard Zippers.
Carrying Strap: outfitted with axial rotation for an ergonomic fit and being padded just enough for prolonged use, Peak Design did an amazing job in creating a super comfortable and incredibly functional carrying strap. With its innovative quick-release adjustment buckle, it’s also ridiculously easy and quick to adjust the strap length – making it frictionless to switch carry styles (from sling to waist pack) without any excess dangle.
When in use, the Everyday Sling will mostly stay flat to your back, won’t flop around, and is easy to swivel from back-to-front in order to quickly access your camera gear to capture a shot.
Interior Storage: lined with EVA foam for impact protection, the main compartment opens up half-clamshell and offers a fair amount of security / visibility for your expensive camera gear. This compartment comes with one of Peak Design’s modular flexfold dividers which are secured via Velcro and is capable of storing a mirrorless camera with one large zoom or two small prime lenses. In terms of access, getting gear in and out is a little bit tight, but nothing worth complaining about – access of fast enough for most scenarios
In addition to main camera storage, there’s a zippered compartment which allows to store up to 3 batteries and several SD cards (in separate plastic cases). Zero issues to report here,
Last but not least, on the sides of the main compartment our two stretchy pockets that are perfect for holding a microfiber lens cloth or even the tripod straps that come with the bag.
Front Pocket: on the exterior face of the bag, there’s a zip pocket that’s functionally useless, at least in a practical sense. The pocket is too constrictive and hard to access when the main compartment is full. In future iterations, I hope that Peak Design redesigns this pocket to have a slightly gusseted construction so this space will be viable for filter and step-up ring storage.
Grab Loop: there’s not much to say here, other than the grab handle is amply padded and the webbing is silky smooth – basically, it’s a joy to hold and I have zero complaints.
Carry Comfort: when designing the Everyday Sling, Peak Design must have prioritized usability with comfort being its foundation, because this bag has never become uncomfortable – not even during all day use.
Over the past four months, I’ve carried the Everyday Sling on 8+ hour outings (while traveling across northeast Thailand) with my lightweight Fuji set-up and have never developed any hotspots or soreness. Unlike the most slings, the Everyday Sling seems to balance and distribute the weight of my camera gear much better than expected.
To say this bag is comfortable is an understatement.
Versatility: even though this bag is called the Everyday Sling, it’s not as versatile as its name would suggest. While this camera bag is certainly capable of day-to-day non-camera carry, the Everyday Sling isn’t optimized for EDC and is a bit heavy / bulky for its storage capacity.
In all honesty, it’s probably better to purchase a different bag if EDC (rather than pure camera carry) is your focus. Even if you’re only carrying a small but capable point-and-shoot like the Fuji X100V, Ricoh GRIII, or the Sony RX100, we’d recommend opting for a smaller and lighter sling bag.
Designed with a minimalist ethos, the Everyday Sling is a well-refined camera bag with clean lines that looks at home in any environment (from up-scale urban environments to the outdoors).
Its modern urban aesthetic is defined by a keen sense of simplicity that’s representative of the bag’s thoughtful balance between functionality and aesthetics. And while the Peak Design Everyday Sling’s simplicity gives it a premium look, the bag still lacks the niche charm and character of the heritage bags from Wotancraft, ONA, and Billingham.
For such a well-thought-out and well-designed camera bag, the Everyday Sling 3L is hard to beat price-wise. With its level of innovation and overall quality, this bag offers the most bang for your buck compared to the competition. And for individuals that need extra storage capacity, the Everyday Sling also comes in a 6L and 10L size.
If you’re in the market for a more premium bag than the Peak Design Everyday Sling, then we recommend the Wotancraft Pilot which is another top pick of ours. For a more utilitarian camera sling, the Tenba Solstice 7L Sling is another solid / wallet-friendly choice.
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To sum up my thoughts on the Peak Design Everyday Sling 3l V2, I have to say this: it’s the best all-around camera sling on the market. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a camera sling in it’s price range that rivals it in terms of quality, innovation, and aesthetics.
Overall, I’ve truly enjoyed using the Peak Design Everyday Sling 3L V2 and highly recommend it to anyone that’s interested in a comfortable, functional, and well-engineered camera sling.
You can fit 1 mirrorless camera body a small prime lens attached + 1 more small prime lens + 3 spare batteries + SD cards.
Or you can fit 1 mirrorless camera body with a zoom lens attached + 3 spare batteries + SD cards + small EDC items.
Yes, just take out the internal Flexfold Divider for camera storage and you’ll have an EDC-ready sling.
No, you’ll need to get the Everyday Sling 6L if you want to carry a tablet.
As expected from Peak Design, the Everyday Sling is meticulously constructed and carries surprisingly well. So far, I’m digging this bag.
Because of this bag’s solid performance and durability, the Peak Design Everyday Sling has now been chosen by us as the Best Camera Sling for Everyday Use and Travel.
The bag is holding up well after traveling across Thailand and Laos. There’s only some minor cosmetic damage to report: the waterproof coating on the zippers has been slowly fraying for the past 7 months.
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