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Expensive Fanny Pack? Tech Pouch With Strap?
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2019
First impression I had with the product is that it's a cross between the Peak Design Tech Pouch (without all the dividers/numerous pockets) and the 10L Sling (version 1) I own. And...it's very close to that. Let me explain.
Internal capacity is very similar to Peak Design Tech Pouch plus maybe ~25% more storage. Can fit a Nintendo Switch, but you have to take out the divider which loses some of the organization function of the bag. Even with that, it's a very tight fit and require some effort to make it lay flat which stretches the bag and may damage your console. You can take out the joycons, and use the divider, but the Switch screen/console must be positioned at a slant. Sorry about the Nintendo Switch comparison, more of a gamer and plan use use this as a everyday carry than a camera enthusiast (I only own two camera for when hiking, plus i got them as gifts)
Has a thin strap to carry cross body like the 10L sling, but not an issue like with the 10L sling unless you carry dumbbells in the bag for some reason. Thin strap makes it easy to swing around the body.
Have nice axial swing attachments, conforms to your body movement well and doesn't feel stiff on your back.
Top handle great for easy grab-and-go; especially when the bag is beside you.
Primary zip pocket has 2 zippers instead of one (compared to other 2 products i mentioned). No need to grab at either end of the bag to open.
Has side capture clip attachment. If you use the peak design capture clip (I have version 3) it blocks some zipper access. If you want to zip it all the way down and not have potential metal-on-metal contact, you must make a conscious effort to move it out of the way slightly.
Bag itself has a defined shape. Not really collapsible. If you have it in the fanny pack position; will stick out a lot. The fixed shape makes it easy to visually see and grab items in a pinch, instead of squeezing your fingers/hand in and rummaging around. Downside is, if you need to squeeze through tight narrow gaps, must take off the bag and carry it over your head or on your side.
The flex fold give some compartmentalization to the main pocket. Aside from that, there's quick stash front pocket, side and top stretch pockets.
Front quick stash pocket is for misc items you have. I personally put the cord hooks (more on this later) in there. Can slip a phone in, but need to tug at the bag a little.
Side stretch pockets sags a bit, and not a perfect square or rectangle. It's functional, but looks a bit off if you really focus on it.
Internal stretch pockets. Main internal stretch pocket is a good place to put pens, USB sticks and batteries. Cannot fit a standard 5.5 to 6inch smart phone in there. Maybe a 5.5 inch but must leave it unzipped.
All 3 mini stretch pockets have black colored labels. Disappointing seeing the 10L had black and red to distinguish between used and new batteries/memory sticks.
Flex fold divider. You get one flex fold divider with the 3L. Able to use it as a divider, shelf or passthrough.
Cord hook system is very good. Is not integrated into the bag; instead separate items: two straps (included). Only use when needed. No need for it to dangle around when not in use. I personally store it in the quick stash front pocket. You can also use the hooks and zipper handles and join them together as theft deterrent.
Fanny pack position didn't work well for me. Tried messing with it several times, and it always comes loose when out-and-about. You are suppose to tuck in the shoulder pad into the rear sleeve, but there's no way to secure it in place. If you or someone tugs on it, or the pad slip out when walking/running; it can be a potential trip hazard. Unless you have a really large waist, have to cinch down both sides all the way to get a good fanny pack orientation.
As a cross body, it works well. Slide across very easily, seeing the non-collapsible design; you can grab items you need very quickly. If you care about your appearance, may look a bit odd though; especially if you have a large back. As a reference: put a 12inch ruler on your back to get a length estimate.
Overall, has some flaws, but very useful when needed. More functional than other sling bags especially with the defined shape and easy slide cross body design.May use this more than my 10L as it's more compact since i don't carry around a lot of items most of the time. If I do plan to carry more, more likely carry a backpack instead. Price tag is very high, but may be worth it if plan to you use it long term