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Incase DSLR Sling Pack

4 stars

Incase DSLR Sling Pack

With the recent acquisition of a DSLR camera, the new iPad and the ever-decreasing need to have a laptop with me at all times, I was on the hunt for a new bag. I needed something that would allow me to carry my iPad, my Canon T3i, some headphones and a few random cables and accessories; nothing more, and definitely nothing less.

Hours of countless Internet searches kept bringing me back to one bag — the Incase DSLR Sling Pack. Incase is a company with, in my opinion, great design taste. As such, some of my favorite bags have been from Incase. Let’s take a look at the DSLR Sling Pack and see if it lived up to my expectations.

Pros

  • Small footprint
  • Removable dividers for adjusting
  • Comfortable shoulder strap
  • Two extra handles
  • Plenty of pockets
  • Straps for a tripod
  • Zipper protection and fleece lininig

Cons

  • Doesn’t fit a 13” MacBook Air
  • Shoulder strap position can’t be changed

 

Capacity

The Incase Sling Pack is small, but can hold a lot. As you can see from the photo above, I have everything I would need to go down to a coffee shop, or coworking space and get some work done. If you’re having a hard time making out exactly what is on the desk, here’s a complete list:

  • 1 Moleskin notebook
  • 1 Galaxy Nexus
  • 1 Apple headphones
  • 1 Mirco-USB cable
  • 1 Universal charging adapter
  • 1 bottle of Advil
  • 1 Beats by Dre wireless headphones
  • 1 iPhone bumper
  • 1 iPad
  • 1 Wallet
  • 1 Camera connection kit
  • 1 30-pin USB cable
  • 1 Square reader
  • 1 Paperclip
  • 1 Stack of business cards
  • 1 Olloclip
  • 1 Canon T3i
  • 1 Spare SD card

On top of this, when traveling I also throw in a few more USB cables (never can have too many) and the 10WiPad charger. This may not seem like a whole lot, but when you try to pack all of that, including a DSLR camera, into a regular backpack, the space sure disappears fast. If this isn’t enough room, Incase also offers a DSLR Pro Sling Pack, with plenty of more room.

One thing you will notice missing from the items in my pack is added lenses and flash kits. Right now, these aren’t items I need, but with the Sling Pack, I have the capability of quickly moving around the dividers to make room.

Design

The Sling Pack is well designed. There is a front pocket begging for a pen, some business cards and your notebook to be stored. The interior of the main compartment is home to two zip pockets, perfect for a smart phone or wallet. There are also small pockets inside, allowing for safe storage of extra memory cards or charging adapters and the like.

Incase took protecting your devices very seriously, with extra padding, a soft fleece lining and even material that covers the zipper to prevent accidental scratches.

The shoulder strap is comfortable, but isn’t movable. It has to rest on top of your left shoulder, it can’t be moved to your right shoulder. This is fine if you’re walking a short distance, but if you’re out on a photo walk, or exploring, you will eventually want to change shoulders. It also has a quick release clip to make putting on or removing the pack easy and quick.

If you are heading somewhere you will need a tripod, you can strap it to the bottom with the built-in straps. Very handy.

Conclusion

The DSLR Sling Pack fully lived up to, and far exceeded, my expectations. It’s small, yet fits a lot. For the price, $89.95, the pack is worth it. The pack is comfortable to wear, and looks great. The only improvements that I would like to see in it, would be a switchable shoulder strap and a pocket big enough for a 13” MacBook Air for those times when I need to take a laptop instead of a tablet. By my very unscientific configuring, it’s possible to do in with the current size of the pack, but I could be wrong.

At the end of the day, I would recommend the Sling Pack for those who need a safe place to store a DSLR and tablet.

Available from Incase or Amazon.com.

  1. Brian
    November 16th, 2012 at 11:08 | #1

    @Jason Cipriani
    Hi Jason.
    Thanks, I was worried it would be to tight.
    I like this bag, and might sacrifice the camera grip to get this bag.
    First I was thinking about getting the Pro version, but figured it would be too big for my taste.

  2. November 16th, 2012 at 10:58 | #2

    @Brian
    It’s going to be a tight fit. The length of the grip is what’s going to cause you issues, especially if you have a laptop/iPad in the side pocket. You may not be able to zip the case closed.

  3. Brian
    November 16th, 2012 at 10:46 | #3

    Hi Jason, thanks for a prompt reply.
    I was wondering if you could do me a favor? I just got home, so I figured I would measure the camera with the Camera Grip on and the lens. With the grip on it is 14,5cm(5.7 inch) tall, and with the lens 16,5cm(6.5 inch) deep.
    Do you think it would fit with the lens pointing down in the bag, so to grab it fast?

  4. Brian
    November 16th, 2012 at 03:50 | #4

    Hi.

    I have the same Camera but it’s called 600D in Europe, I also swapped the standard lens for a EF-S 15-85mm lens, and added a Battery Grip, I also swapped the neck strap with a hand grip.

    I don’t have a store where I can go and try this bag, as I can’t find a store in Europe that sell this bag, so I’m thinking of ordering it from US.
    However, I want to be sure I can fit the camera in there with the battery grip on.
    It does not look like you have one, but do you think it would fit if you added the battery grip?

    • November 16th, 2012 at 09:35 | #5

      Hey Brian, thanks for reading and submitting your question. You’re right, I don’t have a battery grip, so I can’t tell you definitively. But, I can tell you any of the dividers inside the bag are removable. So you could, if you wanted to, remove all dividers and have one giant open space inside the bag. Which also means they are adjustable and can be moved to accommodate for larger size items.

      Hope this answer helps! Good luck in your search

  5. Von
    April 26th, 2012 at 08:50 | #6

    Great review! I was debating between this, the DSLR Pro, and the Ari sling. This one looks to be the perfect size since I have an m43 rather than a full size DSLR. A lot easier on the pocket too. Thanks!

  1. July 11th, 2012 at 15:59 | #1