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Top 10 Men's Sling Bags 2017

Ordinary, two-strap backpacks have their uses, positive, however, while you’re looking for something a touch greater handy for ordinary use or to keep weight down on a hike, you might try out a sling bag. Every of the following men's not-so-mini totes will assist you shipping your crucial tools, whether you’re fishing, cycling, or just for your manner to paintings. Whilst users buy our independently selected editorial choices, we may earn commissions to support our work.

Versatile Canvas Sling Bag / Urban Travel Backpack, Black | Wear Over Shoulder or Crossbody for Men & Women, by NeatPackIncase Reform Sling Pack - Heather BlackKeep Pursuing Sling (Army Green)Slope Rope Sling Bag Crossbody Shoulder Backpack Everyday Man ,Women, Teens Bag - FeatherUnder Armour Compel Sling 2.0 Backpack, Black/Black, One SizeTravTac Stage II Small Sling Bag, Premium EDC Tactical Sling Pack 900D (Black)OutdoorMaster Sling Bag - Small Crossbody Backpack for Men & Women (Green)WATERFLY Packable Shoulder Backpack Sling Chest CrossBody Bag Cover Pack Rucksack for Bicycle Sport Hiking Travel Camping Bookbag Men Women (Green)Mens Multicam Molle 2L Hydration Ready Sling Bag with Keychain Compass or Key Ring Carabiner+ 2 Zipper Pulls

Slinging Like You Mean It

If you've ever traveled any distance with a backpack strapped to you correctly (the straps tight to raise the bag high on your back), you know what a pain in the neck it is to get the thing back around to the front side of you so you can rummage through it for your wallet, or your camera, or your papers if you're in a dystopian totalitarian dictatorship.

In addition to making it harder to access the things in your bag, the design of a backpack is such that it can't be repositioned; there's really only one way you can wear it since I'm ruling out the option of wearing it in front of yourself on the grounds of good fashion.

The solution to both of these problems is simple: the sling bag.

Now, sling bags are specific kinds of messenger bags in much the same way that a square is a more specific kind of rectangle. In the case of the sling bag, it's not that its edges are all the same length so much as it is that it's significantly smaller that the common messenger bag.

Messenger bags have evolved into a pure fashion accessory outside of the exclusive bicycle courier demographic, and the result is a newer wearing style that is significantly looser than the style worn by messengers. Often, you'll see urbanites casually toting their expensive laptops in messenger bags worn dangling on one shoulder.

What makes a sling bag comparatively specific here, in addition to its smaller stature, is the fact that it's more or less impossible (certainly uncomfortable and unstable) to wear it casually on one shoulder. The sling bag is meant to be worn with its single strap across your chest, evenly distributing the weight of its contents across your upper body.

Most slings have one main compartment with a few simple slots for a cell phone or a tablet, and some even have interchangeable clip positions that allow you to alternate shoulders if you get tired of carrying your sling on a particular side.

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The first sling bag I ever saw belonged to the lead singer in a band I knew growing up part of the punk scene in NJ. His name was Doug, and he was a big man, but his sling bag was unbelievable small. It wasn't a good look.

That's not to say sling bags are the exclusive dominion of the heroin chic, but it is to say that you ought to reckon with the fact that everything you wear outside the house–every bag, pair of sunglasses, tie clip–all are fashion choices, and all leave you open to the judgment of the masses. Hopefully, you don't take their judgment too seriously, but I also hope that you take enough pride in your appearance to pick a sling bag that will compliment your quotidian wardrobe.

Take a look through the bags on our list and ask yourself how they pair with that favorite jacket you wear more than any other. If it's a good fit, then chances are it's a bag that'll serve your style for years, even after you move on to the next coat.

Another important and slightly more practical consideration is the capacity of a given sling bag. If you have a 17-inch laptop without which you cannot physically leave the house, you're going to need a larger sling bag with a compartment that can fit it. The same should be said for the depth of the bag you choose if you haul a significant amount of stuff around with you, especially books.

At the end of the day, though, we have to return to the fashion aspect, as no bag is any good unless you're willing to take it out on the town.

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The birth of the messenger bag, and, by extension, the sling bag, is a little hard to trace. Basically, anyone with a large enough sheet could have wrapped his or her goods in it and tied it diagonally across his or her chest when setting out for a trip.

The first such bags we can identify in history come from foot messengers of ancient times, like the Romans, Persians, and Chinese. We can then trace its modern incarnation to the bags worn by the Pony Express in the old west. Somehow no one thought to reinforce the bags against arrows, but we can forgive them for that oversight; the post office has always been a little on the slow side.

Later, in the 1950s, the equipment bags of utility linemen–those are the guys that climb the telephone poles to make repairs to telecommunications and electrical equipment–came to most closely resemble the messenger bags we see all over the map today.

But it was fashion designer John Peters who, in 1984, redesigned the cotton bags of the New York City Messenger Service to become an urban fashion statement among the in-crowd. His designs set the tone for the trend in which we're still living, carrying us through to the 21st century of men's bag design like a good old messenger boy himself.


#10.Mens Multicam Molle 2L Hydration Ready Sling Bag with Keychain Compass or Key Ring Carabiner+ 2 Zipper Pulls by NPUSA


The quality is as good. For reference, the main bag is about the size of a kid's backpack and it's much larger than a fanny pack--the strap is big enough for any large person. I like the big dual pinch buckle that's on the strap so I don't have to sling the bag over my head to take on/off. Inside there are nice dividers (my first aid kit and first aid pocket guide currently occupy those) and mesh zip pockets. There are lots of attachment points and a strap on top that you could put a bow and/or light single-man tent or something.


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#9.WATERFLY Packable Shoulder Backpack Sling Chest CrossBody Bag Cover Pack Rucksack for Bicycle Sport Hiking Travel Camping Bookbag Men Women (Green)


I like it. Just what I wanted. Something light and small to carry the essentials in at Disney world. I grabbed some handheld fans and then some other random junk to see what I can stuff in there. All this stuff pictured fit in there comfortably. Also, the little stretchy net thing on the side will hold my iPhone 6+. Oh, and the little pouch pocket, turns into a little secret pocket on the inside once you expand it. It's perfect for the price. I like it!


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#8.Patagonia Atom Sling, Black


The Patagonia Atom Sling is equal parts courier bag, backpack, and carry-all, this sling bag's teardrop shape provides the support of a backpack by positioning the load behind your shoulder. The single-strap design makes it simple to access your things - just spin the Atom around to your chest. The large zippered main pocket has mesh and stretch-woven pockets inside (also zippered) to organize small items. A convenient zippered pocket on the shoulder strap has a soft lining to protect valuables; adjustable buckles lash any extras to the outside. Breathable 3-D spacer mesh pads the shoulder strap and back panel to wick moisture, dry quickly and increase ventilation. The Patagonia Atom Sling also has an integrated waistbelt keeps the pack close to your torso for biking and hiking.


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#7.OutdoorMaster Sling Bag - Small Crossbody Backpack for Men & Women (Green)


Whether riding a bike through your neighborhood, stopping by the gym, visiting a theme park, or enjoying an outdoor music festival, you don't necessarily want to carry a regular backpack which becomes heavy after several hours of use. This teardrop shaped sling bag offers minimal weight, great functionality, and is so comfortable that it can be worn all day.


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#6.TravTac Stage II Small Sling Bag, Premium EDC Tactical Sling Pack 900D (Black)


Really like this sling bag, even when just using molle attachments to a pack. Has a back pocket with non-slip rubber coating and a snap closure that fits a sidearm nicely. The front is super durable, I've carried around rocks of all types shapes and diameters filling this thing up to the fullest till the zippers wouldn't close, the buckles held tight. The drain holes in the bottom of the main compartment came in handing when fording a river allowing the water to pour through. Probably have carried hundreds of pounds of rocks in this little thing and it still looks/feels like new. Great bag!


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#5.Under Armour Compel Sling 2.0 Backpack, Black/Black, One Size


Excellent pack. It is just the right size. Anything larger would have defeated the purpose of having a sling, but it is roomy enough for my essentials when I am traveling. I wish it had more interior pockets for separating my smaller things from the larger, but otherwise, it seems durable and I am pleased.


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#4.Slope Rope Sling Bag Crossbody Shoulder Backpack Everyday Man ,Women, Teens Bag - Feather


Pretty colors! In comparison to Kavu, this bag has much more room, both are made from quality material. Deep pockets for all our belongings. A must-have! I purchased this one for my daughter for Christmas! I know she's gonna love it.description does say for women Howes the headline does say juniors, I would say its a juniors size, hope that helps! Still a beautiful n useful bag!!


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#3.Keep Pursuing Sling (Army Green)


Even though there are tons of bags on the market for “Every day Carry” we didn’t feel there were any bags out there for “Everyday Adventure”. We wanted a bag that could hold all our modern day tech-essentials but also keep up with our active lifestyle. We wanted to create a bag that could be worn anywhere; KP Sling.


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#2.Incase Reform Sling Pack - Heather Black


It's a great daily carry for people who aren't carrying all that much. Easily fits my MacBook Air 11.6", Anker portable battery, a couple of pens, my keys, a granola bar, a charger and various adapters, and a couple of other small things. The hidden pocket in the back cushion is perfect for passport, ID, or wallet--comes in super handy.


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#1.Versatile Canvas Sling Bag / Urban Travel Backpack, Black | Wear Over Shoulder or Crossbody for Men & Women, by NeatPack


I wish it was a tiny bit bigger, but it works. I use it for the gym. In the big pocket, I put my size 8 women's cycling shoes and a small hand towel. The middle pocket will be used for gloves and earbuds for music. The front pocket is for my keys and phone. There is also a small pocket on the back side where I can also put my phone and kindle as well; furthermore, there is a pocket for my sunglasses on the strap.


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