Camera Sling Pack by Incase Review
Founded in 1997, Incase are an American company, specialising in backpacks, bags, luggage, plus smaller items like sleeves and cases. They have an item for every occasion, for nearly every product possible and they sent over one for us to try out, the Camera Sling Pack. Protecting your tech is key, especially your laptop and camera, or perhaps even your drone, as we all know how popular they are becoming, so I’m hoping that Incase’s years of expertise, shines through. As the product title might suggest, the Camera Sling Pack is a camera backpack, designed for both amateur and professional photographers, offering enough space and protection for your DSLR, a number of lenses and all the other gear you may need. Let’s unzip the hood and see what we have!
The bag comes in black and black only, includes an array of padding on the back and is constructed with premium and durable materials, which can withstand any condition. That material is abrasion resistant 840D ballistic nylon, which sounds pretty cool! At least that’s what Incase state and to a degree, I have to agree with them. This is very much a premium bag and it feels it too! However, that nylon material is not waterproof!
There are a number of pockets and zips, offering every last section of the bag as storage space. On the front you have a large zip, offering space for flatter items, smaller items, plus there are a couple of pockets to store items in too. Either side of the bag there is a large zip, one opens a flat compartment at the ‘bottom’ of the bag and the other side opens the bag up for your camera space. In said camera space, you have 3 compartments, separated by Velcro padded sections, allowing you to customise the internal layout to suit. In its typical set up, the internal area offers enough space for a large DSLR body, plus two, maybe three lenses. Unfortunately there is no designated mini pockets for your memory cards, like some other bags on the market. There are also a few sleeves in the main compartment, where your lens would go, plus a zipped area for a 13″ laptop.
You may have guessed from the title, this backpack comes in sling form, a single padded strap that sits over your shoulder. The strap is adjustable, can be fastened while on your body and clips on and off very easily. If you are like me, sometimes you may want to wear your backpack on one shoulder, for quick access or short journeys. You can’t really do that with this bag very easily, or comfortably but instead you need to bring the entire bag round to your front, while still on your shoulder, which will give you very easy access to your camera. If that doesn’t work for you, there is a handle to one side of the bag, so you can carry it as a briefcase if you so desire. Also, this bag comes in one form, so you cannot adjust the strap to go over your other shoulder.
A few other worthy mentions including its ability to house a number of DJI drones, such as the Mavic Pro, as stated by Incase. Space for a tripod? No, not internally or externally via straps, as none are given. Total dimensions are 45.72 x 26.04 x 13.97 cm.
Overall, this is a very lightweight, comfortable & practical camera bag. Even though I had a mid sized DSRL, plus two lenses and a laptop, it did not become uncomfortable at any point on my adventures. The amount of storage space is good, it will be enough for any amateur photographer and I imagine many pros too, as chances are you will only pack for what you need at the time. I would have liked the nylon material to be waterproof and a couple of pockets somewhere secure for my SD cards. The bag currently retails for around £149.99. For more info, visit the official Incase website.