Bellroy Venture Sling

Yet we are not in the position to judge whether this is acceptable or not, since this Bellroy Sling bag has its quality, functions and reputation not to make itself a deal breaker. With its clean design lines, minimalist silhouette and exterior features, and a somewhat-subtle leather branded label, this sling bag slots in perfectly amongst Bellroy’s suite of frankly beautiful offerings. Even at a distance, it’s clear this is a product of the respected Australian firm. That being said, we were a bit surprised by its size, even knowing it has a fairly considerable 7L capacity. It’s one thing to know a bag is capacious in theory and another in practice. It’s not that the Bellroy Sling is enormous, per se; we’re just used to sling bags being on the more compact side of the spectrum.

However, price is neither the first nor the main factor we should take into account for a best sling bag for men. A front zip compartment with 2 mesh slip pockets and a larger main compartment with a soft lined sunglasses pocket and a key clip. The bag is made out of a recycled material that is water resistant. It is definately not waterproof but holds up well against a normal rainy day. It feels very secure and I don’t ever feel like it will release on its own. The strap is built from soft and sturdy nylon — the same commonly used for car seatbelts — that’s pleasing to the touch but also feels substantial and durable.

bellroy sling review

The big selling point on organization here is the dedicated microfiber eyeglasses pocket, which is a nice touch. Oddly this pocket is positioned against your back where glasses are likely to be compressed against whatever is in the bag and your back. The Venture is a versatile sling and one that I’ve found useful in a couple of daily situations. It is big enough to carry a full-size insulated water bottle, jacket, headphones, wallet, keys, point and shoot camera, and more! Thanks to the expandable gusset it automatically grows or shrinks with your daily needs without the need for physical adjustment.

When you’re wearing the sling, the main compartment is closest to your body—which means you can get some T-Rex arms going on while trying to unzip and access the main pocket. Plus, when the sling is less full and tight to your body, it can start to curve around you a bit—making it even harder to access the zippers. When you’re looking for a bag to elevate your storage setup, you can’t go wrong with the Isarau sling from côte&ciel. Inspired by traditional Japanese armor, it comes with a water-repellent polyester construction, a grippy rubberized finish, and a breathable mesh fabric liner. Stretching some 7.9″ x 14.7″ x 4.3″, it boasts room for tablets up to 9.7″ in size and as much as 5L of total carrying capacity. As if that wasn’t enough, though, the Isarau also comes with an external zippered pocket for organization and a hidden stash pocket for securely stowing that crucial carry.

Orange is used on the inside of the Black version, and a light blue is found inside the Ink Blue version. This liner really turns on the lights and allows you to see everything going on inside this pocket. We have to wonder, though, why that same high-visibility liner wasn’t used in the main compartment. From sight-seeing while on vacation to the daily commute to work, the Aer Day Sling 2 strikes the perfect combination of size, convenience, and style for a variety of day-to-day use. However, for folks who prefer a sling-style bag, you’ll be able to clearly see from our Aer Day Sling 2 review just why this nifty little pack is one that you’ll want to have on your radar. Another more outdoor-oriented sling bag, the Patagonia Atom Sling was made for hiking and adventure activities.