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Mom Photographer’s Best Helpers: Review of the Peak Design Everyday Bags

I bet at least one bag from the Peak Design Everyday series is on maaany wishlists this year. And if it’s still not, there are good chances you’ll want to add another item to yours after reading this review.

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Review of the Peak Design Everyday Bags

Watch the video below to get a quick idea of what’s so special about the Everyday Tote and Everyday Sling I got a chance to take a look at. And read on to find out all the occasions each of the bag worked well for. Hint: these don’t limit to just photo shoots.

Overall Impression

While there’s no unboxing this time (hey customs, why don’t you shoot an unboxing vid for me next time you need to open the package for check?), I made this short presentation video to make the sweet sides of each bag immediately visible to you.

Before I proceed to describe each of the bags, I’d like to admit that the guys at Peak Design know what’s what in evolving. While many product designers have turned this word into a marketing buzzword, Peak Design is actually taking their customers’ experience to the next level, and create innovation (another vogue sales term) with every new offering they make.

It wasn’t too long since I reviewed their first Kickstarter success, the Everyday Messenger, and once I opened the parcel with the Everyday Tote and Sling it became clear the new bags are a huge leap forward.

So let’s take a look at each bag!

The Everyday Tote

The Everyday Tote was the first bag I put into use. I wrote about this before and I think it’s worth mentioning here too — when it comes to carrying things, I will typically prefer a backpack to any other bag type. Weight distribution and free hands are what most tote bags and messengers fail to deliver. The Everyday Tote is not “most” though.

Peak Design Everyday Tote Review

Capabilities

Here are the elements that make up the bag’s intelligent design:

  • Weatherproof 500D Kodra case which is poly-coated twice on both sides

Extra protection of whatever’s inside, premium feel.

  • Leather accents

Those details that make you unable to resist.

  • All-custom anodized aluminum hardware

It’s damn durable!

  • 2 side zippers

Dual-side, one-hand access to your camera or any other bag contents. Right. DUAL-SIDE. ONE-HAND. ACCESS.

  • 2 fully flexible dividers
    Meaning 1, 2, 3 or even more compartments depending on your needs and imagination.
  • 2 external utility straps

Think carrying tripod, blanket, umbrella, sports mat, etc.

  • 1 exterior pocket

Holds a ton of quick-access stuff.

  • 1 laptop interior pocket made of mixed-cotton padded twill

Your device is protected.

  • 1 tablet sleeve inside the laptop section

If gear can feel, it definitely feels cozy inside this bag.

  • A LOT small internal pockets

No more “fishing” or putting your bag upside down when you need to find that memory card or lip balm.

  • Magnetic closure on the main opening and side panels

It’s so easy to open and seal the tote quickly and quietly from any side.

  • 1 buckle strap on the main compartment

Delivers more security in a carry-on mode.

  • 1 luggage sleeve

It’s really wide so it sits securely on your rolling suitcase even if you’re on a fast track through the airport.

  • 1 key tether inside the exterior pocket

Security + Quick access = Utility.

This list looks definitely impressive, but the evolution and innovation I mentioned earlier may not appear so obvious from it. However, when you find out that regular bag straps enable you to not only carry additional items, but can actually transform your tote into a messenger or backpack, you just can’t help saying “WOW!”.

Specs-wise, the bag boasts the following numbers:

  • 2.4 lbs (under 1.1 kg) naked weight
  • 20 L max capacity
  • Outer dimensions: 16”x13.5”x8” ( 40x34x20 cm)
  • Max laptop dimensions: 12.5″x8.65″x.75″ (32x22x2 cm)
  • Max tablet dimensions: 14.25”x9”x0.4” (33x23x1 cm)

That’s the math behind the ultimate versatility and utility the Everyday Tote delivers. Now let’s continue to some more lyrical matters such as my personal experience with the bag.

In Use

As a mom of a 4-year old boy who is also pregnant and yet keen on running, photographing, and taking up a bunch of other activities, I have many setup variations for my daily bag. Probably too many for a single bag to fit them all. At least, that’s what I thought.

It was a pleasant surprise to find out I was wrong.

Everyday Tote by Peak Design User Review

I used the Everyday Tote to carry my camera and accessories during a family photo walk and as a laptop bag. Best of all, though, it worked as an all-day carrier and a travel bag.

For some really busy days when I had like dozens of different tasks to complete (including but not limited to taking my junior to school, visiting a doctor, having lunch with a friend, picking up photo prints at a shop, etc), the tote appeared a life saver. Napkins to clear a stuffy lil’ nose? Here you go. A sip of hot tea? Not a problem, just unzip the side panel and you got it. Free hands to help the kid tie up a shoelace? The tote is also a backpack!

Seriously, I think if Batman used bags, the Everyday carryalls would be in his super high-tech gear kit.

Everyday Tote Bag for Photographers

I also used the tote for a 6-hour car journey with my son, as well as to travel about 8 hours by train. It worked like a charm in both cases and I’m pretty sure it will serve me just as well for my future air travels.

Among my all-time favorite features are the side panels, versatile carry style, and absolutely customizable interior.

What about downsides? Well, I haven’t found any so far. To be honest, this bag is so smart that I could use something less functional before.

The Verdict

This product is simply amazing. Period.

The Everyday Sling

Another neat bag from Peak Design’s updated lineup is Everyday Sling. It may look small at first sight, but don’t let the size fool you — this baby is truly atomic.

Peak Design Everyday Sling Review

Capabilities

To be honest, I thought this kind of bag has the least potential to become my everyday choice. Don’t get me wrong — I was impressed by the bag’s listed features and, in general, it looks just as cool as the other two bags from the new series. However, I thought it’s shape and size just wouldn’t get the MomProof badge that is crucial for me at this period of my life.

Guess what? I was wrong again.

So here’s the list of strengths this David has to beat the Goliath of my daily routine:

  • Minimalist design

Not only do you get a lightweight bag, but you also get a stylish accessory that successfully combines aesthetics and accessibility.

  • Weatherproof shell and top-quality interior materials

As seen on all Everyday series bags.

  • 2 FlexFold dividers

Smart interior organization which is also 100% customizable.

  • 1 strap adjuster

Quickly loosen or pull up the sling with one hand.

  • 2 External compression straps

Perfect for attaching some oversize stuff like a tripod, umbrella, or blanket; plus you can cinch them up to pack your sling flat in a suitcase.

  • 1 cozy tablet pocket

I used it to carry a 13” MacBook as well.

  • 5 small internal pockets

Add handy separation by means of a zipper and color indication for good / full memory cards and batteries.

  • 1 expandable outer compartment

Capable to hold lots of extra stuff, and when you don’t need it — just tighten the utility straps to hide it flat.

  • 1 rolling luggage carry strap

Ensures easy transporting of the bag and also works great as a handle.

  • 2 Capture Clip attachment points

Enable you to carry your camera externally on either side of the bag using another Peak Design cool product, Capture Clip.

Everyday Sling Review

These features become even more impressive when combined with the following specs:

  • 1.5 lbs (680 g) naked weight
  • Up to 10 L capacity
  • 16” (40 cm) x 9″ (23 cm) x 5.5″ (14 cm)
  • Max tablet dimensions: 12.5″ x 8.65″ x .75″ (32 x 22 x 2 cm)
  • Max laptop dimensions: 12.5″ x 8.65″ x .75″ (32 x 22 x 2 cm)

In Use

From photographing my running club to taking my little one to the football training and going for a sketching meetup — I used the Everyday Sling for a whole range of occasions. My husband took it for a spin as well and we both are totally happy with the bag.

Peak Design Everyday Sling In Use

It’s compact yet capacious, it keeps everything organized yet easy to take out, it’s comfortable to wear yet stylish. By the way, whenever I went out with the sling, it drew attention and compliments from others.

As the bag’s format implies, it works best for one-off specific occasions such as going to a gym, or light photo walk. It’s also a great choice for daily office commuting and hand luggage on a trip.

Everyday Sling User Photos

The Verdict

The Everyday Sling is the champion in the lightweight category. Just as in case with the tote, I was unable to find any flaw.

Recap

The new Everyday bags from Peak Design definitely keep competition off the game.

Whether you’re a pro photographer, frequent traveler, daily commuter, or someone in between, I’m sure the Everyday Tote and / or Sling will make your daily routine an easier and more enjoyable experience.

The bags are available for pre-order on Indiegogo and that’s where you can find more information, pictures, videos, and reviews on each bag in the lineup.

And here is a link to other Peak Design bags and accessories you can purchase right now on Amazon.

 

Julia May

Julia May has been into Internet Marketing since 2009 helping startups reach their audiences. Her writing works can be seen on Digital Photography School, Webdesignerdepot, and Smashing Magazine.
  • Wow this bag looks awesome and very useful! I think I’ll get one too… Thanks for the review Julia! Appreciate it!

    Chris

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting Chris! Glad I could help. Which one do you like better btw?

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting Chris! Glad I could help. Which one do you like better btw?

  • This list looks definitely impressive, but the evolution and innovation I mentioned earlier may not appear so obvious from it. However, when you find out that regular bag straps enable you to not only carry additional items, but can actually transform your tote into a messenger or backpack, you just can’t help saying “WOW!”.

    Where in this review do you demonstrate how this tote becomes a backpack? As you state it’s not obvious.

  • This is cool… at first glimpse I thought it’s something more like gadgets inside but I was completely wrong. It’s definitely more than that and certainly awesome and organized.

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