Bellroy Sling Review

"Capable, friendly companion."

My favorite entry-level sling, Bellroy’s Sling is thoughtfully conceived and built with delightful, rugged materials. But it’s the simplicity of this bag that keeps me coming back to it.


Bellroy Sling Several little spots to segment your daily gear. Key clip, soft-lined pouch for glasses, etc.

Several little spots to segment your daily gear. Key clip, soft-lined pouch for glasses, etc.

Bellroy Sling Expansion and contraction to fit your load. Expandable gusset is very thoughtfully designed; it works without you having to think about it.

Expansion and contraction to fit your load. Expandable gusset is very thoughtfully designed; it works without you having to think about it.

Bellroy Sling Surprising amount of space for how small this thing can look on the body. Mirrorless cameras with small/pancake lenses will likely fit, for example.

Surprising amount of space for how small this thing can look on the body. Mirrorless cameras with small/pancake lenses will likely fit, for example.

Bellroy Sling Carry on the body 3 different ways. (I bet you could think of a couple more if you got really creative)

Carry on the body 3 different ways. (I bet you could think of a couple more if you got really creative)


Material Choice:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

The woven polyester is the same as their "Shift" backpack (which I love).

Build Quality:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Bellroy does good work. This sling is an excellent example of a "simple" sling with a surprising amount of features.

Water Resistance:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

External Access:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

I love that I can get into anything on this bag from the outside.

Internal Organization:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Some may want more little nooks inside. I prefer openness for my pouches and chunky everyday goods in a sling.

Carry Comfort:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Thin strap, but it's made from that smooth nylon. Love the magnet to clip in-out of the bag. Though you may need to study it a bit to figure out how you'll use it.

Doesn't Look Weird:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

I think it's a very stylish bag for many of us who'd love to try using a sling.