16 May Agua Stormproof Sling
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Camera bags have come a long way, what started off a just a simple means of carrying your camera, lenses and basic accessories have now become an extended part of our photography kit. If you’ve invested in expensive cameras, lenses or even filters you’ll want to make sure that they remain safe and secure while out and about, more so while you’re travelling around. There are so many different types and brands of bags out there for you to choose from and what you’ll end up buying is purely on a personal basis, whether it be a messenger bag, sling or backpack, there’s a bag for everyone.
In my last blog, I reviewed the new Laowa 9mm, along with that lens I was also provided with a sling bag by Miggo, the Agua Stormproof Sling. At first glance, this bag looks like it can take on whatever mother-nature throws at it. The material is durable yet surprisingly light when I picked up the bag the first time I used a bit of force thinking that there would be some weight behind it but there wasn’t. The material is very durable and scratch resistant, I’ve scratched it a number of times and but it left no marks. This bag can really take a beating.
Comfort-wise, it is quite comfortable provided you don’t fill it with heavy items otherwise you’ll start to feel the strain on your shoulder. Padding on the strap is thick and firm, it’s wide enough to spread the weight on the shoulders and this is important to note, the narrow the strap the more it’ll dig into your shoulders and put a strain.
The strap comes with a lot of slack so it can be adjusted to just about all body types, any excess can be rolled up and fastened with an elastic band that is attached at the end of the tip. But this is where I have some concerns, the elastic band can easily slide off unwinding the excess slack and there is just too much slack to the point that this can become a danger hazard. I’ve often found myself accidentally brushing the elastic band off, sometimes I don’t even know it became undone this is worrying especially the fact that I commute to and from work on public transport, I’m paranoid of the excess slack getting trapped behind the door as it closes or when I step out of an Uber and close the door behind. There are some DIY hacks to fasten the excess slack, for instance, you can pick up some velcro straps from your local hardware store for a few bucks.
Apart from that, I took this bag with me on a hike for a few hours and during that time I’ve never once had to take the bag off to give my shoulder a break. The thick padding at the back of the bag is a huge plus, previous bags I’ve used had a thin backing and you could feel almost everything that is in the bag, from lunch containers to camera lenses. The thick padding just makes it that more comfortable and has enough spacing between your back and the bag for ventilation. There are also hip padding and clips to fasten around the front for extra stability and support…
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