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The Camera Bag for Every Adventure: City Streets to Hiking Trails


As a photographer, the constant search for the perfect camera bag never truly ends. We want something that keeps our gear safe on the go, but also allows for lightning-fast access when those perfect, fleeting moments present themselves. It’s even tougher for those of us who love both urban exploration and hitting the trails – most bags excel in one area but falter in the other. That’s why I was intrigued by the Slingshot Edge 250 AW, a bag designed to handle anything from bustling city streets to rugged hikes.

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Why a Hybrid Bag is Ideal

Let’s be honest, dedicated camera bags can be bulky beasts. They’re great for long trips, but awful for when you need to grab your camera quickly on a walk or dip into a cafe. On the flip side, hiking backpacks offer protection and space, but you often have to rummage around for your camera, and they look completely out of place in urban environments. A truly versatile bag needs to offer the right amount of protection, well-organized compartments, and a compact size that suits any scenario.

Essential Features for Everyday Use

My bag with a unique patch

Plenty of room for the daily carry

Ribbed and padded back for all day comfort

Key Features for Hiking

Quick and easy access to all weather cover

Flexible water bottle pocket with easy access

Enough room for more, including a couple 12oz bottles

Customizable Protection

The Slingshot Edge 250 AW understands that everyone’s gear setup is different. That’s why it includes padded Velcro dividers that let you customize the camera compartment to fit your specific needs. This keeps everything securely in place, preventing your camera and lens from jostling around while you’re on the move. This protects your investment and ensures your gear is organized just how you like it.

Quality Build for Everyday Wear and Tear

The Slingshot Edge 250 AW might be compact, but don’t underestimate the quality of its construction. The materials feel durable, from the ripstop-style nylon to the robust zippers. While I haven’t been using it for years yet, I’ve still put several hundred miles on it and I still confidence that it can withstand the inevitable bumps and scrapes of everyday use and outdoor adventures. The internal compartments include dividers with enough padding to keep my gear safe without being too bulky.

Real-Life Usage with My Personal Loadout

My Canon R7 with a Tamron 18-300mm lens. It’s a tight fit but a secure one. Just enough room for my K&F magnetic lens kit

My view when I open the side access to retrieve my camera

Enough room for more, including a couple 12oz bottles

Personal Testimonial

“As a photographer, I’ve gone through more camera bags than I care to count, I have a closet full of all kind of camera bags from over the years! I feel like I always needed separate bags – a bulky one for serious shoots, a tiny one for everyday carry, and none of them were ever suitable for hiking.

Then, I found the Slingshot Edge 250 AW. This bag has been a game-changer. It’s small and lightweight yet comfortably holds my Canon R7 with the sizable Tamron 18-300mm attached. I love having space for the other necessities too, like my tablet, sunglasses, snacks, and drinks on those tougher trails.

One day I’m using it on a rugged mountain hike, scrambling for those perfect wildlife shots, and the next, it’s my sleek carry-on for a weekend trip to Vegas. It’s truly the best of all worlds!”

The Takeaway

The Slingshot Edge 250 AW delivers on its promise of versatility. Whether you’re just starting your photography journey, or a seasoned pro needing a streamlined option for certain shoots, this bag is worth your attention.

Lowepro LP36899PWW Slingshot Edge 250 AW - A Secure, Slim, Smart and Protective Sling for a Compact...
  • Fits Compact DSLR with attached lens (such as Canon Rebel T6i with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6).Personal gear such as compact tripod, headlphones, smartphone, keys, wallet, sunglasses and small accessories. The Slingshot Edge 250 AW also fits the DJI Mavic Pro drone
  • Designed for smooth operation and extra security. Rotate sling to front, unzip side-access pocket and grab kit to shoot.

Additional Q&A:

For most airlines, yes! Always double-check your airline’s specific restrictions, but the bag’s compact dimensions make it suitable for carry-on and in many cases a personal item so you still can have a whole suitcase as a carry-on!

While no bag is 100% waterproof forever, the AW Cover provides a good level of protection. It’ll handle unexpected drizzle or a downpour long enough for you to reach shelter. Don’t think of it as a replacement for a full-on dry bag meant for submersion, though.

While it depends on your exact setup, this bag is surprisingly roomy! Here’s the official list of what it’s designed to fit:

  • Compact DSLR or mirrorless with attached lens (Examples: Canon Rebel series, Canon R7, Nikon Z50)
  • Extra lens and flash
  • Tablet (up to standard iPad size)
  • Plus the usual essentials: phone, sunglasses, small tripod, etc.
  • If you’re unsure, check online for the dimensions of your gear and compare them to the bag’s internal dimensions listed on the manufacturer’s website.
Surprisingly comfortable! The padded strap and back panel distribute weight nicely. Obviously, this will vary depending on how heavy your gear is, but for its size, the design is focused on extended wearability.

The Slingshot Edge 250 AW is best for day hikes or those with a minimalist packing style. You can squeeze in light layers and snacks, but it isn’t designed to replace a true overnight hiking backpack. Think of it as the option when your main goal is photography, and you need some room for the hiking essentials.

Get it for – $129.88