The Patagonia Mass Sling Bag is a messenger style shoulder bag with stability of a backpack.
The Patagonia Sling shoulder bag is a great bag for people on the go, providing the support of a backpack with a hands-free convenience of a messenger bag. It’s small and convenient and the load of the pack is distributed right behind your shoulders preserving arm and torso mobility. To access the contents of the bag simply spin the single shoulder strap around around. Very convenient!
This bag is suited for men or women. For women who don’t like purses but want the convenience of one, this one is a good choice. If you’re riding your bike or walking around town taking care of a few errands, you don’t have to deal with a full on backpack. The 9L (549 cu. in.) size means you can easily accommodate most of what you need in this sling shoulder bag.
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The load of the pack is distributed right behind your shoulders, giving you full arm and torso mobility.
Simply spin the single shoulder strap around front to easily reach all of your gear
Molded back panel, mesh padding
The molded back panel sheds moisture and channels a cooling airflow. The shoulder straps are padded with breathable spacer mesh to keep you cool
Padded Laptop / Tablet Sleeve
Padded sleeve fits most 13 in. laptop computers or a tablet
Main compartment opens with a side zipper and features 3 pockets inside, including a padded pocket for a smartphone. These compartments help you keep small items organized.
Exterior features include a reflective panel and lash point for attaching a light (light is sold separately)
What could I fit into it?
The sling bag can hold: an iPad, 13″ laptop or tablet. digital SLR camera, extra lenses, and a small windbreaker jacket or sweater.
I find this bag most useful for vacations or weekends. You have to keep in mind that at 549 cubic inches, or about 9 Liters the Sling bag is fairly small, at times too small to carry many things at once. It’s great for traveling though. It fits surprisingly more than I thought it would. Heading to the office I find most daily essentials can fit in here, such as my laptop, a cardigan, bike jacket, my lunch, some toiletries and a small thermos of coffee or water bottle. For comparison, here are other small bags and medium bags.
Patagonia Mass Sling is constructed from 8.4 oz. 600 denier 100% recycled polyester with a slick 3.3 oz. 200-denier polyester lining; both with a polyurethane coating.
Pros and Cons
Things we liked
- Convenient access to all your gear. Simply swing it around to access your things.
- Light: weighs just over 1 pound (around 480 g)
- Padded laptop Sleeve
- Three pockets inside, including a padded one for a phone, keep small items organized
- Water resistant, stays dry in rain or snow
- Padded and breathable strap, no cutting or biting of your shoulder
- Looks stylish: very careful attention to detail in the design and quality
- Great for travel, weekend use or for the office
Things we didn’t like
- Too small to carry laptops larger than 13″ or larger notebooks and books, not always practical. Check out the messenger bag store for larger bag sizes.
Dimensions and Specifications
The bag measures:
- 11.5″ x 10″ x 4.5″ (inches)
- 29.2 cm x 25.4 cm x 11.4 cm
Weight: 1 lb, 1 oz., (482 grams).
Volume: 549 cubic inches, or about 9 Liters.
Number of Exterior Pockets: 2 + main compartment
Color Choices: Purple, Classic Tan, Black
Laptop Compartment: Yes
Fits laptop Size (in.): 13″
Carry On Size: Yes
Material(s): Recycled Polyester