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Eddie Bauer® Sling Bag Review
3/11/2007

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I found this little daypack at the Eddie Bauer Outlet store in Cabazon, California. It's small, inexpensive, light and decent quality. If I remember correctly, it comes in colors (I could be wrong). It's made of water resistant rip stop nylon so it should last a little while. This day pack is small measuring roughly 11" wide x 15" tall x 3" deep (empty). When fully loaded it grows to about 14" wide (including water bottles) x 15" tall x 8" deep (depending on what you're packing).

Features and Specifications
Price before discount
Label
Tag inside the main compartment
Features:

• 8" x 12" x 5" double zippered main compartment
• 5 1/2" x 8" x 3" double zippered small compartment
• 3" x 6" zippered pocket (on the shoulder strap for cell phone)
• 3" x 8" zippered pocket (front of small compartment, maybe for glasses with case)
• 4" x 6" zippered pocket (for MP3 player insided small compartment)
• 5 " x 6 " pocket (inside small compartment)
• 3 small pockets (appears to be for pencils/pens inside small compartment)
• 3 1/2" x 5" pocket (inside small compartment)
• 3 1/2" x 4" zippered nylon net pocket (inside small compartment)
• Two expandable nylon net pockets (for small water bottles, or what-have-you, on both sides of the main compartment)
• Key ring clip/holder (inside small compartment)
• Adjustable shoulder strap

Specifications:

• Weight: 12 oz. (340 gram)
• Width:11" (279 mm)
• Height: 15 " (381 mm)
• Depth: 5 " (127 mm)

Using Eddie Bauer's Sling Bag
Bag on it's side with the main compartment open

It may not look it but there's a lot of room in there.

Just to give you an idea of the bags size.

Opening the pocket for the MP3 player. Tons of room for my iPod nano. Pocket in the shoulder strap for a cell phone.
With a bluetooth headset, you'll never have to access the cell phone . A long narrow pocket in front of the small compartment. Small water bottles in the side pockets.
Although this appears to be a miniature back pack, it is not. It has only one shoulder strap that is designed for use on the right shoulder. I often times wish that it was reversable so that you can carry it on your left shoulder (well, that's just me).

I found that when carrying this bag during activities such as hiking, bicycling, running, I need to adjust/lengthen the strap to go around my neck, otherwise the bag just falls off my shoulder. The strap is wide (3") and comfortable but not very well padded. It's not designed to carry loads of 5 lbs or more, but I do carry that much frequently with this bag.

It's an all-purpose bag that you can use to carry:

1) lunch and drinks (the bag in not insulated) or,
2) 12 cans of 12 oz. soda (8 in the main compartment, 2 in the small front compartment and two in the expandable side pockets) or,
3) DSLR camera gear (body with long lens and an additional lens and accessories) or,
4) stuff you want to take on a day fishing trip such as sunblock, towels, under clothing, sunglasses, etc. or,
5) snacks, water and additional clothing when going on a short hiking/biking trip,
...and it has a zippered pocket (on the sling) where you can carry your cell phone and, inside the small compartment, there's a zippered pocket for your favorite MP3 player with a flap covered opening where you can run your headphone cables through so your player is protected from the elements.

Conclusion
What I carry in the front small compartment.

There's a handle on top of the bag. Nice touch.

Items that were packed in one of my one day lake fishing trip.

I've been using Eddie Bauer's Sling Bag for over a year now and I'm surprised at how well it's held up. There are some frayed threads but the zippers still function like new. The elastics on the side pockets have loosened a bit but they still hold the water bottles.

With lot's of little pockets, it's easy to keep things organized and, as small and compact as this bag is, it holds enough essentials where I just take the bag everywhere I go.

Although it's just a minor quibble (or just me), I wish the shoulder strap was reversable so I could "sling" the bag over my left shoulder.

If I ever have to replace this bag, hopefully, it will still be available.

:-)

Gary Kawamura
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