My long time bag is starting to show its age; one of the zippers no longer works completely, the fabric is frayed in places, the water resistance is marginal and the padding has lost its loft. I got about 4-5 years out of it by my recollection so I have no regrets about the quality. It is a Targus Sling I picked up on sale for about $40 at the time. It was roomy without being bulky and had those nice extra that really make a great bag (padded laptop compartment, in-strap phone/music holder, well-padded strap, exterior bottle/umbrella sleeve, rubber feet on the bottom and internal organizers). My only regret was that it was not more professional looking. It is perfect for the sporty/outdoor look or light student commuter and I would not hesitate to recommend it in this role.
Thus I’ve decided to look at some new options. I have six bags lined up, two each from the following categories: Sling Pack, Vertical Sling and Messenger. My needs might not be everyone’s so bear with me as I explain my preferences and goals.
A Sling Pack is a single strap backpack. Because I commute; standing, sitting and transferring frequently, I like sling packs. They can easily be shifted from one shoulder for quick ups and down, taken off to grab a seat, or strapped across the chest for longer walks. The weight distribution is fine for my build, health level and weight load, though some folks, particular well-endowed women, users with heavier loads or smaller frames may find them less comfortable. They are my preferred bag.