Posted by Miles Arbour
With more and more options coming to the table, choosing a new hip pack seems to keep getting harder. Outer Shell’s Hip Slinger is the latest to market, adding to a growing number of handmade, cycling-specific hip packs that are great for every day use, quick rides, and week-long bikepacking trips. Still, Outer Shell has once again introduced some clever features into their design to create a unique, standout product.
First, the Hip Slinger features a roll-top main closure to provide expansion and compression, depending on what’s inside. The total volume can vary from from 1.5L to 3L. Secondly, instead of relying on standard buckles or velcro to secure the roll-top, the Hip Slinger features two elastic cords that anchor the roll-top for quick access and adjustment. Each cord hs a plastic hook that fastness around a D-ring at the bottom corner on both sides. A large perimeter zipper also provides access to the main compartment for easy access. The Hip Slinger also has several interior pockets to help organize contents.
The Hip Slinger is constructed from a water resistant PU coated Cordura main fabric, Rubberized Hypalon side “wings”, and an air mesh back panel. There are seven different Cordura colors available, plus additional X-Pac and LiteSkin options as well. The base price is $90 USD, while the X-Pac and LiteSkin options are $100.
Overall, Outer Shell’s new Hip Slinger looks like another excellent option for a small mirrorless camera, tools, and a light layer—and of course, extra snacks. The Hip Slinger is available now from OuterShellAdventure.com and ships from California, USA—where they are made!