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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award  Top Pick Award 
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Pros Versatile, adaptable, lightweight, great volume to weight ratioWaterproof laptop sleeve, weather resistant, easy to use, great features, ambidextrous, brightly colored interiorDurable, comfortable, simple but thoughtful storage, customizableWaterproof, comfortable, lightweight, highly durable, ambidextrous shoulder strapUnique low-profile shape, secure, expanding compression straps accommodate many load sizes, durable
Cons No padding for electronics, strap buckle isn't well-placed, smaller size, thin materialExterior water bottle pocket is small, shoulder padding can get bunched up, tips over easily when set downMinimal features for electronicsTips over easily when set down, doesn't have very many pockets, expensiveFew pockets, not very waterproof, can only be worn on one shoulder
Bottom Line A lightweight and affordable bag that allows for a variety of load sizes and can be worn over the shoulder or around the waistThis well-featured bag is feature-rich, fully ambidextrous, and highly weatherproofThis tried and true design continues to be one of the best simple messenger bags on the marketWith thoughtful features and burly weatherproofing, it's comfortable, lightweight, and ready to be your go-to bagDeceivingly compact, this mighty sling bag can adapt to many different load sizes and is highly durable
Rating Categories Timbuk2 Mission Sling Timbuk2 Especial Stash Timbuk2 Classic Arc'teryx Granville 10 Chrome Vale Sling 2.0
Comfort (25%)
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7
8
9
8
Packing & Organization (25%)
5
8
7
5
6
Electronics (15%)
3
9
5
7
6
Ease Of Use (15%)
8
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8
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7
Wear & Tear (10%)
6
9
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7
Volume To Weight Ratio (10%)
10
8
9
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7
Specs Timbuk2 Mission... Timbuk2 Especial... Timbuk2 Classic Arc'teryx... Chrome Vale Sling...
Measured Weight 0.875 lbs 2.18 lbs 2 lbs 1.15 lbs 1.74 lbs
Measured Volume 10 L 20 L 21 L 10 L 14 L
OGL Volume/Weight Ratio 11.43 9.17 10.50 8.70 8.05
Dimensions 11.4 x 8.7 (11.75 unrolled) x 3.9 in 17.5 x 12.2 x 4.72 in 14.6 x 12.2 x 7.1 in 16 x 10.5 x 5 in 13 x 9.25 x 5 in
Shoulder preference Either Either Either but optimized for left Either Left
Number of Compartments 2 3 2 2 2
Number of Large Pockets 1 5 3 1 3
Number of Small Pockets (i.e. sleeves for pens, thin items) 5 4 5 1 2
Number of Zipper Pockets 4 3 3 2 2
Key Clip? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Reflective Material? Yes, on zipper pulls Yes Yes, on bottom straps No Yes
External Side Pocket No Yes No No Yes
Sleeve For Laptop? No Yes - 15" Yes - 15" Yes - 12" Yes - 13"
Stabilizing Cross Strap No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Available Sizes One Size One Size XS, S, M, L 10L and 16L One Size
Size Tested One Size One Size Medium 10L One Size
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