I previously reviewed the City Sling a few months ago here. In the review, I stated that the City Sling was a good – but not great – product. Since then, the brand has revamped its flagship offering, addressing some of my initial feedback in the process. They also kindly sent over the Day Sling, which The Man Bag Co. says addresses some of the concerns I raised in my first review. Let’s see if it’s any good.
The Day Sling – Review
The most significant difference is the material of the two bags.
While the City Sling was made from “high-quality, durable polyester”, the Day Sling is crafted from waterproof Cordura®. For those uninitiated about the material, Cordura is an all-weather material that is highly resistant to abrasions and tears. This means that the Day Sling should withstand the trials and tribulations of everyday carry with ease, and represents a durability upgrade as compared to the City Sling. Interestingly, the new City Sling V2 also utilises the same weatherproof Cordura fabric.
The zippers are also improved. In my initial review, I feedbacked that the flat metal zippers of the City Sling got scratched easily. The waterproof rubber zippers of the Day Sling rectify that and even features a striking faceted design for visual oomph. Coupled with the waterproof Cordura construction, the Day Sling is essentially waterproof – a definite boon during the current monsoon season.
Furthermore, The Day Sling features a “branded” Fidlock® Patented Stainless Steel V-Buckle, which (in theory at least) should be more durable than the generic strap buckle of the City Sling V1.
But wait – there’s more. The Day Sling features two interior pockets in the front compartment, and five interior pockets in the main compartment for easy organisation. I actually brought the Day Sling on a cruise recently, so I can attest to its eminent utility. I was able to carry a bottle of water, a book, my passport, tissues/wet wipes, a portable charger, my Ipad, and other small accessories such as my wireless earphones with ease.
In addition, I appreciated the bright orange interior, which made it easy to see and locate my belongings in low visibility conditions. It’s made of soft fleece, which is comfortable to the touch and protects stored items from being scratched.
There’s even a back compartment for phones, as well as two dedicated pockets for the SIM/SD cards.
Both the front and back of the Day Sling are padded for added protection, should you happen to drop the bag. I also found that it resulted in a more comfortable wearing experience.
I also liked the inclusion of the 40cm keyhook, which allows me to access my keys in a secure and convenient manner. Furthermore, one can see that the sling is attached to the bag via cross-stitching, which reinforces the overall durability of the bag.
As the icing on the cake, the Day Sling is also stylistically versatile. It can be worn as a fanny pack, which appears to be in vogue currently.
It can also be worn as a crossbody sling bag, which is my preferred way to rock the Day Sling. It looks at home either way though, so in a sense you’re getting two bags for the price of one.
Conclusion – so the Day Sling “shiok” or not?
Definitely. It’s an improvement over the City Sling V1 in almost every aspect – the material is better, it’s more rugged, and I personally think it looks better as well. And to top it off, it’s actually the same price as the City Sling V1, despite sharing a near-identical construction to the updated City Sling V2.
Those interested in purchasing the Day Sling – or any other products from the brand – can use the promo code “WAHSOSHIOK” to enjoy 10% off all products from The Man Bag Co. After the discount, the Day Sling can be had for S$76.50, making it an affordable option for everyday carry, or even as a travel bag.
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P.P.P.P.S Shiok is a common word Singaporeans use to express admiration or approval. As of 2016, you can find the definition of the word in the Oxford English Dictionary.