When we last reviewed Hex here, it was one of their more-compact slings (you can see that here). If you liked the style of the bag, and the fact it was purpose-built for cameras, but thought it was too small? Well, you did have plenty of other options from Hex. Even so, they listened to feedback from their customers and photographers, and came up with the brand-new Hex Ranger Sling XL.

This one is part of the Ranger lineup (as was our prior review), and it strides a middle ground, being larger than a traditional sling bag, yet smaller than a backpack. What this means is that you’ve got plenty of space for all of your gear, including multiple lenses. And if your gear also includes a 13″ laptop? Well, guess what friend – that can slide on in as well. With all of those adjustable dividers as well, you could quickly convert this to be a weekend bag (with a change of clothes) and easily be on your way.

Here’s what the brand has to say about the bag:

“The Ranger Collection conveys the essence of HEX as a brand: functional, sharp, and street-ready styles that are all designed with feedback from creators, and we’re really excited to be introducing a new level of versatility with the Sling XL,” said Trent Valladares, HEX Founder and CEO. “A key feature of the new sling is the padded compartment that accommodates a 13-inch laptop, a huge deal for a bag with such a small footprint. We’ve also incorporated our patented Clamshell zipper system, which allows for multiple access zones depending on preference. The Ranger Sling XL is a really unique size that we think photographers will find perfect for mid-size carry needs.”

It’s an interesting mid-size option in our opinion, and offers a lot of versatility. And hey, if you only need to bring a few lenses along? Well, then you’ve got all sorts of other space to put whatever else you need. Well, snacks, you know it’s snacks going in there. The Hex Ranger Sling XL is available now for $149.95, and if you want to sit tight for some hands-on impressions, you can do just that. We’ll have one coming in for review in a bit, and we’ll give you our thoughts later this summer. hexbrand.com

Specs from Hex

  • Padded compartment for up to 13-inch laptop
  • Water-resistant, ballistic nylon shell
  • Hideaway rainfly for additional weather protection
  • Generous exterior organizer with HEX’s signature faux-fur lined phone pocket
  • Air mesh back for breathability
  • Bottom cinch straps for tripod or jacket
  • Interior features EVA-padded dividers
  • Dimensions: 14.5” x 11” x 5”
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs
  • Capacity: 15L
  • MSRP: $149.95

By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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