Scott Felter, the mastermind at Porcelain Rocket, has continued to push the boundaries of ultralight backpacking bags. Scott has been helping me with my travels by bike for the last 4 years and I am extremely grateful not only for his support but for his creativity.
For quite some time I know that not only I, but other bike photographers have been looking for a solution to easily carry and protect our camera gear on our bikes. We have all gone through a host of solutions, some elegant, and some not so much. I am sure that most of us have tried making crap, using backpacks, repurposing other bits of kit, all in an attempt to come up with a solution that safely carries our cameras; keeps them close at hand; and most importantly, keeps them off of our backs.
I am happy to say, that after seeing the prototypes I am now the proud recipient of one of Scott's new 'Slinger' bags. This is a super light bag that in similar fashion to 'Feed Bags', attaches to the handlebars, fork and stem to create a secure location for carrying a small DSLR, mirrorless camera or range finder. I personally shoot primarily with a rangefinder, but there are definitely situations where I will use a DSLR like the Nikon D810 or even a small mirrorless camera like the Fuji X100T.
Scott's new Slinger fits the bill perfectly with more than enough space for a DSLR and small zoom or fixed lens. For a rangefinder or mirrorless camera, there is enough space in there for a camera, lens and second lens. The pictures below who the bag mounted to the Salsa Mukluk. The 3rd picture shows the bag with a D810/50 combination. Plenty of room in there for a longer fixed lens or a moderate zoom.
I head to Ireland for 3 weeks of photography and bikes starting next week and then am off to Alaska for 3 weeks of winter touring and photography. I look forward to putting the Slinger through its paces and will provide a bit of running commentary on Instagram as to how it works.
Scott -- GREAT JOB!!