Everyday Carry

Timbuk2 Catapult Sling 2.0

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Jonathan Tayag
Timbuk2 Catapult Sling 2.0

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When your regular days start to pick up the pace and you’re constantly on the move, a sling bag could be just what you need in your EDC. They’re useful for getting to your gear without taking your bag off, especially when time and space are limited, like on a busy commute. While their design is relatively uncomplicated, attention has to be paid to the details, and oftentimes sling bags just aren’t made with the right stuff to keep up with the rough and tumble of an active life. Enter the new Catapult Sling 2.0 from the veteran messenger bag manufacturer, Timbuk2. This second iteration of the bag offers improved durability, now made with Cordura nylon, in a design that lets you throw it over your back like its namesake as you get from point A to point B with your EDC in tow.

The new Catapult sling is able to take more than its fair share of rough use because its external shell is made of 1830D Cordura nylon. This makes it worlds more durable than the standard sling made out of thinner material, and it’s even more sturdy than some tactical sling bag options available today. But while it’s built to be tougher than a tactical bag, its styling places it firmly in an urban environment: it’s good-looking, but also minimal and low-profile. Its size helps with that, with a modest 5 liters of space that gives you enough room to carry the essentials without weighing you down too much when you’re trying to catch your next connection.

Its buckled opening is easy to operate without a second look, and it reveals two distinct sections: a quick-access panel for small items like stationery and sunglasses, and a larger interior section that has room to fit a small 11“ laptop or tablet. If you only wish to reach the interior section, you can do that quickly via the top zip entryway as well. Once you get your gear sorted out, you can close up the bag and use it on any side of your body because the strap is ambidextrous. And on hot days or during long bike rides the Catapult sling adds further creature comforts with its air mesh back for both cushioning and air flow.

The new Timbuk2 Catapult sling is a solid choice for everyday carry, especially if you’re in the market for a bag that can move as fast as you do, and it’s available in four different colorways to suit your style as well. 

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Jonathan Tayag

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

Discussion (3 total)

Frank LoCicero ·
Looks like the shoulder strap is far too short. Couldn’t find better picture that the guy wearing his kindergarten sibling’s shoulder bag.
Edward Schmidt ·
I've been main running this bag for 3 years now and don't see myself changing anytime soon.
saint_shinobi ·
I had the first version of this, great minimalist messenger bag. Durable, lightweight, and water resistant. The only thing I wish it had was a grab handle on the top.