HEX, my favorite DSLR bag manufacturer, has just dropped their new sling and I just have to cop one.

New HEX Ranger Sling XL
HEX Ranger Sling XL in Green Camo

The Ranger Sling XL follows in the footsteps of HEX’s popular Ranger Sling family, but with some notable upgrades. Larger than a traditional sling, yet smaller than a backpack. Best of all, the Sling XL has a padded laptop compartment that will hold a 13″ Macbook or a laptop of a similar size. Shame I just picked up the new 14″ MacBook Pro.

Usually, when I think of a sling bag, I think of somewhat minimal compartments and a lack of space for all my gear. This isn’t the case with the new Ranger Sling XL. You can hold pretty much all the equipment you would in a regular, standard-sized DSLR backpack without any problems. There is a generous organizer on the outside, along with HEX’s signature faux-fur-lined phone pocket. Inside are EVA padded dividers which can be configured to fit each shooter’s needs. I like to bring my 24-70mm lens already attached to my Canon 5D Mark IV, with my telephoto 70-200mm; both of which fit perfectly in the sling.

Inside the HEX Ranger Sling XL

All of these features are wrapped up in water-resistant, ballistic nylon complete with a hideaway rainfly for even more weather protection. You can grab the new HEX Ranger Sling XL in 4 finishes: Black, Camo, Glacier Camo, and  Blackout Camo.