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Tenba Shootout Sling review:

Tenba Shootout Sling

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The Good Compact; flexible interior design; three entry points; weather-sealed zippers and rain cover; integrated cell phone/MP3 player pouch.

The Bad Might be uncomfortable for some users.

The Bottom Line For a small camera sling with protection from the elements, the Tenba Shootout Sling is tough to beat. But make sure to try before you buy to ensure it's comfortable for you.

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CNET Editors' Rating

8.0 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0

Tenba's line of Shootout camera bags and accessories is designed for people who shoot more outdoors than in. Its Shootout Sling bag is no different, offering your camera gear protection from weather while still letting you quickly draw and shoot. The overall design is top-notch, with several thoughtful features. However, if other sling bags don't fit you comfortably, I can't say that this one will be any different.

The Shootout Sling models come in two sizes, small and medium, and three color choices: all black, black and silver, and black and olive green.

Not everyone can wear a sling, usually because of the way it distributes weight or because of the strap design. The single shoulder strap on the Shootout Sling is wider than many, at roughly 3.5 inches, and is well padded. A stowaway security strap tucks into the bottom right of the bag for added stability as well. It's a good fit if you have broad shoulders, providing extra support and comfort, but those with narrower shoulders might find it cuts too close to the neck and rubs. The strap is fixed to the bag, too, so you're stuck wearing it on your right shoulder.

Also, if you like or need to run around with a lot of gear, this isn't an ideal bag as--true to its name--it is small. The bag measures 8 inches wide by 15.5 inches high by 7 inches deep and weighs 2.5 pounds. (The medium-size version adds an inch in all directions.) I was, however, impressed with the room inside for its size. Carrying one or two SLR bodies, three or four lenses, a flash, and accessories should pose no problem. I managed to stow a Nikon D60, two lenses, a flash, and a Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook in it for a trip.

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