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07/12/2006 05:53:20 PM · #1
OK, this may be way out there but I can't be the only woman having this issues. Yesterday my husband gave me a sling bag that I had been wanting, this is my second sing bag so I should have know better. I am convinced that these type of bag weren't designed with women in mind, as a matter of fact, I strongly believe women weren't even considered. I'll tell you why.

The concept of the sling bag is great and it works, for men. The reason why it doesn't work for women, or at least not for me, is because we have breasts. Yup, that's it. I loaded the bag today and no matter how I adjusted it, the strap always came right across my breasts, squishing them in weird ways that didn't feel nor looked OK, not to mention it was a bit painful. It is also not a matter of big breasts because I do not have THAT problem. This is really a bummer because I like the concept and I really wish I could figure out a way to make it work. So, I guess I am just stuck with either backpacks or shoulder bags, and that bugs me.

Now that I have gotten that off my chest (pun intended), has anyone else had this problem? I really can't be the only one!

June

Message edited by author 2006-07-12 17:54:49.
07/12/2006 06:04:44 PM · #2
Maybe you could just jerry-rig a big ole fanny pack?

I'm still looking for a someone who will actually use Gore-tex and make an actual full-fledged, 50 pound backpacking gear with camera space. That is fully waterproof. Am I asking too much?

I know! Make a bag that straps around your lower half and crushes any mans most personal belongings if he tries to wear it :P
07/12/2006 06:05:54 PM · #3
Hmmm...interesting. I use the Lowepro Slingshot 200 and it goes everywhere with me. The only time I use the additional strap is on the back of the motorbike and then we are travelling for up to an hour at a time...I also have the tripod hooked over the top of it. I am not tiny in the breast area but with a little adjustment...I don't have any problems at all.
07/12/2006 06:07:59 PM · #4
Oh June! I feel your pain....

I've been carrying around a battery pack for my flash that needs to hang the same way. It looks so lovely to have one breast smooshed and your neckline pulled to the side while you're trying to get the wedding party organized -- very professional! I fear being known as the lop-sided wedding photographer ;-)
07/12/2006 06:08:22 PM · #5
Originally posted by Judi:

Hmmm...interesting. I use the Lowepro Slingshot 200 and it goes everywhere with me. The only time I use the additional strap is on the back of the motorbike and then we are travelling for up to an hour at a time...I also have the tripod hooked over the top of it. I am not tiny in the breast area but with a little adjustment...I don't have any problems at all.


That is the bag Matt got me yesterday! Maybe it's just me :::shrug::: Weird request but.....can you take a picture of yourself wearing it and show me? Maybe I am just not putting the strap on the right place.

June
07/12/2006 06:09:00 PM · #6
I can see (actually imagine since no pic was posted) how this could be a problem.

I have the Velocity 9 (I think) and it has a waist band that can be used in addition to the shoulder strap. If you have a waistband, have you tried loosening the shoulder strap and tightening the waistband so that the waistband is what supports the weight of the sling bag?

It's not the perfect solution (I don't think there is one) but this might work well enough.
07/12/2006 06:10:43 PM · #7
Originally posted by Chiqui:

Originally posted by Judi:

Hmmm...interesting. I use the Lowepro Slingshot 200 and it goes everywhere with me. The only time I use the additional strap is on the back of the motorbike and then we are travelling for up to an hour at a time...I also have the tripod hooked over the top of it. I am not tiny in the breast area but with a little adjustment...I don't have any problems at all.


That is the bag Matt got me yesterday! Maybe it's just me :::shrug::: Weird request but.....can you take a picture of yourself wearing it and show me? Maybe I am just not putting the strap on the right place.

June


Okay..it is early morning here...I am going out sometime today to do photos so I will take a shot then for you.
07/12/2006 06:11:12 PM · #8
Maybe you could simply use another strap and a couple pieces of velcro to make a "waist strap" that pulls the sling closer to the center of your chest? As a bonus, it would tend to "anchor" the sling so it doesn't drop awkwardly when you lean over to get a shot (it might be hard to envision, but I'll bet it would work).

Message edited by author 2006-07-12 18:13:45.
07/12/2006 06:28:46 PM · #9
LoL! I've had that same problem recently. the same bag too. I'm constantly adjusting it to prevent the distorted torpedo look it causes . either that or i use one hand to hold the strap away from my chest, which is hard to do with two kids and a camera to hold/use. its very uncofortable.
07/12/2006 06:34:33 PM · #10
He, he, I have one of those sling-bags! They do make you look a bit funny, not only in front, but they sort of bounce along behind you as you walk along.

I don't use it in town :)
07/12/2006 06:51:59 PM · #11
I suspect I wouldn't have that problem as I come from a very long line of flat-chested women. But since I ride a bike, I want a backpack - I'm currently using a CamelBak but it has only the one central compartment. While we're solving Chiqui's problem, are there any women out there who've found a good not-too-big backpack that will fit a female with a very small frame?
07/12/2006 06:57:17 PM · #12
Okay ladies - don't worry your pretty little heads about this...

Us men will come up with a solution based on velcro, tape, and pvc straps. Leave everything to us..... <flexes biceps>
07/12/2006 06:59:24 PM · #13
Originally posted by jhonan:

Okay ladies - don't worry your pretty little heads about this...

Us men will come up with a solution based on velcro, tape, and pvc straps. Leave everything to us..... <flexes biceps>


ROFL

Yet another bag designed by men for men ;)

June
07/12/2006 07:02:39 PM · #14
Originally posted by jhonan:

Okay ladies - don't worry your pretty little heads about this...

Us men will come up with a solution based on velcro, tape, and pvc straps. Leave everything to us..... <flexes biceps>


At least he didn't say pcv straps ....
07/12/2006 07:14:12 PM · #15
Originally posted by Melethia:

I suspect I wouldn't have that problem as I come from a very long line of flat-chested women. But since I ride a bike, I want a backpack - I'm currently using a CamelBak but it has only the one central compartment. While we're solving Chiqui's problem, are there any women out there who've found a good not-too-big backpack that will fit a female with a very small frame?


Just a couple of weeks ago I purchased the Lowepro MicroTrekker backpack and I like it a lot. It's quite small but holds a LOT very snuggly without moving at all. It has a large main compartment divided into sections with changeable velcro dividers and one smaller zip compartment on the front and an elastic pocket thing in front of that. I've walked around all day with it with no problem at all.

It would probably fit a woman with a small frame - I have very broad shoulders and a very broad back so I don't know for sure if would be as comfortable for a small built woman. The staps are adjustable and it really is quite small and should fit on a small woman very well.

Message edited by author 2006-07-12 19:18:51.
07/12/2006 07:17:22 PM · #16
Originally posted by jhonan:

Okay ladies - don't worry your pretty little heads about this...

Us men will come up with a solution based on velcro, tape, and pvc straps. Leave everything to us..... <flexes biceps>


Down here it would be duct tape, chicken wire, and cardboard. Yee-haw. ;)
07/12/2006 07:42:19 PM · #17
Originally posted by jhonan:

Okay ladies - don't worry your pretty little heads about this... Us men will come up with a solution based on velcro, tape, and pvc straps. Leave everything to us..... <flexes biceps>

You left out the duct tape! How can you leave out the duct tape? I'm so disappointed in you...
07/12/2006 07:45:55 PM · #18
I think I need to see pics of all the breasts mentioned above to see exactly what the problem is...
07/12/2006 07:46:52 PM · #19
Originally posted by wavelength:

Maybe you could just jerry-rig a big ole fanny pack?


You should never tell a lady that she has a big ole fanny...
07/12/2006 07:55:54 PM · #20
Originally posted by TooCool:

I think I need to see pics of all the breasts mentioned above to see exactly what the problem is...


Yes, and so we can fully understand and help resolve the problem I think we need clothes removed in the photos. Strictly so we can see placement, position, and size of said breast that are getting in the way.
07/12/2006 07:56:15 PM · #21
I have the Tamrac Velocity 9 sling bag and dont have that problem - maybe it's just how you adjust the strap. If I kake mine snugger it would probably be an issue, but I keep mine a bit loose so when I swing it around it's easier to get into
07/12/2006 08:07:02 PM · #22
Thanks for the info, Sammie. I may give that one a try. I'll just have to figure how to essentially "sweatproof" the part that sits against my back - it will get very, very wet if I use it for riding.

07/12/2006 08:45:07 PM · #23
I have the sling bag problem (havent tried photo bags, but have it with reg sling bags.) I also find I'm too short waisted for most backpacks, they hang down below my hips, so I can't sit down with them on. To proud and old to resort to bags with cartoon cahracters.

I am NOT a child *Stamps foot*
07/12/2006 08:48:10 PM · #24
Originally posted by bluezamia:

I am NOT a child *Stamps foot*

Awe, she's so darn cute whne she throws a tantrum! Makes you want to pinch her cheeks... lol
07/12/2006 09:01:22 PM · #25
When your 5 feet tall you have to stand on your dignity.

You have to stand on something to reach the top shelf.
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