I recently tested out the Kimlee One Strap Backpack on a few short walks and hikes and was somewhat surprised by how well it performed. Granted, I wasn’t expecting much. Kimlee calls it a one-strap backpack. Other manufacturers refer to this type of pack as a Sling or Shoulder Pack. Either way, the craftsmanship of the Kimlee version was better than expected, despite the odd look and feel.
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The Kimlee One-Strap Backpack features a spacious main compartment with two interior pockets sewn into the backside. The top pocket is made with a mesh material and is suitable for delicate items such as cellphones and small point and shoot cameras. A Canon Powershot ELPH would fit in the pocket nicely but a more robust camera like the Sony Alpha A6000 mirrorless camera would be pushing it. There is also a port at the top of the pack designed for headphone wires.
The lower pocket is larger and deeper. The material is fairly thick and sturdy. This pocket can hold rectangular items nicely. For example, a full-sized Apple iPad fits perfectly in the lower pocket.
The main compartment itself can easily hold a light windbreaker, first aid kit, three bottles of water, snacks and similar items. It’s amazing how much stuff this little pack holds.
As for the exterior, the Kimlee One Strap Backpack also comes with a zippered, exterior mounted key holder pocket, an exterior water bottle holder and another zippered compartment on the backside of the pack. The key-holder pocket is large enough to also carry headlamps and a couple food bars.
The zippered backside pocket can be used for flat and pliable items like maps. Since that side of the pack rests on your back, it wouldn’t be useful for anything lumpy or bulky.
Kimlee One Strap Backpack on a Hike
I first got the idea for a sling pack from my friend Arden, who wore one on a couple recent short hikes. Her sling pack was small and obviously designed for women, but it looked comfortable, compact and practical. Arden told me she was satisfied with her pack, so I thought I’d check for a men’s version.
After searching through various brands, I settled on the Kimlee One Strap Backpack. I was initially put off by the poorly written product description on Amazon. It was obviously not written by a native English speaker. But it was the only reasonably priced sling pack with a spacious capacity and clean black color. So I took a chance.
As soon as it arrived, I stuffed it with a bulky waterproof windbreaker, four bottles of water and a few other items. And then took it for a long walk. It handled the load with ease, fit my back comfortably and did not shift around. I then took it on a couple regular hikes with steeper trails and a little elevation gain. It still performed decently but shifted around quite a bit. Almost to the point of being a nuisance.
The Kimlee Sling Backpack in use on a hike
The Kimlee One Strap Backpack is obviously not a replacement for a “real” backpack that you would take on longer hikes. Or even for a smaller daypack that you might choose for moderate hikes, like the Osprey Daylite Plus. But it is suitable for short hikes and walks where you only need to carry a couple bottles of water and a few other items. And it can also be used, of course, to carry stuff to outings and events.
Kimlee One Strap Backpack on a Mountain Bike Ride
Along with the hikes and walks, I also tried the Kimlee One Strap Backpack on a short mountain bike ride. Unfortunately, the constant shifting and swiveling pretty much rendered this pack a nuisance and distraction while riding. For rides, stick with a backpack designed for bike rides.
You might be able to get the Kimlee One Strap Backpack at your local hiking store Or you can just order it online from Amazon through my affiliate link: Kimlee One Strap Backpack.