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This signature KAVU Rope Sling Bag is a crowd favorite for good reason. It’s not just your regular fanny pack or a full-size backpack — it’s a mixture of the two that’s truly the best of both worlds.

With an immediately identifiable strap made of 4 lines of rope stitched together, there are also a seemingly endless array of color schemes and materials along with 10 liters of capacity.

It’s spacious enough to fit all sorts of things and exceptionally portable so that you’re able to carry it everywhere. No matter the type of adventure you’re embarking on, this sling bag promises a smooth journey (if you don’t mind it getting bulky when stuffed with many items).

Carry on reading to see if all the hype is real.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    It’s the perfect sling bag to carry in tight spaces thanks to its compact design
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    The 100% Polyester material is durable, lightweight, and water-resistant
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    Every rope strap matches the unique pattern of every sling bag
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    The rope strap is comfortable despite looking rigid
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    You can fit bulky items inside the sling bag
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    The zippered pockets are ideal for storing small valuables

Reasons NOT to buy:

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With sling bags and fanny packs being such a trend, it can be hard to figure out what makes a good sling bag worth the investment. Will it fit you the right way? Will it have enough room for all of your belongings? KAVU Rope Sling Bag seemed like a great contender for finding that out.

Although it only comes in one size, the strap is easily adjustable for an optimal fit no matter how tall or short you are. You’re free to choose between dozens of patterns and prints which is a nice bonus to have if you’re big on matching your accessories to your outfits. And even if you’re not, who wouldn’t want their sling bag to have forest or pineapples on it? (We would).

This sling bag isn’t lacking in any department: it has two zippered pockets, a wide strap with a buckle, and a water- and stain-resistant fabric. Having been testing it for a couple of weeks, we’ve come to the conclusion that these features alone justify the mid-range price tag. Scroll down to see what else makes it a one-of-a-kind sling bag.

Specs & Features

  • Material: 600D Polyester
  • Dimensions: 20 x 11 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 11 ounces
  • Capacity: 10L
  • Cross-Body Strap Length: 22-44 inches
  • Colors: Amber, Aqua Montage, Arrow Dynamic, Atomic Orange, Autumn Ikat and 90+ more colors and patterns
The main compartment of the KAVU Rope Sling Bag
The main compartment of the KAVU Rope Sling Bag

Construction and Design

We can’t say enough good things about the logo KAVU sewed into their sling bag. Aside from the well-known mountains-and-the-sunset symbol the company stitched above the upper pocket on the front side of the bag, there’s also stitching on the back side. Even though it won’t be noticeable when wearing the sling bag, it’ll show up when you put the bag down. We thought that this is a nice touch to the otherwise standard-looking sling bag.

The 600-Denier Polyester is the reason why KAVU Rope Sling Bag hasn’t experienced any tears during the testing process. If you get dirt on it — and you will if you’re hiking or camping in unstable weather conditions — it’ll be easy to spot-clean your bag with cold water.

The design of the strap is worth mentioning too. That’s where this Rope sling bag gets its name from — the shoulder strap is built from the four strands of thick rope. This gives the bag an outdoor feel, and, quite frankly, makes you want to get out of your comfort zone and climb that mountain you’re scared of climbing.

The V-shaped Woojin buckle on the KAVU Rope Sling Bag
The V-shaped Woojin buckle on the KAVU Rope Sling Bag

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There isn’t much to say about the buckle except that it works well when you need to take your sling bag off and put it back on. If you’re not a fan of using buckles, you can always just slip in and out of your KAVU Rope Sling Bag.

As for the pockets, this sling bag has quite a few of those to keep all of your essentials safe when on the go. There are two vertical compartments that store the bigger items like water bottle, a lunch box, and a windbreaker, and two smaller pockets for bringing your phone, keys, wallet, and, say, a hand sanitizer. One of the smaller pockets has a velcro closure which is convenient for keeping bulkier items that won’t fall from one of the gaps at the pocket’s sides.

Keep in mind that the main compartments share the same space, which means that you won’t be able to separate your windbreaker from the lunchbox. So, make sure to pack your food and drinks in a way that minimizes the risk of spillage.

KAVU Rope Sling Bag fits a handful of things
KAVU Rope Sling Bag fits a handful of things

Other attributes

When testing the KAVU Rope Sling Bag, we found the flap with extra fabric to be helpful with adjusting the bag on the shoulder. It can seem like an annoying flap dangling at the bottom of the sling, but you can always secure it with an elastic to avoid having to deal with it.

The other detail we came to appreciate about the sling bag was the padded back panel. It helps keep the bag comfortable on your body regardless of how much stuff you pack in it. Sure, the bag can still look bulky, but at least the things you put inside of it won’t be poking your back.

Cons

Although we haven’t encountered any issues with using the zippers on the bag, we did find them to be slightly fragile. This can mean that they can potentially break if you’re not patient enough with opening and closing your sling bag.

We also didn’t like that unlike with some of the other sling bags, this one doesn’t allow you to switch up the way you carry it to relieve some tiredness from one shoulder. Osprey Daylite Sling Bag and Patagonia Atom Sling Bag have the same issue which isn’t a big deal but is still an inconvenience. We’d expect a bit more functionality from a sling bag with a 10-liter capacity that’s bound to get heavy.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    It’s the perfect sling bag to carry in tight spaces thanks to its compact design
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    The 100% Polyester material is durable, lightweight, and water-resistant
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    Every rope strap matches the unique pattern of every sling bag
  • check-mark
    The rope strap is comfortable despite looking rigid
  • check-mark
    You can fit bulky items inside the sling bag
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    The zippered pockets are ideal for storing small valuables

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThe quality of the zippers could be better

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions about KAVU Rope Sling Bag

Are KAVU rope bags good?

If you’re looking for a comfortable pack to carry on a morning hike or a short camping trip, KAVU Rope Sling Bag is the one for you. While it’s not the bag for high-intensity outdoor activities that require highly technical equipment, it’s just the right accessory for everything else. KAVU rope bags hit just the right spot between a travel purse and a functional backpack.

Is KAVU waterproof?

KAVU Rope Sling Bag isn’t waterproof. That said, the 100% Polyester it’s made from is water-resistant. The zippers on the main compartment are water-resistant as well which means that you can take the bag with you when it’s drizzling and it won’t get wet. It is, however, better to leave it at home if it’s pouring outside.

Which sling bag is best?

A good sling bag will keep your neck, shoulders and back from aching because of how ergonomically it’s constructed. It’s made to provide you with comfort no matter how much stuff you shove into it. Check out some of our favorites ones that meet these criteria:

Read more about sling bags here.

Can you machine wash a KAVU bag?

Just like with every other KAVU bag, you shouldn’t machine wash or dry clean the KAVU Rope Sling Bag. It’s best to follow the washing instructions attached to the sling bag itself which recommend you to spot clean it with cold water and air dry at room temperature. You should also never put it to dry under direct sunlight to avoid the fading of the fabric and the print.

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