Small bags that you can wear around your waist or across your torso are great for everyday-carry, as they can free up your pants pockets from a lot of things that would otherwise weigh them down. They can hold a good variety of stuff, from multi-tools and pocket knives to power banks and Bluetooth controllers, allowing you to use them, regardless of the EDC loadout you prefer packing. If you primarily use an EDC pouch to carry a Switch and its related gaming accessories, though, you might want to consider picking up the Timbuk2 x Astro Gaming CS03 Crossbody Sling instead.
Designed specifically for Switch gamers, the bag has an interior layout that’s optimized to stash Nintendo’s console, along with any earphones, game cards, and accessories you’re bringing along with it. And yes, there’s room for extras, as well, so you can use it to carry a smartphone, your favorite pocket folder, or whatever other small gear you’re carrying for the day.
The Timbuk2 x Astro Gaming CS03 Crossbody Sling has a main compartment that’s divided in half, with one side sized to hold a Switch flush, complete with an elastic strap to keep it from moving around while it sits in the bag. The other side offers enough room to fit a smartphone or an extra gamepad, in case you prefer to use your 8Bitdo Pro 2 instead of the standard Joy Cons, although it also houses 14 small pockets to hold individual game cards and a pair of stretch mesh pockets for your cords, cables, and earphones.
The interior is fully padded and lined with brush tricot, so any gear sitting inside is completely protected from the bumps and knocks it can experience throughout the day, while a dual zipper closure secures the main compartment. There’s also a zippered front pocket for any stuff you want to keep within easy access. According to the outfit, it has a total volume capacity of three liters, which should be enough for people’s mobile gaming requirements.
The Timbuk2 x Astro Gaming CS03 Crossbody Sling has an adjustable strap that you can loosen or tighten for carrying it across the torso, over the shoulder, or around the waist like a hip pack, so you can use it any way you prefer, as well as integrated ventilation on the back panel, so it should wear comfortably, regardless of how you decide to carry it. It’s weatherized, too, with the shell coated in a water-resistant finish and the closures secured by water-resistant zippers, so it will keep your gaming gear dry, no matter the season.
Dimensions are 11.6 x 7.1 x 3.1 inches (width x height x thickness) with a weight of just over a pound, so it’s compact enough to bring along to work, school, and everywhere in between. Construction is pretty durable, too, with the bag built out of 600 denier polyester and 210 denier ripstop nylon.
Want one? The Timbuk2 x Astro Gaming CS03 Crossbody Sling is available now, priced at $79.99.