I tossed the bag over my shoulder and attached the slim stow-away waist belt and went wandering around New York City for an hour or so. With the 9x fully loaded, it is wise to use the waist belt if the bag is being worn for an extended amount of time to keep the load steady. The shoulder strap is padded, but not bulky, to reduce pressure hot spots. Still, fully loaded, it can feel heavy after a while. Would I hike up Machu Picchu with this bag? Probably not, but for a day of photo touring around Paris, I'd be quite comfortable with a couple of big SLRs, a strobe, an assortment of f/2.8 wide and telephoto zoom lens and a point and shoot, along with a city map. Add the fact that it doesn't scream "camera bag," and the 9x's slim profile, and this is beginning to look like a great day bag with a deceptive amount of storage.