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An everyday crossbody bag for the essentials plus a little extra.

5.8 Liters / 354 cu. in.

Looking for the Side Effect or Side Kick?

TLDR

A medium, yet versatile everyday crossbody shoulder bag that can also be used as a sling bag, waist pack, or organizer pouch. 

  • Main compartment with lots of organization: 7 open-top interior pockets of varying sizes
  • 4 O-rings inside to tether extra organizer pouches and/or Key Straps
  • Two exterior pockets, front and back, one zippered and one open-top
  • Wear it crossbody with our 1.5" Shoulder Strap (included) or as a sling bag / waistpack with a 1" Waist Strap (optional)

Want a smaller version of the Side Hustle? Check out the Side Kick. Want an even smaller version? Check out the Side Effect.

Full Description

Main Compartment

The main compartment of the Side Hustle opens with two zipper sliders, making it convenient for left or right-handed folks. It also allows you to choose where the sliders end up when the bag is closed. This compartment can fit a medium water bottle, an iPad Pro 11", or even an ultralight rain shell or down vest stuffed into itself or in a Travel Stuff Sack

On the front interior side of the main compartment are two large open-top pockets. They are sized to fit your phone, wallet, notebook, or even a pair of sunglasses inside an eyeglasses case.

On the back interior side of the main compartment is one large open-top organizational pocket that spans the width of the Side Hustle. You can fit 7" - 8" tablets, including the iPad Mini in our size 8A Cache.

In front of this large organizational pocket are four additional smaller pockets. The two on one end can fit items like granola bars, hand cream, or sunscreen. The two on the other end can each fit a pen or pencil.

All interior pockets are made with our super tough 200d Halcyon or 210d Cerylon fabric. 

Four O-rings, two on the back side and two on the front side of the interior main compartment, allow you to trick out your organization even further: attach Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches, Mystery Organizer Pouches, and/or any of our Key Strap variants to keep essentials handy and tethered safely. 

Two Exterior Pockets

The exterior of the Side Kick has a straight zippered pocket that spans the full width of the bag and is designed to fit your passport, notebook, tablet, or anything relatively flat. Inside the zippered pocket is one O-ring with a clipped 8" Key Strap. We consider this the front side of the bag, but you can always flip the bag around and make it the back side if you prefer.

On the other exterior side, there is an open-topped back pocket, for when you need to quickly put something away and deal with it later.

Ways to Carry the Side Hustle

Shoulder/Crossbody Bag

On either side of the Side Hustle are horizontal webbing loops to which you can attach the adjustable 1.5" Shoulder Strap (included), made from nylon webbing and with plastic clips (but no pad). When you're not wearing the Side Hustle, you can use the 1.5" Shoulder Strap to hang it on a coat hook or from a doorknob.

Waist Pack or Sling Bag

Also on the sides of the bag are unobtrusive webbing loops to which you can attach an optional 1" Gatekeeper Waist Strap, using our ubiquitous Gatekeeper clips. Wear the Side Hustle around your waist or hips, and you've got a sweet waist pack. Wear it crossbody with the bag on your back, and you've got a mini sling bag. Either way, it's great for cycling, hiking, or any situation where you need your hands completely free. 

Use as an Organizer Pouch

Clip one side of any of our Key Strap variants to the Side Hustle and then clip the other side to an O-ring inside one of our larger bags. That way, the Side Hustle stays tethered to your bag.

What's Included

1.5" Shoulder Strap
This one is a little different than most of our other shoulder straps, but not by much. No pad or grip, just a plain shoulder strap the width of our Standard shoulder strap.

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls
A set of pulls to extend or replace your metal pulls.

What's Optional

Gatekeeper Hip Belt
If you want to wear this as a sling, this is the thing. Attaches to either the front or back of the Side Hustle much like our Side Effect and Side Kick. You could also use it for a hip belt, but it will be pretty tall and wide to wear as a hip pack.

The main compartment of the Side Hustle opens with two zipper sliders, making it convenient for left or right-handed folks. It also allows you to choose where the sliders end up when the bag is closed. This compartment can fit a medium water bottle, an iPad Pro 11", or even an ultralight rain shell or down vest stuffed into itself or in a Travel Stuff Sack

On the front interior side of the main compartment are two large open-top pockets. They are sized to fit your phone, wallet, notebook, or even a pair of sunglasses inside an eyeglasses case.

On the back interior side of the main compartment is one large open-top organizational pocket that spans the width of the Side Hustle. You can fit 7" - 8" tablets, including the iPad Mini in our size 8A Cache.

In front of this large organizational pocket are four additional smaller pockets. The two on one end can fit items like granola bars, hand cream, or sunscreen. The two on the other end can each fit a pen or pencil.

All interior pockets are made with our super tough 200d Halcyon or 210d Cerylon fabric. 

Four O-rings, two on the back side and two on the front side of the interior main compartment, allow you to trick out your organization even further: attach Ghost Whale Organizer Pouches, Mystery Organizer Pouches, and/or any of our Key Strap variants to keep essentials handy and tethered safely. 

The exterior of the Side Kick has a straight zippered pocket that spans the full width of the bag and is designed to fit your passport, notebook, tablet, or anything relatively flat. Inside the zippered pocket is one O-ring with a clipped 8" Key Strap. We consider this the front side of the bag, but you can always flip the bag around and make it the back side if you prefer.

On the other exterior side, there is an open-topped back pocket, for when you need to quickly put something away and deal with it later.

Shoulder/Crossbody Bag

On either side of the Side Hustle are horizontal webbing loops to which you can attach the adjustable 1.5" Shoulder Strap (included), made from nylon webbing and with plastic clips (but no pad). When you're not wearing the Side Hustle, you can use the 1.5" Shoulder Strap to hang it on a coat hook or from a doorknob.

Waist Pack or Sling Bag

Also on the sides of the bag are unobtrusive webbing loops to which you can attach an optional 1" Gatekeeper Waist Strap, using our ubiquitous Gatekeeper clips. Wear the Side Hustle around your waist or hips, and you've got a sweet waist pack. Wear it crossbody with the bag on your back, and you've got a mini sling bag. Either way, it's great for cycling, hiking, or any situation where you need your hands completely free. 

Use as an Organizer Pouch

Clip one side of any of our Key Strap variants to the Side Hustle and then clip the other side to an O-ring inside one of our larger bags. That way, the Side Hustle stays tethered to your bag.

1.5" Shoulder Strap
This one is a little different than most of our other shoulder straps, but not by much. No pad or grip, just a plain shoulder strap the width of our Standard shoulder strap.

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls
A set of pulls to extend or replace your metal pulls.

Gatekeeper Hip Belt
If you want to wear this as a sling, this is the thing. Attaches to either the front or back of the Side Hustle much like our Side Effect and Side Kick. You could also use it for a hip belt, but it will be pretty tall and wide to wear as a hip pack.

Materials

Specs

Dimensions*

Filled Exterior
12.6” (w)  x 7.5” (h) x 4.7” (d) / 320mm (w) x 190mm (h) x 120mm (d)

Seam-to-Seam Interior
11.75" (w) x 7.75" (h) x 3" (d) / 

Weight

13.2 ounces / 375 grams

Volume

5.8 Liters / 354 cu. in. (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total O-Rings

5

(4 in main pocket,
1 in front pocket)

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 402 reviews
97%would recommend this product
402 reviews
  • Kristina G.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Durable, Compact, High Quality Finishings
    3 weeks ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Durable, Compact, High Quality Finishings
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Perfect Bag

    I alternate between this bag and a Side Effect for my EDC.

    It is perfectly organized. .

    As you can see from the picture - it works beautifully as a travel bag as well. Easy access to items you need while on a bus or plane.

    I bought two different colours.( My aunt saw my blue one and bought herself one.)

    The only problem with this bag...? I wish I had all the colours.

  • Viboon C.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Versatile, High Quality Finishings
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Versatile, High Quality Finishings
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Perfect size for travel.

    I bought the Side Kick a couple of months prior but found it to be too small. The Side Hustle, on the other hand, is perfect for what I wanted it to be!

    It is great for traveling through busy airport, on the plane, and on a day trip. The things I usually carry - my passport, a 750ml water bottle, an umbrella, wet and dry tissues, 10K mAh power bank and charging wire, plus other small items.

  • Kathryn L.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Durable, Thoughtful Design, Good Storage Size
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Durable, Thoughtful Design, Good Storage Size
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Love the organization!

    I got this because I hated digging around in my old bag to find stuff. This bag has lots of pockets keep everything organized and is the perfect size for my daily use.

  • Richard V.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size, Compact
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size, Compact
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Useful Little Bag

    I sometimes roll this up empty and shove it into my travel bag and then I unroll it, attach a strap and I wear this crossbody at my destination. It can hold more than you’d think. I fit my iPad Pro 11” in a Magic Keyboard into this on a regular basis.

  • Brad L.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Durable, High Quality Finishings, Versatile
    1 month ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Durable, High Quality Finishings, Versatile
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    My Holy Grail of Bags?

    Like a lot of folks, I've been searching for the "Holy Grail" of bags. We all have our preferences, needs, desires, and wants out of a bag. How it hangs, how it's built, how it organizes our stuff, it's color, size, and so on.

    I'm a big guy-- not in the vertical direction as much as the horizontal direction.-- so finding a bag that sits right on my chest has been a struggle. I've tried a fanny pack style cross body, a small messenger bag, some tactical looking bags, and even though I really liked the way some of them looked, they just didn't suit my needs or look right on my body. Living in a rural area, it's not common to see a guy with a bag, so if the bag doesn't sit right (or look right) on me, it makes me a bit more self concious than I already am carrying a bag.

    Most days, the bag gets slung on my shoulder and carried to the car. I use what I need out of it throughout the day and carry it back into the house at the end of the day. I'm an outside salesman, so my car acts like a mobile office and has everything I need. But, when I'm shopping, in my truck (not my work car,) or in my wife's van, it's great to have everything I need for the day in my bag..... You get it, that's why you're reading this review (you're looking for your Grail as well!)

    My requirements for the bag are simple. It nees to not look crazy on a big guy, hold my stuff, be affordable, and solidly built And that's exactly what the Side Husltle is for me!

    I carry my sunglasses, a pouch with a couple…

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