Raising my glass to Peak Design, makers of the most user-friendly camera carrying gear I’ve found!
I don’t know about you, but carrying my bulky DSLR has always been a pain in my neck (literally). As a relatively small female, having a heavy camera hanging around my neck all day while roaming around a new city or hiking in the bush can get rather painful.
I hate having my camera in a backpack because I prefer to have it in my hand to get shots on the go. Who wants to be unzipping and putting your pack down every two minutes? Not me.
I’ve always been on the search for better ways to carry my camera. The standard Canon strap that came with my camera just doesn’t pass the test – there’s no cushioning, the plasticky rubber backing gets sweaty, and who wants to stand out like a sore thumb with CANON blasted all around your neck!
Doing the Cape Brett track in the humid New Zealand summer with the sweaty strap dragging on my neck was the last straw.
Introducing… Peak Design camera gear
While searching for camera carrying mechanisms I came across Peak Design. Peak Design is one of those uber cool companies that funds new products on Kickstarter, their staff are all into outdoorsy stuff, and – oh yeah – their products look awesome while doing the job they were designed for. No massive logos to be seen anywhere!
I first heard of the Slide strap by Peak Design over at She Explores, an awesome website about women doing wicked things in the outdoors. Go there to get serious inspiration! Anyway. Seeing a camera strap being reviewed by a woman (a rare thing!), I sat up and took notice. Then when taking a look on Peak Design’s website, I realised that this was the epicentre of all things camera gadgetty (Is gadgetty a word? I don’t think so. But I like it!).
So I approached Peak Design and their super friendly team sent us a couple of things to test out on our hikes in New Zealand as well as on our trip to Vietnam. We got a Slide strap in a gorgeous blue for my DSLR, a Capture Pro clip each for carrying our cameras on our backpack straps while hiking, and a Shell each for protecting our cameras against the elements.
We tested the Capture Pro clips and Shells when we hiked the Waitawheta Tramway at Easter. It was a drizzly day so we were thankful for the water resistant Shell covers that were easy to take on and off with elastic cord fastenings.
But the star of the show was the Capture Pro clip. This little contraption fastens onto your backpack strap, with another piece that screws into the tripod attachment hole on your camera. The Capture Pro allows you to clip your camera onto your backpack strap so it’s out of your hands but easily accessible for taking shots without having to take your pack off. Best of all, it’s not hanging around your neck!
I was interested to see how the Slide strap would work on our trip to Vietnam, where the weather is super hot and humid, and where my old Canon strap would have driven me nuts (sweaty neck alert!). I shouldn’t have worried – it was great.
The best part about the Slide strap is Peak Design’s anchor links which allow you to switch the strap between being a neck strap, a sling strap, or a shoulder strap. This versatility was fantastic because depending on what we were doing and whether I was carrying a handbag or backpack (or riding on a scooter!), I could vary the way that I carried my camera.
The wide smooth strap spreads the weight over your neck and shoulders so that my neck was never sore – amazing! And of course, the blue colour is gorgeous and the branding is understated – no more flashing big brand names!
Peak Design – you’ve solved my camera-carrying problems. What awesome, well designed and well made gear. I’ll be buying more products from them in the future and I recommend that you do too!
Thanks to Peak Design for sending us camera gadgets for this review. As always, you’ll receive our honest opinions regardless of who is footing the bill.