Peak Design concocts more ways to carry your camera
By Simon Crisp
July 6, 2014
Peak Design really doesn't want you to drop your camera. Following on from its Capture Camera Clips, and Leash and Cuff, the firm has now launched its fourth Kickstarter campaign. This time it's looking for funding for two more camera-carrying tools: Slide, a strap which can be worn on the shoulder, neck, or as a sling, and Clutch, a quick-adjusting hand strap.
The Slide strap has been designed as a response to uncomfortable neck straps, and sling straps which can take up the tripod socket and cause your camera to bounce around when walking. Easy adjustments mean it can be used as a neck, sling, or shoulder strap. Made with tubular seatbelt-style webbing with EVA foam padding on the inside, it should also be secure and comfortable.
Using the same anchor link connection system previously employed on the Leash strap, the Slide strap is quick and simple to attach or remove. The connecting glass-filled nylon resin anchors can be attached to a camera's strap loops, and then clip into place on the strap. An anchor can also be attached to an included ARCA-type compatible aluminum tripod plate, depending on what camera and lens combo you're rocking, and how you want to carry it. There's no need to unscrew anything when using a tripod.
Clutch is said to address the common problems of other camera hand straps on the market, namely that they're bulky, not overly stylish (to say the least), and hard to adjust. Inspired by high-end climbing gear it consists of an low-profile Hypalon hand strap, with a microfiber interior to make it comfortable to use.
At the base of the camera, Clutch attaches via an anchor link connection and a tripod plate. On the top, there's a custom designed tension clip which means the strap is quick to remove when not needed. Adjustments can then be made to control how tightly the hand strap fits via an easy-to-access buckle.
A Kickstarter pledge of US$30 will get you a Clutch hand strap, while it will cost $50 for a Slide strap. With the original funding target already surpassed, both straps should start shipping in October.
You can check out the Kickstarter video for the Slide and Clutch below