GEAR REVIEW - PEAK DESIGN SLIDE
I could keep this review very short and sweet, by telling you that if you're looking for the ultimate camera strap, then look no further than Slide. Now run along, buy one using the red button at the bottom of the article and be happy. If you want to find out why this is the best camera strap in the world, keep reading.
If you're not familar with them, I'll provide a bit of background. As a company, Peak Design is pretty unique, as it grew largely on account of crowdfunding via Kickstarter.com. Photographers the world over, recognised the potential and benefits in the products being put forward and in turn funded the design and manufacturing.
The profits from these were channelled back into the company to employ some of the best design engineers around. This enabled Peak Design to develop newer and better products, offering solutions to problems photographers faced on a daily basis. They listen to their customers' feedback and don't just rest on their laurels. They continue to update and refine their products to ensure they are the very best.
The guys at Peak Design really did their homework by going back to the drawing board and starting again from scratch. They looked at all the strap types on the market and saw what was good and what was not so good. They kept the principles of the positive elements, improving upon them and solved the bad parts with meticulous concept testing and innovation. This culminated in the most versatile, yet simplistic camera strap that you're ever likely to come across. When you see it and what you can do with it, you have to wonder why nobody came up with it before.
Slide is for everyone, because it is every type of camera strap. If you're stuck in your ways and fine with looking like a tourist, then you can wear it as a neck strap. I can immediately imagine some of you are thinking "why bother upgrading the strap I got with my camera then?" To that I would ask if you can remove that strap in less than 5 seconds using your thumbs? To which you reply "No".
You can also wear Slide as a shoulder strap or a sling strap. You can flip it to allow it to glide across your clothing, or make use of the grip surface on the reverse, to help it stay in place. You can use it to stabilize the camera for video or even when taking a photo and your shutter speed is a bit on the low side. You can wear it long or short and adjusting the length takes all of about 3 seconds with one hand. No messing about. It's all incredibly quick, versatile and functional.
Slide is also incredibly strong, as it's made from seat belt type webbing. The Anchors and Link Clips can support 200lbs in weight and each strap comes with 4 Anchors and an Arca-type tripod plate. Despite its incredibly low profile, they also managed to get some padding inside the strap so it's super comfortable too. It's lightweight, can be folded and put in your pocket and takes up very little room in your camera bag too. Literally, everything you can think of, or hope for in a camera strap, is built into Slide. I mean, you really have to tip your hat to these guys for their ingenuity.
Like all their products, Slide is compatible with any camera system. If you've got a strap lug and a tripod mount on your camera, you can use the Peak Design system. You can even use it in conjunction with Capture and Clutch (which I will be reviewing soon so watch out for that too).
Although my descriptive abilities are reasonably good, I think I'll shut up now and let you watch the video below. It shows you how Slide came about and you can see first hand all the cool features and realize the benefits it will bring to using your camera out in the field.
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