How many of us ever get an email that says some free stuff is coming and please feel free to do anything you want with it.. I’m always pumped to get one of those from Peak Design. I bet everyone would. A few weeks ago I got the new straps from Peak Design, Leash and Cuff. This post will be about them.
You’ve seen dozens of strap reviews from me, those are still my most popular articles on the blog. I have pretty much everything you can imagine and tried all the most popular options on the market. I generally go for leather, but I have this thing now for interesting fabrics and really great thought out products.
So of course when the package arrived, I had to take a minute and admire the packaging first. I am an affiliate of Peak Design, but I am perfectly fine telling them and you if I don’t like something. I already have my opinion about these straps, but I think this disclaimer is necessary. I’m not paid for this, I do get to keep the straps, and yes if you buy anything on peakdesign.com I will get some commission that will probably help me get one of their next bags if they come up with one more soon.
A few general updates and innovations on these straps
- These are thin but very sturdy. Don’t worry about them not balancing the camera well, my Sony a6300 with FE 24-70mm F4 feels at home with these straps.
- New anchors have a different profile, still work on all other previous straps, but are a bit easier to get in and out.
- The anchors also have slimmer thread attachments. For all those cameras that could never fit Peak Design straps, this problem is over. We cannot complain anymore.
- The new anchors fit even the smallest holes, like on my Sony RX100IV. Yes, Sony a6300 and equivalents too. I think the RX cameras have one of the smallest strap attachment loops on the market and that was my ultimate test for being able to put these anchors on anything.
- The adjustment of length is so nice! On both of these. I can extend and shorten the length is a matter of seconds. Love it!
- When compared to other straps, these are very lightweight, easy to set up and detach, and are probably some of the least expensive straps I’ve seen. Leather ones will cost you twice as much, but also most of these are handmade.
- There is a certain limit for sure of how much weight you can carry on these and still feel comfortable for longer shoots. Both of the straps are in no way geared towards someone who shoots professional sports or is a landscape shooter who can hike for a week to get to a location.
- I’m a big fan of ash color for most of Peak Design products. I own the messenger bag and the tote, which I carry with me most of the time. The tote replaced my Billingham. But I still use my F-Stop Gear backpack when I need to pack more. Ash is a very neutral and pleasing to the eye color that you don’t really get tired of. Not sure if it will be a big deal for anyone else, but I will personally stick to ash colorway for future Peak Design purchases.
Cuff (short one)
Normally, only my smallest cameras have this short wrist type of a strap. I have one by Tap&Dye and that was my go-to strap on RX100IV for the past few years.
Cuff by Peak Design is a bit more versatile and I haven’t taken it off my camera since I got it. It’s super fast to fasten on my wrist, very nice to the skin, great length choice, and also the anchors are as always rocking it.
There are two things about this strap that are pretty important:
- You can wear it as a wrist bracelet, but your wrist must be pretty big. I had to adjust numerous types before I could secure the strap fully with the little magnet inside the strap. You basically push it in either direction to adjust the locking length.
- The anchor serves as an additional support point when you hold the camera. It also almost extends the size of the camera body to feel more comfortable in your hand. Didn’t expect it, but I like this new bigger “handle” when I hold the anchor of the strap next to the camera body.
If you like wrist straps, this is definitely a nice, comfy, and versatile wrist strap to own.
Leash (longer one)
Leash will definitely need to compete with hundreds of other straps, but it has a few major advantages over other options on the market:
- Other Peak Design straps were too big/bulky for most mirrorless cameras. They were an overkill and most of the time I didn’t even put them on my cameras unless I carried a variety of items from the Peak Design system.
- I haven’t seen many straps that can be adjusted just as quickly (both sides can be adjusted). This is probably the nicest quick adjustment strap I’ve seen. Maybe you prefer a fixed length like I did for the past years, but it’s definitely nice to quickly make it be a cross body sling. There is an additional thread attachment that you can screw into the bottom of a camera so it lays nicer next to your body with a sling style length.
I have both of these straps on my go-to cameras and plan to use most them in the future. I think where Peak Design wins is this mix of really interesting design decisions, quality and choice of materials, precise manufacturing which I guess was super challenging to fine tune, and a very personable approach to selling to us, photographers.
There are pretty detailed YouTube videos on most of the products and Art Viger, the lead designer at Peak Design, even did a 13 min video on the pouches. Not everyone can talk for 13 minutes about lens pouches.
Peak Design does Kickstarter campaigns every year and I’m excited to see what the next product will look like. This summer we get to enjoy these new straps. I guess that will be a welcome change after most of us spent $200+ on the last backpack Kickstarter.
I remember watching the backer stats on that first day and in the matter of hours the campaign surpassed $100,000. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. None of this was a matter of luck. So congrats to Peak Design on yet one more product release and keep your shopping cart ready for August 15 when these go on sale.