new Peak Design Leash and cuff review (2017)
I've had the absolute pleasure of getting my hands on an early run of the brand new version of the Peak Design Leash and Cuff camera straps!
I never use camera straps. I opt for being free from bulky and restrictive straps that slow me down. There are times when having a strap is beneficial, but for my general shooting style it's not very often. There is always a time where I wish I had one on me though! Walking around is one of those situations, but as I tend to leave my straps at home a shoulder strap isn't an option.
Having already received a few Peak Design products and absolutely loving them, when I was sent the Leash and Cuff, I had to try them. The real appeal of the Leash and Cuff camera straps was the ability to be able to throw them on the camera or take it off in seconds! Literally seconds! If I want to mount my camera to a tripod, there's no fiddly stuff to undo. Just press to anchor button and release! I'll link over some unboxing and using the product videos over the next few days.
- New all aluminum anodized hardware
- New low-profile dual aluminum/Hypalon quick-adjustment system
- Anchor connectors revamped - more secure, fast, and lower profile than ever (Apparently they can hold 200 pound!!)
- New low-profile Anchor Mount for varying your strap configuration
- New ultra-smooth twist-resistant nylon webbing with tighter, more durable weave
- Premium materials and refined aesthetics for touch/stress point
- Choose from new Black and Ash colour-ways
- New all aluminum anodized hardware
- New 1-handed adjusting design
- Adjuster locks in open wrist loop position
- Magnetic wrist lock for storing as a bracelet
- Anchor connectors revamped - more secure, fast, lower profile than ever
- New ultra-smooth twist resistant nylon webbing with tighter, more durable weave
- Premium materials and refined aesthetics
- Choose from new Black and Ash color-ways
The build quality of the Leash and Cuff camera straps are beautiful. They're of the same high end quality we're now accustomed to with Peak Design! They're both a smooth seatbelt type material that glides over your clothes with very little drag. Strap mounts are a thick, solid black plastic and when anchor points are slipped in, you'll hear a very satisfying clunk. The new anchor points are angled, only slightly, but it enables you to easily slide a strap mount into them. It's just a small change but it makes a huge difference. Cuff's suede type material (I'm unsure what it is) makes it look more fashionable than a plain black strap. Is that important to you? Maybe not, but having the option is awesome.
Wearing the straps
Using the anchors on the camera's existing eyelets and the new anchor point system, the Leash can be worn super comfortably in multiple ways. It can be worn as a neck strap, shoulder strap or sling. I generally wear the strap as a sling with the camera lens facing downwards. I've found this to be the most comfortable position.
Very rarely is a camera strap at the perfect length for everything. Usually you'll either deal with the length and make do, or constantly adjust it. Peak Designs new Hypalon system is made for fast camera strap adjustments. Leash has 2 of these adjustment sliders, one each side of the strap, and these can be adjusted with a single finger! You simply hook your finger in the loop and slide. Leash can be shortened to bring your camera close to your body or lengthened for a ready to shoot position. It's a little awkward to get used to as you have to figure out the right ways to pull the Hypalon sliders, but after a little practice it becomes second nature.
Cuff can be used as a camera wrist strap or worn as a bracelet when not in use. The wrist strap has a couple of magnets inside to stop the strap from flapping around when worn as a bracelet. The magnets inside as also re-positional to suit the wearer. I have found that the magnets are adequate, but if you catch the wrist strap or are a little too vigorous it will open up and swing around. Cuff is adjustable with one hand! To adjust the camera strap, all you have to do is grab the aluminium adjuster and pull. With an open loop and Cuff attached to an anchor point, it can be tighten with a little pull of the wrist.
The Peak Design Leash and Cuff camera straps are an improvement on the already amazing ultra lightweight camera straps. I never thought I'd actually want to carry a camera strap around again, let alone actually do it. I absolutely love having the ability to adjust my camera strap heights on the fly to suit my immediate needs and being able to attach or detach a camera strap at will. Over the past week I've shot an outdoors product shoot and a live music gig using both the Leash and Cuff. I've found that using these products together is an absolute pleasure. The speed and convenience these products are giving me is changing my shooting style for the better.
Using Leash I can comfortably walk around with my camera for hours at a time. I can do silly things like tie my shoe laces, change awkward lenses etc without putting my camera down at all. I can quickly take the strap off whenever I need to and throw it in a pocket. It really is that compact! If I need the strap again, pull it out and reattach.
When it comes to shooting, I switch to Cuff. It's such a comfortable camera strap to wear. I love the added security Cuff gives me while keeping the feeling of freedom I'm so used to. I have been an idiot a few times to and caught myself up in the wrist strap trying to reach for a new lens. But that's just me being an idiot and a testament to the guys at Peak Design for creating a product that I forgot I was using!
These two new products are absolutely amazing pieces of equipment and are a steal at the price they are at! Having never being one for using camera straps, I've definitely been converted. I'd highly recommend getting and using both products together and see how they change your shooting style for the better too!
The Peak Design Leash and Cuff are released on 15/8/17 and are available for purchase on the Peak Design website: