Peak Design Unveils Leash, the Optimus Prime of Camera Straps

If you’ve ever had to take traditional camera straps on and off your camera, you probably know how annoying the task is. Peak Design, makers of the Capture camera clip system, wants to change the way people think about and use straps. The company has unveiled a new strap called the Leash, a versatile accessory that can take on different configurations and be used for multiple purposes.

The whole system revolves around a quick-connect system that makes it easy to attach and remove strap ends. Tiny “Anchors” made of Kevlar and resin attach to any loop on your camera and can withstand 200 pounds of force. The ability to quickly choose between any of these connectors allows the Leash strap to be used in all kinds of ways, including as a neck strap, sling strap, safety tether, and image stabilizer.

The Leash itself is a strap that can be adjusted to twice its default length, enabling it to transform between neck and sling styles with a quick adjustment.

With one end of your Leash connect to the camera, the other end can be attached to something else — a backpack, for example — to act as a safety tether.

Material-wise, the strap is built from custom-woven seatbelt webbing and is 3/4 of an inch wide. It slides easily over your clothing when used as a sling strap, but is also compact enough to be stuff into your pocket when not in use.

Peak Design will also be selling a smaller version of the Leash, called the Cuff. It uses the same connection system but is an extremely compact wrist strap that can be worn as a cuff when not in use:

Here’s an introductory video that will give you a good idea of how both products work and are used:

Both the Leash and the Cuff will be available by the end of this year or early next year for the price of $40 and $20, respectively. Peak Design is currently taking preorders over on Kickstarter, where the products currently cost $25 and $15, respectively.

The system looks like it will be a hit: over a thousand backers have contributed nearly $80,000 toward the product already, even though the company was only looking to raise $10K.

  • Vlad Dusil

    Looks awfully gimmicky to me.

    I don’t recall the last time I felt the need to switch around my strap for different shooting assignments. The idea of the anchors dangling around like ornaments when not in use seems like a nuisance.

  • David Tribby

    I completely disagree. I find the strap often a nuisance during a shoot but necessary when wrangling equipment or moving around the environment. I’ll probably get one.

  • Trey Mortensen

    I actually really like the idea of the cuff. I already wear black wristbands and having one that I could quickly connect to my camera would be nice, especially since when I use the kit strap, I wrap it around my wrist anyways.

  • Andy Austin

    I really think it depends on the shooter. I could see getting a lot of use out of this I probably wouldn’t have a need to change the strap during a shoot, but to change it depending on what the shoot is would be nice. Also for $80 I can get the strap, the cuff, and the belt connector- which retails for $80 on their website alone.

  • szfofa

    How many times can one reinvent the wheel?

    If it ain’t broke, dont fix it.

  • Theranthrope

    What a ridiculous sentiment!
    I’m glad people like you get ignored as human technology marches forward, as there’s -always- room for improvement and refinement of existing tech.
    This is doubly so for bulky and awkward camera straps, which are still VERY BROKEN thankyouverymuch.

    Although, I would prefer if I could buy the strap buckle and button separately (like how detachable guitar strap buttons are sold, which are very similar to this; in both form and function), assuming they are 1in/25mm standard, so I can replace it with my own straps for greatest amount of versatility.

  • osh_sektabrand

    I can agree with comments, that say that versatility seems bogus. If you actually want to use this thingie as all-in-one tool, you have to attach those little round things all over your camera [at least in three places]. This really is rediculous. On the other hand – if you use it only in one place – versatility just vanishes. I just would not buy this product, unless it would be cheap. But if it would be cheap – not gonna trust my camera to a questionable quality.

    Just my 2c, no hate.

    Wrist leash – nice idea. A bit more work into design and it could be good.

  • Fabio Reis

    I’m looking to buy the product more’m difficulties’m from Brazil have a friend who is in california pro Brazil she will come after the 20th trying to get her to bring more min to facing difficulty on delivery address if I tell her go somewhere to buy how do someone help me?