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Peak Perfectly Balances Form and Function with New Slide and Clutch Accessories

When it comes to well-designed camera accessories, one company that is continuously at the top of their game is Peak Design. You probably know them for their popular Peak Capture Camera clip, but soon you’ll know them for a new piece of gear: The Peak Slide and Clutch.

First, let’s take a look at what each of these are. The first is the Peak Slide camera sling. A sling strap, shoulder strap and neck strap hybrid, the Peak Slide uses Peak’s unique one-hand Anchor Link connection system, along with a padded tubular seat-belt-style webbing, to create a simple but versatile camera strap.

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As you can see in the video below, the goal was to implement all the pros from other camera straps on the market and remove all the cons, thereby creating the ultimate strap for photographers. In the end, they ended up with a quality product that combines the best of both form and function.

The next product is the Peak Clutch hand strap. Following in the footsteps of the aforementioned Slide, Peak’s goal with Clutch was to create the best hand strap out there, drawing the best from other straps on the market and leaving out all the unnecessary stuff. The result is a hand strap that is easy to attach and remove, and looks quite nice doing it.

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In the video below, Peak Design goes through the details of the hand strap. As you can see, the strap makes use of the Peak Anchor Links, a comfort hand pad, a unique quick-cinch system and features hardware inspired by high-end climbing gear:

These two new products are currently still in their Kickstarter funding stage, so don’t get too excited. That being said, both are definitely coming to market given the crowdfunding campaign is currently sitting at almost $350k… their initial goal was only $50k.

The handy infographic below will let you know what you can expect to shell out to get one or both of these for yourself:

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The campaign is set to end on August 15th, with a planned shipping date of October of this year assuming Peak doesn’t run into any delays. If you’d like to make your pledge or find out more about Peak’s latest products, head on over to the Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.


 
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  • http://stevepellegrino.com Steve Pellegrino

    It seems like lately when I hear about a cool new camera strap, it’s only in the Kickstarter phase. I wish these were available now.

  • OtterMatt

    It may be more versatile, but I’m willing to bet my Blackrapid is more comfortable and simpler to use.

  • csmif

    No Thanks. my basic strap works fine.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Is it safe to put a full pro body + lens onto one eyelet like that? Otherwise it looks promising.

    I use a BR myself, and feel comfortable with the metal connector and fasteners, although they tend to auto-unscrew; I dropped my body once because of that. The problem with the BR is that it tends to shift around when shooting, which can be alleviated by the brad strap.

  • OtterMatt

    If a full body and lens can’t be held by an eyelet, then that’s very bad engineering, especially for that kind of money (offer may not be valid for pro lenses over 200mm). You really shouldn’t have anything to worry about. That being said, the tripod mount screw IS more sturdy, for whatever that’s worth.

  • Rob Elliott

    The have two contact point for straps like that, the second usually either screws into the tripod threading at the bottom, or as this one does, connects to a tripod plate, which then is thread in at the bottom of the camera.

  • Scott

    I have no interest in any straps. They all get in the way at various times. I much prefer my camera strapless.

  • stefan

    I don’t really understand this product or promo video. They moan about how terrible the other straps are; but all they’ve done is design the exact same thing, just with some little clip!

    They don’t talk about why it’s better than all the other straps, how it relieves the stress and strain etc.

    Also any designer knows that by adding more moving parts/clasps and fixtures: the higher chance of failure!

    Poor promo in my opinion!

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!

  • docholliday666

    Funny, my Op-Tech sling does the same thing for $20. And, it doesn’t need the extra mount plate to have a hand strap too.

  • jon

    The handstrap looks great. Will it work with battery grips?

    Also, I’m going to need to see some failure figures on the eyelets (at what weight/tension do they fail). What are those loops made from? Will they frey over time?

    I have an A&A wide quick strap, or whatever, with rings. Works pretty great right now. I never liked tripod socketed straps, as I’ve seen those come loose from torque, before (of course they’ll eventually come loose, it’s a screw securing something with tons of leverage that is wont to sping…why are these the professional standard again?).

  • Anselm

    It seems to me from the video that they’ve gone out of their way to make the strap (especially the »Slide«) useful and versatile. For example, I like how it is easy to go from »sliding« to »gripping« simply by turning the strap over.

    I have owned a Peak Desing »Cuff« wrist strap for some time now and it is great – especially the quick-release mechanism which I understand the new Slide and Clutch share. If the new products are anywhere near as well-engineered, then they are going to be quite interesting as far as I’m concerned.

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