Many points make the Peak Design Slide camera strap stand-out as a real consideration for your camera. The first is that the seatbelt-style strap is incredibly comfortable especially with the addition padding, which is handy considering its basic use, and then secondly, it can be removed in seconds.
That ability to remove the strap easily is a feature that appeals. If I want to put the camera on a tripod, gimbal or whatever, I can unpop the anchors and then remove the strap readily for use with something else.
In terms of comfort, the strap, is wide and padded, and this gives t greater comfort than the thinner and non-padded Slide lite. Essentially supporting the weight of a Canon EOS R5 C it felt comfortable and the camera felt secure. The strap material is a great choice enabling you to slide the camera around your body when in preparation
Comfortable to use
Easy to adjust
Quick to remove but secure
Would prefer just one quick adjuster
What is the Peak Design Slide?
The humble camera strap appears to have been redesigned and improved in spectacular fashion. For years I’ve battelled with the camera strap concept, I know for the safety of my camera I should really use one, but they get in the way.
When you want to mount your camera to a tripod, gimbal or something else, the strap is there, ready to tangle itself in whatever it can. So over the years, I’ve taken the life of my camera in my hands and, for the most part, dumped the strap.
However, recently running workshops, my camera has spent a lot of time in my hand, and I’ve been toying with the concept of re-strapping my camera. It was therefore great timing when the Peak design Slide and Slide Lite landed on my desk.
The Slide has been a popular strap choice for a few years and this is the first time I’ve really become acquainted with the buzz that surrounds it and the Lite version that’s designed for small DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras.
Physically the two look much the same, the Slide just adds a little padding to the shoulder area and is a touch wider to ensure maximum comfort with heavier cameras.
Realistically the Slide will take a decent amount and the anchors which are probably the weak point, in this strong system, will take up to 90KG, really far more than any camera I’m willing to connect to a shoulder strap anyway.
Strap length: Max 145 cm, Min 99 cm
Strap width: 45 mm
Main material: Seatbelt-style nylon webbing
Weight: 148 g
The Slide is all part of the Peak Design Capture system and features the V3 slim line anchors that enable the strap to be attached and removed from a camera at speed.
To fit the strap, you have several options; the first and most obvious is to use the camera’s strap lugs. Simply loop in the anchors and then click the strap to the plastic discs. Once in place, the connection is solid, and there’s absolutely no way that the link between the anchors and strap can separate without human intervention.
The connector is then looped into the main strap with the 42mm wide soft seatbelt-style webbing. This webbing is by no means similar in feel to your standard car seatbelt, although it does look very similar. On touch, you can feel that it is slightly thicker, and far softer but does retain the smooth finish, which is a major feature of the slide strap products.
The smoothness of the material gives the strap the slide name, as it smoothly slides across fabric when you lift your camera to take a picture.
That smoothness is a real benefit and makes a surprising difference in use compart with conventional fabric straps and stops the standard grip of a camera strap from sticking or catching on your clothing.
If you think that’s all well and good but wonder about the times when you’re not taking pictures and don’t want the strap to slide off your shoulder? Then you don’t have to worry; flip the strap over, and the other side features small silicon grips. These silicon strips gently grip the fabric of your clothes and stop the strap from slipping. Because of the design of the anchors, flipping the strap is nice and easy; the only issue is the quick adjusters then face your body. so are tricker to access but far from impossible, if needed.
In the section with the silicon, grips has been incorporated some added padding to help ensure that the strap, even when weighted with larger cameras, is comfortable. This padding is slim but works well and does improve the comfort along with the wider strap. The one thing I would say about the padding is that you need to give it time to bed in.
The quick adjusters essentially enable you to adjust the length of the strap from 99 to 145cm, so more than adequate for most individuals.
After using the strap, the one issue that I had was the fact that there are two of these quick adjusters, one on the left. the other on the right. This obviously makes it nice and easy to adjust with either hand or both, but the way that I used the strap attached to the strap lugs meant that I could have one quick adjuster lower than the other and that looked out of balance.
Really you should adjust both at the same time so that they align, or just not be bothered by something that has no actual effect on the use of the strap, but still. Would one have done? One might not be symmetrical, but I find myself OK with that unbalance.
The other option for attaching the strap is to loop the anchor connectors over the 1/4-inch screw of your tripod’s baseplate before it’s bolted into position. The other anchor is then looped through one of the camera’s strap lugs before connecting the strap. This gives a much better position for the camera when carrying in a sling fashion rather than having the camera strap hanging from your neck like a tourist.
If you don’t use a tripod, then Peak Design also include an anchor mount in the box. This small piece of metal bolts to the base of your camera and is designed to stay there. It’s a really nice idea, and the slimline design works well.
Ultimately at the end of the test, there are several take-home points from using the Slide. The major one is that it’s a vast improvement over a standard strap and well worth the investment.
I’ll admit that a camera strap isn’t the most exciting product to land on my desk, and honestly, I wasn’t sure I needed a camera strap anyway. For years they have caused me so much hassle; getting caught in tripods and spending hours looping them onto and off cameras. For the most part, I’ve essentially binned the strap and gone freehand instead.
The Peak design Slide has, however made me reconsider. I like the fact that I do have the option to use a strap on the camera when I need it, and then I can remove it again in seconds with the simple anchor clip system. And, if those toggles annoy me then they too are easy and quick to unloop.
I also really like the seatbelt webbing design, there is something that appeals to me about the strength, and Peak Design really know how to work with the aesthetics to make something that is essentially just functional look stylish as well. I just need the padding to settle down and shape a bit and then it will be perfect.
Then there’s the use; the slick surface of the webbing slides effortlessly across your clothing when you do need to bring the camera up for use. Then when you just want to carry the camera, flip the strap over and the silicon grips keeping the strap and camera in place.
The way that the strap attaches also gives you two decent positioning options, something that few other straps offer. Ultimately the Slide is a great option for you Mirrorless or DSLR systems. I now have the Slide on the Canon EOS R5 C and Slide Lite on the Sony A7 III!
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