Peak Design’s Slide and Clutch Kickstarts: Versatile Camera Sling and Hand Strap for Rugged Photographers

peak design 2Peak Design’s name will surely ring a bell with photographers and crowdfunders alike: the firm led by founder Peter Dering has already has 819%, 2,157% and 3,646% overfunding successes with its prior three Kickstarter campaigns which launched the Capture Camera Clip v2, Leash and Cuff, and Capture Camera Clip System, respectively.  Not surprisingly, Park Design’s newest offering the Slide and Clutch, is experiencing outstanding numbers on Kickstarter.  To date, The Slide and Clutch Kickstarter campaign  has raised over $553K from 6,496 devoted backers with two weeks remaining until the campaign’s 15 August close.  Funding from this current campaign will be used to cover manufacturing costs of Peak Design’s new products and designing innovative tools geared toward photographers and outdoorsy folks.  Designed in San Francisco, the products are manufactured and assembled in Wuxi, China.

The Slide is a camera strap that incorporates feedback from thousands of international photographers.  Product details include:peak design

  • Wearable as a sling strap, shoulder strap or neck strap.
  • Quick connecting with one hand, using our patent-pending Anchor Link connection system.
  • Smooth on one side and grippy on the other, and instantly reversible depending on preference.
  • Comfortable even with the heaviest of pro cameras.
  • Made of tubular seatbelt-style webbing with padding on the inside for less bulk and a clean, classic look.
  • Compatible with ARCA-type tripod heads, so one can place the camera in the tripod without unscrewing anything.
  • Quickly customizable and adjustable. It can attach to multiple places on one’s camera and quickly cinch to fit body type or activity and is more than strong enough to hold any pro camera/lens/accessory combo.

Inspired by high end climbing gear, the Slide’s counterpart the Clutch is a quick-connecting, quick-adjusting camera hand strap which offers security and instant access to one’s camera controls which includes these features:peak design 3

  • Quick connecting with one hand, to add or remove it as needed.
  • Quick adjusting, for tightening for extra security and loosening when camera’s control access is needed
  • Low profile and unobtrusive compared to other camera hand straps on the market.
  • Made from premium materials and custom hardware inspired by high-end climbing gear.
  • Designed to work with or without battery grips, and strong enough to hold any pro camera/lens/accessory combo.

In addition, the startup sells Anchor Links which are quick connectors placed on the ends of any standard camera neck strap, ensuring a secure and quick-connection capability and the CapturePRO, a camera carrying device for active photographers – an aluminum clip enables photographers attach a camera to any backpack strap or belt. Look for product updates on the CapturePRO, soon to be called PROplate.

Perhaps the best news is that Peak Design’s products are compatible:

  • Use Slide and Clutch together at the same time.
  • Use any of Peak Design straps with the Capture Camera Clip.
  • Attach Anchors to any older-model Peak Design quick-release plate.
  • Attach Anchors to anything that has a loop on it, i.e., action camera housings, tripods, camera bags, pets, you name it.
  • Interchange Slide or Clutch with any of Peak Design’s existing straps like Leash and Cuff – they all use the same connection system.

peak design crewpeter deringBackers will dig the photo gear swag offered including Anchor Links at the $15 level and continuing up to include the Slide, Clutch and CapturePro at the $150 level.  Backers may also opt to “buy more stuff” with Peak Design’s Add-On Camera Straps, Camera Stuff & What-Not Menu.

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