One thing I often do when I buy a new camera, particularly DSLRs or Mirrorless, is ditch its bundled neck strap. Never really fond of those thin, branded straps that often feels tight and cuts through the neck. I don’t use them and they are much often kept in the box as I prefer to use my 3rd party camera straps. In buying a camera strap, most of the time my main concern is comfort and durability. Then there was Miggo Strap and Wrap. I got a chance to test out this Kickstarter-funded project by the some of the people behind the designs of the highly-popular Kata bags and camera accessories. I’m a fan of Kata products as I’ve used them before so I was interested in what they have worked on as they got independent from the company.
The guys behind Miggo have carefully thought how we can easily bring cameras everyday sans the bulk of camera bags without sacrificing camera protection. Personally, for my style of shooting, I prefer not to bring bags that scream “camera bag”. A less conspicuous ordinary bag (messenger or backpack) would do and I would just put in my nicely wrapped camera inside. Miggo Strap and Wrap is a versatile camera strap that addresses my need for portability, durability and protection of the camera.
Function and Use
The Miggo Strap and Wrap is made from a thick neoprene and lycra fabric. It’s light and comfortable on the skin and neck. There’s a zipper in the middle and when zipped up it morphs into a wrapper which in turn becomes a padded camera case. The Miggo Strap and Wrap I have for Compact System Cameras (CSC) is for testing purposes and may have slightly changed in design but the function is primarily the same. I like the modular adaptor system where I insert a nickel-coated steel tripod mount screw at the base of the strap. It has several holes to fit different types of camera mounts. There’s also a pocket for camera lens cap.
I really like the design innovation of this strap but of course there were design limitations for this camera. The lenses that would fit are ideally just the standard lenses. Make sure to check their Camera Fitting Guide if your camera would fit into this strap. Since the camera is mounted through the tripod mount, the camera and lenses faces down and would sometimes swing on the sides uncontrollably when in motion.
I’ve had the Miggo Strap and Wrap for over a year now. Yes, it took some time for me to really review this one but I can attest to its durability. Its stitch construction is indeed tough and I see no signs of it wearing out soon. The only downside I see is the adaptor holes on the neoprene. Since I had the steel screw fitted there for a time, the hole loosened up. If not fitted on the camera, I had the steel mount falling several times from the strap almost loosing it on several occasions. I think that’s something they have to address.
I have to give innovative points to Miggo Strap and Wrap for making a regular camera strap to a multi-functional accessory. It’s not for everyone but the if its fits your shooting style this camera strap can make everyday photography a lot easier. I’ve taken this strap to several destinations already and have even taken it to some bike trips where I had minimal gear. It proved useful for portability purposes and everyday city stroll when I only have to bring only essential lenses. It also provides basic protection inside my regular daypacks and messenger bags.
The Miggo Strap and Wrap is now available in the Philippines. Check out their facebook page MyMiggo Philippines for details. The strap and wrap comes in different designs and have versions for DSLRs and Compact Camera Systems (CSC). The strap retails for Php 2,249.00.