Digital Cameras, especially DSLRs is one piece of expensive equipment we tend to carry around more often. It would be a nightmare if I loose my camera when some street thieves would slash through my strap and run off with my camera on a motorbike or loose my camera from fall from weak strap connectors. I know the chances are slim but I actually know people who experienced this horror stories so I’m a bit paranoid with my gears. I also don’t like using my default camera strap since I don’t like the brand name screaming (not that I didn’t love the brand) on it and I just didn’t find them comfortable in the long run especially if you have a heavy camera. It’s a good thing there are third party camera straps available from manufacturers like Crumpler, Kata and Tamrac, OP/Tech but my favorite among them is PacSafe’s CarrySafe 100 strap.
PacSafe is one of the accessory brands that boast of Anti-theft travel gear technology. I actually wrote a very short review of the PacSafe CarrySafe 100 before on Ironwulf.net: En Route along with my other PacSafe Gears like the PouchSafe and WalletSafe which I use. Like I said before, I like the CarrySafe 100 camera strap but I didn’t like the neck padding as it’s a bit thin and would slide off out of place from position when on the neck. A few months later PacSafe International sent in a new and improved CarrySafe 100. Immediately I inspected the new strap to see what has changed.
At first look there doesn’t seem to be any changes but looking closer especially at the back of the neoprene neck strap I found a thick grip pad stitched into the neck strap. It’s really nice as it added more padding and has better grip yet has a comfortable and breathable feel to it.
Inspecting further, I also noticed that the camera webbing connector straps has an improved design. Unlike standard camera webbing straps where you just loop it in and lock with a plastic anti-slider, the new CarrySafe 100 has a belt-like webbing design which has a more secure connection to the camera. First I’ve seen on a camera strap.
And of course, my favorite features are still there like the double-locking features of the anchors to avoid accidentally opening of the spring lever to release the camera and a neoprene sliding sleeve to hide the anchors and connectors and secure them. And most importantly the strap which runs for 60 inches long but adjustable to user preference has a built-in high tensile stainless steel wire throughout it’s length. This makes it nearly impossible to slash through.
I actually used this on my Laos trip and on photo assignments in Mindoro and Batanes and found there is little not to like with CarrySafe 100. As a camera strap alone it is light and comfortable, especially with the new non-slip, thicker and breathable neck padding. The security features is a plus. While I really don’t believe on a fool proof anti-theft devices it does defer the incident and having one is an additional precautionary measure. Even if the main strap is slash proof, the webbing connector is not, but a running thief who has no idea wouldn’t immediately notice this especially if the neoprene sleeve conceals those parts. The detachable anchors can also be used as shoulder straps for camera cases as well with universal hook connectors. Very practical for saving spaces and traveling light.
Lastly I think at this point the PacSafe CarrySafe 100 can improve on the design because frankly it looks pretty plain. I like the small PacSafe logo on the neck strap but maybe a more appealing design or add color varieties or accents like blues or oranges to the design be more eye catching. More personality like the Crumpler’s “Industry Disgrace”. But that’s just me. For it’s use and function, the PacSafe CarrySafe 100 is really worth it, especially with its cheaper price than the other straps with added security features.
PacSafe CarrySafe 100 camera strap is priced P1000 and can be bought at Bratpack, Travel Club outlets as well as ROX.