Simplr Strap

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A year or so ago, I wrote a little story about a Domke camera strap, reposted here. I’ve always been a fan of hardy gear, because I’m a klutz, and despite my best efforts (and believe me, I try very hard) everything I use regularly gets pretty well beaten. When the strap in that post finally frayed to the point of retirement, I simply got another. The Domke is functional, sturdy and straightforward, I didn’t think anyone else made a strap like that (and honestly, didn’t actually care). Then Jason from Simplr Straps got in touch a couple of months ago. He makes tough, lightweight, functional straps, he said. He wanted to send me one to try out. Ok, I replied, never one to say …

Review: The Little Strap That Could (Domke 1″ Gripper w/ Swivel)

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(Originally published on Kage Collective.) The Domke 1″ Gripper Strap with Swivel once saved me. In 2013, not long after arriving in Mexico City, I’d made the mistake of getting into the Metrobus – as the name suggests, a rapid transit system on wheels instead of rails – at rush hour. It was packed. I’d sardined into the bus with everyone else at the station, back against the doors, with both shoulder bag and camera (the good old X-Pro1) slung across my body to make sure they stayed with me. Arriving at the next station, the doors opened to disgorge the flood of departing bodies and take in a fresh wave of incoming ones. As they were closing, a guy who had been fighting his way to get …