One of the complaints of many of the leather camera straps out there has to be affordability, but the Elementary Strap is trying to be one of the solutions to that problem. Made by Bisambaer Leather Goods, the Elementary straps promises to be handmade and durably made while incorporating fashionable elements into its design.
Oh plus, they’re touting that they’ll last a lifetime.
The straps are made with vegetable tanned leather and also incorporate polyester threadings, and are made using traditional saddle making techniques. As per the top coating that you see in the Kickstarter video, we’re not sure what it is. However, TAP and DYE uses Beeswax and I’ve used candle wax to maintain my strap in addition to using oils. Special care is also taken to ensure that only the softest part of the strap touches your skin.
If you donate to the Kickstarter you’re apparently getting a bigger discount that folks who purchase later on will get. Plus there are a variety of leather colors and polyester threadings that you can use.
I’ve been reviewing camera straps for years and years now; and if you look up most cameras straps out there this website will pop up. In fact, I’ve had to round up some of my favorites. But from what I’m seeing here so far and the information that we’re provided with, the Elementary strap doesn’t seem to be doing anything different from all the rest out there. Cub and Co, TAP and DYE, Hawkesmill and Cub and Co all make some fantastic straps that last a while on top of being durable, reliable and stylish. Oh and they’ve got a low profile look too. Additionally, the Horween Chromexcel leather used by some of those folks is the best leather I’ve ever felt.
Granted, I’d have to try the Elementary strap out to give a final analysis and I haven’t touched it. But judging from what I know about straps (and it’s quite a bit) and the fact that I’ve tested so many of them, those are my impressions thus far. Check out the Elementary Strap on Kickstarter for more info.