Custom SLR Glide Strap review: Comfy and clever, but twisty

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3.5 stars Very good

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The Good The Custom SLR Glide Strap has a very comfortable neck pad and a cleverly designed tripod-mount connector.

The Bad The whole thing gets a bit too floppy and easily twisted.

The Bottom Line If you want something far superior to the bundled neck strap that came with your camera, the Custom SLR Glide Strap is a very comfortable alternative.

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CustomSLR's Glide Strap ($35.95 for the strap and $64.95 for a combo with the C-Loop Camera Strap Mount) is a very comfortable, generally well-designed sling strap that's worth the money over the typical cheap neck strap that comes bundled with most cameras.

The highly modular architecture involves several components: a clever neoprene shoulder pad (the Glide Strap with Split Strap technology) with a gap in the middle and quick-release rotating endcaps to better mold itself to your body; 70 inches of slick-textured webbing; a plastic connector that slides along the strap plus a single cam buckle to act as a stop; and a pair of small straps that attach the connector to the C-Loop camera mount.

My favorite part of the system -- the part that I have zero problems with -- is the C-Loop, which has a very clever and attractive design. It stands out over BlackRapid's Sport Slim attachment in two notable ways: it has a little handle that makes it easier to screw in (which gives it an edge over Sun-Sniper's Strap-Surfer design as well) and it's flat-bottomed so that you can more easily perch the camera to stabilize it when shooting video or at slow shutter speeds.

The C-Loop Camera Strap Mount hardware's design is clever and elegant.

The Split Strap design allows for a large padded area on the neck strap without losing flexibility.

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