After running a handful of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns to date, beginning with its Capture camera clip, Peak Design needs no introduction. Now the company produces everything from large and small straps to the incredibly popular and diverse Everyday line of bags including backpacks, messengers, slings, and more. This morning, Peak Design is updating some of its most popular products including its flagship Slide and Slide Lite straps, the Capture camera clip, and the Pro Pad in a quick, five-day Kickstarter campaign just in time for the holidays — and we have quick reviews of them all.
On the heels of the company's highly requested and ultra-sexy black Everyday Backpack and smaller Everyday Sling 5L released just a few weeks ago, Peak Design is on a tear with updates to many of its already-superb accessories. I myself wondered what even needed updating in the current lineup; but when you see how the incremental improvements add up to make a great experience even better — well, it's hard not to appreciate the effort that goes into these products from start to finish. Even I bought into a system I wasn't as willing to try before thanks to the new updates.
Capture is where it all started. This is how Peak Design got its start, and this update marks the third version of the famous camera clip. For those unfamiliar, Capture is a camera mounting clip that acts as an attach-anywhere base plate for your camera. Attach Capture to a belt, a backpack's shoulder strap, the Peak Design Pro Pad, or almost anywhere along strategically located points on any Peak Design bag (or many other bags, for that matter). Once in place, Capture accepts any Arca-Swiss tripod plate to hold your camera steady so it's ready at all times and not swinging around at the edge of a strap.
Capture's lack of specifically new functionality is deceiving. Personally, I've had a current-generation Capture system for quite some time and haven't used it much. It always just seemed a bit too bulky for me, and I honestly just never gave it a fair shot. The new clip, however, not only looks better (go ahead, judge me for judging based on looks), but it also comes in at 30-percent lighter and both narrower and lower profile by 20 percent. This smaller size and new all-aluminum construction adds significantly to both the overall aesthetic, strength, and utility of Capture. Of course, you can still slide in the included square tripod plate from any side, so you can position Capture at any angle on your bag or belt and will still be able to attach your camera with the grip out in the most handy position.
Those who have used Capture before know that once it's in place, it rarely moves. Buying one usually ends up in future purchases so you can put one everywhere across your gear that it might be handy. And thankfully, Peak Design takes advantage of this by including lower-profile hex screws in the package. The standard screws that come installed still feature a lower-profile design than their predecessors with a knurled edge to allow for easy hand tightening. But to save even more space and arguably secure Capture even more (not that it needs it), those knurled knobs can be swapped for screws that are hex-adjustable and take up even less space. Tighten the screws with the included Allen wrench and never worry about moving Capture again. The new Capture comes in more uniform black and silver colors and replaces both the Capture and Capture Pro models that came before it.
Slide and Slide Lite
Slide is the company's flagship strap built for both quick, cross-body action with a slick-moving standard side as well as single-arm hang with a gripped surface on the reverse side. A unique one-hand-action clasp allows you to quickly pull the camera around to shoot at a comfortable distance and then extend the strap again to put the camera to rest around your back once you have your shot. If you prefer or temporarily want a grip for keeping your camera in place on one shoulder, simply flip the strap over for a gripped side. This core functionality doesn't change.
Instead, today's Slide introduces some design changes that, as with Capture, make it slimmer and stronger than ever before. A new tighter webbing makes for an even stronger strap. The new clasp is both lighter and slimmer thanks to the lack of wrapping the strap material around the clasp in order to end the connection. Instead, the strap material ends directly into the molded, reinforced plastic clasp for a design and finish you haven't seen before. The result is a strap with compact hardware that is easier to carry around and just that much less obtrusive than the previous generation. Additionally, a new notched or dotted grip pattern will bend with your shoulder and won't wrinkle or crease over time. This change is purely cosmetic, but it does look great.
Slide Lite introduces the same hardware advancements in the same mirrorless-friendly package it's always been. And both straps include the new Anchor Mounts and the new Anchor Links first introduced with Leash and Cuff. The Anchor Links are now even slimmer than before and tapered on one end so they clip into place with one hand. The new Slide and Slide Lite come in both Black and Ash colors.
An updated Pro Pad is also introduced in this Kickstarter and acts as a better base for larger cameras attached to your hip. Throw Pro Pad around your belt and be ready to accept any larger rig without worrying about your belt twisting.
The Kickstarter campaign will last only this week so Peak Design can ship as much as possible in time for the holidays. Through the campaign, Capture, Slide, and Slide Lite will cost $55, $50, and $35, respectively, while standard pricing will cost $15 more after the campaign ends. Pro Pad is available in various packages for about $15 more. And a seemingly endless supply of other add-ons from more Anchor Links to the new black color of the Everyday Backpack 20L (which features a sleek, inconspicuous look compared to the lighter colors) are available at rare discounts in addition to all these updated products. If you want to grab a few extra Capture clips to leave attached to your gear in various places, clips without plates can be had for just $40. Peak Design estimates it will get most orders with correctly filled-out surveys shipped early next month with delivery in time for Christmas, making this campaign is a great way to stock up on gear or gifts for a fellow photographer at a discount before the holidays.