[SIZE=14pt]If there is one thing that haunts a photographer, that makes him wake in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, it is the never ending search for the perfect strap.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]Is there even such a thing? I am sitting here looking at various straps I have laying about:[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]-- one that works well in the 100 degree heat of central Texas.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]-- a narrow, flexible strap that easily doubles as a wrist strap.[/SIZE] -- another with a wide shoulder pad that helps when shooting with a heavy legacy lens attached. [SIZE=14pt]Straps haunt me, entice me -- they will be my doom.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]Today I wish to present three more of these enticing little creatures for your enjoyment.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]First up is a leather strap from a company called Cub and Company. The strap is their Shooter Camera Strap.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt][/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]The Shooter is a hand-made, hand-stitched full-grain leather strap that is packaged in a cloth bag with the Cub & Co logo, and mantra: "Shoot to Live; Live to Shoot."[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]High-quality construction and feel is what makes this strap stand out. I like the rustic design, with the stitching on the ends and matching cross stitch on the neck pad contrasting with the darker leather. The one piece strap is threaded through the neck pad and really enhances the looks of the Shooter. The leather in just a few days of use took on an aged patina that gave it a vintage look. [/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]The leather is waterproofed with bees wax, as are the linen threads.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]The one caveat with the strap is the thickness of the leather lug guards. They are slightly too thick. It took a bit of work to get the rings thru the lugs on the camera due to the guards. This also somewhat inhibits the movement of the strap on the camera body.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]The movement will naturally free up with use, but I would have preferred just a little thinner leather. It would had provided the same protection but really made the installation and use of the strap more enjoyable. Joel Chavez, the owner of Cub and Co., indicates that new productions will have thinner leather pads for the rings.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]The Cub and Co. straps have proven to be popular, and due to nature of hand-made artistry, they are currently sold out. I am told new production is underway and more should be available soon. It's priced at a very reasonable $65, excellent for a hand-made product.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]Next up is a strap system that has been out for a while from Peak Design (a kickstarter.com graduate) called the Leash and Cuff. [/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]https://peakdesignltd.com/leash-cuff/[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]This camera strap/wrist strap system is unique in the method it connects to the camera. You attach an "Anchor" to the camera either using the eyelet on each side of the camera or to an optional tripod plate. This anchor quick-connects to either the Leash camera strap or to the Cuff wrist strap.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]The beauty of this system is an almost instant change from neck strap to wrist strap to no strap. A simple push on the Anchor release to from the clip on Leach or Cuff. The Anchor when inserted is impossible to pull loose. No fear here of it coming loose as long as it is snapped into place. The Leash and Cuff are both made from nylon webbing. Each are very lightweight. This makes it easy to carry the other part of the system in your pocket or camera bag. The Leach is adjustable from 19"/48cm to 60"/152 cm. Peak Designs says the Anchors are rated to hold up to 200lbs.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]There are 4 Anchors included with the Leash and two with the Cuff. One can have Anchors on multiple cameras and switch the Leach/Cuff between them. One of my desires is a system where I can quickly switch between a neck and wrist strap.The peak design meets all this but with one small problem. In use I found the Cuff system just to have one issue. The nylon webbing that goes around your wrist instead of being one solid piece is two that is joined half way in the wrist loop. I am not sure why it was designed in this manner, as this seam could possibility irritate the skin.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]The attachment system is wonderful, the general design great, it is just this one point that really prevented me from enjoying the Cuff as much as I wanted to. If that tiny thing was changed I would give this a definite 10.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]The Leash can be purchased here.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]The Cuff can be purchased here.[/SIZE] [SIZE=14pt]That is it for this round of strap vs strap. [/SIZE]Until next time -- keep shooting!