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Review: Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap (2017)

Overview : Total peace of mind in a tiny, low-profile package. Cuff is the most elegant, unobtrusive way to protect your camera from accidental drops. Quickly and securely connects to any camera, binoculars, or other device using our unique Anchor Link system. Wrist loop magnetically locks in the open position (new!), or comfortably cinches down on your wrist for added security. New all-custom aluminum hardware. When not in use, Cuff stores as a bracelet for quick accessibility.

  • New all aluminum anodized hardware
  • New 1-handed adjusting design
  • Adjuster locks in open wrist loop position
  • Magnetic wrist lock for storing as bracelet
  • Anchor connectors revamped - more secure, fast, and lower profile than ever
    • New canted/angled Anchors for effortless 1-handed connection
    • New thin Anchor cords fit through more camera strap loops/eyelets
    • 25% slimmer Anchor housing hardware
    • Anchors still hold 200+ lbs (90+kg)
  • New ultra-smooth nylon webbing with tighter weave
  • Premium materials and refined aesthetics
  • Choose from new Black and Ash color-ways
Additional Features
  • Ultra-minimalist, ultra-strong camera drop protection
  • Works with all cameras, binoculars
  • Fits almost all hand and wrist sizes
  • Comfortably cinches on wrist for added security

Quality/Usability : So what is different about this Cuff 2017 than the previous Cuff that we reviewed? A complete redesign and relaunch for 2017.

The product packaging isn't what's redesigned but its the product itself. The Cuff is now available in two colors: black and ash. Included with the Cuff are two anchor links, Peak Design sticker and a nylon pouch.

The black and ash follows other color-ways in terms of color theme and uses the same seatbelt webbing like all of their other straps. The length is about the same as the outgoing version but the design has been refreshed to look much better and higher quality. There is now an anodized hardware that acts as your sliding and lock mechanism.

The seatbelt style nylon webbing is slightly thicker and has a tighter weave which makes gliding smoother and more durable.

The black has hypalon material with red accents where as the ash has NuBuck leather with blue accents. The Peak Design lettering isn't as noticeable on the black but it is on the leather. The stitching is top-notch as always. Like all other Peak Design products, it uses their anchors as a attachment point and even they have been slimmed down.

You must be wondering what is that squarish thing on the strap (more visible on the ash but is also on the black as well). That is actually a magnet. I will go into this a little further down.

The anchor links also have a slight redesign to them as well. They are just as strong as the predecessor but the cords are thinner. This is great because it can not fit through smaller eyelets on smaller cameras.

The pucks are also slightly angled which makes snapping it in place much easier.

Great thing about these anchor links is that it is backwards compatible, so it will work with any Peak Design strap that you currently own and the new Cuff will work with your old anchor links.

Here you can see how the strap looks when mounted. Typically, I would place the strap on the other side but I have a hand strap currently there. But this gives you a general idea of what it looks like when attached to the camera.

The Cuff has a new adjuster system. The previous Cuff required a two handed operation and the hardware was made of plastic. Now, it's made of aluminum and it can lock in place by sliding it all the way down.

The new system allows you to wear it in two modes. The left side is loose. So you can easily slide your hand in and out easily. With the old Cuff, it would sometimes tighten on its own when tugged on. The right side is cinched. With a simply pull or tug on the strap, the strap will cinch around your wrist. This offers a much more security.

If you want to loosen it, you will need to use your other hand though.

Remember that squarish magnet I mentioned above? Well it actually allows you to wear your Cuff like a bracelet when you don't need to use the Cuff but want it close to you. The magnet attaches to the back of the anchor unlike before where it required an anchor link. I don't know what kind of magnet was used but I don't think it is neodymium earth magnets. I only say this because there isn't a strong connection like what I have experienced and if you bump your hand on something, the anchor will fall off.

Conclusion : Overall, the Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap (2017) looks a lot better than its predecessor thanks to its redesign from the ground up. The new adjuster system is simple and works great. No more automatic tightening. You just have to make sure that the hardware is fully pushed down and locked in place. Otherwise, it will cinch on you.

I personally would have liked a stronger magnet for when the Cuff is put into bracelet mode. Otherwise, the magnet is great for being discreet.

The original Cuff retailed for $20. With the new relaunched Cuff, it jumped up $10 to $30. But it does look a lot better.

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