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Review: Peak Design Slide Lite Camera Sling Strap (2017)

Overview : The newly updated Slide Lite packs the unrivaled versatility of Slide into a smaller package, perfectly suited for mirrorless and light DSLR cameras. Wear Slide Lite as a sling, neck, or shoulder strap. Seatbelt-style nylon webbing has a smooth side that glides over clothing in sling mode and a grippy side that prevents slipping in shoulder mode. Dual quick-adjusters provide instant access and easy reconfiguration. Unique Anchor Link system connects quickly and dual points of connection keep your camera more stable than traditional sling straps. Plus, Anchors work with any Peak Design or 3rd party tripod plate.

Updates include a revamped silicone grip, upgraded webbing, lower profile strap/hardware transitions, and non-slip quick-adjusters. Anchor connectors have been updated to be smaller, faster, and more secure.

Features :
  • 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)
    • Anchors work with any Peak Design or 3rd party tripod plate
  • New low-profile Anchor Mount for varying your strap configuration
  • New ultra-smooth nylon webbing with tighter, more durable weave
  • Upgraded silicone grip is more effective and durable
  • Strap molded directly into adjustment hardware for significantly lower-profile design
  • Wearable as sling, neck, or shoulder strap
  • Highly stable camera carry via 2 configurable points of connection
  • Works with all cameras, binoculars
  • Huge range of length adjustment
  • Webbing glides over clothing for quick camera access
  • Connects to strap loops or bottom of camera body via Anchor
  • Mount hardware

Quality/Usability : We reviewed the Peak Design Slide Lite Strap back in 2015. The Slide Lite is basically a slimmed down version of the Slide Strap and geared towards smaller and lighter cameras. I didn't think it needed to be updated or refreshed but Peak Design thought it needed to in 2017. Peak Design launched a 5-day Kickstarter campaign that also featured the Capture Clip v3Pro Pad v2 and the Slide Strap (2017).

Black with red accent is pretty much the standard color for Peak Design straps. However, the strap is now available in ash which has blue and leather accent. You can get a general idea of the color by taking a look at our review of the Slide Strap (2017) in ash.

Included with the Slide Lite (2017) are four anchor links, small plate, hex tool and a much more stylish pouch. No more nylon pouch that looked like something used for sunglasses.

If you're familiar with or own a Slide Lite Strap already, the concept and functions the same. The only difference is that the materials and certain design functions have been updated. The strap itself is thicker than its predecessor.

The strap still has your handle to cinch tighten and loosen the strap. One thing that has changed is that the strap is now built into the buckle. Before, it was looped and stitched together. By incorporating the strap into the buckle, this eliminated the bulkiness and makes the strap much thinner.

Nothing has changed with the anchor mounts and is still the same size and design. But due to the material being thicker, the bottom tends to have more of a loop. This isn't a big issue but something I should point out.

One of the things some people have complained is about the lack of grip on the strap. On the old strap, it had like heat transferred rubber that didn't offer much grip on your shoulder. The new strap has like 9-layers of rubber which is raised. This new method of grip would have people satisfied.

Due to the size of the strap, there is still no padding on the strap like its big brother, the Slide Strap.

Out is the standard plate that came with the old straps. The standard plate was bigger, squarish but worked with Capture Clips. Since not everyone owns a Capture Clip and some even using smaller cameras, the standard plate would protrude from the bottom of the camera. So Peak Design included these small plates that would work for both DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Black strap will come with a black plate and the Ash strap will come with a silver plate.

You don't have to use them but this is a convenient way to attach the updated anchor links.

The updated anchors still look the same but has been refined. The cords are thinner and still hold up to 200 lbs. Since they are now thinner, you can actually sandwich them between your camera and tripod plate. The pucks themselves are also slightly angled so that they connect much easier and quicker.

The image above is of my Canon 5D Mark IV with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens. The Slide Lite will have no problem holding a full frame camera but it is ultimately a personal preference. For a camera of this size and weight, I would get the bigger Slide Strap because its wider. The Slide Lite strap is best suited for smaller and lighter DSLRs, compact and mirrorless cameras such as my Canon M5.

You can even use the strap for Peak Design Field Pouches and Range Pouches.

Conclusion : Overall, the Peak Design Slide Lite Camera Sling Strap (2017) still looks and functions like its predecessor but with upgrade materials and color. The ash is a very nice addition to the line and we'll be seeing it more in future Peak Design products. Even though the design has stayed the same, it's the little things such as embedding the strap into the sliding buckle to keep the thickness down.

The new grip on the shoulder pad works great and definitely a lot better than the thin layer that was on the old strap.

The only thing I'm not liking is because of the thicker strap, it causes the bottom of the strap to create a loop. When the camera is hanging down by your side, it's not a problem. When you bring the camera up to your face to take a picture, the loop is there.

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