Peak Design Leash Review
The best camera straps don’t always ned to be large, thick, and full of extra padding.
If you don’t want a dad-bod style camera strap and you’ve always wanted something rather sleek and slender, that’s where the Peak Design Leash gracefully enters the room.
The Leash is a simplified and minimal camera strap compared to the popular Peak Design Slide straps. You won’t find the quick pull adjusters on the Leash, but it’s still very capable at holding your camera.
I’d be inclined to say that the Leash is designed with smaller cameras in mind, but really, it’s well suited for almost any camera you decide to pair it with!
It can easily fit the needs of somebody looking for a less obtrusive and understated camera carry solution, or who just wants something that’ll pack up small and not add much extra weight to their kit.
After using the Slide camera straps for a couple of years now, I’m now using the smaller, lighter Leash on my Sony a7 III.
Here’s my Peak Design Leash review.
Peak Design Leash Specs
- Thin and very lightweight
- Packs up small and doesn’t take up unnecessary space
- Not overly complicated
- When shortened it can hoop at the Anchor Mount end
- There is no lock on the length adjusters so it’s easy to accidentally change the length
- Wouldn’t mind if it was a bit shorter from the get-go!
Min Length: 830 mm (32.6 in)
Strap Width: 19 mm (0.75 in)
Weight: 86 g (3.0 oz)
Anchor Links head diameter: 17 mm (.67 in)
Anchor Links loop length: 43 mm (1.7 in)
Length: 30 mm (1.2 in)
Width: 20 mm (.79 in)
Protrusion from camera: 5 mm (.20in)
Connectors: glass-reinforced nylon Links with stainless steel springs, 2-layer anti-abrasion woven thermoplastic Anchor cord, thermoplastic Anchor overmolding
1x 4mm hex wrench
4x Anchors (comes with V4 Anchor Update Kit)
1x Anchor Mount
1x Microfiber pouch
Build & Appearance
The Peak Design Leash is light, slim, and undeniably a Peak Design product in every way, much like their new smartphone case.
Made of the same smooth and tightly woven nylon as the larger Slide variations, but of a thinner construction, the Leash is also adorned with stylish aluminium and Hypalon adjusters.
The Peak Design Leash is versatile, durable, and certainly a safe and secure product to use with your expensive camera gear.
You’ll find that it’s available in two distinct colour options that match nicely with Peak Design’s product range and are also the same colour options available for the Slide and Slide Lite. So if you’re after a matching pair or set you’re certainly in luck!
(See my Peak Design Slide Lite Review for a closer look at this strap.)
The Ash variation of the Leash features nice brown leather accents and the Black variation, which features in my photos, comes in a black-on-black style with red stitching details in two places.
It’s much smaller than many other straps currently available on the market, and I dare say probably a lot more durable than many others that are similar in size.
Peak Design have not compromised on the level of quality they’re known for just for the sake of creating something in a much a smaller size. Instead, they’ve finely tuned and downscaled an already proven recipe to create this great little minimalist strap.
Not everybody is after a large or meaty camera strap, or even a mid-sized one. If you’re not one to carry large packs or you need a more substantial camera strap for your camera, the Peak Design Leash will very easily suit the requirements you may have.
It’s quite possible the next smallest camera solution after a wrist strap such as the Peak Design Cuff, or a shoelace…
[Related: Peak Design Cuff review]
The adjusters on the Leash feature a unique combination of aluminium and Hypalon which are conveniently and intuitively designed for a simple one-finger adjustment to the length of the strap on both ends.
Just a simple lift and the strap will easily extend longer or shorten to the length that you require in whatever situation you find yourself in.
Featuring the same Anchor links as most of Peak Design’s other products, the Leash is compatible with anything you attach an Anchor to.
I’m able to easily swap between the Slide, Slide Lite, and Leash on any of my cameras at any time I wish to without any fuss.
If you have a Field Pouch or another bag or pouch that you’ve attached Anchors to, they can be partnered up with any of the Peak Design camera straps as well.
Ease of Use
Being rather soft and light means that the Peak Design Leash packs up really nicely into a bag or a pocket when not in use.
It doesn’t bulk up or take up much space – especially when being packed into a smaller bag such as a Peak Design Sling, Range Pouch, or camera holster style bag.
Depending on your preferred style of carry, the Leash can easily be connected to any Anchor connector that you place on your camera.
Simply placing the Anchors on different spots of the camera body will allow you to shoulder carry, neck carry, sling carry, or wrist carry without fussing around.
If you’re planning on using the included Anchor Mount or the Capture Clip base plate, you can do so by attaching it to the base of the camera via the 1/4-20 UNC thread and then attaching the Anchors to either of those.
By doing this you may be compromising your ability to quickly use a tripod, but you’re opening yourself up to being able to combine the Peak Design Leash with either a Peak Design Cuff or Clutch, and possibly even the Capture Clip as well (provided you’re using the correct base plate).
[Related: Peak Design Capture Clip review]
This provides you with a multitude of carry and securing solutions on the one camera body, which I find incredible.
In order to tighten or remove the Anchor Mount from the base of the camera, you need to use the included hex wrench – so I advise you to always keep that with your tripod in case you need to use it.
If you forget it, it can be rather troublesome to release the Anchor Mount!
Personally I have the Peak Design Clutch attached to my camera at all times and I’m able to rotate between the Slide Lite and Leash when I please.
You may find it odd to rotate between camera straps, and it probably is, but I always like to keep my options open where I can.
Value for Money
The Peak Design Leash is the cheapest of the available full-length camera straps offered by Peak Design, and by that notion, it’s incredible value given the reliability and convenience it offers.
Given the pedigree of the brand, lifetime warranty, and just how easy it’s to use with other items – it’s certainly great value for money. Either as a main or a secondary strap, it will serve its intended purpose quite well.
Whether I want to attach the Slide Lite to my camera and whack the Leash on to my Field Pouch, or I just want something lighter and less bulky to attach to my camera on an easy day out, the Leash comes into play and does what I need without the worry of having something small and sub-par securing my gear to me.
The added benefit of it packing up very small (if you roll it up, it’s palm-size) means you can easily just throw it in a bag to bring out whenever you need to! Or leave it attached to your camera as your preferred one and only camera strap.
Either way, the Leash happily serves your needs without any additional fuss or bulk built into it!
Peak Design Leash Review | Conclusion
For me, the Leash was originally more of a secondary camera strap to use when I required a lighter, less bulky option to my Slide and Slide Lite, but it has spent more time on my Sony a7 III than I expected.
It’s a great option to leave attached as a (what now seems to be) main carry solution for my camera.
But to be honest I wouldn’t mind if the Leash was actually constructed a bit shorter than it currently is…
For a small and thin camera strap, it’s a rather long one to have hooked up – which can be great but at certain times is a hassle.
Even when using it adjusted to a shorter length it tends to hoop a bit at the Anchor Mount end (much like the black Slide Lite seems to) which can be annoying.
The shorter you make it, the more strap sections end up flapping around when using it.
But, despite the hooping that happens, that’s something that rarely actually gets in the way or becomes troublesome at all.
I really do genuinely like the Peak Design Leash, especially paired with my Sony a7 III. It tends to be the strap that’s attached most regularly to it.
It’s a fantastic camera strap that grows on me more and more with every use – a light and easy carry solution and a trusted safety option while moving about with my camera in hand.
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