About this project
Did you miss our project? The Air Strap was successfully funded on Jan. 9 2014, so please visit us at CustomSLR.com to order an Air Strap plus countless other innovative photography products. For news, tips, and deals, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Thank you!
Update on 1/8/2014 at 3:30PST: Back in November, we promised a surprise gift for all backers as a token of our appreciation. Well, the secret's out! We'll be shipping a Custom SLR microfiber cleaning cloth to all backers along with their rewards! Thanks everyone! 1 day to go!
Stretch Goal #1: $75,000 - COMPLETED. Thank you all for helping us reach this goal! As promised, all backers from the Starter reward tier and up will now receive a full set of ProDots in all three colors!
Stretch Goal #2: $100,000 - COMPLETED. Thank you again! Now all backers from the In the Loop reward tier and up will receive our brand new Hand Strap!
Hey there, Kickstarters! Welcome to our project: The Air Strap. With this innovative design, we hope to bring a comfortable, versatile, and easy-to-use camera strap to everyone and rid the world of cumbersome straps.
Problem: Uncomfortable, Hard-to-Adjust Camera Straps
We've always been frustrated with the manufacturer strap that comes with your camera. It’s poorly designed and uncomfortable. The thin, padless strap digs into your neck and shoulder, causing pain and fatigue. It’s also hard to adjust and often gets in the way.
Solution: The Air Strap
We decided to design a comfortable camera strap that is
Versatility and affordability were the two driving factors behind designing the Air Strap. We want everyone--not just professional photographers--to be able to enjoy a comfortable, easy-to-use strap that can adapt to different situations. With our optional attachment, you can simply snap the Air Strap onto anything with hooks--a laptop bag, a gym bag, a fishing bag, etc.--for an instant upgrade.
The Air Strap is compatible with most cameras and bags and adjusts to fit most users. Plus, with breathable vents and neoprene padding, it’s lightweight and makes your load feel lighter.
That's why we're calling it a camera strap that does more with less.
Benefits of the Air Strap
Breathable vents and moisture wicking fabric channel heat and sweat away from your shoulder to keep you cool
Quick-adjust slider lets you keep your camera secure at your side. When you need to take a photo, just pull and slide.
Lightweight, portable design is perfect for travel
Wider strap and ergonomic design distribute weight evenly, making your load feel lighter. Cushy neoprene padding absorbs shock for maximum comfort .
Rotating buckle swivels, so the strap moves with you for improved flexibility
Compatible with most cameras and bags (with optional laptop bag attachment)
Compatible with the Custom SLR C-Loop
The designs for the Air Strap are being finalized before going into production. We have sourced a custom neoprene supplier and will be working with our current strap manufacturer (the same one that makes our Split Straps) for the sewing and assembly of the straps. Once we receive the straps via air freight, they will be dropped off at our fulfillment center and the units will be delivered to our backers.
What Are the Rewards?
We've got all sorts of rewards you'll love! Of course, one of the rewards is the Air Strap itself, but some of our products may need explanation, so check them out below:
C-Loop: Camera Strap Mounting Solution
The C-Loop is a device that relocates your strap mounting position to a single point on the bottom of your camera. The result? No more tangled straps or straps that get in the way. Learn more about the C-Loop here: http://www.customslr.com/products/c-loop-black
M-Plate Pro: Multi-Function Tripod Camera Plate System
The M-Plate is a universal camera tripod plate system with the world's first integrated tripod mount to work with most Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss connections, and modular attachment points for accessories. Learn more about the M-Plate here:http://www.customslr.com/products/m-plate-pro
ProDot: Shutter Button Upgrade
The ProDot can be placed on your camera's shutter button to bring you more comfort and control. Learn more about the ProDot here:http://www.customslr.com/products/prodot
Who is Custom SLR?
We're a team of photographers passionate about inventing innovative photography solutions. Custom SLR got its start thanks to Kickstarter, with successfully funded projects such as the C-Loop, M-Plate Pro and the ProDot. For more information visit: CustomSLR.com
Risks and challenges
We are well prepared and don’t foresee any problems after funding is completed. However, some things are out of our control. For instance, we will rely on a manufacturer to produce the Air Strap, so any problems that may arise on their end is out of our hands. Supplies from the neoprene supplier may also be a bottleneck if there is a shortage. As a backup, we have a second manufacturer that we are in touch with as well as a second neoprene supplier. Overall, we have backup plans in place to reduce any delays should challenges arise. In the event that any challenges alter the deliverability of the project, we will let our backers know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Air Strap is compatible with most cameras with standard strap mounting points including SLRs, Micro 4/3s and some point and shoots.
For cameras with smaller non-standard mounts, we recommend using it with our C-Loop strap mount, which attaches to the tripod mount on the bottom of your camera: http://www.customslr.com/products/c-loop-black
The Air Strap is our second camera strap invention. Our first was the Split Strap. While both are innovative and comfortable alternatives to traditional camera straps, the Air Strap is different in these ways:
- Breathable vents throughout the strap
- Quick-adjust slider
- Moisture wicking fabric
- Lower price point
To learn more about our Split Strap, visit http://www.customslr.com/products/camera-split-strap
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