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06.05.17         gadgetry  

The Maven Strap ®


Update "Maven®" is a registered trademark of Michael The Maven for camera accessories, including camera straps. If you know of a company that is using the word "Maven" in association with camera accessories, please let us know in the comments below.

As many of your know by now, I have a full line up of camera straps coming. Ive been working on this for several months now, and we have 30 beta testers who will receive theirs in the mail within the next week. I have many motivations for having my own camera gear line-up, but if I am putting my name on something, it better be freaking awesome.

So many straps are black only by design. The reason...straps get dirty and it hides the filth. Seriously, some straps I have used and seen were just the nastiest, foulest things ever. Seriously, sweating on a strap for years and never washing it?

You can wash most straps, but one of the issues is, manufacturer straps are not easily removed from cameras, so they have a tendency to stay on. Additionally I have certain needs for other types of strap like gear, for example a strap to carry my lens filter bag, and sometimes I need an anchor for my tripod. The design of the Maven Strap® (Yes, "Maven" for Photography accessories is a registered trademark now) was that this could be a single strap that would do many things, and would be easy to take on and off all gear within seconds, yet still remain strong.

I chose paracord for its strength (550 lbs) and versatility. The Maven 1 Strap will be a wider strap consisting of ~60 of paracord, and the Maven Slim about ~40 feet (The Maven Slim as demonstrated by Sarah is more for lighter Mirrorless Systems). We will also have at least some wrist straps for those interested, but are not fully committing to those at this time, but we will have some limited quantities.

Something very important to me are the colors. Too many black camera straps out there and this gives a chance to stand out. You could see Sarah a mile away with her red strap because it popped so much. We expect to have many, many colors eventually, but for now, Bright Blue, Red, Purple and Black will be the first colors. You can also easily wash your maven strap in a mesh laundry bag.

The Carabiners, though not necessary for use in carrying a camera, come with each strap. They were custom designed for strength, (30-50 KG), look and locking features. The carabiners will allow you to move your strap from gear to gear in seconds, whatever you want to use it for. I have a friend who uses his to carry his bow (as in bow and arrow) and I know of a woman who has used one on her purse. (!) Some testers are asking for longer versions for rifle slings and I think this is going to happen.

Here are some fun images of the upcoming straps.
We expect them to be in stock for purchase in about 2-3 weeks, but if you know you want one now, tell us in the comments below the width and color and we will notify you as soon as they are ready!

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