BosStrap One Piece Strap Review

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The original BosStrap Sling Strap – which we reviewed last year –  was an out of box and successful approach to the sling strap concept.  It was successful enough for Black Rapid to sit up and take notice.  Unfortunately, Black Rapid responded by challenging a number of manufacturers, including BosStrap.  Rather than lawyer up and try to fight the charges (which if you know US patent law, that could be a never-ending battle amounting in very little gain even if one were to win), BosStrap took the opportunity to redesign their strap system using feedback they’ve gotten from their customers to produce a new product – the BosStrap One Piece Sling Strap (BosStrap OP).

[Editor’s Note: If you haven’t been following: Black Rapid earned a patent last year for the way their strap system fastens to the camera – specifically the quick-release mechanism.  Basically, it’s the only thing they could prove was an innovation over the civil-war era sling technology.  The bad news is that this gave them a lot of power over its competitors.  We won’t weigh in on whether we thought that was fair, but the aftermath resulted in Black Rapid issuing a letter identifying a number of products that infringed upon their new found patent, including the BosStrap.]

The BosStrap OP is functionally very similar to the original BosStrap (read the original Shutter Photo review here). The major difference lies in how the strap is connected to the camera. BosStrap decided to get rid of the detachable BosTail and use a new One Piece design that allows the strap to remain on your camera permanently, similar to most neck straps. This offers several advantages, the main one being there is no chance of the camera accidentally being detached from the strap (a concern that was raised about the original). This change makes the strap system lighter, since the large TriggerLoc clasp has been removed, and reduces the amount of metal near your camera to help avoid scratching and scuffing your lens/body. The lack of a large clasp also makes folding or wrapping up the strap for storage easier. BosStrap even increased the length of the tail webbing, giving you more options on where to position the camera for comfort/usability. As before, the tripod socket remains free for use, something that gives the BosStrap an edge over most other sling straps on the market for frequent tripod users like landscape, studio or even sports photographers. See the photo below for a comparison between the two straps – the original BosStrap is on the bottom and the newly designed BosStrap OP is on top:

Comparison between the BosStrap and BosStrap OP

A comparison between the original BosStrap (bottom) and the new BosStrap OP (top). Photo: Simon Hucko

If you like to detach your camera while shooting or to switch bodies, this probably isn’t the strap for you. Of course as the system attaches to your camera’s strap lug – and not the tripod socket – this may not be a concern to many.  Otherwise, the improvements on the original make for a simpler, more secure, lighter strap that’s comfortable to wear, and is definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for a sling strap.

The BosStrap One Piece Sling Strap is available at the time of writing from BosStrap.com for $39.95 + shipping (also available at Amazon.com). The BosStrap One Piece Tail can be purchased separately for $8.95 + shipping to upgrade an original BosStrap to the new One Piece system.

Things We Liked

  • Simpler design over the original BosStrap and especially over other sling straps on the market.
  • Possibly one of the lightest and most compact sling strap son the market.
  • Fastens to the camera’s strap lug (as opposed to the tripod socket)

Things We Didn’t Like

  • It is a single-point fastener which some photographers do not favor.  Note that this is the case of nearly all sling strap systems.
  • It remains fastened to the camera at all times – no quick connect as was seen in the original BosStrap.
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