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My DIY R strap after a trip to REI

After a trip to REI, the strap takes some real form

A trip to REI later, and now we're ready to take this strap to the next level.

I walked the aisles of REI, and browsed for what seemed like only minutes but I'm sure was more like an hour.  I came away with good stuff though.  This morning, it dawned on me that what I wanted was a climbers sling or runner.  And that I could feasibly add more items to my charm bracelet.

 a close up of the new setup

So, here is a close up of the new setup.  A sewn Metolius sling, and a locking Black Diamond biner give it a geeky urban climber look.  I had thought about using a buckled 60 inch lashing strap, but this just looked more "authentic" and hard core.

adding more items is a snap

Slapping on another biner and a small stuff sack really sealed the deal for me.  This setup is dead simple, and gives me easy access to what I need.  It's probably a good idea to look into more dangerous sports to see how they solved the problem of getting to your gear without killing yourself.

It hangs just so

Even with more items hanging from the runner, it works great.  The strap doesn't move since the gear bag adds stabilizing mass to the setup.  It does bring up one issue however.  Depending on which way you put on the runner across your body, the camera may either come up unhindered, or the gear bag will elevate and dangle from the slack created.  Not a huge issue, but something to think about.  With more biners on the sling, it will jingle more of course.  Not to mention big beefy biners are probably not good for somewhat delicate photog gear.

Over all, I'm quite happy.  For the price of a genuine R strap,  you can look like a crunchy granola photog.  Or a geek.

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