URTH Core Camera Strap
We host a large photography Meetup group in Sydney, Australia. Not only do we hold Photo Walks but we also do workshops and training sessions. One of the first things we notice about newcomers to the group is that they nearly always use the original camera strap that came with their camera purchase.
Now, if you are only an occasional camera user or even if you use the smaller mirrorless cameras then the strap supplied with your camera will possibly be enough for your needs. But if you shoot quite frequently then the first thing you should consider is a comfortable camera strap.
When URTH released their camera straps in 2021 we were interested to see how they performed in comparison to our current straps and whether it would be a product worth recommending. To be 100% honest, when it comes to camera straps, we are really big fans of the Peak Design Slide & Slide Lite camera straps and have been using them for several years. Quite frankly, we don’t plan on changing anytime soon.
However, we are also big fans of the Urth product brand, and if you haven’t heard of this brand, you may be more familiar with the brand Gobe. The company, in the past, has mainly sold camera filters but since its re-branding in late 2020 has been expanding its product range.
We’ve been using Gobe/Urth products for quite a while now and absolutely love their quality, price, and contribution to the environment through tree planting in some of the most deforested regions of the world.
Urth was kind enough to send us the URTH Core Camera Strap for this review. Please read our disclaimer at the bottom of this post. They also sent us the URTH Mantle Camera Strap Long (also available as a shorter version). This strap is constructed from recycled leather but is not adjustable. Pricing for this strap is included at the bottom of this post.
What’s in the Box (or in this case – tube)
The URTH Core Camera Strap is shipped in a recyclable brown tube (see below). This struck us as a bit unusual as the bulk of their packaging since the re-brand has been mid-grey. However, this is of no consequence. Inside the tube is the strap which is neatly woven around a strip of sturdy recyclable cardboard. The tube also contains 2 sets of pebble fasteners (4 in total) and 1 tripod mount.
Before you dispose of the recyclable tube make sure you register your product to plant 5 trees in a deforested region of the world. Your unique code resides on the inside of the lid.
Above & Below: The Urth Core Camera Strap
The Camera Strap
The URTH Core Camera Strap is constructed with 100% recycled nylon. Like the Peak Design Slide Strap, the material is similar in feel to a car seatbelt. There is an adjustable buckle that will let you adjust the strap from 700mm to 1250mm in length which would be suitable for most people’s height.
On one side of the strap is ample silicon grips that will give you extra stability, however, you can also use the smooth side as well. The strap is suitable to be worn as a shoulder strap, across the body (sling), or as a neck strap (we never recommend that you use a strap around the neck). We would always use the strap in the across-the-body configuration as this is the most comfortable and secure.
The camera strap also includes a tripod anchor mount which is ideal for cameras that either have very small eyelets or none at all. The anchor plate screws into the thread at the bottom of most cameras and the pebble fasteners attach to the two islets. As mentioned above, the strap includes 2 sets of pebble fasteners (4 in total) and 1 tripod anchor mount. Naturally, this attachment method is not ideal if you frequently use a tripod. If your camera has an L-Bracket attached then we would suggest you attach the pebble fasteners to the bracket.
Above: Tripod Anchor Mount + Pebble Fasteners
Both the Urth Core Camera Strap and Urth Core Camera Strap Slim are available in either Black or Ash Grey colours.
Both straps will hold up to 80kgs and they both are adjustable to the same length as mentioned previously. The Urth Core Camera Strap is 40mm in width with the Slim version half the width at 20mm. The Slim strap would be more suitable for those with lighter mirrorless cameras.
For a comprehensive look at the specs visit the Urth website here
- High Quality
- Recycled material
- Reasonably priced
- Lifetime Warranty
- 30-day returns
- Pebble Fasteners are a little tight to attach & disconnect but easier after extended use
- Only one adjustable buckle compared to two on the Peak Design Slide strap. This means that the strap will need to be connected the same way each time to ensure the adjustment buckle is at the front.
The Urth Core Camera Strap and Urth Core Camera Strap Slim are very well priced compared to the competition so this makes the straps an attractive option. Don’t forget to use the Discount Code ‘widescenes‘ at checkout to receive a further 15% discount off the prices below. To buy the product, click on the links below.
Urth Core Camera Strap – AUD$75.00 / USD$60.00 / CAD$75.00 / GBP£45.00 / Euro€50.00
Urth Core Camera Strap Slim – AUD$65.00 / USD$55.00 / CAD$65.00 / GBP£40.00 / Euro€45.00
Urth Mantle Camera Strap – AUD$85.00 / USD$80.00 / CAD$100.00 / GBP£60.00 / Euro€70.00
Urth Mantle Camera Strap Long – AUD$95.00 / USD$85.00 / CAD$105.00 / GBP£65.00 / Euro€75.00
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The Final Word
There’s only so much you can say when it comes to a camera strap. Needless to say, in certain genres of photography, it is a crucial part of your kit whereas in other genres it probably is not as important. If you carry your camera around for an extended period of time, as we do, you will realise just how important the humble camera strap is, and if that’s the case, then the URTH Core Camera Strap is a great camera strap and worthy of a place in your camera bag. With a couple of tweaks, it has the potential to be an excellent camera strap.
If you are interested in reading any of our other reviews of the GOBE/URTH products click on any of the posts below. Alternatively, we have a dedicated URTH Filters page on our website which you can check out here. For any of our other product reviews click here
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Disclaimer: Although we are affiliated with URTH Filters and receive a commission on any sales when using the coupon code, this review is totally unbiased (we are also NiSi Resellers). As Professional Photographers we would never recommend the use of any product unless we use the product ourselves. We did receive the filter with compliments of URTH Filters but were not paid for this review. We may also receive commissions on other links in this post, however, we try our best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice.