Camera straps are a dime-a-dozen. You can get them in all kinds of styles, colors, lengths, and materials. Until this week, I never saw a camera strap that uses a bungee cord.
Two of the biggest problems with camera straps is the level of comfort and weight distribution. Let’s see how Statgear’s BOOMR Bungee camera strap fairs.
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What Is a Bungee Camera Strap?
A bungee camera strap is exactly what you imagine; a camera strap that uses a bungee cord inside the strap itself.
We have all seen those thrill-seekers, jumping off a perfectly good bridge, cherry picker, crane or hot air balloon. The cord is made from multiple strands of rubber, encased in a fabric cover.
What it does is take the energy of the falling person and stretches the rubber until its point of maximum stretch. At this point, the bungee cord pulls the person back up, completing the loop of gravity meeting upward force.
Here, the same concept has been included in this camera strap. Why? We will get to that in a moment.
Who Are Stat Gear?
Stat Gear stated as a one-man-army in 2010 by Avi Goldstein. He was a paramedic based in New York City, and used his creative entrepreneurial to develop and manufacture innovative tools.
As he worked in the medical machine, these tools were intended to be used for rescue and survival situations. He also wanted to tackle the everyday carrying issues for these tools as he saw they could be revamped.
In 2015, he launched his first Kickstarter campaign for the BOOMR bungee camera strap. It was well-received, pulling in over $56k from 1400 backers.
Apart from this strap, Stat Gear sells Travel Gear, Survival Kits and even Hunting Gear.
What Is the BOOMR Bungee Camera Strap?
The BOOMR bungee camera strap is an innovation to camera straps. It is designed to give the wearer maximum comfort, as the rubber bungee takes some of the energy from jostling around and doesn’t pass it on to the photographer.
It also stretches, allowing you to have your camera very close to you, while extendable for any situation.
The idea for the bungee style strap came from the straps used in the Military to carry rifles. They are said to be strong and durable, while comfortable to wear and use.
What Is Included?
- 1 x Stat Gear Bungee Camera Strap with Carabiners
- 2 x Camera connecting straps with D rings
BOOMR Bungee Camera Strap: Review
Immediately I wanted to try it to see what it would feel like to carry and shoot. I liked the idea that it is supposed to make you enjoy using a strap again. Personally, I don’t like camera straps and prefer to use a belt/hip holder.
For me, camera straps cut into my shoulder when carrying heavy equipment, and always seem to move around excessively.
From receiving it in the mail, I was excited. The strap came as one piece, with nothing to put together. You do need to remove the camera connecting straps to connect the camera, but they made this simple.
The camera connectors are removable from the strap via heavy-duty carabiners. I like this idea, as you can remove the bungee strap, yet keep the connectors to add the strap again quickly.
Build and Construction
The strap feels well put together. The material used in the strap looks tough and would take a long time to show any wear and tear.
One each side, when fully connected, there are metal carabiners and ‘D’ rings. I am happy they are metal and heavy-duty. The way the carabiner opens also feels good, strong and able to stop any user error issues.
It feels good around my neck, and even when worn under the arm.
Using the camera strap is just like any other. It will work around the neck or looped under one arm. The bungee cord doesn’t cover the entire strap, it only covers 18 cm (7.1″) when relaxed and 30 cm (11.8″) when extended.
Apart from adding an extra 24 cm to the strap length, the difficulty is in reducing the strap length. If you like your straps short, you are limited to 95 cm when relaxed. It gets to 111 cm when fully extended, and a possible 135 cm with the bungee cords at their maximum.
What stops the strap from getting smaller than 90 cm is the 3.8 cm (1.5″) wide polypropylene shoulder strap. What I would have liked to see is a strap that connects with velcro. This way, you could remove it, shorten the strap and then place the shoulder strap back on.
The rest of the strap is 2.5 cm (1″) wide, which is wide enough to feel stable, but without being annoying.
Using the strap felt good. It didn’t stop the camera from swinging to and fro, but it did limit it. The bungee cord is built to stop the camera from bouncing up and down. The texture of the scrunched up bungee adds stability as it sticks to your apparel.
Extending the strap wasn’t a problem if I needed to get the camera closer to the subject a little. It takes a little energy to hold it still, but easier if the strap is at the right length to lock your arms. This gave me an idea.
I often use my camera strap to film live music videos. Here, I need stabilization while the chance to move around unencumbered. A strap like this lets me use it around my neck to film.
The bungee cord gives the strap some play, so in this, I find it useful.
What We Like
- Removable camera connectors
- Strong and durable
- Extra stability when filming
What We Don’t Like
- Can’t shorten the strap much
- Doesn’t stop all camera movement
- The logo is a little big in red
Where To Buy It From
If you are interested in the BOOMR bungee camera strap from Stat Gear, you can find it here. It comes in two logo colors; red and black.
This camera strap retails at $25, and it is worth it, considering how expensive some camera straps are. You might not find that it doesn’t hold your camera still constantly, just because of how your body moves. The strap is more likely to help when you are half running to capture a shot.
Personally, I like it because of the detachable camera strap connectors. On top of this, it would be a great help in keeping my camera steady when filming. Especially when carrying heavy equipment. The strap has a rating of 13lbs (5.9kg)
Some might not like it as the strap stays between the 90-111 cm range. It isn’t for all body types, but I see the benefit. It is definitely an innovative idea and it works – a fresh idea in a world of monotonous camera straps.