This thing is a solid four stars in my book. First and foremost, it's great at what it's fundamentally for: securing stuff around your waist. The configuration I've been using it with is one SpiderPro holster on each side of my waist, plus a utility bag and bottle pouch. I carry a bigger OM-D camera with long lens (300/4) on my right side on one holster, and on my left side I carry a smaller PEN camera with a wide lens attached. The utility bag goes on my left side as well and holds my phone + a battery backup so I can capture GPS tracks on long walks for geo-tagging, and it also gives me a waterproof place to stash my non-weather-sealed compact camera if it gets wet outside. I stick the bottle holder on the very back of the belt.
For the most part, this works out really well:
- Carrying the weight on my hips is great. It can still get a little uncomfortable lugging that huge lens around, but it feels soooo much better than when I used to carry it on a shoulder strap. With the strap I had a sore shoulder after a 3 mile walk, with the belt I did close to 8 miles with the same setup recently and didn't have any shoulder or back pain afterwards.
- The sliplock connectors, as well as SpiderPro's adapter, all fit perfectly onto the belt. I have absolutely no fears about anything coming loose.
There are, however, some things to watch out for, which is why this is getting four stars from me instead of five:
- It's pretty big. I'm not an especially small guy, about a 30" waist, and I have to take almost all the slack out of the "small/medium" variant, which leads to some awkwardness trying to keep all the excess webbing coiled up and in place with the elastic bands included.
- If you're using SpiderPro holsters, they will take up quite a lot of space. Each holster with its pad takes up 3 sliplock spaces on its own, and if you're hanging a camera with a long lens you're gonna want at least one more space empty behind it. Plus you're probably gonna want your cameras at least one space back from the front to put them in more comfortable position to reach down and grab, which leaves two of your sliplock spaces at the front of the belt in a kind of no-man's-land where you _could_ put something there, but it would be pretty awkward. Altogether, on the small/medium version the utility bag and the bottle holder are all I really feel comfortable carrying along with my cameras.
- And finally, the BIG issue: they put a standard, two-pronged, squeeze-to-release plastic connector on the front of this thing. The buckle when properly fastened seems pretty sturdy, but its problem is that it's way too easy to unintentionally release. When I first started wearing it I kept finding one of the prongs mysteriously unbuckled, leaving the belt fastened by only one of the plastic prongs. Eventually, I discovered the problem: my pants belt buckle had a protruding metal piece directly underneath the Lowepro belt buckle, and when I bent down it would press up into the plastic buckle and partially undo it. I initially tried solving this problem by moving the belt buckle to one side or the other of me, but the problem then was that the Lowepro belt would put pressure on the pants belt buckle and dig it into my hip. What I finally settled on, and seems to be working pretty well so far, was to get an elastic belt with a flat buckle which I can easily slide to one side and doesn't dig into my hip. I just wear that now whenever I go out with my camera belt.
- Product Dimensions: 130 x 4.1 x 15.5 cm ; 318 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 349 g
- Item Model Number: LP36284
- ASIN: B0043D2L48
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 22 November 2017
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