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Care & Feeding of your Simplr Strap

Waterproof Leica with Waterlogged M1a camera strap

Recently, one of our customers returned from a two-week photojournalism assignment aboard a working cargo ship, and asked how to clean a smelly, dirty Simplr strap.

There’s no need to baby it — because your Simplr strap isn’t afraid of the elements. Just throw it in a bowl of lukewarm water with a little laundry detergent or Dawn dishwashing liquid, then soak or scrub as much as needed to get the job done. Hang ‘er up to dry. (Don’t try that with your fancy leather camera strap.)

Another way to “refresh” your M1 Series camera strap is to replace the cord loops which attach it to your camera. Just as you check the tires on your car from time to time for wear, you should check the Mini QD Loops on your Simplr strap. It’s pretty simple really … loosen them up a little bit and take a close look. If they look “fuzzed-up” it’s time to replace them. They’re inexpensive, and we’ve always got ’em.

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A Show of Strength

M1a holding 35lbs

This is what we do for fun around the office.

Here’s a Simplr M1a with 35lbs (nearly 16 kilos) hanging from it. And that’s off of one connector … Remember you’ll have two attached to your camera.

We wouldn’t advise carrying a 35lb camera/lense combo on this strap, but when you’ve got a 2.5lb rig, it’s nice to feel safe.

It’s also worth noting that the adjuster, which slides easily when adjusting the length of the strap, didn’t budge at all under this weight.

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An Introduction to Mini QD Loops™

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The quick-connectors we use on our M1a and M1w straps are Op/Tech USA Mini QD Loops™ (They come in 1mm and 1.5mm versions, but we only use the stronger 1.5mm version).

We’re often asked if they release accidentally. We’re happy to report, we’ve never seen or heard of this happening. To release them, you have to apply significant pressure to both sides — simultaneously. It’s virtually impossible for them to release unintentionally.

We’ve found them to be small, strong (check out our strength test) and reliable, but don’t just take our word for it — They have a 4.6 rating on Amazon with 250+ reviews.

If you’d like to use your Simplr strap on more than one camera, or just want some spares, we sell them here.