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Allison Woods April 23, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments on BlackRapid Kick
BlackRapid Kick

A Camera Sling Designed for Women

I love the idea of camera slings for hiking and urban walking, but have found them uncomfortable and usually not ergonomic enough for my larger, busty stature. The new womens-specific Blackrapid Kick sling promised to address my main need–wanting to be able to walk without the whole setup bouncing.

I tested the BlackRapid Kick sling with my full-sized Canon DSLR, equipped with a 17-85 mm zoom lens. (The first time I tried the Kick with my mirrorless DSLR, and the camera was too lightweight for the sling.) The 2+ lb. weight perfectly matched the weights of the materials used in the Kick. The sling is constructed of webbing with an ergonomic 8mm TPE foam pad that contoured my shoulder.straptwo

At the front of the pad the webbing is stitched down to allow for the addition of an accessory pocket for extra batteries and memory cards. The camera attaches via a metal piece that screws into the tripod hole on the bottom of the camera, which is then attached to a locking metal swivel clip. A pair of adjustable bumpers allowed me to control how much the camera moved when I was hiking.

straponeBy moving the front bumper up, I could shoot pictures and the shoulder pad stayed put atop my shoulder. I was aware of the weight of the camera while walking, but it carried without bouncing or rubbing. It sat comfortably on my hip, and didn’t impede movement or bounce around to the front of me.

Available in black, black floral print, cobalt, gray, and pink.

Bottom Line: This is a great-fitting sling that I would recommend to anyone seeking a comfortable way to carry a full-sized DSLR camera.

BUY ONLINE: $62, available at Amazon.com.

Manufacturer’s Site: blackrapid.com

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About The Author

Allison is a Seattle native who hikes, climbs, skis, snowshoes and fly fishes all over the world. She’s written about base camping, fly fishing, hiking, and food for notable publications such as Outside Online, Sporting Goods Business, Outdoor Industry Alliance, and BACKPACKER. Her wanderlust takes her to hot springs and top-secret fishing holes in Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, and Idaho, as well as Washington’s vaunted North Cascades. When she’s not goofing off outside, you’ll find her backstage at various Seattle –area theatres and concert venues, where she works as a stagehand.

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