What to Look for in a Camera Chest Harness

What to Look for in a Camera Chest Harness

Whether you are on a slippery wooden boardwalk, meandering through a rainforest, or hiking a rocky mountain trail, you want to feel confident about the safety of your camera. Plus, carrying it needs to be comfortable. And perhaps most importantly, you want easy access to it, so you don't miss an opportunity to get the perfect shot.

The ideal way to carry a camera is using a camera chest harness. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind when you're shopping for one.


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As a photographer, your camera is your lifeblood. No one wants to carry around dead weight, aka broken gear. Not to mention that any repairs can be extremely costly.

Having your camera swing wildly from your shoulder or from around your neck greatly increases the chance of breakage, especially if you're navigating rough terrain. Be sure to choose a harness that will keep your camera safely tucked into your body.


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We don't need to tell you how much a camera and hefty lens can weigh. Be sure to choose a product that can withstand that load, day in and day out. The camera chest harness should be made of durable fabric and rust-proof parts. All our harnesses are made of 1680 denier polypropylene material, fitted with a super strong Lexan twist & lock camera mount.


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After hours of hiking, you may realise that a swinging neck-strap is affecting the amount of horizon-straightening you're forced to play with in post. And long-term pain from a bad strap or harness will eventually affect more than your photography.

Slipped discs, muscle spasms, and other aches and pains don't need to be the name of the game. When choosing a camera chest harness, look for a product that provides even weight distribution, stable positioning and is made from comfortable materials that don't chafe. Doctors recommend that the closer you carry your gear to your body, the better.


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As you walk into the meadow, you spot the deer with her fawn, grazing in the field. Even the slightest sound may spook them. The last thing you want to do is fumble around to get that elusive shot. Look for easy access and a quick release on your camera chest harness. Our patented twist & lock camera mount system is both stable and secure. One twist locks your camera in place, making it difficult for a thief to grab, while still ensuring you can access it in an instant.


No matter the type of camera carrying device (harness, holster or go-pro attachment) ensure it's compatible with your current gear. Some questions to ask yourself: Can I use the gear with my backpack? (Check out our Camera Holster.) Does it work with my tripod? How does it fit my small and large camera? Cross-compatibility will save you aggravation and money.


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At Cotton Carrier, we think it's important to dress for success. When it comes to a camera chest harness, the right one can make you both look and feel like a pro. Our products out-perform the competition and look great too, allowing you to keep your focus on your work and not your gear.