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Date: 09/07/2014 | By: Heather

The Gordy Strap: A high-quality leather wrist strap for your mirrorless camera

The Gordy Strap

The Gordy Strap: A high-quality leather wrist strap for your mirrorless camera

“If the leather is good enough to hold up your pants, it’s good enough to hold up your camera!”

This is how Gordon Coale of Gordy strap fame introduces his product on the homepage of his website. We had long read about the supreme quality and comfort of these leather wrist and neck straps from our fellow photographers in the mirrorless community, so we knew we had no option but to contact Gordon to ask for a demo of the lug-mount wrist strap to test. Not only did he graciously oblige, but he actually sent us two: a regular-sized one for me, and a long one for Mathieu. Now, having used them for two weeks on our Panasonic GH4 and Fujifilm X-T1, we can join the masses in saying that the Gordy wrist strap really is one of the best options around for mirrorless cameras.

E-M1, 1/13, f/ 4/1, ISO 200
The regular and long sized Gordy wrist straps on the X-T1 and GH4

Gordy began making camera straps from his home on the south end of Whidbey Island (USA) back in 2005. Since then, the business has grown to include six dedicated employees, including his own son and daughter. I’ve always been a fan of supporting local family businesses, so when I discovered the homegrown origins of the Gordy strap, I could not have been more pleased.

E-M1, 1/1250, f/ 35/10, ISO 200
The Gordy Strap on our X-T1

The Gordy lug-mount wrist strap that was sent to us is a very comfortable 1/4″ wide and comes in a variety of vintage colours from natural to russet to dark brown and black leather. Slipping it on and off your wrist is a breeze, and if you let the camera fall from your grasp as you walk, you have no fear that the strap will accidentally slide off. As with any strap, if you let it dangle for too long from your wrist without holding the camera grip, it will leave an impression on your skin but even so, it has never caused me any discomfort. It should also be mentioned that the more you use a leather wrist strap, the softer the leather becomes.

E-M1, 1/400, f/ 2/1, ISO 200
Me holding the GH4 with the long Gordy Strap attached

The lug is securely tied with waxed heavy-duty cord that comes in a variety of colours, and it is accented with a rubber o-ring that slides up and down to increase or reduce the diameter of the strap. This feature makes it one of the most customisable leather straps I’ve tried.

E-M1, 1/80, f/ 4/1, ISO 200
A close-up of the regular wrist strap.
E-M1, 1/160, f/ 2/1, ISO 200
I used the rubber o-ring to tighten the long strap on the GH4

Most products have some sort of flaw but the Gordy strap certainly isn’t one of them. I can guarantee that any mirrorless camera user will be pleased with his or her purchase.

Though we only had the opportunity to try the wrist strap with the lug mount, Gordy has a number of other excellent products in his line-up including wrist straps that attach to your camera’s tripod mount rather than to the lug, non-adjustable vertical and horizontal neck straps, a combination neck and wrist strap named the Zoe strap, adjustable neck straps and more. Considering that they are handmade, all his products are very reasonably priced. For more information, you can browse his website and take a look the full collection.

E-M1, 1/60, f/ 71/10, ISO 200
Even our cat Marigold approves of the Gordy Strap!

Are you using a Gordy strap on your camera? If so, feel free to chime in below and let others know what you think of it!


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About the author: Heather Broster

Heather Broster was born in Canada, has lived in Japan and Italy but currently calls Wales home. She is a full-time gear tester at MirrorLessons. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

  • Heather Broster

    I don’t think I’ve heard a negative comment about Gordy’s straps. He’s really come up with the perfect line of products.

  • Andrew Graeme Gould

    I’ve been using my Gordy’s (medium length) adjustable neck straps on my Fujifilm X100s and X30 for several months now, and am totally satisfied with them. They make a huge difference to the cameras’ handling in the street, for sure.

  • Andrea Ungaro

    I used this one on my E-P5, and I was satisfied as well. Good product.

  • TV How

    Definitely agree with the recommendation! I’ve been using the Gordy strap for several months now, and it’s been a reliable add-on to my EM5. I use it in combination with Peak Design’s Capture system — which makes for a nice shooting experience without having a neck strap.

  • Heather

    Awesome, how many of his products do you own? :)

  • Randy Hyde

    I’m a repeat customer, and am well-pleased with their products. You can’t go wrong with Gordy!

  • Heather

    I’m so pleased that the HandlePod has worked out for you, Gord. I’m sure you’ll love the Gordy strap as well. (Perhaps you could even go and pick it up yourself!) :)

  • Gord Seifert

    Odd that I need to be told about a product made of ly about 50 miles from my living room by someone living half way around the world! Your earlier recommendation of the Handle pod was right on, so I will give this Gordy strap a try as well. I really never use the supplied neck straps the way they were designed to be used anyway, and my name is Gord as well, so this looks like it was designed just for me. Thanks again!

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