The shoulder pad of the 4V Design Lusso Large Top is made of beautiful brown leather. That is also the first thing you’ll smell when you open the pretty box. The strap comes in a signature 4V Design box, white with a cyan coloured sleeve. When you open it you’ll find the strap wrapped in special paper with the 4V Design logo embossed in it. The paper protects the strap during transport, but also adds to the feeling you’ve bought something special. The leather smell is great, but maybe a little overwhelming at first for some people (I really like the smell of leather, so I love it). Luckily most of it wears off after a few days in the open air, so if you aren’t a fan of the leather smell there is no need to worry. The smell also doesn’t transfer to your clothes or camera bag anymore after the first few days.
The Lusso Large Top is a very pretty looking strap. I’ve got the brown version that has light, cappuccino-coloured, leather on the shoulder pad and the camera attachments. There is also a black version. The strap itself is made of durable cotton. The cotton strap is 20mm wide, but because of the way it is woven it is both strong and supple. That is a big plus when you need to store the strap in your camera bag. It folds up very easy.
The Lusso Large Top is perfect for both smaller DSLR’s / mirrorless systems and heavy professional cameras and can take loads of up to 20 kilograms (40 pounds). For smaller systems you could check out the Lusso Medium or slim or the Sella.
The shoulder pad deserves some extra attention. It is made of high quality Italian leather. 4V Design uses real Italian leather that is tanned using only natural materials. Because of the used process the leather stays rich in natural grease. Because of that the leather is durable and doesn’t dry out or crack like cheaper leather sometimes does. I’ve used my old Ergo wrist strap, that is made of the same kind of leather, for a long time now and the leather only keeps getting prettier without any signs drying or cracking. The inside of the shoulder pad is lined with black fabric that is coated with a grippy, rubber-like material. That keeps the pad from sliding from your shoulder. 4V Design hasn’t used their signature cyan colour on the inside like they do on some other products, preserving the classic look of the Lusso Large Top.
The pad is ergonomically formed to make it comfortable to use both as a shoulder strap as a neck strap. It is padded with memory foam. That is soft enough to make sure seams in your clothing don’t press in to your skin when you wear the strap. Because it is memory foam the padding forms to your body making it even more comfortable to wear.
All metal parts on the strap are made of solid copper. That is very durable and also looks very good. The copper colour matches the other brown colours of the strap very well.
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