As you can read in some of my other reviews 4V Design makes some good looking and very good shoulder straps, like the Lusso Large Top and the Sella. But they also make great wrist straps for people that prefer keeping their camera in their hands. For instance the very pretty Ergo Large wrist strap. 4V Design has added a new strap to the collection: the Lazo wrist strap. The 4V Design Lazo is a little different from the Ergo, it is made primarily from soft cotton webbing instead of leather for the Ergo. It is also adjustable in size and a little more affordable (40 euro’s vs. 54 for the Ergo). Luckily it still offers the great 4V Design style and craftsmanship as all the other 4V Design products do. In this quick review I’ll tell you more about it.
4V Design Lazo
The 4V Design Lazo wrist strap is available in two colours. There is a brown version with a dark brown cotton band and lighter leather details (same colours as the Lusso Large Top I’ve reviewed earlier). And there is a subtle black version I’m reviewing here. Both look equally pretty, but the brown version stand out from the crowd a little more. The black version is very subtle and looks great on a black camera. For a silver camera I would choose the brown version.
The 4V Design Lazo itself is made from 20mm wide soft cotton that is very durable, flexible and lightweight. The cotton band is set in black leather adding to the durability. As usual the leather used by 4V Design is real Italian, high quality leather that stays pretty and doesn’t crack. The sides of the leather are hand painted in the same colour as the rest of the strap. Just a small detail that shows how much attention goes in to making the 4V Design products. The leather is stitched very precise and there is a small 4V logo embossed in it.
The 4V Design Lazo uses a solid brass buckle for adjustment. In the black version of the strap the brass buckle has a black chrome finish that looks very good and matches the colour of the band. You attach the strap to your camera with a smaller loop that is made of polyamide, that is both durable as strong. You can attach the strap by looping it through the attachment on the camera itself, making the whole strap a little shorter. In the box there is also a small keychain ring that you can use to attach the strap to your camera if you prefer to use the whole length of the strap.
The 4V Design Lazo in day to day use
The 4V Design Lazo is very comfortable strap to use. The cotton band feels soft and flexible and is nice to wear around your wrist. Much better than cheaper straps made of synthetic materials. I’ve also got an older strap that is made from braided climbing rope, and that feels uncomfortable after some while. The cotton band on the Lazo feels a lot better and doesn’t scrape your skin. The opening to put your hand through is big enough for even my big hands, making it easy to put it around your wrist. Since 4V Design has added a buckle you can adjust the strap to make it fit snugly around your wrist for extra security. Once set the strap doesn’t change length anymore without you deliberately moving the buckle.
One thing I like about the 4V Design Lazo is that it folds up very small if you need it to. As much as I like my 4V Design Ergo Large wrist strap it can be a little unpractical for use on real small cameras. The leather strap can’t be folded when you store it so it always takes up some extra space in your camera bag. No problem when you store your camera in a normal bag as there is always some room to spare where you can put it. But for my tiny Nikon Coolpix A I use a really small Peli case when I take it places where it could get wet or damaged. The Coolpix just barely fits in the box so there isn’t any room for a big strap. Fitting the 4V Design Lazo isn’t a problem at all. The cotton band is very flexible and can easily be folded to fit it in even the smallest places. Something I really like.
Besides small the strap is also very lightweight which is nice for use on a small camera. That doesn’t mean you can’t use it for a bigger camera. If I’m out just for taking photo’s I like to keep my camera in my hands all the time. In those situations I love using a wrist strap for extra security, making sure I can’t drop my camera. I’ve been using the 4V Design Lazo with both my Nikon D800 and Df and it works perfect with heavier cameras. The strap is more than strong enough to prevent a big and heavy camera from falling to the floor.
When you are looking for an affordable but high quality wrist strap that provides extra security without giving up good looks the 4V Design Lazo is the strap for you. At 39 euro’s it is very affordable and about the same price as simpler straps made of synthetic materials, but this is made out of cotton and real leather. Luckily 4V Design hasn’t traded functionality for looks in the 4V Design Lazo wrist strap. It is lightweight, easy to store and use and comfortable to wear around your wrist. The cotton feels a lot nicer on your skin than the synthetic materials of other straps. The Lazo is perfect for both smaller and bigger and larger cameras as it is both small and lightweight, but strong enough to provide extra security for a large camera.
If you buy the strap at the official 4V Design website you can use the promotional code: 4V-RICKSREVIEWS-10 and for a limited time you’ll get a 10% discount.