Look, straps aren’t sexy. Well, they rarely are. They’re utilitarian, but when you need one and don’t have one, you miss it. ProMedia Gear has a new version of their Quick-Release Shoulder Strap, which introduces new options and system compatibility with straps from other manufacturers and is strong enough to hang your full body weight from.

The Plug works on the same principle as a Quick Release hose fitting.  A cylinder inside the plug pushes steel balls out, expanding inside a hardened steel fitting (hardened steel is incredibly rigid).  Once expanded it’s impossible to remove the plug, unless the spring loaded release button is pressed.  To prevent accidental release, the button is flush with the casing, and access to it is protected by the strap loop on top.

To engage the strap, insert the plug into the female insert inside the bracket plate while pushing the button, then release the button. As the bearing balls expand, the system will be positively locked. Give it a quick tug to confirm a positive lock.  To remove simply press the button and pull the plug out.

The strap itself is of neoprene design, so if you’re not a fan of the stretchy, easily worn material… this might not be for you. But if you like the give that comes with neoprene, and the comfort level it provides, then this might be right up your alley.

For more information, make sure to check out the ProMedia Gear Kickstarter.