Hands-Free Camera Harness

Backcountry Solutions is trying to eliminate the discomfort of carrying a heavy, bulky SLR camera while hiking. Its Keyhole hands-free camera harness clips your SLR camera to your backpack harness and keeps the lens pointed down to protect it and carry it closer to your body.

Designed for activities like hiking, snowshoeing and even biking, the harness holds a camera tightly to your chest, making it quickly accessible when you need to shoot. Plus, the setup takes some of the camera weight off your neck and distributes it to your shoulders.

Keyhole hands-free camera harness

To set it up, you screw a small knob into a camera’s tripod mount (on the bottom of the SLR body). That knob then fits in the “keyhole” slot on the chest harness, which is secured to your backpack straps. The camera sits securely on your chest ready for quick use.

In a test, the product worked pretty much as promised. A heavy Canon SLR sat securely for many miles on a hike. One issue: With a bigger lens, the camera swings sideways and the lens does not point straight down unless your neck strap is shortened enough to keep it from moving.

The Keyhole hands-fee camera harness costs $30. www.backcountrysolutions.com

—Ryan Dionne

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.