Cotton Carrier G3 Harness Review

Camera & Technology

August 8, 2018 ·

Michael Durr

   An Alternative Way To Carry Your Cameras

Have you ever been challenged wanting to carry multiple cameras into the field but find neck straps and shoulder straps painful and inconvenient to use?  Well, I may have found the answer.

I recently took the Cotton Carrier G3 Harness for a little test spin and I have to admit I really enjoy using it. The weight distribution and easy access to two cameras is terrific. The vest is also highly adjustable, making it very customizable and comfortable for the user.

Having shot a fair amount of weddings and events where I had to use two cameras for many hours, I can see how this harness would really take the strain off of my neck. It’s built incredibly well and has a good aesthetic. It certainly seems that this vest is marketed toward the adventure photographer. I can see the benefits of being able to go on long hikes with easy accessibility to your cameras while also having the ability to holster the cameras to free up both hands.

Michael models the cotton carrier on a recent trip to the Palouse

Features include:

–  Patented Twist & Lock camera mounts

–  Adjustable shoulder straps

–  Quick release waistbelt

–  Quick tightening torso straps

–  Camera tether straps

–  Vented and padded back panel

–  Three slash pockets for extra storage

–  Camera rain shell

–  Two color options, Charcoal grey or Realtree Xtra®Camo

The set up is easy and customizable. The harness comes with two of the patented twist & lock camera mounts. They attach easily to the bottom of your camera and are very well built and secure.

The mounts attach to the camera using an included allen wrench. Like anything with small pieces be sure to keep the wrench in a place where it will not get lost.

Once the clip is attached to the camera they then slide into one of the two provied clip holders on the Cotton Carrier

If you need to take off the mount or tighten it you must have that wrench. The twist & lock camera mounts also have a 1/4” screw mount at the bottom. It’s nice to have but if you attach another plate to it you would obviously need to take it off again before mounting back to the harness. It beats having to use the allen wrench to take off the mount only to mount another plate back onto the camera. The shoulder and waist straps are nice and adjustable so you can fit the harness to your liking.

The one downside I found was when I was in a low crouched position, which I tend to be in often, I found that the second camera disconnected from the holster because my knee came up and hit my camera lens just right. You can detach that second holster and attach it to your belt so you can move it further back, but it is designed to stay in that specific spot on the harness and the velcro make it more secure than using a belt. It’s certainly not a deal breaker and now that I am aware of it, I don’t see it being a problem.

I also used both tether straps as a security precaution and did find that they sometimes get a little tangled or cumbersome, but the extra security is worth a little fumbling around once in a while. I’d much rather deal with that then have my camera land a rock.

You will see in the video that I was wearing a backpack. The harness is designed to carry a secondary pack, which is a good idea for transporting additional lenses, snacks, water etc. The harness does have three slash pockets but they are small and the one on the back is difficult to access while the cameras are holstered.

Overall, it’s a great way to #harnessyourphotography. Check out Cotton Carrier products here. To see the harness I was wearing click here. Follow Cotton Carrier on Instagram: @cotton_carrier and on facebook here.


Michael Durr
2018 August

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Michael Durr

Ever since I can remember, I have loved to tell stories. What better way to tell a story than through video and photography? Capturing a smile, a special moment or an event provides an opportunity for the subjects to relive and share their experiences. I have always been dedicated to becoming a better photographer, but I have made a living in video. After studying broadcast journalism at Illinois State University, I began my career in Central Illinois – creating commercials and on-air promotions for local television affiliates. From 2008 to 2012, I had the incredible opportunity of working at The Marketing Store, where I created content for clients such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Southern Comfort. I grew tremendously in my tenure at The Marketing Store and really tapped into my creative potential. From there, I worked for Maddock Douglas, an innovation consulting firm, where I was able to utilize my skills, and maximize my creative potential. Recently, I was a creative director at FÁS Chicago, a marketing agency located in Chicago. I now reside in Indianapolis with my wife and son and I have started Michael Durr Photo/Video, LLC. I am excited to continue working in this ever-changing and fun environment and look forward to the new opportunities that await on the horizon. Throughout my career, talented friends and great mentors have surrounded me. I have been fortunate to wake up every day never feeling like I was going to work. The combination of my professional experience, personality and drive to improve has given me a unique perspective from behind the lens. It is a combination of work and life that inspires me.

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