To say that the last few years have been politically challenging would be a huge understatement not just where I happen to live, but globally. Unfortunately, where I live happens to have proven to be impotent in its ability to see off these horrible setbacks and struggle to lead globally where we’ve been able to do in times past, which has been hugely disheartening. To see the emboldening of a cynical, outdated and remarkably limited outlook on the past, present and future through the ugliest forms of the abuses of power, racism, sexism and classism has offered a bleak vision for the future, and has laid the roadmap for the political fight that must come. I’ve never liked to combine politics with my livelihood, as I’ve always tried to see myself as one to look to the many sides and experiences in this great human experiment, but I do feel we’ve gone so far past the idea of politics and have crashed head first into a fundamental place of human rights and the struggle for simple decency.
Anyone else going a little crazy lately? It’s an unprecedented time in our collective human history, and while I am very ready to be done with it, I also understand the huge importance of staying the course lest we set ourselves back months or possibly open this pandemic up into irreversible territory.
I know there are a lot of retail panderings as many small businesses struggle to stay afloat, and I’m one of them. So, in that vein, I’ve decided to try and buoy the strap business by offering the deepest discount I’ve ever offered. 35% off of any handbuilt strap I make by using code “SPRINGCLEAN35” at checkout over at nautistraps.com live now.
All neck/shoulder straps, all wrist straps are included in the sale. I’m even able to do custom stuff if so desired (and the material is available to do so). Just hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org or here through the blog.
I genuinely hope everyone is well, and while I know we will eventually get through all this, it feels rough some days, but does feel nice to kind of reconnect with a hobby and passion I’ve been missing quite a bit lately.
You can find everything at nautistraps.com and use SPRINGCLEAN35 at checkout for 35% off.
Hit me up if any need arises, and happy shooting!
Shameless self plug alert, but my kids gotta eat, and I’m also very proud of these. ***Nauti Straps has a new colorway available in 3 different straps. The new mottled Forest Flora blends light and dark greens along with a clay beige to put a pop in your camera fashion for the summer months. Mimicking the dappled light through a forest canopy, Forest Flora blends into nature, or compliments more monochromatic backdrops. Available in the Regatta and Wayfarer shoulder straps, along with the Cascade wrist strap, it’s a new look for the three popular strap designs. As always, every Nauti Strap is 100% hand built to the highest standard (by moi) using high end sail racing line designed for open ocean races under the harshest conditions.
The Nauti Straps Wayfarer (see HERE)
A fully adjustable rope strap enabling a longer, looser throw for the cross body sling, or a tighter, closer length to keep it from bouncing off your belt when over your neck. Available in 8 different colors, this design came from a desire to have a nice rope strap that didn’t have to be built in various lengths for different needs or body sizes. One size fits all, and can be adjusted between 32″-55″ (81-140cm) long. Held by nonslip O rings, and fastened by stainless steel quick release clasps, the Wayfarer is a great strap when needing versatility and comfort while looking slick. Having a double strap at your neck also helps distribute weight better than a single rope strap. Available in 8 different colors.
The Nauti Straps Cascade (see HERE)
Our most popular wrist strap has a new look as well. The secure and adjustable Cascade wrist strap is fastened to the camera via a 170lb test, steel split ring and is fully adjustable to fit any sized wrist with ample room to operate the camera. Strong nylon, dyneema and high tenacity poly dual braid line, finished with hand spliced and whipped ends makes this, quite possibly, the strongest rope wrist strap in existence. It feels and looks good too. Available in 7 different colors…
The Nauti Straps Regatta (see HERE)
Are you more of a traditionalist? The Regatta shoulder strap uses the same high end rope, and keeps it simple in design. A straight 46″ (117cm) non adjustable, hand built rope strap attaches to the camera via two stainless steel quick release clasps. A stylish and elegant rope strap while out and about. Available in 10 different colors, the Regatta suits most any shooter’s style.
I handbuild each and every strap I sell, and I’ve extensively used and refined each and every design to provide both a practical, and comfortable option in the strap game. I guarantee these straps will last, and have now been building and selling them for over 7 years now. You can read what others have to say via the reviews at Nautistraps.com if you don’t want to take my word for it.
I hope everyone in the Northern hemisphere is enjoying the summer months, and for our friends in the south, here’s to hoping the winter solstice has found you well, and know that your days are now getting longer. Drop a comment to let us know where you shoot and reside, and if you’re a Nauti Strap user, let us know how it suits you.
Happy shooting and all the best,
Hello and happy holidays! Long time no write, eh? Yeah, life. So, while I’ve been largely absent on the blog here, I have been busy elf’n away on the life and biz side of things. The Mettle Speed strap that I’ve designed in conjunction with my friend and fellow small business creator Randall at Mettlecycling.com is keeping me busy as well as being showcased in the upcoming Bicycling Magazine, so keep an eye out for Randall’s interview! The Mettle Speed strap was designed for shooting one handed while riding, but it also works wonderfully for various outdoor activities. I’ve used mine rock climbing, hiking, paddle boarding (with a waterproof gopro), filming while skateboarding and just out and about around town. They’re awesome for small to mid size camera setups.
On the home front, I’m spending most of my time between work, adulting and building the Nauti Straps which has been going smashingly. Thanks to all of you for that. So many of you that I’ve been interacting with over the years have chosen my straps, and for that, I and the Squeeze clan are eternally grateful. Thank you.
New news on the Nauti Strap side of things is that I’m incorporating new colorways into many of my existing designs and will continue to showcase these as we release them. We will be getting back into the monthly fundraising/donation schedule come the new year with us aiming to donate 10% of all our sales to a variety of causes and groups in need, so stay tuned for that. We raised hundreds of dollars for causes in 2017 with the monthly fundraising donations and while life required me to take a break in ’18, we’re gearing up for 2019 and looking forward to finding wonderful causes to support.
Our first new release is a silver, high tenacity polyester material with the same 3M reflective tracer we use in many of our Black w/3M straps (see above). The HT Poly is smooth and silky to the touch, and the 3M material is a near identical color match to our silver strap material, so it is unnoticeable until hit with light. A great compliment to those sporting a silver camera body and lenses, or liking to contrast with the black cameras. The Silver Glow is available in the Tommy wrist, Vector wrist, Vector Excel QR wrist and Genoa shoulder straps, the Silver Glow w/3M is pretty tight.
As it is our second holiday season (officially as Nauti Straps, anyway), we’re going to offer ALL straps at 30% off through the end of the year as a holiday thank you. If you need a gift idea or stocking stuffer for the shooter in your life, or would like to grab one for yourself, it’s a great time to do so and this way, I can potentially afford to buy Mrs Squeeze stuff for the holidays and her shortly after the holidays, birthday.
Find us at www.nautistraps.com and don’t forget to use code “NAUTIORNICE” at checkout to get 30% off any and all orders. We’ll be running it through the end of the year.
I wish everyone a happy holiday season, no matter what holidays we may celebrate this time of year. I hope that everyone, along with your friends and families are well. With all the anger and chaos in the world today, it is a great opportunity to focus on the good and do our best to shelter those in less fortunate situations, from the bad by being positive, giving, and a contradiction to the garbage that is going on by example. As Bill and Ted once brilliantly said, “be excellent to each other”.
To all out there reading, here’s to another year nearly in the books. I look forward to what the future brings, and if you have any ideas on collaboration, reviews or just want to say hi, hit me up on the Contact Me link, or via the socials below.
Thanks, happy holidays and happy shooting,
Tyson and Rachael
I don’t know about you all, but I’m already tired of blackfridaycybermondaysmallbiztuesdaysale™ season. That said, it is the time of year that retailers attempt to capitalize on those of us looking for deals for the holiday season. In that vein, Mrs Squeeze and I are jumping on that train and offering 30% off of all hand built camera straps that we make. I mean, the kids have gotta eat, right?
If you, or any beloved photographer you know are needing a gift idea for the holidays, we’d be happy to build you a camera strap that is not only fashionable, but remarkably strong and beautifully functional.
Find what we do at NautiStraps.com HERE, and use code “NAUTIORNICE” at checkout to receive 30% off any and all straps, be they wrist, sling or shoulder.
We’ve also added a worldwide express shipping option for those who may be in need of these quickly (3-5 days delivery) through DHL Express. As always, we have the free US shipping (normally 2-3 days delivery) and an economical flat $10.00 international shipping rate option as well (transit time usually ranges between 1-3 weeks, depending on where in the world you are).
Wherever you may be, and however you may celebrate, from our family to yours, we hope all is well and that this season will find you and yours happy and healthy.
Tyson and Rachael
Hello Friends. With the series of hurricanes hitting North America this season, there is no shortage of worthy causes to support for any of us that are able to. This month, Nauti Straps will be donating 10% of all sales to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico, with our focus on the children and their families who’ve been displaced by hurricane Maria. Save the Children is a foundation operating out of Fairfield, Connecticut, and with 6 people currently on the ground in Puerto Rico, are focusing on getting supplies to families in need by way of diapers, cribs, formula, food and supplies. They’re working in conjunction with the Red Cross and FEMA to try and get supplies directly to those most in dire need of them.
These horrible natural disasters can cause such chaos and uncertainty for the people in areas affected, and none are more susceptible than kids.
There are many organizations to support or ways to help, but we want to try and focus our efforts this month on the most vulnerable and least capable of advocating for themselves, so if you can, please donate via the link above, and if you would like us to hand build you a camera strap, we’re donating 10% of all sales this month to the efforts by Save the Children. A way to help, and get a wonderful camera strap at the same time. Head over to Nautistraps.com to see what we make.
I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1993 as a teenager and quickly connected to a place that has become such an amazing part of who I am. I spent much of my youth outdoors, hiking, camping, snowboarding and enjoying the majesty of this beautiful part of the world.
It is with a heavy heart that I write this, watching an amazingly devastating fire rip through one of the most beautiful areas I’ve ever been lucky enough to experience. Wildfires are something that we north westerners have unfortunately come to expect this time of year, but this one feels different. Started by a horribly negligent act by a group of young teenagers throwing fireworks into a ravine of dry undergrowth that has quickly become a horrendous forrest fire, claiming over 31,000 acres as of the time of writing, with little containment achieved. Hundreds of volunteer firefighters and rescue workers have been tirelessly working and fighting to save lives, homes and the beautiful landscape that will take generations to recover from this tragedy.
Please take time to discuss how decisions like these made by these kids, can horribly affect so many others. My rage toward these stupid actions have subsided as I’ve tried to gain perspective as a parent, knowing that we’ve all made stupid decisions throughout our lives, and have chosen to try and turn it into a chance to educate as opposed to wallow in anger. We have talked with our kids about this as a teaching opportunity, letting them know that even little events and decisions that we choose to engage in throughout our lives, can have such a devastating effect on this planet, and so many other families, kids, animals and the areas we often take for granted. I am saddened that so many of the experiences, the beautiful locations and hikes that I wanted to share with my kids, will no longer be possible to share in our lifetimes, because of the poor choices and actions of a few kids.
We’ve decided that because this is such a near and dear cause, we want to try and help the volunteers who’re putting their lives on the line to fight this fire, by donating 10% of all sales of Nauti Straps this month, to the Hood River County search and rescue efforts. The American Red Cross is also taking monetary donations and are scheduling blood drives for both this as well as the hurricanes ripping through the American south east.
If you have the ability to, any direct donations are always appreciated. And if you, or anyone you know need a handbuilt camera strap, we’re going to be donating 10% of sales, and matching all donations ourselves, through any and all sales of our camera straps over at Nautistraps.com this month to the rescue and fire fighting efforts of the brave women and men of the Hood River Search and Rescue.
Be safe, be well and please share these types of stories with our younger folk so that they too can start to understand how our decisions in life can affect others.
All our best,
Team Nauti (Tyson and Rachael)
With our family move in the rear view, Mrs Squeeze and I are back in the saddle and really excited to try and drum up some help this month for a wonderful cause to help families suffering from ALS. ALS, (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) also known to many as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is traditionally a gradual onset disease which affects everyone a little differently at first. It affects the nervous system resulting in a loss of physical, muscular function, with the timetable for most lasting between 3-5 years from diagnosis before the body and muscles which control breathing and functional regulation, begin to fail. There is no known cure currently, but the ALS Association works to develop treatments and drugs to slow the effects.
This brings us to this month’s donation. I’ve long followed Anthony Carbajal (find Anthony and his wonderful photography on Instagram HERE) and his knack for street photography for years now. Anthony has inspirationally lent his story and gritty photography from the streets of Redlands, California to a cause near and dear to his family’s core. Anthony suffers from ALS, as does his mom. To try and give a tiny bit of insight, he has been focusing on helping 30 families suffering from ALS over 30 days before his 30th birthday, and we’d like to try and help a little bit as well. I’d strongly suggest checking Anthony out on Instagram and following his journey. The stories of families he is aiming to help with this project read as diversely as ALS is indiscriminate in the families it affects. Anthony’s positivity and spirit are so strongly inspirational to me, and I’d like to think he will be for you too. I don’t know Anthony personally outside of interacting through Instagram, but his story and his actions have touched me in a deeply transforming way and the Mrs and I started this business hoping we could use it to benefit others as well as our family through our work. This month, we want to donate to Anthony’s project.
You don’t need to buy a camera strap to help, as you can see more about the project which was originally set up to help Anthony directly, which he then chose to use to help others, by going to the You Caring Page set up HERE. If you would like to help, and are in need of a new, hand built camera strap, Nauti Straps will be donating 10% of all sales this month to Anthony’s 30 for 30 project as well (see what we hand build HERE). I will be donating as much as I can personally, too. Anyone cool with Anthony, is tops in my book.
Please help get the word out, and let’s try to help kick some ALS.
All our best,
Team Nauti (Tyson and Rachael)
I get a lot of enjoyment from figuring out more efficient and elegant ways to design camera straps. One question I’ve fielded multiple times has been the desire to see an adjustable, nautical rope shoulder strap. The Regatta strap has done well, and has been well received, but for me, it posed two problems. First, the adjustability. Tricky part with rope is that there are few ways to actually allow for adjustment to length without bulky hardware. Secondly, while it does well for rigs up to 2-2.5 lbs, after that, a single rope can become a little uncomfortable while out and about if carrying your camera for long periods of time. Enter the brand new Wayfarer shoulder strap which remedies both of those issues, and I’m really happy with how they’ve come out. Available in 7 different colorways, at Nautistraps.com now, you can also get them for 15% off as an introductory sale offer this week, using the code “NAUTIWAY15” at checkout.
C’mon in to see colors and learn a little bit more about the design process…
The world is no stranger to injustice and human hatred. Living in a normally progressive city can often feel like an echo chamber of similar interest and opinion, but just last week a hate crime took place in Portland, Oregon which has certainly rocked the community both here, and around the country. While standing up to a grown man, racially and religiously abusing two teenaged girls, three men attempted to calm and repel a horrific situation that ended up with two of them being murdered, and gruesomely injuring the third. Rick Best, a 53 year old Army veteran and father of 4, along with Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, a 23 year old recent Reed College graduate, lost their lives standing up for these two young girls. The third man, Micah Fletcher a 21 year old Portland man who has come out in strong support of the two young girls that this attack was directed at, is speaking the way that most people I know, feel about this. He has heroically called out a need to rally around people of color and religious minorities stating:
“The Muslim community, especially in Portland, needs to understand that there are a lot of us that are not going to stand by and let anybody — whether they are from here or not — scare you into thinking you can’t be a part of this town, this city, this community, or this country,”
A minority of closed minded, scared and ignorantly intolerant individuals have seen recent events as a rallying cry and excuse to bring their racism out into physical manifestation, and in my opinion, the only way to combat that is to work together to both discuss and educate those willing to listen, and to fight against those refusing to do so, that hatred toward any group of people because of perceived difference in race, religion, class or gender, is not okay, and never will be. They’re on the wrong side of history, and while there will always be those who feel that they are better because of a religious outlook, or their skin color, there are more of us that understand that we live in a diverse world with a vast tapestry of belief, culture and identity. When unjustifiable hatred is directed toward anyone, I feel it important to do what we can to support those who are victimized, as well as those who stand up to repel it.
We chose to start this monthly donation program to financially support causes in immediate need through something we’d be marketing and selling anyway, while finding a way to donate where we otherwise might not have been able to, or not nearly as much. It has honestly been sad that it has been difficult choosing between many different, worth causes every month, but this is the world we live in. We have chosen to donate 10% of any and all sales of our camera straps monthly to a new cause, and this one has hit close to home.
You don’t need to buy a camera strap to support the families of this horrific event, and I’d certainly suggest offering support if you’re able, but we will be donating 10% this month via Nautistraps.com to the Tri-Met Hero’s GoFundMe HERE. There are also funds set up for the two young girls and their families (see more about that HERE) who have obviously been traumatically affected, both by the attack on them, as well as witnessing the brutal attacks on these three men.
Portland, en masse, has rallied around all of the families affected, as well as the greater Muslim community here, and for that I’m happy to say that while we will never entirely eradicate hatred, we can meet it with more force by supporting each other in times like this. Be a decent human being and continue to stand up to hatred and racism as it rears its ugly head.
Tyson and Rachael