BlackRapid Cargo

Camera strap with 3 pockets for extra storage

  • BlackRapid Cargo

    Shown in typical use (camera not included)

  • BlackRapid Cargo

  • BlackRapid Cargo

    Shown in typical use (camera not included)

  • BlackRapid Cargo

    Shown in typical use (camera not included)

  • BlackRapid Cargo

    Shown with DSLR (not included)

  • BlackRapid Cargo

    The inner pockets are like having a wallet and zippered pouches tucked away on your shoulder

  • BlackRapid Cargo

    The outer pocket can store your smartphone


Our take on the BlackRapid Cargo

by Woody Sherman

Never bounce your camera on your chest again

The BlackRapid Cargo strap features a 3-pocket storage system in a straight shoulder pad, so it can be worn right-handed or left-handed.

The BlackRapid Cargo strap features a 3-pocket storage system in a straight shoulder pad, so it can be worn right-handed or left-handed.

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Once you experience the simplicity and elegance of a BlackRapid camera strap, you'll never, ever want to go back to the old neck or shoulder strap your camera came with. BlackRapid camera straps are designed to help your cameras hang in a logical location, upside down and down by your hip. Simply screw the FR-3 FastenR screw/washer hand-tight to your camera's tripod mount hole, then use the included ConnectR carabiner that's attached to your strap as a lever to securely tighten the FastenR. Now you can grab a camera by its gripping surface, glide it up along the strap's webbing, and have it ready to shoot in under a second. BlackRapid straps can be worn with backpacks or under a jacket, and the included bumpers quickly slide and snap into place to restrict your camera's movement when you're running, climbing, or otherwise being active.

The Cargo is the strap you'll want to have when you need to carry a few extra items. The shoulder pad unfolds via a Velcro® seal to reveal two inner "wallet" pockets that are great for storing your license, a few credit cards, keys or memory cards. On the outside of the shoulder pad assembly, a padded pocket with a magnetic closure is suitable for a smartphone or similarly sized electronic items. In fact, travelling with the BlackRapid Cargo strap just might eliminate the need for lugging around your camera bag — at least in the short term. Trick out your Cargo strap by adding extra accessory storage with the "Bryce" bag, or make it even more reliable and secure with the Brad or Buck modifications.


  • strap sits on shoulder so you can carry your camera at the ready upside down by your hip
  • logical placement means having your camera ready to shoot in a second
  • three pockets (two inside, one outside folding Velcro® enclosure) available on the pad for storage
  • included FastenR and ConnectR hardware provides secure, gliding connection to the strap
  • easy-locking "bumpers" restrict camera movement when you're active
  • 1/2"-thick straight foam pad with knitted mesh works for either left or right shoulders
  • hand- or machine-washable, air dry
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Cargo (RS-5) sling camera strap
  • CR-2 ConnectR (installed)
  • FR-3 FastenR (installed)
  • Rapid Tips
  • BlackRapid strap product line card
  • BlackRapid decal

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Overview: The BlackRapid Cargo (RS-5) sling camera strap with a straight shoulder pad with three pockets, making it the one strap in the R-Strap series with the most storage area. It is designed to be worn diagonally across your body with the pad on your left shoulder and the camera on your right hip, however, it can also work well for left-handed photographers. The Cargo is designed for DSLR and long zoom point-and-shoot cameras.

Storage Pockets: The Cargo has three storage pockets: one on the outside and two on the inside. The outside pocket is located on the front of the strap, and is approximately 4-1/4" x 2-1/8". It has a magnetic closure, and can be used for storing spare batteries, filters, lens caps, or even a smart phone. To access the inner zippered pockets, the pad has a flap with a magnetic closure that opens from the rear and folds down. One pocket has three sections that are ideal for memory cards or other small items. The larger rear inside pocket can hold batteries or camera cables. Both inner pockets have mesh "windows" to allow you to see what is stored inside.

Sling Strap: The sling strap concept makes it easy to carry your camera by your side, and quickly bring it up to the shooting position. When not in use, the camera hangs upside down at your hip. A threaded FastenR screws into the camera's tripod socket, and is held secure with a rubber washer. The locking ConnectR on the sling strap clips onto the camera via the FastenR, allowing it to glide up and down the strap. Two adjustable locking bumpers on the strap will limit the range of the camera's gliding motion.

Materials: The Cargo's pad is made of Ballistic Nylon on the top, with a 2-centimeter thick polyurethane foam pad with Knitted mesh. The sling strap is 7/8" wide and the length can be adjusted to nearly 66". The strap includes a zinc alloy ConnectR (CR-2) and a black nickel-coated stainless steel FastenR (FR-3).

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4 out of 5

Works as advertised

Written By JayZee, Charlottesville on Monday, April 14, 2014
No longer do I hurt from having my DSLR and a big lens hanging from my neck. I was skeptical at first...but after the test run...I'm sold.
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