Cotton Carrier Skout camera harness review

Photo walks just went hands-free with the Cotton Carrier Skout sling-style harness for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras

Cotton Carrier Skout review
(Image: © Jamie Carter/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Complete with a twist-and-lock mechanism for added security, this well made and comfortable harness puts a DSLR or mirrorless system camera in the center of your chest to make photography hands-free and hassle-free.


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    + Secure twist-and-lock system

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    + Padded shoulder strap

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    + Tough build quality


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    Allen key needs storing

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    Rain cover is easy to lose

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You agonized over buying your camera, but when you’re out and about you keep it in a backpack and only pull it occasionally to put on a tripod. What a waste! Cue the Cotton Carrier Skout, a sling-style harness that keeps your DSLR or mirrorless camera easily accessible and, just as importantly, completely safe while you’re outdoors.

It’s perfect for travel and urban photography, though harnesses can look a little awkward. Yes, they do make you look like you take your photography very seriously, and the grey or camouflage Skout is no different. A camera harness that straps around a shoulder and torso, its main triangular pad sits on the chest. That’s where you clip-on a camera. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.