Jeremiah from Hold Fast Straps is in town this week and stopped by Tricks and Drinks to ride and show off the goods.
This was the first time any of us had gotten to see them in person or try them out.
I briefly got a chance to ride them and they seem really reasonable. That may seem like an odd choice of words, but I have never spent time on Power Grips or any similar system. As such I really have no basis to make an educated comparison regarding the features and feel of the Hold Fast's vs. the competition. In my brief time with them though it's easy for me to see why there's been such internet buzz about them. Depending on how tight and how much of your foot you want on the pedal, you can definitely eek out extra bar spin clearance and they do feel very solid.
The materials and craftsmanship are top notch, they seem thoroughly thought through (yeah, alliteration), there's no cage to break, and Jeremiah is a heck of a nice guy to boot. All in all they're the hot shit if you prefer a toe clip less foot retention system that's not clipless (SPD and others)
Jeremiah in action on the now familiar Tricks and Drinks bank