Coun­try In­no­va­tion

Rap­tor Waist­coat

NPhoto - - Gear Zone -

£125 (around $154) www.coun­tryin­no­va­tion.com

Pack­ing more pock­ets than a pool hall – 15 to be pre­cise – this clas­sic waist­coat can store a huge amount of gear. Two ex­pand­able lower front pock­ets eas­ily swal­low a lens each, and a pair of chest pock­ets can house an­other two lenses. Be­hind these are spa­cious side-ac­cess slots that are ideal for maps or guide books, and if you fancy car­ry­ing a rain pon­cho or even a tablet, they can be stowed in huge in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal rear pouches. In­ner com­part­ments pro­vide a home for smaller ac­ces­sories and valu­ables.

Mil­i­tary grade Rip-Tec rip­stop fab­ric and rugged con­struc­tion en­sure the waist­coat can cope when fully loaded, and it re­pels wa­ter well. Other nice touches in­clude shoul­der pad­ding and a sub­stan­tial neck col­lar to help ease the strain of a cam­era strap or shoul­der bag.

Sizes range from Small to XXXXL, and we found our Medium ex­am­ple shaped up pretty well.

Pros

Great de­sign and at­ten­tion to de­tail; gen­er­ous stor­age pock­ets; wa­ter­proof

Cons

Not the most stylish choice; Trav­eller Jacket marginally bet­ter value

We say

If you pre­fer a waist­coat to a jacket, the Rap­tor is hard to beat Over­all score

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