Cooph

Field Jacket

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Around £345/$423 www.store.cooph.com

Cooph (the Co­op­er­a­tive of Pho­tog­ra­phy) has built up a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing stylish yet func­tional cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories for pho­tog­ra­phers. The Field Jacket is a great case in point, as it man­ages to be prac­ti­cal while also look­ing re­spectable when you’re not on a shoot.

Its light­weight cot­ton fab­ric is re­lated to that worn by World War II pi­lots and is cut to al­low easy move­ment, yet it feels very rugged and does a good job of re­pelling wa­ter.

Pock­ets aren’t quite as plen­ti­ful as they are on some of the jack­ets tested, but the essen­tials are all here. The four main front pock­ets are per­fect for quick lens ac­cess, and the lower two con­tain an ex­tra pair of pouches to stash away smaller items. Three more pock­ets can be found on the in­side of the jacket, but un­for­tu­nately there aren’t any side-ac­cess slots for maps, or lower pock­ets for your hands. You don’t get a hood ei­ther, which is a pity at this price.

Pros

Looks the part; well made; tough and wa­ter­proof

Cons

Lack­ing some key fea­tures; not best suited for ex­treme con­di­tions

We say

Worth a look, if style and qual­ity trump all-weather prac­ti­cal­ity Over­all score

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