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.
Looks the part; well made; tough and waterproof
Lacking some key features; not best suited for extreme conditions
Worth a look, if style and quality trump all-weather practicality Overall score