ARWP Spec Aspira Wa­ter­proof Smock

NPhoto - - Gear Zone -

£315 (around $390) www.paramo.co.uk

This smock goes all out to be the ul­ti­mate pho­tog­ra­phy gar­ment. It’s worn more like a jumper than a jacket, but a large zip­pered front flap lets the smock hang com­fort­ably when crouch­ing.

Closeable armpit vents in­crease com­fort in hot en­vi­ron­ments, as does the breath­able Nik­wax Anal­ogy fab­ric. This is great at re­pelling wa­ter, and the rain re­sis­tance con­tin­ues with an ex­cel­lent wrap­around hood that in­cludes a stiff­ened peak. The at­ten­tion to de­tail con­tin­ues courtesy of re­in­forced fab­ric to pro­tect the lower arms when you lie low, and foam in­serts in the back panel that cush­ion a back­pack.

The only weak link is gear stor­age, as this smock is de­signed solely for wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy where you’d use su­per tele­photo lenses that can’t be car­ried in cloth­ing. You do get a sin­gle spa­cious front pocket for kit, but the two chest pock­ets are small and ac­cessed via noisy Vel­cro.


Care­fully con­sid­ered de­sign; very com­fort­able; great weather pro­tec­tion


Lim­ited stor­age for cam­era kit; quite pricey

We say

Un­com­pro­mis­ing all-weather at­tire for hard-core wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers Over­all score

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