Coun­try In­no­va­tion

Trav­eller Jacket

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£175 (around $215) www.coun­tryin­no­va­tion.com

Com­pared to the Rap­tor Waist­coat, this jacket’s outer fab­ric doesn’t feel quite so sub­stan­tial, but it’s easy to move around in and very quiet. It’s also wind­proof yet breath­able, and wa­ter in­stantly beads off the wa­ter­proof coat­ing so you and your gear will stay dry.

The Trav­eller shares the same size range as the Rap­tor and fits as ex­pected, but has the added ad­van­tage that it can dou­ble as an ev­ery­day rain­coat. It won’t be com­pro­mised on a shoot, though, with 13 pock­ets scat­tered out­side and in. Two huge lower front pock­ets are ideally suited to lenses, plus there’s a pair of side slots for maps, and a cou­ple of hand pouches. You also get a great de­tach­able hood that use­fully in­cor­po­rates a draw­string and wired peak to help en­sure you al­ways get a clear view.

In­side the Trav­eller, the soft In­no­va­tion XL lin­ing pro­vides warmth with­out adding bulk, while wick­ing away mois­ture.

Pros

Great value for money; su­perb stor­age; ex­cel­lent weather re­sis­tance

Cons

Coun­try look won’t suit all en­vi­ron­ments

We say

This jacket cov­ers all the right bases, and with­out cost­ing a for­tune Over­all score

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