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Pho­tog­ra­phers Shoot­ing Vest

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£48 (around $60) www.cam­er­a­clean.co.uk

It’s by far the cheap­est op­tion here, yet this waist­coat still fea­tures 12 pock­ets, in­clud­ing a typ­i­cal se­lec­tion of large front pock­ets ca­pa­ble of stash­ing a few lenses. Ex­tra ac­ces­sories will find a home in nu­mer­ous smaller zip­pered pock­ets, and this is an­other waist­coat with a large back com­part­ment suit­able for a light rain­coat.

There are also ex­tras such as a re­mov­able iden­tity card pouch and a small sun hood that packs dis­creetly away in a slot be­hind your neck. This isn’t de­signed to keep the rain at bay, though, and nei­ther is the rest of the vest, with the fab­ric let­ting wa­ter soak through to your gear. The ma­te­rial and build qual­ity are re­flected the vest’s price tag – com­pared to the rugged Rap­tor waist­coat, this doesn’t feel as though it would stand up to fre­quent out­door use.

At least there’s some ex­tra neck and shoul­der pad­ding to help ease strap strain, even if you don’t get a col­lar.

Pros

Ac­ces­si­ble price; plenty of pock­ets and ex­tra fea­tures

Cons

Cheaply made; not wa­ter­proof; sizes a lit­tle on the small side

We say

Proof that you get what you pay for, but ac­cept­able for oc­ca­sional use Over­all score

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