Thu 15-Nov-12 09:07 AM | edited Thu 15-Nov-12 09:10 AM by philipl
When I travel by air I always wear a tamrac vest and carry a very small canvas carry on in addition to my Dryzone 100 camera bag. In the event i'm told I have to check the dryzone all my gear fits in the vest and small carry on.
I'll second the Banana Republic vest. I've had one for about 20 years and it's made trips to many places in the world. For airline travel, it's like another free carry-on bag because it holds so much. Mine has held up great over the years.
About 15 years ago Eddie Bauer took the same basic idea and added zip-on/zip-off sleeves, and it's a close second. I doubt they still make it, but I love mine.
I have an early Vested Interest that has pockets large enough to make my shoulders hurt if I load it to capacity. Here is a photo by Rick Matheny while we were at Yellowstone National Park during ANPAT 7. It is adjustable so fits over bulky clothing, but can also be cinched up so that it fits closely. There are mesh panels so it is not hot in warmer weather. I have had mine since the early 80's and it has held up very well.
>James, I don't think there is much doubt Vested Interest >makes some well respected and liked photography vests. While >they aren't my cup of tea, I can understand why they are >liked. > >That being said, for an "in-transit" vest, to help >photographers get through airports, etc., I personally don't >think they measure up.
They're for the most part bags hung from one's shoulders by cloth, not a true vest. As a result they are extremely bulky for general purpose wear, and not at all easy to sit in, even at the edge of one's seat. (I must add, that no vest will work to wear while sitting in a seat on a plane when loaded with gear, but these don't work well, even at the gate, and they make you very wide for getting through doors, and down aisles. The loaded vests need to be packed in the overhead bin when aloft.) They are excellent for carrying gear when walking around outside, however. for in-transit wear, I look for something which fits me well, is comfortable, and carries gear without bulging out with so much bulk.
Compare the photos on the Vested Interest site, vs. the Tamrac site and I think you'll readily see what I mean.
About a year ago I found a Nikon "Vestrap" on Ebay. Nikon stopped making them around 2003. Pity, but they do show up. The Strap part of the name (Vestrap) is the 1.5” built-in strap across the shoulders that keeps the camera off of your neck. In the smaller photo you can see black reinforcing across the shoulders that spreads out the weight of the strap.
It is very solidly made but it is not a light-weight vest and might be a bit warm in summer in southern climes, even though it does have large vents on the back. You can see the 6 front pockets. There are hand warmers as well - you can just make one out by my elbow. There are 4 inside pockets as well - 2 at the waist which are larger than the exterior ones and two smaller ones at chest height. There is also a very large full width pocket waist height across the back which will easily carry a 70-200 f/2.8. All pockets Velcro close except the two inside chest ones - one zippers and the other is open for clipping a pen, flash light, or . . .
The smaller photo shows the original straps. I removed them and put D-rings through the loops. I use Op/Tech straps on my camera to attach to the Op/Tech straps clipped to the D-rings. I have the same setup on my day pack.
Consider investing in a real travel vest made by a clothing company that specializes in travel clothing. The Tilley Endurables (based in Toronto, factory in Toronto, superb quality), makes something called the Multi-Tech Excursion Vest which is wonderful, but offers pockets up to mid-size only. The better choice from Tilley is the Vest of Many Pockets (VOMP) which is amazingly roomy.
The best things about Tilley vests are that they last forever, come with a superb warranty, look like travel clothing rather than photography clothing, and are very comfortable.
Sun 18-Nov-12 09:24 PM | edited Sun 18-Nov-12 09:24 PM by Ned_L
While I think that Tilley is a terrific travel clothing company, I don't like their vests for hauling around travel, electronic, and other gear while in transit. I found them barely adequate for what I carry in my vest on all trips, and inadequate to be my "third carry-on." Their other clothing, and especially their hats are great.
My current vest of choice is the Tamrac The World Correspondent's Vest (Model 153). It has the necessary pockets with adequate size, and strength, and for me, it's quite comfortable.
I have it in a couple of sizes. One to wear normally (travel one for in transit use), and another to wear over a parka in winter.
Howard, if I was using the vest, merely for shooting, the Tilley VOMP would be in there as a highly viable choice. As you alluded, the OP is looking for an in-transit vest, and the two Tilleys just don't make it for me, because this vest has to be able to haul around a ton of gear, just in case.
>While I think that Tilley is a terrific travel clothing >company, I don't like their vests for hauling around travel, >electronic, and other gear while in transit. I found them >barely adequate for what I carry in my vest on all trips, and >inadequate to be my "third carry-on." Their other >clothing, and especially their hats are great. > >My current vest of choice is the Tamrac The World >Correspondent's Vest (Model 153). It has the necessary pockets >with adequate size, and strength, and for me, it's quite >comfortable. > >I have it in a couple of sizes. One to wear normally (travel >one for in transit use), and another to wear over a parka in >winter. > >Ned
I have a Domke vest that is very similar to the Tamrac Ned discussed. It does have mesh on the back, but I do think the ventilation on the Tamrac would work better. The pockets are about the same size as the Tamrac. My 300 mm DX lens plus a padded sleeve will fit in the largest pocket.
The only problem I have with any vest or multi-pocket clothing is remembering what I put in which pocket!
working on it in Middle TN Nikon D3100
35 mm 1.8 Nikkor 18-55 mm Nikkor VR 55-200 mm Nikkor VR 55-300 mm Nikkor VR 150-500 mm Sigma OS MeFoto Road Trip w/Q1 ballhead Feisol CT3471 & Markins M20 ballhead
The most amazing jacket for international travel I've ever seen and/or used is made by TEC (Technology Enabled Clothing). The amazing part is that at first glance it appears to be an average mid-weight windbreaker. On closer inspection zippers including removable sleeves and a hood that rolls into the collar become apparent everywhere. The only item that matches or exceeds the zippers are the compartments designed to hold everything imaginable.
Check it out at www.scottevest.com, however if I recall I purchased mine through The Magellan Catalog/website. Its 100% polyester shell and lining has a tag that reads Gear Management Solutions and boy does it. It's worth a "look-see", appears very normal until one begins pulling out items reminiscent of Mary Poppins' Carpet bag.
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Billingham vest. From what I've seen and heard, this product sits squarly at the top of the heap. I've had mine for about three years. The quality of materials, the design and construction are nothing like I've ever seen. I believe it to be the best in the design area as it has pockets everywhere, inside and out, and can accomodate a 70-200 with no problem. Yes, it's pricey but I can guarantee you that you'll only cry once. Check out their website for a detailed description. I got mine through Amazon but they're available through B&H and, I believe, Adorama.
None of the photo stores in Perth have anything decent in stock at the moment - most of theme can order anything I want - but B&H is much cheaper even with shipping to Australia!
I have another couple of questions for Ned, Bill and Nathan.
Ned; Sizes of the Tamrac vest is very confusing, I'm exactly 6ft and regular large size fits me well. B&H specs for large tamrac 153 are as follows
Chest size measured 1.0" below armhole - large = 50" (127cm) . Waist measure 9.0" (23cm) below armhole - Large = 48.5" (123cm) . Bottom Sweep-Garment Hem - Large = 47" (119.4cm) . Body Length-neck seam to bottom of garment - Large = 31" (79cm) . Cross shoulder - Large = 19.75" (50.2cm) Armhole - Large = 28" (71cm)
Based on the B&H specs I should buy the Small size to fit me well??? What is your experience with Tamrac sizes? Since I cannot find a sample to fit on, pestering you guys is the only option I have got...apologies in advance!
Bill and Nathan; Scottvest size guide is more comprehensive, so that part is covered! After looking at the vests, I'm not too sure whether my lenses will fit in those pockets. I want something that can swallow at least a 16-35mm f/4, 24-70mm f/2.8, 105mm f/2.8, and a 50mm. I will be carrying all the lenses listed on my profile and a D700 and D800 with grips.
I like my Domke. I use it to care a few odds and ends when traveling and will but a few lenses in pockets when in the field. As good as it is, I do not like being over burdened. It is an additional utility to backpack, etcs.
I bought my first Banana Republic Vest about 20 years ago in their original store in San Francisco. The pockets were small, but better tnan nothing. I have used several since then, including an excellent "Kodak" vest, no longer made. The Domke khaki vests are well designed, have very large pockets, have zippers and velcro where appropriate, have a mesh back for ventilation, are washable. I have used mine in Asia, Europe, Alaska, primarily to hold little things,or lenses temporarily, since I always carry a shoulder bag. I have a 46 coat size, wear their XL size. The Tiffen website (Domke distributor)has a good size chart.
>Hello Everybody >I'm looking for suggestions before buying a jacket or a west >that can serve as shot term carriage device from air port >check in to the cabin > >Capacity is the the most important factor, comfort comes >second. If the jacket/vest has big enough pockets, I don't >mind carrying even a 70-200 in it!
Brevity requires me to say I've owned any number of vests for this purpose. Tilley went with me to Africa for five weeks. Best thing I've owned like it.