Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Gadget Bag: Shells For Nature Photography
Outerwear to make your late-winter and early-spring treks comfortable
When weight is really important to you, a jacket like the Mountain Hardwear Typhoon is a good choice. Built with Gore-Tex PACLITE, which is a Gore-Tex membrane that was designed to keep weight to a bare minimum, the Typhoon is a fully waterproof/breathable garment that’s ideally suited to early spring conditions when you don’t want a heavy fleece layer and you’ll be engaged in some activity. There are ample zips for ventilation and just enough in the way of pockets to give you someplace to stow a lens cap while you’re shooting. Estimated Street Price: $200.
Marmot’s proprietary waterproof/breathable technology is called MemBrain Strata, and Marmot claims that its lamination process, which doesn’t require lining or three-layer construction, is lighter and more breathable than the competition. The Oracle features a zip-off hood for days when it really, positively isn’t going to rain (trust us, bring the hood with you anyway), and the jacket’s back design is purpose-made for maximum breathability, waterproofness and durability against abrasion, which is particularly nice for the photographer who tends to carry a large photo backpack on the trail. Estimated Street Price: $165.
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