Value For Money
The Manfrotto Pro Air Jacket Woman is a lightweight waterproof photographer's jacket that folds away into a small pouch. It is designed for use in showers and sudden heavy rain to keep you and your equipment dry. Manfrotto say it is great for use in all weathers, and can be used whenever and wherever it is needed. We tested it out on the rainy Llangollen canal in Wales.
Here I am testing the coat in Llangollen, Wales, whilst on a barge holiday.
Manfrotto Pro Air Jacket Woman Key Features:
- Wind resistant
- Hood with cap
- All weather use
- Rain protected zips
- 2 zipped pockets for small camera equipment
- Fully Waterproof
- Mesh inner lining
Manfrotto Pro Air Jacket Woman Handling
The coat is quite small fitting. The one I tested was a large and I'm usually only a small or medium at the most! The large did fit me very well though and felt comfortable. A medium probably would have been too small considering the flexibility needed in the arms when using a camera.
The coat's two pockets enable you to store certain small camera equipment, like spare battery packs and cables, but they are really quite small. It is however ideal for keeping in your bag in case of a shower. It will protect you well, but your camera will definitely need some sort of protection in the rain as well. Try the OpTech USA Rainsleeve
if you have a DSLR. This will enable you to be out with your camera in almost any weather.
Manfrotto Pro Air Jacket Woman Performance
The coat certainly keeps you dry, and the adjustable toggles enable the hood to fit nice and snugly around your head and keep it in place if it is windy. Toggles at the bottom of the coat enable you to keep it fitting snugly. The hood cap is good for keeping your face dry, although it is supposed to shelter your camera body too whilst taking photos – it is way too small and floppy to do this effectively. It packs away into its bag neatly and is easy to unpack for quick use. It enables good flexibility, which is needed for photography and the general outdoor pursuits you will need it for. The Pro Air could get a little stuffy if worn for a long time.
Manfrotto Pro Air Jacket Woman Value For Money
At £135, the coat is quite expensive for what is basically a mac in a sac, but it is made of high quality breathable material that does fit and perform very well. It also looks muck sleeker and cleaner than most fold away coats. Other coats are available from Paramo in a variety of styles and colours at Wex Photographic
. The Stealth Gear Extreme Rural Photographer's Jacket
is an option for those looking for a thicker coat with loads more pockets and features.
Manfrotto Pro Air Jacket Woman Verdict
The Jacket is great for use in showery or wet conditions when you are out and about. It fits into a compact self contained bag, making it easy to carry around in case it rains. It seems quite overpriced for the features that you get, but it is good quality.
Manfrotto Pro Air Jacket Woman Pros
Keeps water out
Folds up really small
Manfrotto Pro Air Jacket Woman Cons
Small fitting sizes
Needs more pockets for storing things
VALUE FOR MONEY