Sometimes technology is all about the accessories. Don’t believe me? What’s the first thing most people do after they buy a new phone? They go out and get a phone case. To some people, the case is even more important than the actual technology it’s housing. Just ask my kids. But I digress. Having been an avid photographer for years, I’ve shot and published hundreds of photos for my articles over the years. Even scored a cover shot once for a golf trade magazine. And on the many photo shoots I’ve gone on alone, I had the same issue every time: I didn’t have enough hands to carry all of my stuff. And that stuff includes a lot of small items, such as extra batteries, lenses, lens caps, storage disks, flashes, mini-tripods, cords and cables, sunglasses, light filters, etc. You get the idea.
Honestly these days, I use my phone’s camera to take most of my shots. It’s obviously much easier to lug around than all of my photo gear. But if I was to go out solo on a real assignment with all my camera equipment, I would definitely arm myself with Langly’s new three-layer Field Jacket. It’s loaded with zippered and snapped pockets. I lost count at nine, located both on the outside and inside. There are also zippered underarm vents. Officials say the inspiration for the jacket comes from one of the most iconic utilitarian designs of all time, the M-65 field jacket. Originally developed by the military to function in any climate, the M-65 keeps cool on hot days, warm on cold nights, and dry during monsoons. As does this jacket. The four large snapped exterior pockets of the Langly secure all your necessities within easy reach, while the jacket’s clean lines “lend it a timeless quality that still influences contemporary style,” according to the marketing material. There are multiple reinforced snap-flap pockets; adjustable hood and cuffs; a wind- and water-resistant shell; and well-made hardware that you can just feel has solid substance to it. The zippers glide easily, the snaps create a solid closure, and the flaps over the snaps are thick for reinforcement. Pockets are lined with an RFID-blocking material to keep items like passport, credit cards and travels documents secure.
On one of Southern California’s chilly nights back in late February, I wore the jacket out for test purposes. The temperature was in the thirties but I felt quite warm. It was also windy outside, yet the jacket shielded me. And I get cold easily. I also wore it out in the rain, to see if I would stay dry. It wasn’t even an issue, as it turns out. You probably wouldn’t wear the jacket to, say, a restaurant — people may look at you and wonder what you’re hiding in all of those pockets. This is more about practicality for actual times when you do have a lot of things to tote around.
At $435, it’s a minor investment. But you can go out with all of your gear into extreme conditions and have the confidence of knowing you and your stuff is protected.