Stylin’ with ScotteVest

I’ve been wearing photo vests for almost thirty years and over time have watched them evolve from a convenient way of having a few extra pockets to wearable camera bags. Camera bags may be luggage but vests are also fashion and style is just one of the many different factors in choosing what photo vest is the right one for you. Here’s a few more:

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  1. Functionality: What kind of photography do you do? And how much gear do you need to carry. Pockets? You’re going to need lots of them.
  2. Fit: How well does the vest fit? Is it tailored to size or are there adjustment belts or tabs on the side? Some vests, like those from ScotteVest, are available in sizes from Small to XXX Large Tall.
  3. Construction: Is it well made? Are there buttons, zippers, Velcro? Which are the easiest for you to use in a given photographic situation, which is a motorsports situation can sometime become quite hectic.
  4. Style: You don’t have to be Ralph Lauren to know that different photographers need different kinds of vests. Me? I prefer a simple, lean look.
  5. Price: This last factor should matter the least, since a well-made vest will last a long time and the price will be quickly amortized over a number of assignments that you shoot in it.

main-image-blkThe Q.U.E.S.T. Vest for Men that I’ve been wearing lately is packed with more features than you can imagine! It has 42—count’em—pockets to hold lots of gear and has a zippered compartment in the collar to stow the hood along with a giant back pocket to stash larger items.

It’s made from 65% cotton and 35% nylon fabric making it suitable for temperate weather, comfortable enough to be worn indoors and can be layered with other garments for cooler temperatures like we get here in Colorado. The vest is treated with Teflon for water and stain resistance.

For shooting motorsports, all those pockets will come in handy because carrying a large lens and monopod doesn’t leave room for schlepping a camera bag. And sonofagun the Q.U.E.S.T. Vest looks nice too, unlike the fisherman’s vest styling of others I’ve tried over the years.