A Camera Coat was sent by Camera Coats free-of-charge to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own – Carmen
As an aspiring photographer I take my camera pretty much EVERYWHERE. But let’s face it, lugging a big black camera bag to a family dinner, a movie premiere or to Bar Marmont for girls night out, makes me feel like the love child of a tourist and a paparazzi! So a little weather-ready camera bag that’s not too “bag-ish” is just the ticket. And because it is LA, it had better LOOK GOOD!
Enter Camera Coats. These stylish little coats (please, don’t call them cases…this is haute couture, people!) were the brainchild of Emily Ashby. While planning a family trip, Emily realized she just didn’t want to carry yet another bag with all the other bags, strollers and car seats. So she created her first camera coat and discovered it was the perfect protection for her beloved Nikon SLR. And and a business was born!
Needless to say I was eager to give the Camera Coat a try to see if I could indeed “ditch the bag” as their slogan promises. I received the Glimmer of Paris/Black rain slicky. Right away I loved the glittery damask pattern that is feminine and chic without being excessively busy. And I always love black since it matches whatever I’m wearing.
The coats are made in the USA (big points for that) out of plush protective padding; which I liked because I spent good money on my camera. Even with the padding, it is very lightweight and smooth to the touch inside and out. It also had room enough for a longer lens on the camera with space to spare. The sturdy buckle that comes attached to the coat works well with my camera’s existing strap. I liked that it had three pockets on the back for whatever you want to throw in like an SD card, lens cap, even your smart phone. To test out its “waterproof” claim I used a spray bottle with water to see if it would soak through the fabric. It didn’t.
With that said, I do have a couple of cons. While I’m not usually a big fan of Velcro I would’ve liked to have had the option to close the lid with another row of Velcro to make it more snug. When I preformed the water test, I noticed some of the spray still made its way onto my camera. This was because the small openings on either side were still wide enough to allow water to get in and drip down onto my lens.
No doubt, these Camera Coats are not made for a downpour. Still, to keep a little drizzle, dust, or my 5 year old daughter’s little dirty fingers off mommy’s “other baby”, it is definitely worth having.
Check out the Glitter of Paris coat along with about 50 other chic styles on their website http://cameracoats.bigcartel.com/ and make sure to check out their new Camera Coat + Camera Strap Bundles and Camera Straps! Tip: Make sure to view their sizing chart as the bags are available in various sizes.
And be sure to use promo code BLOG10 for 15% off your order. Expires June 31, 2013.
– That’s IT Mom Carmen
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. Carmen received a camera coat from Camera Coats free of charge to facilitate this review. This will in no way sway our opinion of the product or service. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.