When looking for a professional gear bag the main question seems to be Lowepro or ThinkTank. But now Manfrotto has thrown their hat into the ring by announcing it's new pro line series of bags and apparel. The Lino line has feature packed bags, jackets, vests, gloves and more. It all seems incredibly functional, with pockets that expand to hold strobes and lenses and gloves that store memory cards. I'm not so sure about the style of the clothes yet but hey, they're Italian, who am I to judge their fashion sense?
The modular pocket system hooks all the way up into the coat's shoulders to better distribute the weight and when you're not using the expanded pockets, they're padded, and can be used as knee pads. The coats and vest even have epaulets and strap locks that can snap down over your camera's or bag's straps to prevent them from slipping off or bouncing around too much. Even the shoulders are extra padded to reduce weight strain.
You should know that all these little conveniences come with a pretty heavy price tag and as of yet are only available in the UK. But I'm more than happy to let our friends across the pond work out all the kinks for us and let us know if this gear is worth the price tag. ;)
As always I want to hear what you guys think, so leave your comments below.
As one of our readers
courteously accurately pointed out, these products were announced some time ago and are available here in the US already. If this post peaked your interest you can get them here from B&H.
via [Manfrotto] [PopPhoto.com]
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