Photo vests aren’t exactly known for being fashion forward—they’re kind of like a bag you wear. It’s a utilitarian piece of clothing that typically costs roughly fifty dollars and earned the love of many photographers for its ability to lug lots of gear. And while there have been plenty of attempts to update the vest, we’ve never seen one quite like this.
The Heatable Photo Vest is a $440 (389.00 euro) reversible padded vest that has its own personal heating system inside. The vest uses a THERM-IC heating system and bluetooth dongle that can be controlled through a smartphone app to warm hand pockets, kidney, back, and stomach areas. It’s compatible with any rechargeable 5V power bank with a USB port if you choose to use the vest without the app. COOPH says the vest’s heating system can run for approximately five hours before needing to be recharged.
The vest has plenty of pockets for storing camera equipment, the exterior is made of rip-stop fabric and insulated with sheep wool. It comes in either blue or black. It packs down quite small for storage when its not being worn.
For $340 (299.00 euro) you can purchase the vest without the heating system. That will leave you some cash leftover to buy a bunch of disposable hand warmers from the camping store that you can stash within the garment.
COOPH’s pricy take on this classic piece of photo apparel obviously isn’t for everyone. But if your glass collection is already impressive and you’re the kind of photographer who always finds yourself with the shivers, this might be a thing to invest in. After all, it gets chilly out there shooting brilliant night sky photos.