A Puffy Jacket For A Camera? The Matador Camera Base Layer!
This is a super fun product... it's really a "puffy jacket" for your camera! It sounds silly at first, but then it just starts to make perfect sense. I tend to just want to drop my camera in a backpack, and don't love always having to tote along a camera insert or some bulky foam padded bag. This Matador Camera Puffy solves the problem.
This puffy jacket fits over my Nikon D750 with a variety of lenses attached - 35mm, 50mm, 105mm, etc. It also wraps my Fujifilm X100T almost perfectly. It adapts to almost any camera - film or digital. For a puffy layer of protection, the thing only weighs 2.5 ounces! It's super lightweight, and is very quick to remove when you need your camera. It will protect a camera from bumps and scratches while wearing it out on the trail, as well as when it's dropped into a backpack.
The base layer includes a "rain fly", which provides waterproof protection if you get caught in the rain. The thin blue layer folds out of the bottom of the pouch and covers the entire thing. It can roll down to provide light protection, or if you tuck your camera strap inside, it can become entirely waterproof.
The base layer doesn't work super well with long lenses or lenses with hood attachments. It may be necessary to flip the hood around, in order to close the top properly.
It doesn't seem too complicated, but it did take us a few tries to get the closure down correctly. Once you do it right, it's hard to mess up anymore. The only thing we don't love about it - the sides of our cameras tend to stick out a bit. I think this is due to the size of the camera, as the Fuji X100 or a smaller film SLR don't seem to have this issue. We wish the whole camera was surrounded by puffy soft fabric and filling!
This was a great addition to my camera supplies, and since the day I got it, it has spent nearly every day with my camera. I use it even when my camera is just sitting at home, as it keeps it free of dust and bumps. More importantly, it keeps the camera ready and around my neck, but still protected!
This was a great intro into the quality of Matador products. They definitely provide good gear that is good quality. We've got an eye on a few of their pack-able bags, which seem ideal for travel.
Update on March 12th, 2018: Matador just released a new and updated version of this product. The changes are mostly tactile, with some changing on the fabric and filling. The rain fly is now a darker color. The big change is that they added an additional inch in the length, so it will fit better on some longer lenses! Check it out - we love this product!
(This is an unsolicited review. We did not receive a product or compensation and we were not asked for feedback or promotion.)