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Functionally comparable to the Cotton Carrier
on July 27, 2014
I also own a Cotton Carrier. Having used both for at least a year each, I can say that there's not really much practical difference. They're very similar. They're equally comfortable (which is to say, less uncomfortable than neck or shoulder straps - I wouldn't say either is perfect by any means).
They seem to be of comparable quality. However, after eleven months of use my Movo broke - the mount, on the front of the vest, cracked wide open and became basically unusable. My Cotton Carrier, which I've had longer, has not failed and shows no signs of impending failure. That said, I do use the Movo more often and with heavier gear, so, it's hardly a controlled test.
Additionally, when I contacted Movo to have it replaced, they made no fuss of it and were pretty quick about it, and I had a replacement vest front in my hands a week or two later. Oddly, the replacement vest front is not the same colour as the old one - it's dark blue, whereas the old was plain black.
So, kudos to Movo for standing by their product and having good service. Nonetheless, because it broke my camera was dropped multiple times (I was only a few days into a three week photography trip, and there was no way to get a replacement while travelling, so I was forced to keep trying to use it). So while I hope that it breaking is highly unusual, it is now a real concern for me. I really wish the mounts were made of metal, not plastic.
Reliability concerns aside, the only obvious differences between the Movo and the Cotton Carrier are that, for the Movo:
1. The mount that attaches to the tripod socket on your camera has the rubber washer permanently attached (glued). The Cotton Carrier's is separate and simply pinned by the screw. This makes the Cotton Carrier significantly more flexible - you can use hand-straps or other accessories with it (and it comes with just such a hand-strap, in fact).
2. The design of the mount and its locking mechanism differ slightly. The Cotton Carrier's appears clearly more robust w.r.t. wear, and is also significantly easier to operate - with the Movo vest it's often difficult to get the camera to actually slide into or out of it. Though I must say the Cotton Carrier also gets stuck randomly sometimes - usually at seemingly the worst possible time - so be prepared for occasional frustration either way.
3. Speaking of the tripod socketed mount widget, the Cotton Carrier's uses a common size Allen key to tighten and loosen it. The Movo's requires either a flat-head screwdriver, or the little facsimile there-of that it comes with, which looks like the winder for a clockwork toy. It sounds like they're as arbitrary as each other, but in practice I find the Cotton Carrier's easier to operate and more often compatible with other gear (for example, tripods typically come with Allen keys and matching screws of the exact same size as the Cotton Carrier's).
In summary I do think the Cotton Carrier is superior in absolute terms, possibly stronger & more durable, and does come with more in the box (e.g. the hand strap). But it is of course multiple times the price of the Movo. The Movo is better value, but if you're not bothered by the price either way, I recommend the Cotton Carrier.