Unless you’ve been hiding under a travel blogging rock for the last few months, you’ve probably heard the name SCOTTEVEST pop up a couple of times. They didn’t just sponsor TBEX in June, they went as far as to give away their products to every single TBEX attendee. Prior to that, you might have heard Gary talking about them or popping up in their display advertising all over [THE ENTIRE INTERNET].
As we arrived at TBEX to do all our filming of the event, we met up with the SCOTTEVEST team, who were kind enough to give us a Fleece 5.0 as well as one of their standard vests to try out.
So What’s a SCOTTEVEST Anyway?
Essentially, they make products (mainly jackests/vests) which have tons (usually around 24) pockets, some of which are stealthily hidden. It’s technology built into clothing to support their tagline: Dress like a traveler, not a tourist.
The benefit of this is that you can carry a large amount of stuff on your person in a convenient and subtle manner. It has pockets big enough to hold an entire iPad, a full water bottle, as well as pockets which allow you to use your touch-based smartphone straight through the material.
Why They’re Cool
Having tons of pockets is handy in lots of situations when travelling, but have been a few real standout moments for us while testing the Fleece 5.0 where we’ve suddenly realised just how much we didn’t know we needed this but now can’t live without it.
Airport security is, without doubt, one of the most mind-numbingly frustrating parts of air travel. Removing everything from your pockets and bags, dumping it in trays, scrambling to find your boarding pass to show to the security guard who wants to see it for no apparent reason. Then trying to get everything back in to your pockets before you’re killed by the angry mob of passengers coming through behind you. It’s not fun.
With the SCOTTEVEST, you can simply put everything inside the vest – then take the whole vest off to go through security and put it back on again. It sounds ridiculously simple, but it makes a big difference.
Also, when you’re flying budget airlines (in Europe in particular) they frequently become extremely
anal sensitive about the size and weight of your carry-on baggage. It’s always especially frustrating when you’re getting in trouble for your bag being 500grams, and yet if you ate your bag, you still wouldn’t be as heavy as the person in the queue behind you.
SCOTTEVEST vests basically allow you to eat your bag. Metaphorically speaking, of course. You can offload almost every single piece of heavy electronic or photographic equipment onto your person – and it doesn’t even look particularly bulky thanks to the careful manufacturing and weight management system.
Yes that’s an iPad in my pocket, and yes I am pleased to see you. Feel free to weigh my now-almost-empty-carry-on-bag.
Why You Should Get One
If you travel a lot and, let’s be honest, if you’re on this site then you probably do – then a SCOTTEVEST can quite easily save you a great deal of time, money, and frustration. Our favourite thing about all of their products is that while they’re 100% geektastic in terms of what they do, they don’t actually look like it to the casual observer. While competitors frequently make you look like Crocodile Dundee, SCOTTEVEST have nicely styled clothing that blends in, rather than standing out.