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Sport TEC and TEC Windshirt from SCOTTeVEST
Posted Feb. 8, 2004
by Tanker Bob

Ever come across something really ingenious, causing you to involuntarily exclaim “Wow”? Well, I just experienced such a moment when opening up a package from SCOTTeVEST. The two Technology Enabled Clothing (TEC) offerings look very well made and incredibly well thought-out.

In 2001, Scott Jordan left the intense life of a corporate lawyer to start his own company based on this premise: in our technology-driven society, many people carry more stuff than their clothes typically hold. At his wife's encouragement, Scott set out to design a jacket similar to photo vests but geared to modern electronics. He created outerwear that holds enough gadgets and other stuff to keep even the most avaricious technophile mobile and hands-free.

The Sport TEC

The Sport TEC looks like a sharp light jacket or windbreaker. It would look at home in any casual setting. Under that cool, rip-stop nylon exterior lurk 16 well-placed pockets to hold all manner of gadgets and other things. Each pocket seems designed for a variety of targeted uses or devices. Exterior pockets close with zippers, interior ones with Velcro. Several of the inside pockets easily hold a standard magazine like PC Magazine. These larger pockets can be split into two pieces to easily hold a water bottle upright. The Pocket-in-Pocket design literally does what it says—stashes pockets inside of other pockets. Interior pockets hang a bit loose to minimize the exterior print of your devices (HangingPockets™), but use a special design that holds material in them even if you forget to fasten them closed (DeepPockets™).

For hikers or anyone in hot weather, the Sport TEC furnishes a huge pocket on the back under the reflector strip. This pocket easily holds a Camelbak® hydration system, with Personal Area Network access to run the drinking tube to the jacket's collar loops. A large magazine, papers, or other large, flat items disappear in this pocket, which zips closed.

What's a Personal Area Network? An extremely clever set of “channels” between the jacket's inner lining and outer shell, topped by elastic loops at the collar. Every pocket sports a small passage to the channels, allowing headset cords, device-interconnecting cables, etc., to travel from devices to other locations around the garment and up to your ears. I place my Palm Tungsten|T3 in the outside top pocket analogous to the shirt pocket position, ran the headset cord through the PAN, and positioned the headsets through one of the collar loops. When not in use, the earbuds fit nicely in a small pocket just under the collar loop. This offered unfettered access to my Palm, while keeping the headset available but out of the way. I put my cell phone in a pocket down near the bottom of the jacket and ran the headset cord through the PAN channels to the elastic collar loop on the other side of the jacket. No only did all this work like a charm, but proved invisible from outside the jacket except when the earbuds were actually in my ears. Very cool!

 

 

SCOTTeVEST Sport TEK

So is this just a geek jacket? Not hardly. The rip-stop nylon exterior provides wind and weather resistant protection. The interior boasts DuPont's CoolMax® fiber material. This high-tech construction wicks water away from the wearer and moves it towards the shell to evaporate quickly and comfortably. This keeps the wearer dry and untroubled by perspiration.

Other great features include removable sleeves retained by zippers, Velcro tabs holding the front flap closed over the zipper, Velcro to hold the sleeves closed at the wrist, and a cord to tighten the waist band. The special construction of the shoulders maintains the jacket's shape while minimizing its weight. The high-quality zippers moved easily and positively, with cloth tabs for easy gripping. The front zipper even operates as a two-way. The right front pocket conceals an easily accessible key clip. And talk about designing to the smallest detail, the collar has a felt lining against the skin for extra comfort. All this for only $79.99 as currently on sale.

TEC Windshirt

Great ideas abound at SCOTTeVEST. The TEC Windshirt furnishes a very lightweight solution for carrying your gadgets in a cool breeze or light rain. This garment pulls over your head and zips at the neck. It sports three generous pockets for your goodies. The two hand-warmer pockets close with zippers, but also each has further inner Pocket-in-Pocket that also closes with zippers. A third pocket sits centered on the inside of the shirt below the neck zipper. You can run device cables between the two and up to the collar with its PAN design.

In addition to the two hand-warmer pockets and center pocket, the Windshirt possesses a hidden epaulet on the left shoulder. It is no-kidding invisible to the casual observer when not in use. It will hold anything with a belt clip—camera, cell phone, or even a PDA. The vibrate mode of a phone or PDA will readily alert you. Even cleverer, you could use a speaker phone hands-free from this position.

The Windshirt exhibits the same quality construction as the Sport TEC, including the rip-stop nylon shell and DuPont's CoolMax® mesh. The mesh in this case comes across the back of the shirt under a Velcro-held ventilation flap. The collar has the same elastic loops as the Sport TEC. Since this lightweight shirt doesn't have a lining per se, a flap is provided inside the zipper area that helps to hide your cords. The collar even has a PAN channel through it. While the waist has a cord to adjust it like the Sport TEC, the sleeves have elastic at the wrist rather than Velcro. The key holder is a more sophisticated, detachable design than the Sport TEC. Tasteful use of reflective trim décor adds an attractive measure of safety to the wearer. The Windshirt provides a great value at $39.99 (currently on sale).

SCOTTeVEST TEC Windshirt

(Yep, this is Scott Jordan)

Conclusion

These provide just two examples of the extensive TEC line offered by SCOTTeVEST. These range from slope-conquering ski jackets, a very sharp leather jacket, an attractive new sports jacket, to a baseball cap with hidden pockets! The two garments I evaluated set the standard for comfort and style, and proved unprecedented in their ability to carry and hide an enormous amount and variety of stuff. The pockets even had cards in them with suggested uses for those particular pockets.

Think I'm overstating the case? Consider that the US Secret Service chose these garments for duty use, and it's even rumored that the president himself requested one after seeing his protection wearing these attractive and useful jackets. Scott Jordan himself appears in Chapter 42 of McGraw-Hill's current accounting textbook as an example of a successful small business model. This company is here to stay!

I can't recommend SCOTTeVEST garments highly enough. If you're a mobile geek or just a professional who carries a large amount of stuff on your person, you NEED these incredibly well-designed and attractive garments.

 

 

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