SCOTTEVEST Expedition Jacket
For the last seven years, I've had a constant companion during my fall, winter, and spring travels: A SCOTTEVEST Three.0 jacket that I bought after borrowing and testing an SeV Classic Vest on a trip to Paris.
In a 2005 review of the SeV Classic Vest, I wrote: "Unlike traditional vests, the SeV has a smooth outer shell (not unlike a windbreaker or golf jacket) with dozens of synthetic mesh pockets on the inside." I described the SeV as a "nightmare for pickpockets," and I added that "Thanks to the generous collection of pockets, I didn't need to haul a shoulder bag around."
What makes the SeV different from other jackets:
Like other SCOTTEVEST jackets, the SeV Expedition Jacket is engineered to hold just about everything that you might want to carry whether you're sightseeing or the road.
Its 37 exterior and interior pockets can accommodate a smartphone, an e-book reader or tablet, an iPod, guidebooks and other reading material, maps, water bottles, a flashlight, sunglasses, pens, a digital camera, spare memory cards and batteries, coins, a GPS device, and more. The jacket even has a dedicated pocket for eyeglasses (with attached cleaning cloth) and a keychain on a spiral cord.
You'll also find several loops, tabs, and patches on the outside of the jacket. (The removable hook-and-loop arm patch may come in handy if you flaunt your gun-club membership at home but don't want to alarm security security screeners at airports.)
If the plethora of pockets sounds overwhelming, you may want to study SeV's large Pocket Map in PDF format. Better yet, just buy the jacket and devise your own storage strategy. But be careful: When your jacket has 37 pockets--some with zippers that are hidden along the edges of other pockets--it can be easy to forget where you put your memory card or Metro tickets.
One improvement I'd like to see:
As much as I like the SeV Expedition Jacket, I miss the zip-off sleeves of my old SeV Three.0 jacket. In warm weather, it's nice to have the flexibility of a jacket that can be converted into a vest. (Hear that, Scott?)
But never mind what I want: If removable sleeves are important to you, you can choose from other SCOTTEVEST products such as the Revolution Jacket, the cold-weather Revolution Plus, the Tropical Jacket/Vest, or the cleverly-designed Transformer Jacket, which uses magnets instead of zippers to secure a pull-off shoulder yoke with integrated sleeves.
Whether you opt for the SeV Expedition Jacket (as I did) or one of SCOTTEVEST's many other products, you'll almost certainly love your jacket, and you'll enjoy the freedom of not having to walk around Europe's cities with a shoulder bag or backpack that pickpockets can feed on.
For more information about the SeV Expedition Jacket, including photos and Web links, go to page 2 of this review.
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