The hoodie that allowed you to thread your earbuds through a special sleeve near the collar seemed as cool as that first-generation iPod. It was a true technical jacket.
Clothing company SCOTTeVEST makes that hoodie seem as vintage as your great-, great-, great- granddaddy’s buckskin jacket. It’s latest quilted jacket features 29 pockets for all gadgets, including a MacBook, yet keeps the silhouette bulge-free.
SCOTTeVEST has been around since 2000 and its previous lines have been described by one fashion magazine as being worthy of Inspector’s Gadget’s wardrobe. The OTG jacket (Off the Grid) looks more like something Q would assign James Bond (though he would have included a special pocket for a martini shaker).
Tech-carrying solutions, especially backpacks, messenger bags and smartphone cases, are a multimillion-dollar industry. Meanwhile, slowly carving out its own economy, is the emerging category of wearables, like the Apple Watch.
SCOTTeVEST makes good-fitting technical clothing while not fitting in either space. With the OTG, you can wear the technology you have — practically all of it.
The jacket is made with a rugged nylon that is stain- and water-resistant. It is a fall-spring jacket that can also be worn on warmer winter days, according to a company spokesman. It features two rapid-access panels that can hold a laptop (unless you order a women’s small or extra small).
A padded pocket on the other side can hold an iPad or tablet. There are two clear-touch pockets, great for your iPhone, and an RFID-blocking pocket for your wallet and passport to thwart skimming of credit cards and other digitized personal information.
Of course, the OTG holds headphone and earbud cords in the collar. But it also holds a charging cable that connects to an external battery.
The SCOTTeVEST jacket will work for people who travel with Android/PC gadgets. But judging by the company’s publicity photos incorporating Apple devices and a certain board member whose nickname is Woz, SCOTTeVEST is partial to the Mac set.
The OTG jacket wearer could load it down and feel comfortable because of weight-management panels that distribute and balance the weight throughout the jacket.
Colors options are black and navy blue; sizing runs up to XXL. The jacket for both men and women retails for $215 on the company website, which also features an array of clothing constructed with tech pockets for all situations.