Hike Without the Bulk With the SCOTTeVEST

Hiking with Scottevest

Hiking with SCOTTeVEST

I don’t like bulk. I don’t like extra weight when I am trekking up a steep hill. It just slows me down and makes the hike more difficult on my cardio system.

Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities and living in Colorado makes it a perfect match. Often times, when I go on a day hike, I don’t want to carry a big ol’ backpack. I just want to bring some basics: my camera, water, car keys, a map, chapstick, snacks, and sometimes my cell phone. Without the backpack, this gets to be bulky stuffing it into my fleece pockets.

Finally, I found one of the coolest articles of clothing to reduce the bulk. It is more than a piece of clothing. The Scottevest is like a highly engineered, practical organizer – with sleeves. And seventeen pockets. Yep, seventeen.

I wore this vest when I was in Crested Butte this summer and I loved the freedom it gave me to bounce up the trail. Strangely, I did get the sense I forgot something. I got over that once I did an inventory check.

The Technical and Background Stuff

What is the SCOTTeVEST?

This Technology Enabled Clothing® is described as a “convergence of fashion and technology.” The engineered, no bulge pocket design distributes the weight evenly to create a comfortable experience. Without the bulk. The patented Personal Area Network (PAN) allows for tangle-free wires for your MP3 player of choice.

The original vest was just the start of the owner’s idea to help travelers, adventurers, and gadget-lovers – “Scott’s Electronics Vest” – that led to the current SCOTTeVEST clothing line that includes the same technology and practical uses.

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X-ray View of SCOTTEVEST Travel Vest

What I Liked About the Scottevest

No bulky pockets. Once I put everything I needed for the hike in my pockets, I was surprised how little bulk and weight there was. This is why I felt like I was forgetting something.

Everything was easily accesible with this vest. Imagine rummaging through your backpack or non-Scottevest pockets feeling around for your small tube of chapstick that is lost among your keys, your camera, and your snacks.

No bulky cotton. The vest itself was lightweight and breathable, which made it perfect in the middle of the hottest summer on record. For colder days, you can find plenty of other SCOTTeVEST options.

Pockets for larger items.  While I didn’t bring my tablet or Kindle along on this day hike, the pockets designed for these items make it great for traveling to the airport. Just slip off the vest and breeze through security.

Pockets for smaller items. Aside from the pockets for large items, there were tiny pockets for things like chapstick, change, your ID, or your camera memory card. The pocket for your sunglasses includes a soft cleaning cloth. Having a secret hidden pocket made me feel a little spy-like.

Teflon-treated.  Since I can be clumsy at times, I like that this vest is stain-resistant. It also helps if your trail mix or chocolate granola bars start to melt. This treatment also makes this vest resistant to water.

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Inside Pockets on Travel Vest

The Cons of the Scottevest

The only con I really found is that the vest bleeds.  Since mine is red, it did change my white T-shirt’s sleeves to a pinkish color. I have since washed it and it seems to be better now.

With all the options out there for outdoor clothes, some expensive and some not as expensive, this was a little on the pricey side. However, considering how unique this travel vest is, I think it is worth the investment!  I can’t wait to use this vest on my next hike.

Although I shared my hiking experience with this vest, it obviously has multiple uses in everyday life. Check out their full line of travel clothing and accessories!

6 Responses to Hike Without the Bulk With the SCOTTeVEST

  1. Awesome review, thank you so much for sharing! We love that you can hike without the bulk too–super convenient! Also, not sure if you caught CEO Scott Jordan on Shark Tank last March, but his episode is being re-run tomorrow! It’s on at 8pm ET and we have a whole lot of info on the back story here: http://www.scottevest.com/company/shark_tank.shtml

    SCOTTEVEST, Inc July 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm Reply
    • Great – Thanks! I DO love your vest! =) I will be using it in the urban environment next week.

      Julie July 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm Reply
    • I like this SCOTTeVEST what is the price?

      Dubai City Tour June 27, 2013 at 3:46 am Reply
  2. Thank you for posting this review! This is something that I´ve always wanted to own. Didn´t know that it was already invented! Time to have one sent to Sweden in time for next summer. Wonderful to get rid of pants hanging low and pockets full of everything you need. :-)

    Olof Persson October 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm Reply
  3. The little road out there is result of bike riding? Great place for that!

    howtomakegirllaugh October 6, 2012 at 4:12 am Reply
  4. Very nice information….

    Desert Safari, Dubai December 6, 2012 at 1:29 am Reply

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