Pocket heaven for geeks
*Steve Makris is a technology expert who does a weekly Tech Talk segment during Edmonton’s Sunday Morning News.
Good morning folks. Today on my Global News Sunday Morning Tech Talk segment I showed the ultimate technology-enabled clothing.
It’s the Scottevest Q.U.E.S.T. vest, $145 USD and it’s for folks who want to carry all their technology in their pockets, all 42 of them, like me.
The Q.U.E.S.T. has 42 pockets, yes count them. From camera memory cards to several pens to large and small smartphones, battery chargers, 10-inch tablets and iPads and smaller laptops, point-and-shoot cameras, notebooks and more, you literally never run out of room.
There’s more. The RFID-blocking pocket protects your credit cards and Passport from RFID skimmers. The PAD (Personal Area Network) let’s your run a few re-chargeable battery packs with multiple USB wires running into almost any pocket across the vest with phones or tablets that need charging.
The Pack Pocket on the back of the vest is like a small expandable flat backpack with compartments for taking smaller laptops along, a change of clothes, food and more. Like all pockets on the vest, forgetting to keep track of which zipper is open is no problem. Open pockets stay flat so stuff won’t fall out when you are moving about.
Either lower front has an open drop pocket, a magnet closing one and a zippered hand warmer and change pocket.
There are little details – like a bottle holder in one of the pockets to keep it vertical (plus extendable key holder) – and the Collar Connect stereo headset system for cords to run from behind the collar any way you want with thoughtful hooks and exit and entry slots sewn in between the DuPont Teflon treated stain and water resistant fabric and durable lining. The digital camera pocket includes an SD memory card pocket.
And there’s the pull-out lens cleaning cloth. Oh yes, a special, thin plastic see-through touchscreen-capable pocket for your main phone is right over your heart. Sweet.
The weight management system designed in the Q.U.E.S.T. distributes weight evenly from the top of the shoulders and tapers off from the back and front. This means no pull on the collar no matter how much stuff you load up. I carried 15 lbs of gadgets and stuff with ease.
With careful planning on your part, distributing the weight and bulk of your devices, you can zip up the loaded vest, which compared to its original slim look resembles a slightly insulated vest.
The collar also packs a zippered lined hoody. Too much!
For my live Tech Talk Global News segment I unloaded four large screen smartphones, one 12,000 mAh battery, four USB cables, one 8.5-inch Samsung S Tab, one iPad mini, one 12.5-inch laptop, one water bottle, extra socks, T-Shirt and underwear, newspaper, magazines, one wall charger and more cables.
That’s 15 pounds of stuff I can’t live without folks. Minus the laptop, the Q.U.E.S.T. cleared security in my last return trip to Toronto. It’s machine washable too.
There are many Scottevest designs for men and women with fewer pockets, also sleeved as well as long and short pants. I love the ladies trench coat model. You can shop from its site for best and newest selections and also pay with Amazon and PayPal. Scottevest products show up in specialty travel stores like Uniglobe One Travel in Edmonton and Pipe Stone travel stores in Calgary.
© Shaw Media, 2014