If you’re like me and dislike paying for airline bag fees, then finding suitable alternatives for checked bags is a must. For several years I have been using the cleverly designed SCOTTEVEST® and find it to be one of the best ways to level the playing field. Their complete line of stylish yet comfortable smart travel apparel includes a jacket that can carry a whopping amount of items in its many interior pockets.
Always innovative, the company’s newest addition is called the Transformer Jacket owing to its ability to rapidly transform from a lightweight jacket into a vest in just a few seconds. The secret comes from 12 rare-earth magnets that are concealed in the shoulders and sleeves allowing you to simply pull on the material to create a vest. You can then hide the sleeves in a special pocket until you are ready to transform back into a jacket just as quickly. After a couple of tries, I was able to convert from a jacket to vest in about 10 seconds.
The Transformer Jacket has 20 pockets that are designed to hold things like sunglasses, books, water bottles, cameras, maps, and passports using a system of zippered pockets-in-pockets. As if this isn’t enough, these high tech jackets are designed to also carry iPhones® (Clear-touch cell phone pockets allow these to be operated through the material) and even iPads, ® all without making you look bulky. I love this aspect of the jackets as nobody knows I am carrying all this expensive gear.
The folks at SCOTTEVEST® have also created several other technological innovations that include a Patented Personal Area Network (PAN) allowing you to weave headphone wires through the clothing and a Weight Management System that balances and distributes the combined weight of carried items.
Travel doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, and for me, traveling light is the way to go. Even in a colder climate, I just layer the jacket with a warm inner shell. This jacket is truly the one to beat and it will become part of my personal travel necessities.
The new Transformer Jacket is wind and water-resistant and is available in three colors: Blaze (red with black accents), Coal (black with gray accents) and Ash (gray with black accents). Available at www.scottevest.com. Price $160.
FTC Disclosure: This items was provided by the manufacturer to the author at no cost for purpose of a product review.