I know as a modern traveler we have to put up with a lot of things: airport lines, baggage fees and transporting all of our toys and gizmos safely and securely are just the beginning of a very lengthy list. At the DC Travel and Adventure Show last month I caught up with a man who thinks he has a solution to at least that third problem. He’s Scott Jordan, CEO of Technology Enabled Clothing and Scottevest.
Scottevest was formed 13 years ago to solve the problem of tech gear and travel. As you may remember from my previous post about packing for Africa, my camera equipment took up all the space in my carry-on bag and left me little room for anything else. After talking to Scott Jordan I might finally have an option other than agonizing over which tech gets left behind.
Jordan has designed travel vests, jackets and other clothing that let you carry a Kindle, iPhone, iPad, sunglasses, camera, passport, keys, water, pens, headphones, wallet, and even a bottle of water (not through TSA security, of course). When I met Scott I had to ask: why? And, as in most cases, it seems necessity was the mother of invention.
I’ve owned a couple of travel vests over the years, one of which is a genuine army-surplus cargo jacket and the other one was make by Bugle Boy, yes Bugle Boy. They both have served me well on vacation and at work. I loved the ability to carry lots of things, but all of the pockets were up front and on the outside of the jacket. Having all of the weight distributed in the front made the vests (and me) look sagged and sloppy. It’s a look that can work for some, but not if you have some weight up front already. So, again, Scott Jordan looked at a problem and solved it, by taking weight distribution and style into account.
I’m not pitching these jackets for money. I’m not even getting a discount. I don’t even own one, but I am considering it, because while I do always want to be able to carry my tech gear, I don’t think it’s always appropriate to look like an over-prepared fly fisherman or shutterbug tourist.