I must admit I mocked Scott Jordan when he released the Q.U.E.S.T Vest.
I told him 42 pockets?! Who the hell needs 42 pockets?
In the name of all that is transparent he did send it me to review but I told him he could have it back. It’s a vest with a hood for god’s sake.
And yet here I am, in Bogota Colombia, throughly enjoying it.
I always wear a @Scottevest when flying hand luggage only as it turns my transition through airports into fleeting moments and everything is to hand while i’m in the air.
Before taking off on this trip I looked at the weather forecast while holding three different versions of the Travel Vest. Deciding which to take. I’d been given so many ‘security tips’ in regards to working in Bogota that it was the ridiculously over pocketed Q.U.E.S.T-Vest that won through purely because of the RFID blocking passport pocket. That is itself within another pocket.
Two different people on the plane commented on the tech I was offloading during the ten hour flight. Both warning me of pickpockets all over the city. I tried to picture even a well trained pickpocket working their way through 42 pockets. I was forever losing stuff till I found a place for each item and stuck with it.
I used 16 pockets on the trip out and found that more than enough for book, iPad, passport, tickets, money, sunglasses, mifi, audio recorder, phone, keys, wallet, charger and battery etc.
Day to day I might only use 6 pockets for the geek essentials. The thing is though. The discovery that my FujiFilm X100s drops into one of the front scoop pockets and the peace of mind I felt today walking the back streets of Bogota are big selling points for me.
Couple that with the fact that in this tropical climate, with it’s sporadic rainfall one minute and sun the next, a hooded vest seems perfect. My arms are of course waterproof and dry out faster than wet sleeves would.
You could easily loose half the pockets, lightening the vest. You could perhaps add some kind of foldaway flap to stop the rain sliding down your chest and into your front pockets. But then this would not be the no-holds-barred experiment that it is.
It’s only by daring to develop and create garments like this that Scott and Co can innovate the way they do. Today I found two incredible little pockets inside the chest pockets that were supported away from both the outer and inner layer of the vest. it’s hard to explain, but have a play arranging your tech (for me in this case it was a WiFi hotspot and battery charger to power it) and you will find countless possible solutions to be both equipped for anything and yet unencumbered.
I think Scottevest is having way too much fun and I’m coming to learn that they see play as a large part of R&D.
I should really have guessed that though the moment they brought out the Q.U.E.S.T or should I say.. Quintessential Ultimate Epic Superhero Tech-Vest.