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Now that I regularly carry a cell phone, an iPod touch, an Overdrive mobile hotspot, a camera, and an e-book reader, I’m beginning to see how having a lot of pockets can be useful.

The first time I saw the SCOTTEVEST line of clothing for geeks the electronically-connected, I thought that having up to 28 pockets in a jacket was, well, pretty silly. However, now that I regularly carry a cell phone, an iPod touch, an Overdrive mobile hotspot, a camera, and an e-book reader, I’m beginning to see how having a lot of pockets can be useful.

Simon recommended a SCOTTEVEST hoodie as a stocking filler a few months ago, so I checked out SCOTTEVEST’s sale page, and discovered that the “Ultimate Hoodie Microfleece” was discounted a few days ago. It’s a pretty nice piece of gear. It “only” has 11 pockets, including outside “handwarmer” pockets with surprisingly-nice magnetic catches, a pocket designed for an MP3 player on the left upper arm (but which fits the mobile hotspot nicely), and a several inside pockets, including one that has a clear cover for letting one operate an iPhone without removing it from the pocket. And yes, it has holes and slots for stringing wires from headphones to the interior pockets. The manufacturer’s website includes a short video showing how to string the wires.

My only complaint about the specific hoodie that I bought is that it’s very right-handed, and many of the pockets are not conveniently-placed for me as a lefty. Some of the manufacturer’s other jackets appear to have pockets placed more equally on both sides.

The Ultimate Hoodie Microfleece seems to be nicely warm but not overly so, and I imagine that it will be appropriate for spring and fall days. The manufacturer offers a range of jackets and hoods for warmer and colder weather. SCOTTEVEST also sells trousers, shorts, vests, shirts … and a baseball cap, and some of the clothing line even has pockets large enough for an iPad! Most items look like they would work for either men or women, but a few are specifically designed for women.

The hoodie is stylish, and the myriad pockets are actually useful. I just hope that I don’t run into Gollum while I’m wearing it.

How do you carry your portable devices?

By Charles Hamilton
  1. Erwin Roosjen Friday, April 23, 2010

    I guess I never cared much for clothing with too many pockets. I usually only carry my wallet, keys and maybe phone in any pockets, and park the rest either in my own shoulder bag or backpack, or my girlfriend’s handbag (when I ask nicely).

    Reason why I don’t put more in pockets: I may sit on my electronic device and damage it in some way and too much weight makes the clothing uncomfortable to wear. The last reason is probably the most important for me. I prefer my sweaters loose, not weighted down :)

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  2. If have the cotton hoodie from Scottevest.
    I wear it quite often while communting with my bicycle. And it is especially convient while traveling, because I have less trouble with all the stuff carry and have all essentials (passport, keys, e.g.) with me all the time. The best function is IMHO that it keeps the iPod and the earphone cables in its place, always.

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