It was in 2012, that we first sampled SCOTTeVEST travel clothing and gave it a review. At the time, our travels were pretty rugged doing things like hiking to Everest Base Camp, taking part in The Mongol Rally, and studying Muay Thai in Thailand. We were traveling light and fast. When we accepted a generous offer to give SCOTTeVEST clothing a try, we weren’t ready to change our performance wardrobe to a more classic travel look. Cut to nearly 10 years later and our travel style has evolved and so have we. Now we like to blend adventure travel with urban chic. We aren’t stuck in wearing only performance wear and we are open to trying new things.
SCOTTeVEST Review 2021
10 years ago, we remember being upset about the weight of the clothing and agreeing to wear it while speaking at a travel blogging conference. Instead of talking maturely about our concerns, we immediately judged the clothing and called it my “Puffy Shirt Moment.” When SCOTTeVEST owner, Scott Jordan asked us if we’d like to give the clothes another try, we were excited to give them a test run. I mean the likes of Jeff Bezos, Steve Wozniak and our friend Johnny Jet are fans. These guys know their stuff!
This post has been updated after trying SCOTTeVEST clothing a second time 10 years later. All opinions are our own and we have in no way been asked to give a bias opinion. Visit their website to see their products.
SCOTTeVESt is a unique clothing brand that helps to lighten your carry-on while providing hidden and convenient pockets to store your travel gadgets and electronics. When I say travel gadgets and electronics, we mean it. The original eVest carries everything from iPads to pocket cameras. With 42 pockets, you won’t need to worry about your carry-on being overweight again.
We aren’t fans of putting everything in our pockets, but when boarding a plane, we certainly hold our breath when checking in. Between computers, cameras, and other travel electronics, we have a lot of weight and are happy to be able to distribute some of the weight onto our bodies.
SCOTTeVEST – The Ordering Process
We went through the SCOTTeVEST website reviewing what types of clothing would work best for us and chose the most versatile travel clothing to suit our needs. Since 2012, the clothes feel lighter, softer and they have a flow that suits traveling.
When ordering, it is very important to measure (and be honest) your sizes. You can’t just say “I’m a size 10” and expect SCOTTeVEST to magically fit. In today’s world, different brands use different sizes and I always feel a pang of anxiety when people ask me what size I am. Depending on the company, I can range from a size 8 – 12! Just read How Vanity Sizing Made Shopping Impossible. We actually sat down with our seamstress measuring tape, followed the charts, and ordered the sizes that fit our measurements, not our usual vanity sizes. When everything arrived, lo and behold they fit!
So What did we order from SCOTTeVEST?
After choosing our sizes, and colours, the order was placed and we received the clothing a week later. Which was pretty miraculous at this time where there are delays and shortages around the world. Since we live in Canada and the clothes came from the States we thought we might see them by Christmas. We’ve been waiting longer for a fireplace part that we ordered two months ago!
Dave’s SCOTTeVEST Travel Clothing for Men
The Tropiformer Jacket is a jacket and vest rolled into one. This design is a call back to the original eVest with a twist. The vest transforms into a jacket using magnets to easily shed a layer when out for a day of sightseeing. I found that the 22 pockets were not as intrusive as the previous SCOTTeVEST I tried 10 years ago. The lightweight material seems to handle the extra zippers and pockets with ease.
I ordered the Tropiformer in red and it really pops. I already have a lot of black jackets, and this did the trick to bring some colour to the grey fall days. I am looking forward to putting it to the test on our next travels. Now, I can carry my electronics on me instead of shoving everything into Deb’s handbag. Trust me, she’s happier than I am!
Hidden Cargo Pants
The Hidden Cargo Pants had a great cut that looks tailored and slimming. The problem with most cargo pants I try is that they look frumpy. When I put on these pants I was expecting the pockets to add bulk, but they didn’t. Ordering the pants in black has given me two pants in one. I now have functional pants to wear around town on tours during the day, but they are tailored enough that I can feel comfortable wearing them out at night without looking like I am fresh off the hiking trail.
I love a button-down shirt and the Ozark Shirt fits me really well. The inside zippers are small and non-intrusive and they don’t add extra bulk. For a long-sleeved shirt, I was happy with how light it is. The hidden pocket makes getting to a credit card or cash easy if I am shopping at a busy market or out at a packed bar and the side zipper lets me finally put away my cell phone so it’s not sitting in my back pocket. With my iPhone becoming an extension of my arm, it’s nice to be able to tuck it away worry-free. Yet it is easy to get to.
The Docksider Travel Shirt
The Docksider Travel Shirt is the star of shirts in my opinion. It is lighter and softer than the Ozark Shirt. With more polyester and spandex in the blend, it won’t wrinkle which is a huge bonus for me when traveling. Plus, the blend should work for hiking and trekking. I ordered the Turquoise multicolor. I like having color in my wardrobe instead of grey and black and this is going to be a great shirt for sightseeing and going through the airport. I’m looking forward to putting it to the test when we fly next month.
Check out the Docksider Travel Shirt for Yourself!
Travel Boxer Brief
I have been wearing Exofficio Underwear for years and have been a fan. When trying the SCOTTeVEST travel boxer brief, I said “I think I found my new underwear!” It’s comfortable, lightweight, and fast-drying. Plus, there’s an added bonus of pockets to hold money and even a cell phone. Deb and I plan to get back to a lot of backpacking and backcountry travel next year when the world fully opens up and having inside inner pockets offer peace of mind.
Travel has drastically changed in the past 10 years. I used to wear buffs on my head or neck to keep it warm, protect from sun or sand in the desert, and to keep sweat from dripping in my eyes when hiking or cycling. A face mask has taken on a whole new meaning in 2021. The ScotteMask is a stylish way to help prevent the spread of viruses (present and future). I love a buff, so this made sense to order. What is great about this mask, is that it has layers of fabric and a filter making it approval for air travel. It has an adjustable nose bridge that you can pinch into place and there is a straw hole so you don’t have to take the mask off to during. (I’m going to make sure to carry my reusable straw with me when traveling for sure!)
The one drawback (At least here in Canada) is that even though it has a proper filter to adhere to mask rules, it looks just like a buff, so our fellow humans will think we’re trying to fake being safe, and people may not let us in yet with a buff on even though its filter is approved as safe. But in the near future, as restrictions ease, people will learn that there will be more masks out there that are fashionable and functional making it ahead of its time to use beyond the pandemic.
Check out how cool the SCOTTeMASK is here!
Deb’s SCOTTeVEST Travel Clothing for Women
The Rhonda Jacket
I (Deb) am not a huge vest wearer, but when I saw the Rhonda Jacket, I thought that would be perfect. It has the pockets of the eVest with the feminity and style I was looking for. This trench coat flowed beautifully and I found that the pockets weren’t so overwhelming that I lost everything in them. (that was a complaint of my first trench coat from SCOTTeVEST. I kept losing items in the deep pockets). I can attach my cell phone and keys into the dedicated pockets and there is a safe place for my sunglasses. I am always ruining expensive sunglasses, by putting them into my purse with my keys or other sharp items.
What is most important though is that this jacket looks great. I couldn’t believe how slimming and tailored it looked. The soft material really made it flow while walking. I ordered the coat in saddle (a rich caramel colour) and really loved adding a pop to my wardrobe. Dave is going to have fun photographing this. While I probably won’t use all the 20 pockets (11 interior – including 1 hidden pocket), it is good to have the option to put everything in I need when the time comes. You can order the Rhonda Jacket here.
I have been looking for a go-to little black travel dress for some time. I didn’t have high hopes that I would like the dress as I find a lot of travel dresses tend to look like tents on me. I am just not that classic tall with long legs type where every dress falls perfectly. When I put on this dress, I was surprised by how soft the material was. It is also wash-and-go so I don’t have to worry about wrinkles when traveling.
Hidden and Convenient Pockets
Like the Rhonda Jacket, I was most impressed with how it looked. I have finally found a travel dress that works for walking around town during the day but can also be dressed up at night. And what’s even better is that its 4 pockets are located below the waist to hold my cell phone, credit cards, and cash without adding bulk to my belly. See the Dorothy Dress here for pricing and sizing.
I love a cozy hoodie. I have a few Roots Canada hoodies that I adore so SCOTTeVEST had big shoes to fill. Like everything in this entire shipment, I was pleasantly surprised. The fleece design is so soft, I wear it all day. I am looking forward to putting it to use on our next trip to Iceland.
Two of the features that I feel are not needed are the Infinity Zipper and the Personal Area Network. I would prefer to have a soft edge around my face when it comes to the zipper. (albeit when camping outdoors on a cold night, the infinity zipper might come in handy) and with the invention of AirPods and Bluetooth speakers, I don’t think I would use the Personal Area Network to wire headphones through the jacket. (but not everyone has gone wireless yet, so it’s still a feature that can work). Get your Chloe Hoodie here!
Margaux Cargaux Travel Pant
The Margaux Cargaux Travel Pants are where I held my breath the most. I was on the cusp of the sizing chart in between two sizes and decided to go up one size. While I probably could have fit into the smaller size just fine, I was quite happy with the upsize. The Margaux Cargaux Travel Pants are meant to be relaxed. I didn’t think they would look good on me with my shorter than average legs, but they did, they really did!
Since we first tried SCOTTeVEST in 2012, we and it has come a long way baby. Now that I have my sizing chart figured out and I know that the clothing is versatile, lightweight (even with all the pockets and zippers), and fashionable, I will most likely order more clothes. There are still a lot of things to try and it’s been a long time since we’ve been shopping for travel clothes. After living in sweat pants and PJs for 18 months, it’s time to update the old wardrobe and get back in action.
Have you tried SCOTTeVEST? If you have in the past, give it another. To order SCOTTeVEST travel clothing for yourself, visit their website for more details.
Disclosure: We received clothing courtesy of SCOTTeVEST. Reviews were at our discretion and we were in no way asked to write a positive review. The opinions of our travel clothing by SCOTTeVest are our own.