By Daniel Rasmus on Wed, 10/30/2013
Inspector Gadget was a 1980s cartoon hero (seen here in app version—not available in the US). His gadget-laden personality was enveloped with a very high tech trench coat. If you ever imagined yourself as Inspector Gadget, then you will appreciate the SCOTTEVEST (SEV) trench coat ($200).
Sure, I’m a gadget guy, but the first thing a trench coat should do is keep you dry, and this one does a fine job of covering suits, Seattle Seahawks sweatshirts, or whatever you may be wearing. It isn’t a very heavy coat, which means that it will easily fit in overhead bins, but it also means it probably won’t be your go-to coat when the snow starts falling. But in a Northwest fall, it is the perfect coat for a walk with the dog and an iPhone.
Like all SEV products, the trench coat is full of pockets. There are places to keep your iPad, iPhone (two possible places, including a clear “quick-draw” pocket), travel papers, glasses (complete with tethered microfiber cloth that unfolds into a map of the jacket), and a place for business cards or smaller IDs. 19 pockets in all. The coat also features the patented Personal Area Network (PAN) from TEC-Technology Enabled Clothing that facilitates the distribution of physical cords, like headphone cords or charging cables, through the jacket. I’ve pretty much gone to Bluetooth for music, but I often travel with a backup power supply for my iPhone that I connect via the PAN system.
My only complaint is the cut. I’m a XXXL, and I know that’s me, but other SEV jackets fit just fine. The combination of a lack of zipper (the front closures are magnets, which is cool, until they don’t stay closed) and the snug cut makes keeping the jacket closed nearly impossible. The detachable belt helps, but not all that much. If you load up the jacket, the weight may be distributed with the SEV trademarked Weight Management System, but that doesn’t remove the bulk. Bottomline on fit, a bit fuller would be good. That being said, I usually like my jackets open when it isn’t raining too hard, so I still find the jacket a useful companion.
If you are looking for a light-weight trench coat, and you travel with a lot of stuff like I do, you should consider the SEV trench coat. If it fits you well enough, you will find its internal storage useful. And its quick recovery from being shoved into an overhead bin, will soon make it a favorite item to grab for a walk in the brisk fall air or a trip across the country.