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SCOTTEVEST Trench Coat Transforms You into Inspector Gadget

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.

The coat is made of “High-tech poly” to resist water, stains, and  wrinkles, which makes it a good travel partner. Sitting in a long coat during a long flight can get uncomfortable, however, so this probably isn’t the coat you want to wear as a third carry onunless putting everything in the overhead bin was your plan all along.

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.

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Daniel W. Rasmus, the author of Listening to the Future and Management by Design, is a strategist, industry analyst, and business correspondent for iPhone Life magazine. Prior to starting his own consulting practice, Rasmus was the Director of Business Insights at Microsoft Corporation, where he helped the company envision how people will work in the future.

Before joining Microsoft, Rasmus was Research Vice President at the Giga Information Group and Forrester Research Inc. Rasmus also is an internationally recognized speaker. He blogs regularly for Fast Company and on his own blog, Your Future in Context. His education-related work can be found at Learning Reimagined.