Originally posted on ScotteVest.com:The Q.U.E.S.T. Vest for Men is a Wealth of Pockets… 42 of them!
It’s probably not a coincidence that the SeV Q.U.E.S.T. Vest for Men has 42 pockets… considered by some to be a Universally (with a capital U) significant number. The Q.U.E.S.T. Vest may not hold any galactic secrets, but it can surely carry all the stuff you need, to do what you love to do. We engineered the Q.U.E.S.T. to be what you wear, wherever you are going, for whatever you are doing. It looks like a vest, but it is actually a new, epic category of clothing. We want you to put your mark on it… to make it your own. Add your own hook-and-loop pouches inside the tricot panel pockets. Stow the hood if you don’t need it. Find the best layout of gear for you and run with it. Just like a New Jersey diner, it’s all on the menu 24/7. This vest is made for you to experiment, explore and customize. Think of it as a black box of potential… and with more pockets than on any single SeV product ever, it might just change the way you look at things. (By “things” we mean clothing, life, the universe… everything.)
Quite simply, the Q.U.E.S.T. Vest is designed to carry all the stuff you need, to do whatever you love. In a way, it’s like a sleeveless security blanket… with 42 pockets. We consulted with customers about their favorite activities, what they carried with them in their SeVs, and any wishlist items to add to make this Q.U.E.S.T. Vest their quintessential, go-to clothing item. When we saw some of the answers, we weren’t sure. A hood on a vest? More exterior pockets? Is Zombie Apocalypse Survival actually an activity, and if it is, do we have enough tomahawks to go around? Some of it left us scratching our heads, but we trust you, and this is the result!
You’ll need to read the full “Pocket Inventory” below for the detailed story of all 42 pockets, but some of our favorite features of this ultimate vest are:
- RFID-blocking Pocket – with identity theft on the rise (and essentially everyone tracking your every move at all times), we wanted to build in a pocket lined with RFID-blocking material. It’s engineered to help protect your credit cards and passport from RFID skimmers the way our secure internal pockets protect you against pickpockets (and yes, our $1,000 Anti-Pickpocket Guarantee does apply to the Q.U.E.S.T.).
- PackPocket™ – this is a brand new pocket concept for SeV. This massive, exterior back pocket has the storage capacity of a small backpack, and it great even for larger items that won’t fit in another pocket, or are too awkward to carry elsewhere. If you’re out and about with a group of friends, it’s a great place to carry snacks, maps or spares for the team. It even has internal mesh pockets to help keep things organized, and is designed to not flop open if you forget to close it completely.
- Multiple Power Pockets – how do you turn the coolest gadgets in the world into paperweights? Just wait awhile. Power is the critical weakness in being “off grid” with gadgets, and being off grid could even mean going to the grocery store. If you’re not charging, you’re draining, and it’s a very apparent problem even with new tech like Google Glass. SeV solves the problem with several Power Pockets engineered with our patented Personal Area Network (PAN) to help you wire battery packs from just about any pocket to just about any other pocket. Power problem: solved. This tech-vest is the foreseeable future of wearable computing.
- Easy Access Panels – the Q.U.E.S.T. Vest has huge panel pockets accessible from the exterior front of the vest, with interior organization to get to your gear quickly. Great for carrying a tablet if you need to get to it easily, and because it’s lined with soft tricot material like a camera bag, you can attach hook-and-loop accessories.
- Hood – this was a repeated request from customers, and we didn’t really “get it,” but now we actually think it’s pretty cool. If you agree… great! Hoods for everybody. If it’s not your favorite idea in the world, it’s stowable in the collar, and just as easily brought back into action if you change your mind.
Who could use a vest like this? (Besides you… obviously you need one if you’ve made it this far into the description.)
- Travelers (especially one bag/no bag travelers)
- Busy Dads (world’s coolest “diaper bag?”)
- Dog Walkers
- Wearable computer and Google Glass users
- Preppers (especially Zombie Apocalypse Survivors… they already wear SeV)
- Con-goers (if you are one, you know what it is… has nothing to do with line-dancing or the Congo)
- Hikers and Campers
- Audiophiles/music fanatics/concert recording bootleggers
- Portable gamers
- CCWers, skeet/trap shooters
- Fly fishermen
- First Responders and emergency medical personnel
- Superheroes (42 pockets vs. a yellow belt… come on)
We want to hear how you would use the Q.U.E.S.T. Vest, and see how you do use it! Post comments and pics below in the Facebook comment section, and we’ll update this area with your suggestions. We told you this vest was all about YOU, so share away.
The Q.U.E.S.T. Vest for Men comes in two great colors, is made from a Cotton/Nylon blend and is Teflon® treated for water and stain resistance, and anti-static treated. Machine washable. iPad mini/standard fits in all sizes (can also fit in PackPocket™). Some Tall sizes available.
- 1 PackPocket™ – the first on any SeV item, the PackPocket™ is virtually a backpack built into the exterior back of the vest. It’s massive and secured by zippers on three sides, perfect for stowing items that you might not expect would fit in a vest. Photographers and birders could fit a small tripod, large binoculars or spotting scope (obviously, it depends on the size of the gear and your vest size). It’s a great spot for storing “spare” items that you don’t need to get to rapidly, or that are intended for someone else to access and use, e.g. non-emergency first aid kits. It is even lined with tricot (like the inside of a camera bag) so you can securely attach accessories/pouches with the hook side of “hook-and-loop” for even more customization.
- 3 Interior Mesh Pockets in the PackPocket™ – we love organization, and these generously sized mesh pockets inside the PackPocket™ do exactly that.
- 2 Easy Access Panels – it’s hard to tell from the images because these are so well concealed, but there are two huge panel pockets on the front of this vest that can hold very large and bulky items, including tablets, camera bodies, specimen bags, dog leashes/accoutrement and other sizable things. They’re great if you are on the go and need to toss something into your vest very quickly and get moving. Because they are lined with tricot (like a camera bag), you can attach hook-backed (as in hook-and-loop) accessories to the lining, including our Blackout Pockets or holsters for CCW.
- 6 Slash Pockets – layered inside the Panels are angled sub-pockets to help keep you organized. You don’t want everything you carry to drop to the bottom of your vest, and these make it easy to get to your stuff quickly without fumbling.
- 2 “2 inch” Pockets – jewelry that could get tangled in the brush? Button batteries? Mini compass? Covert homing beacon? If it fits, they’re convenient pockets to keep your smallest items from getting lost.
- 6 “Handwarmer” Pockets – these are accessed from the exterior. When it’s chilly and you put your hands in the pockets of your vest or jacket, these are where your hands go (hence the name). We engineered the way they overlap to keep your gear separated and organized, while still leaving enough room for your hands. Some of them are kept closed with device-friendly magnets for secure, but quick access.
- 2 Change Pockets – the only true constant is change, and while you could try to harness entropy in these pockets, you’re better off using them for coins, geocaching bugs, tokens, memory cards, some small batteries or similarly sized items.
- 1 Cell Phone Pocket – granted, you could keep your cell phone in most of the pockets on the Q.U.E.S.T., but this one has been purpose-built with clear touch fabric on the front so you can see and control your touchscreen device through the material. It’s engineered to keep your phone close enough to your ear so you can hear it ring, without feeling awkwardly placed. It’s sized to 4.5″ x 6″ in all sizes, which means it can hold even some of the larger “phablet” phones smaller than those dimensions.
- 2 PadPockets™ – we’ve only seen one person “double-fisting” iPads in the wild, and that is our own CEO Scott Jordan. But if the occasion should ever arise for you to go John Woo with tablets, you can keep them at the ready in this vest… or carry anything else of the same size. Are you a lefty? Now you have “right side” access to your tablet pocket for the first time. Old school? You could probably fit a year of back issues of magazines in these.
- 1 USB Pocket – still one of the most convenient and robust ways to carry around large amounts of data in a small package, and this pocket is perfect for it. Sometimes we keep a small toolkit in ours, instead.
- 1 Passport/Travel Docs Pocket– (pretty much, unless you are a spy)… you only have one passport, hence one passport pocket. It’s big enough to hold your passport (go figure) and boarding documents for flights. When traveling, we like to keep this pocket very organized and laid out front to back with the items we’ll need in the order in which we’ll need them. That’s the only way to fly….
- 1 RFID-blocking Wallet Pocket – this is sized to hold a wallet, credit cards and even a passport, and it lives inside the Travel Docs Pocket. It’s RFID-shielded to give you an extra layer of protection against digital pickpockets aka RFID skimmers, and gives an equivalent level of protection as our Blackout Pocket Level 1. For even more protection, check out our Blackout Pocket Level 2.
- 1 ID Pocket – we utilize a fine gauge mesh material here, so you can keep your ID card close at hand for quick access. We like to keep a small stack of business cards in there, and we find the pocket shape and tight fit helps keep the corners from bending.
- 2 Eyeglass Pockets – cleverly designed so you can drop in your glasses from the top for easy in/out access, or zip them into the more secure pocket directly behind. There is a chamois attached with a printed quick-reference pocket map on it, in case you forget where you put something (or need to wipe fingerprints off your lenses or touch screen).
- 1 Secret Pocket – it’s a secret. That is all.
- 2 Camera Pockets – point-and-shoot and backup. Battery pack and camera. Pack of Twizzlers®. Deck of cards. This is a divided pocket, so you can keep two items separated in there, or a longer item, like a collapsed monopod or mini-tripod.
- 1 MyMemory™ Pocket – perfect for holding a priceless stamp! On second thought, just take a photo of the stamp, put it on an SD card and keep that in this appropriately-sized pocket.
- 2 Power Pockets – we’re talking battery life, not worldly influence and global domination (but those are intriguing…). If you’re traveling or away from “civilization” for any extended period of time, your devices will be running out of juice faster than you think, and at the most inopportune moment. These pockets are designed with access points to the PAN (Personal Area Network) built into the vest, so you can run wires from just about any pocket to just about any other pocket. The Power Pockets are well placed for holding batteries, and will keep you going all day (or even week) long. We sell one of our favorites here.
- 2 Bud Buckets – the Personal Area Network (PAN) from TEC-Technology Enabled Clothing® is engineered into the whole vest, but if you use it to keep your wires organized through the lining of the vest, what do you do with the earbuds that are routed out of the collar? This is where they go… earbud garages. These are in the “new style” of Bud Bucket, designed to be less scratchy to the wearer.
- 3 Pen Pockets – pencils, fat pens, pens stolen from banks and doctors’ offices… we don’t judge. Some pen-lights and styluses (stylii for the classical language sticklers) fit as well. They’re sized a little differently so you have options.
TOTAL: 42 Pockets