Gear Review: SCOTTEVEST Fleece 5.0 Jacket

Let me start by saying that I love travel gear and am always on the lookout for the next perfect thing to add to my collection. I also travel light, so most things that I buy need to either be multi-functional, or be really good at what they do. I purchased the SCOTTEVEST Fleece 5.0 Jacket and can say that it is almost the perfect travel jacket. It is a welcome addition to my gear list and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Description The Fleece 5.0 Jacket is available in any color that you want, as long as that color is black.  It has 24 pockets, zip-off sleeves, inside wiring guides for your iPod, and an internal pocket big enough to carry a magazine (or the iPad). It has a special strap inside one pocket that will hold a water bottle upright, a key chain, several pockets to hold small memory sticks/cards, a see-through pocket so you can control your iPod/iPhone without removing it, and several hidden pockets. I was walking somewhere with Sara the other day and she was a bit annoyed as I was not paying attention to what she was saying. Finally, she asked me what was on my mind. I smiled and said, "I think I just found another pocket!" The Good Almost everything about this jacket is good. There is a place for everything. On a recent trip to San Francisco, at the airport I just took off my jacket and slipped off my shoes when going through security. I didn't even have my normal backpack. Everything was in my jacket. I was a bit concerned because I have long and gangly arms and many long sleeve shirts or jackets are too short. SCOTTEVEST does not have Tall sizes, but the jacket fits well. It is very comfortable and warm. I took it on a trip to Big Bear, CA and I was quite warm in 20 degree weather with two long-sleeve shirts, this jacket and a wind-breaker. It also did great in Siberia (although it was September, so not the full winter force, but still darn chilly). The Bad The only slightly bad thing that I can come up with is that it is just a bit too heavy for a fleece jacket. Unfortunately, I don't think there is any way around this and still have so many pockets, but it does seem to be just a bit bulky. Also, if you get carried away and really fill the pockets, it will get heavy. That is not too bad when you are wearing it, but if it gets hot and you have to take it off, then it can be a bit cumbersome. The price is also a bit steep at $140, but if you check on the Sale Page, you can sometimes find it at a 20% or more discount. Conclusion This jacket goes on my Ultimate Travel Gear List and comes highly recommended. I carried it with me on the Trans-Siberian Railway trip and I would not have wanted anything else. If you need a jacket that looks good, is very functional, keeps you warm and can hold all of your little travel gadgets, look no further.   Disclaimer:  I paid for this jacket myself and was not given, nor do I receive any ongoing compensation for this review or any links herein.
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