Scottevest Travel Clothing, Our Review

A couple of months ago we were contacted by a company called Scottevest to try out some of their travel clothes.

We had heard a bit about it and are always looking for ways to improve our wardrobe  so we thought we would give it a try.

“The Scottevest, was our puffy shirt.”

The people at Scottevest were very nice and generous in their offer. The let us each choose a couple of pants, a couple of shirts, fleece hoodies and two of their vests and I even had the opportunity to order a trench coat – I thought that this would be a great addition for business trips. It seemed like a great opportunity to work with a new company and try out some new travel clothing.

Seinfeld and the Puffy Shirt

It was one of those moments that we didn’t really put a lot of thought into. We were speaking at a Travel Blogging conference and Scottevest asked us if we’d be interested in wearing their clothes during our session.

When we received our package just two days before the conference, we realized we had just made an error.

We had accepted an offer without testing the product first, something we would never normally do.

Instead, we went on hearsay. Lots of travel bloggers were endorsing Scottevest so it seemed like a natural fit. But we never should have made the commitment before testing the clothing ourselves. We were experiencing a Seinfeld moment.

You remember the one when Jerry agreed to wear one of Kramer’s girlfriend’s designs and it ended up being a puffy pirate shirt? Agreeing to wear Scottevest at the conference, was our puffy shirt moment.

Not our Style

When we took our clothes out of the box and tried them on, we knew we messed up. It was only two days before we flew to the conference and we had agreed to wear these clothes.

The clothes seemed to fit in all the wrong places. Instead of giving a nice tailored feel, he looked frumpy. We thought we would be getting lightweight clothing fit for travellers, but instead they were heavy and bulky.

The women cuts weren’t any better. My shirts were too tight around the chest and hips and too loose at the stomach and crotch.

I don’t normally have that problem when trying on clothes. I am usually of average body type, no matter what the size.

If I’ve gained or lost weight and gone up or down a size, my clothes always fit in the right places.  That wasn’t the case with my Scottevest clothing.

The Vest

We were very upset with how we looked and we wanted to be confident and comfortable on stage when speaking at the conference.

These clothes did not make us feel our best, but we had already said yes. We couldn’t back out now. 

We solved our problem by wearing the vests over our clothes. The vests themselves are quite nice.

They have a more tailored feel than the rest of the clothing and when we put it on over our shirts, we felt better. As far as the pants, we’d be sitting down anyway.

“Scottevest added 18 pounds to our travel gear.”

Light Travel Clothing is a Must

Note: Not wearing Scottevest Clothing here

One of our rules when we trek around the world is that our travel clothing needs to be light. Luggage weight limits are shrinking on airlines, and I don’t want to have to pay for excess luggage. Plus I don’t want excess weight on my back when navigating busy city streets or catching ferries and buses during my travels. Unfortunately Scottevest clothing is heavy, and the few items of clothing that we added to our packing list put on an extra 18 pounds.

The Scottevest concept

It’s not surprising that the Scottevest travel clothes are on the heavy side and unfashionable.

The whole idea of the wardrobe is to be able to put everything that you need for traveling into your pockets.

There’s room for cell phones, water bottles, iPads, note pads and anything else you can think of putting in your carry on.

So there are many compartments inside that add extra weight and layers.

I tried using this function but I kept losing everything in my pockets. You need an owners manual to wear the clothing.

I understand the concept is to lighten your carry-on load by putting all your heavy items in your pockets, but what are you going to do with all that stuff once you arrive at your destination?

Are you going to have to stuff your pockets every time you move hotels or go to the next island or city?

Sure it might help you with weight limits at the airport but I still think the solution is to pack less, not stuff your pockets.

Comfort while traveling without my Scottevest

If you want to travel carry-on only, I could see how Scottevest would come in handy though.

You can put all of your electronics in your vest or trenchcoat and then put the rest in your suitcase. 

I however, don’t want to have to use my vest or my trenchcoat pockets as a suitcase, I want to be able to protect my electronics by packing them with the proper padding and hard cases and I want to have a place to put everything when I arrive at my destination.

Besides, I want to be comfortable in my clothing when traveling. I spend hours at airports, the last thing I want to do is be weighted down with everything.

Dress Like a Traveller

Scottevest’s motto is “Dress like a traveler not a tourist”

Our travel style is to dress like neither a traveler nor a tourist. We dress in what is comfortable.

I would think that one would stand out more as a tourist when wearing a vest and khakis than a person wearing board shorts and a tank top in Australia, a sari in India, t-shirt and Jeans in London or even fisherman’s pants in Thailand.

There are people out there who like to dress this way and there are people out there who like to carry everything in their pockets and if you do, Scottevest is right for you.

Unfortunately, it’s not our style of clothing or our style of travelling.

To check out Scottevest travel clothing for yourself, visit  their website

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26 thoughts on “Scottevest Travel Clothing, Our Review”

  1. Scottvest, they are the worst company, they wont honor your returns or exchanges…dont do business with these crooks…

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  2. This is definitely one person’s opinion and I would highly recommend taking it with a grain of salt!

    I do a fair deal of travelling and have been stockpiling Scottevest clothing for years now. I have multiple pairs of pants and shorts, shirts, several jackets and vests, and even a bunch of the Boxers 2.0 (the only underwear I will wear now!). These are bar none some of the most required items in my wardrobe.

    The 18 pounds had to be quite the over exaggeration. Most of the SEV line is very light and comfortable. The pants and shorts fit amazingly well, especially with the way they design the waistbands. I’m truly yet to find a piece that I was not thrilled with, both in functionality, fashionability, and overall price/quality.

    I know everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but using over exaggerated numbers to demonstrate those opinions certainly isn’t real kosher in my book.

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    • Thanks Scott for your message, however I do want to reiterate that we weighed the clothing. We don’t just choose numbers out of a hat. I am glad that you like it though. Cheers.

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  3. I recently took a trip to China, ordered the Khaki travel vest. The color was much darker than the pic, and was like mud, or what i would call a
    ‘rat’ colour. It was also too heavy for the tropics. the fit was frumpy with the colour. i purchased a Kathmandu skirt with pockets that

    held 2 passports, and cash cards etc, that didnt show. and a kathmandu shirt with a pocket, just needed camera around neck. thar left me pen to look nice. would like to return scottevest, but they have only offered a swap. i am annoyed .

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  4. Scottevest high-tech fabric is terrible. It does not breathe and can’t be cleaned. You look homeless after wearing it for one week. Customer service has never called back as promised. Today I called customer service and only got a recording. I left a message, but no call back yet.

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  5. Scottevest stuff seems nice when you try it on but when I use it in real life – with things in the pockets (afterall that is why I bought it) I found that the products do not last. The seams and zippers fail constantly. The garment is not designed to support ANY weight (like a pocket camera or a phone) and simply is not constructed well at all. It was a good concept but execution leaves alot to be desired. When I needed warranty service, they told me to bring it to a shop to have it repaired. I take very good care of my things but Scottevest is just too expensive to have as throw-a-way gear. No more Scottevest for me.

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  6. I own a Scottevest, and I personally think it looks great. That’s actually one of the reasons I wanted one–it was functional and attractive. Unfortunately, I found that the quality was quite lacking. In less than a year, one pocket had ripped, a magnet had torn away from another pocket, and the whole Scottevest was fading into a slightly lighter orange-ish color. I did bring the problems up with Scottevest customer care, but they said it was normal wear and tear.

    In their defense, my Scottevest was 2 years old when I finally did get around to contacting them. Maybe the response would’ve been different if I had contacted them when the problems happened. Still, it should last longer than 2 years.

    It’s too bad…I really liked it while it lasted.

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  7. Some of the best womens clothing I have got was from my visit to orange ca. The clothing was light weight cute and very minimal. I get so hot in crammed air planes and its nice to have a small little carry-on that can hold many outfits. This article made me feel more validated with my purchases. Thank You.

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  8. Great review!! Finding proper travel clothing is a daunting task because you need to balance fashion with functionality. That’s why I’m always happy to see well-balanced reviews of travel clothing. It helps the rest of us make an informed decision.

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  9. I really don’t believe travel clothing has to go technically overboard. If you plan strategically, the clothes already in your closet can work even better for you than most specialty travel lines out there. You just have to know how to choose the right items and make sure they work well together.

    My number one rule in packing is that comfort both physically and mentally come first 🙂

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  10. Wow, good to know. I’ve always been curious about their stuff because I always try to travel carry-on only. My hesitation in buying anything was that when I looked at the measurements of the women’s jackets, the sleeves seemed like they’d be too long for me as I’m rather short. Amazing that the clothing added an extra 18 pounds to your luggage! (I assume this was combined for both of you?) Definitely not helpful for traveling light. I’m sure their clothes work great for some people, but good to hear about your experiences.

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  11. I am very happy with my vest from them, but ordered one it a fair bit larger so that when packed with stuff it wouldn’t bind or be too tight (learned this from reading Nora Dunn’s review). I wore mine during a recent trip to Peru and it was great for the colder areas as a layer and way to carry my stuff securely. Have never tried the other items they offer.

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  12. Love this post. Sums up everything I’ve thought about ScotteVest, which I’ve never tried. Precisely because I think it would make me a) look like a twat (and a tourist) and b) who the fuck needs seventeen pockets?

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  13. Good post. I’m glad you honestly reported on a product that I think more than a few others have seemed to have blindly endorsed. I’ve always wondered about this product.
    I really don’t understand why many travelers would need this (although I’m certain some may). I travel only with carry-ons including a lot of computer and camera equipment and an iPad, and still don’t have a need for it since it’s just another thing to drag along. And that weight issue! I guess some travelers just don’t travel very light.

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  14. I purchased a women’s travel vest for a trip to Ireland this year and loved it. It was incredibly helpful in the airport and kept my carry-ons lighter- which was why I bought it.

    I’ve not tried any of the clothing; it’s just not my style. But I do really want one of their trench coats. I basically look at it as another carry on bag that does the duel purpose of keeping me from checking a bag and keeping me dry. But, outside the airport, I don’t keep the jackets “fully loaded”.

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  15. I love your honesty! I haven’t had any interest in Scottevest because I’m 5′ 2″ tall and the minute I stuff things into my pockets I look messy and feel uncomfortable with all that weight hanging on me. Would I still try a Scottevest? Absolutely! But it’s gotta work for me–it’s gotta be comfortable, functional, and still make me look my best.

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  16. Thanks for the honesty! I was wondering if there were downsides to having all those pockets! Now I see that there can be. I should’ve guessed that a jacket that has a pocket made for an iPad might be going a bit overboard.

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  17. I thought you guys looked really nice in the vests at TBEX during your presentation. Honest! But you definitely want to be comfortable. That’s also my most important aspect of packing when I’m traveling. I’m still smiling over you comparing it to the Seinfeld episode. “But I don’t want to be a pirate!” lol, one of my favorite episodes. 🙂

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    • Thanks Gina, I’m glad you liked the way we looked. As we said, the vest is quite nice and with it on, we felt comfortable. I do think the vest is worth it and if we would have just stuck with that, all would have been well. It is our fault for not trying things out one item at a time first. We would have been like everyone else that has tried the vest and thought it was a cool idea. It is more tailored than the other clothes we tried. Still tight in the chest for me but much better fit than the shirt I tried.

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  18. Hi Dave and Deb–we are sorry to hear that our clothes didn’t fit your needs while traveling! It is important for us to hear all types of feedback so we are able to adjust future products to appeal to all of our customers. Overall, the feedback we heard from TBEX was so great and have been very happy with it. However, we do appreciate your honest review and wish you the best in your travels!

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  19. Thanks for the honest review. I got the Scottsvest at TBEX too, and was quite excited to wear it, but then I found out it didn’t fit right on me (too tight across the chest) so I haven’t been able to use it (might give it to a friend or something). I think the most important thing when traveling is to wear something you feel comfortable in. If the clothes are multifunctional, but not your style then it probably isn’t for you.

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  20. So glad I found this post. My husband and I have been traveling RTW for 5 years now and we’ve always yearned for the Scotteevest clothing but we’ve got two suitcases, 50lbs each and I can’t afford to add the clothing weight. I will still look into the vest but badly fitting travel clothing when all you want is to be comfortable is not the right direction for that company. Thanks for the info.

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  21. So I’m not the only one!? I’ve been scratching my head at the be a traveler not a tourist slogan for some time. Doesn’t walking around a city with a safari vest make you look like a tourist, traveler and a target.

    I received one at TBEX and I gave the vest to my father who is nearly 70, he loves taking it kayaking but I’d never wear those products. Last I checked the cargo pants that zip into cargo shorts are useful but again, not for me…

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  22. Hi! I found your dress so funny, but I think you are so confident about yourself that anything you wear looks nice on you. And Scottevest travel cloths are really heavy.

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