Yesterday we did a quick look at ScotteVest's Q-Zip and MicroFleece pullovers. The fabric and construction of the both jackets are high quality. The Q-Zip features two side and one chest pocket. The MicroFleece has five pockets embedded in its structure. While that is a lot of pockets, they did not make the garments bulky-looking. In fact, these pullovers are much sleeker in appearance than their normal counterparts.
Each pocket has been designed for a distinct purpose. To show the versatility of the pockets, each comes with a note card with some suggested uses for that pocket. One major feature of these ScotteVest pullover is its cord management capability. Today we will show how easy it is to wire them up for the iPod.
Sewn into the collar of the Q-Zip are elastic loops for guiding the headphone cords around the back of the pullover. Once the headphone plugs are threaded through the loops, they are free to slide about, but cannot slide back out. Strategically placed holes in the pockets allow the plug to be connect to the iPod from the inside of the garment.
The larger MicroFleece jacket has more loops in the collar, but the idea is exactly the same... to guide the cords around the back and out of the way. There are zippers on all of the external pockets, but many of the pockets also have magnetic closures. The magnets will keep the pockets closed even when unzipped. It is an interesting feature, but we'll have to see whether it interferes with any of our gear when used in every day situations.
Other features and details of the MicroFleece are more subtle. In one of the pockets is a key cord. There are reflective accents on the pockets and the back. The back of the jacket is vented. These small details are a reflection of the level of design attention paid to the creation of this piece of gear. It is an attitude of pride. We like that and encourage readers to support companies that take this approach in the making of their products.
These ScotteVest pullovers are better-looking than many of the "normal" ones we have in the office, and they may be a lot more functional! Spring is coming and we are eager to test out these pullovers. We will have the FirstUse report of both the ScotteVest Q-Zip and MicroFleece in April. [Permalink]- ScotteVest Wired