Straight from the James Bond collection… the Scott e Vest dress shirt.
This shirt kept all sorts of valuables close at hand without being exposed or at risk of being pickpocketed. The best part is that the shirt looks professional and keeps its shape despite loading it up.
Did I mention that you can secure your gear and don’t have to look like a backpacker! PLUS, you can have a passport, shot card, cell phone, extra cash and credit cards all stored in the back pockets, and no one will be the wiser.
Bonus feature – stow your iPod or mp3 player in one of the hidden pockets and string your headphones through the covert harness to make for a seamless, traceless and worry free metro ride with your favorite jammy jamz (do people still say that?).
“Jefe. Would you say I have a plethora of pockets?”
- Magnetic double front shirt pocket.
- Zippered pocket at the bottom of the front by the buttons holds credit card sized items and tucks in to be completely hidden.
- Two side pockets open just behind each armpit are big enough to hold cell phones, cash, passports, etc. Access was super easy. FYI, I found it easier to open them with the corresponding arm rather than crossing my body to get at them.
- A Personal Area Network which acts as a harness to covertly feed your headphones through. Nice addition.
- 100% cotton and wrinkle resistant (which I LOVE).
Items in the zippered, tucked-in front pocket can be slightly uncomfortable if you end up climbing a lot of stairs or steep hills. The pocket sits right at the leg crease, so anything rigid in there will jab you (ie, credit cards or throwing stars).
- Some airport scanners will pick up on the zippers, all airports vary in sensitivity.
- The more weight in the back pockets, the more the shirt will pull back. Not as bad as wearing a turtle neck sweater with a backpack, but you will have to re-adjust on occasion.
I’m 5’11”, 165lbs and found the large to fit well in the shoulders, but had too much spare room in the gut. I’m not sure what tailoring would do to the lay of the back pockets – tailoring may not even be an option.
This is a great option if you don’t want to leave your valuables in the hotel safe (see PacSafe Travel Safe), or are exploring a city during a layover. I double down on security by throwing a soft shell over the shirt; I can’t get at the back pockets as easily, but neither can the potential thieves.
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