SCOTTeVEST Fleece Jacket 8.0

About a year and a half ago, SCOTTeVEST sent me a jacket to be included in the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. I liked what I saw and included it. But for a product like this, the proof is in the wearing...the long-time wearing. I figured I'd use it for a while before giving it a real thumbs-up.

Well, a year and a half down the road, probably a hundred yards on my back under vehicles, a half dozen back country motorcycle rides, innumerable hours around the campfire, at least three trips through the wash cycle, and every-day use nine months of the year, and the SCOTTeVEST Fleece Jacket 8.0 is still going strong. That's saying something; I'm really hard on stuff. My year and a half is like three years wear for most people, I would think.

I tend not to use it because I'm a gadget geek—though it certainly helps in that regard—I use it because I tend to carry quite a bit of stuff. All the normal stuff plus a knife, flashlight, deck of cards or dice, pen, a stack of quarters for pool...too much for pants pockets. I tried the man-bag thing and it just didn't feel right to me. With the SCOTTeVEST I just grab it, load what I need, and go. I am never at a loss for space.

Not many complaints...but not flawless either. There's no insulation on the shoulders, so in cold weather it can get a bit chilly there. I tend to wear a hoody underneath and a shell on top in really cold weather; layering fixes it.

The pocket liners are a nice, but thin, material. The pocket zippers will get caught up it from time-to-time. The good news is that the material is so strong that even when I've really had to manhandle it to get untangled from the zipper, it hasn't torn. Given how hard I've tugged on it I can hardly believe it remained ruffled but intact.

Lastly, the main zipper housing spread after about 15 months; the zipper would close but was not mated properly. This happens on most every jacket and large zip up duffle I own; I just pull too hard on zippers. Fortunately, I've learned that a good squeeze on both sides of the housing with some bent needle-nose pliers will extend the life of zippers. The Fleece 8.0 zipper responded nicely. (I should note that I've never had a problem with the zippers on the Red Oxx travel luggage I reviewed long ago.)

The fatal flaw of this jacket for me is that I can't wear it in the summer. Come June, I'm at a loss for space in my jeans pockets without the Fleece 8.0. Pretty sure I'm just going to anti-up and buy a Sportsman's Vest for the summer.

The Fleece 8.0 is a multi-featured jacket with 21 various pockets and removable sleeves; I'll point you to the SCLOTTeVEST Fleece Jacket 8.0 product page for the full rundown, and leave you with a video of how much stuff I can pack in mine. Stay warm and well loaded!

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bogdanb's picture

Loved the whiskey magic trick!
I had a west with 27 pockets and I was creative placing stuff.... took a while to find what I was looking for!

this one does not look so ugly as it did my vest! so if I hear anyone looking for something like this I will refer to your review!

Man you know how to do a good (and fun) review! and yes you are right you should check your manners on how to deal whit zippers! (painful to watch those sleeves taken out)youse some soap on the zipper line! (yeah, the OCD kicked in :) )


AllanMarcus's picture

Dude! A year and a half and all that wear, and you only washed it three times?

tony's picture

I've owned a few solutions like your Scott, yours looks better than any of my Fisherman's Vests.

But, I can never make them work well, I seem to hunt and search the individual pockets endlessly, gosh darn it, where did I put that thingy?

I finally settled on 4 pocket pants, 2 Shirt pockets, 4 Jacket pockets and a Medium sized zippered One Pocket, white fabric lined, Hold-all where I use colorful individual cases.

My kit would end up having little bits of stuff that I never use and forget that I have, it will become rather heavy so "purging" it of it's collected junk becomes necessary.

My two-pocket shirts hold my Elph Camera ( tethered by a shoe-lace, diy necklace strap so that it won't fall further than just below my belt ), my phone and a 3x5 card with pencil.

My 4 pocket pants holds my Wallet and Keys, sparks, coins. I leave two pockets empty and ready to hold.

My Jacket will hold gloves, soft hat & scarf ( weather dependent ). I keep my hair short so I don't need grooming gear.

My tote bag carries everything else! Nalgene bottles for liquid ( 2 )

I'll nearly always travel with a zippered Shaving bag containing 10 or more of those little booze bottles, a wide variety, for any guest or traveling partner. I quit booze way-back in Aug.9, 1999 ( after consuming 5,000 fifths in a 15 year period ). Booze is a business lubricant ( only ) for my purposes, the little CrownRoyal seem the most popular, the Jagermiester & Goldslager the most interesting.

I'm not traveling, much, any longer. I don't seem to miss it.

The greatest travel tool is an Assistant, don't leave home without one.

Tony in Michigan

ps. these new phones seem able to make my traveling Elphs obsolete.

Bennyboy's picture

when Innerfidelity well and truly jumped the shark

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