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A handy lightweight

By Terry Gardner, Special to Tribune Newspapers

6:23 PM EST, November 5, 2013

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Name: SeV (Scottevest) Tropiformer Jacket

What it is: A jacket designed for the tropics, featuring 22 pockets for carrying gadgets, money and more along with removable magnetic sleeves for instant conversion into a vest. Scottevest collaborated with ThinkGeek to design a jacket that makes gadget freaks look cool and feel cool, with breathable, superlight material. Specialty pockets hold glasses, a tablet, cash (in a locking magnetic pocket), etc. A clear plastic pocket enables use of a touch screen phone. The material is water- and stain-repellent, so pocketed electronics stay dry. The collar features Scottevest's patented Personal Area Network for earphone cables along with a stowable hood. The jacket comes in red, blue, green, gray and "cement."

The good: This jacket is attractive, comfortable and meets so many travel needs. I love the magnetized removable sleeves, because they can be peeled off easily while hiking. With my iPhone, Canon G10 camera, iPad and backup batteries stowed, I occasionally feel like a walking suitcase, but everything I may want on the plane is at my fingertips. The two-in-one side pockets allow me to stow items in the outer pocket while using the second magnetically closed pocket as a hand-warmer.

The bad: I would like to see dedicated hotel key pocket so the magnets don't demagnetize hotel key cards.

Cost: $150

Available from: thinkgeek.com and scottevest.com