Gone are the days where thieves could spot the tourist in a safari-looking travel vest! In fact, today’s stylish travel vests are actually anti-theft products. At first glance, they look like attractive windbreakers but underneath the material, you can pack away passports, tickets and cards protected by RFID technology. Ideal travel gear for minimalist travel. Here’s the 2019 guide to the best travel vests with pockets for both men and women. Keep reading for a comparison table, factors to consider before buying and six of the best lightweight travel vests on the market.
Best Travel Vests with Pockets Comparison Table
Choosing Your Travel Vest
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You need your vest to be comfortable and breathable in warmer climates. Sweat is not sexy! It also helps if the vest can be washed in sinks and dries without wrinkles.
You can expect the top brands to offer a travel vest with hidden pockets option so you can store your personal belongings close to you. Some even swap the day bag for a travel vest.
Zips tend to be prefered over velcro fastenings for extra protection and coverage although velcro allows faster removal.
Go for a lightweight material which makes packing the travel vest in your day bag or carry-on luggage easier. Airlines are becoming stricter on how much you can actually pack in your cabin bag, a lighter material will mean you can pack more. Even better, wear the travel vest in transit and have your personal belongings close to your heart, literally!
Keep your back and chest dry with a waterproof travel vest. Trying to dry travel gear on small hotel radiators is no fun! A fast drying travel vest will solve this.
It’s not just pickpockets that are the issue in travel crime, today more established thieves can swipe our data from our bank cards and the like. RFID travel products prevent these scams from happening.
You don’t want to look like you are going fishing when really we are gallery visiting in Florence! The way the travel vest looks is very important. Take into consideration the style, the colour and most importantly, the fit.
Travel Vest Review
SCOTTeVEST Travel Vest
- Weight: Featherweight
There is no denying that SCOTTeVEST is the Mercedes of the travel vest market and with good reason too. The main material is treated Teflon making it breathable but rain repellent.
- 16 HIDDEN POCKETS - the perfect lightweight vest with pockets! This travel vest is gadget friendly, tech savvy and loaded with pockets designed to hold phones, wallets, keys, drone accessories, sunglasses, photographers camera equipment, GoPros, Amazon Kile, hiking accessories, leashes, and much more! The over sized interior pocket designed to hold iPad as well as Android tablets, Surface Pro or other large items securely and comfortably. We make the best travel clothing for men!"}
- FEATURES & MATERIAL - Lightweight (0.6lb!), breathable and made of the highest quality quick dry polyester. It is treated to be water and stain repellent, machine washable, and sizes are available from Small to XXXL. Colors come in Black, Cadet Blue, and a Khaki vest that is specifically designed not to absorb heat. These utility vests are perfect for travel, safari, hiking, office wear and much more!
- PATENTED PERSONAL AREA NETWORK (PAN) - A network of hidden conduits to connect wires to devices while they are in your pockets, including power banks, charging cables or headphones. Keep gadgets and electronics at full charge wherever you go, and never deal with tangled headphones or dead smart phone batteries again!
- RFID SHIELDING POCKET - Specially engineered pocket that blocks 13.56 MHz frequencies to keep your credit card and passport information RFID secure from high-tech skimmers and thieves. This RFID protection vest combines comfort with tech savvy hidden pockets to keep you on the go!
- PROPRIETARY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - specially engineered to balance the weight load across the entire utility garment to prevent neck and back pain. Stay fully loaded with laptops, cameras, extra lenses, drones, everyday items and more, without feeling weighed down or looking bulky.
There are 16 pockets on the SCOTTeVEST Featherweight for both men and women. You can tuck away phones (inside pocket), wallets, keys (one pocket has an extendable holder), sunglasses (front pocket), small cameras and even tablets (large inside pocket). Ideal for moving through airport customs efficiently.
Interestingly, women’s multi-pocket vests tend to have fewer pockets, SCOTTeVest has not discriminated against the ladies!
You can listen to music or speak on your phone via earphones discreetly with SCOTTeVEST’s patented Personal Area Network (PAN). PAN allows you to hide cables within the jacket. This is especially handy if you need to charge a phone via a battery pack (we recommend this Anker battery charger which stores two charges worth for energy).
- 16 HIDDEN POCKETS - the perfect lightweight vest with pockets! This travel vest is gadget friendly, tech savvy and loaded with pockets designed to hold phones, wallets, keys, drone accessories, sunglasses, photographers camera equipment, GoPros, Amazon Kindle, hiking accessories, leashes, and much more! The over sized interior pocket designed to hold iPad as well as Android tablets, Surface Pro or other large items securely and comfortably. We make the best travel clothing for women!
- MATERIAL - A lightweight, breathable and quick drying polyester that is treated to be water and stain repellent and machine washable. Available in S to XXL, these womens utility vests come in Cadet Blue and Khaki (specifically designed not to absorb heat) and Black.
- FEATURES- Super lightweight weighing only 0.4 lbs, high-performance breathable polyester, RFID blocking pocket, built-in keychain, and our Weight Management System - which balances weight across the entire garment. Stay fully loaded with iPads, cameras, everyday items and more, while staying cool without looking bulky. Personal Area Network - Thread earbuds through the garment keeping you organized. No more getting your cords caught while trying to work on the run. Stay organized and stylish!
- RFID BLOCKING POCKET - specially engineered pocket material blocks 13.56 MHz frequencies to keep your credit card and passport information secure from high-tech skimmers and thieves.
- TRAVEL CLOTHING - This is your next lightweight vest with pockets. Perfect as a Travel, Safari, Hiking or Riding vest! Eliminate the need to carry a purse on your next adventure. Our customer's say its great for a safari vest, travel pack, cargo vest. Pressed for time and resources? Wash it in the sink, and it will dry overnight. SCOTTeVEST makes the best travel clothing for women!
RFID protected pockets are especially for credit cards, blocking 13.56 MHz frequencies.
SCOTTeVEST has been dominating the market since the Millennium and one of the features that fans enjoy most is the weight management system which distributes the balance of weight across the garment. In saying that, you don’t want to overload the vest or you will be weighed down while sightseeing.
With just the necessities required for trekking, SCOTTeVests would make great hiking vests with pockets.
- Pros: 16 pockets, RFID technology.
- Cons: Avoid packing too much for walking.
ExOfficio Sol Cool FlyQ
- Weight: 12.6oz
This vest is aimed at warmer climate travels with its sun-repelling UPF 30 fabric and its heat-releasing/cooling Sol Cool technology. There are eight interior pockets on the FlyQ and two exterior pockets for all the usual travel mods and cons.
The women’s Sol Cool FlyQ looks slightly different with a waistband drawcord if you want to make the vest look more flattering. It offers the same qualities as above.
- Pros: Economical, sun holiday specific.
- Cons: Women’s version is long.
Bluffworks Horizon Quilted Vest (Men)
- Weight: 15.6 oz
Woohoo! Our beloved Bluffworks have branched out from just travel suits (read our travel pants review here). Their newest travel product is the Horizon Quilted Vest. This is the best looking travel vest in our review, best suited to those who like to look sharp during their travels.
Travel vests with inside pockets don’t have to look stuffy, the navy and olive green quilted Bluff vests really are aesthetically pleasing.
The main shell material is quick-drying polyester making it machine washable. Inside the padding, Bluffworks have used PrimaLoft® synthetic insulation which is made up of 60% post-consumer recycled material. This is a wrinkle-free travel vest.
There are seven hidden pockets on this lightweight travel vest, the largest pocket fits a large phone.
The vest closes via a zipper and a has an overlap with discreet matt buttons. The collar stands up to give it that suave look. Can be worn on top of shirts or under a suit jacket like the ridiculously stylish yet practical for travel, Gramercy Blazer.
- Pros: Stylish, quilted, lightweight.
- Cons: Men only.
AyeGear V26 (unisex)
One of the newest travel vests is the unisex AyeGear V26 and due to its sensitive touch pockets, it is the most up to date technology wise.
The material is machine washable and breathable but a little on the warm side in hot climates.
There are 26 pockets in total, internally and externally. One of the internal pockets is big enough for a phone and is part sensitive touch which means you can change music, send quick messages or make calls without removing the phone. Ideal for hiking trips.
The AyeGear V26 has vertical external top pockets in comparison to the SCOTTeVEST which has horizontal (items can fall out easier when unzipped with horizontal).
There is a card organiser and coin pocket inside the vest as well as retractable chord for keys.
To the rear of the vest, there is a pocket which can fit a 15” laptop, although this would not be comfortable during yours travels.
Technically you can leave your garments in the coat during airport security but of late new rules state that all electronics tablet or larger must be placed in separate boxes.
- Pros: It can pack a lot, touchscreen pocket.
- Cons: Unisex fitting not always ideal.
- Vest / Gilet Jacket with 26 Concealed & Strategically Placed Pockets - Smart casual style which makes it suitable to wear on all occasions. No more need to take a bag or carry a rucksack around if you have one of these!
- 2x Large Internal Zipped Pockets for iPad / tablet or a Macbook 12" - Carry any one or two tablet devices with you. These inside pockets keep your tablet devices safe and secure. There is no bulge or any kind of sagging when this pocket is used which makes it perfect for those looking to be discreet about carrying expensive devices with them. It is compatible with all major brands of tablets like the Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface, iPad Mini, Samsung, Dell, Lenovo, Amazon Fire HD, etc.
- Airport Security Scanner Friendly - Go through airport security with ease and without any hassle or worries. Simply place your vest onto the security belt and never again have to walk back and fourth countless times through the scanner trying to find items that are setting off the alarm. Use this as hand luggage and carry all your essentials with you. You can now say goodbye to the Airlines baggage fees! No more expensive baggage charges, beat the airlines at their own game!
- 2x Touch Sensitive Pockets for Smartphones - This allows you to use your smartphone within the jacket's pocket itself. The clear film on the pocket will not only let you view your smartphone screen but will also let you swipe & type through the pocket which makes it ideal when your on the move & especially when there is heavy rain/snow. Very easy & simple to use. Compatible with all brands & sizes of smartphones such as Apple iPhone 6/6s/6 PLUS, Samsung Note, Samsung Edge, Nokia Lumia, HTC, etc.
- Waterproof, Windproof and Breathable - Designed for warm / hot climates. The breathable fabric helps keep the wearer's body stay cool at all times. It's also very light weight which makes it ideal to use for traveling, hiking, cycling, camping, climbing, fishing, hunting, skiing, college / university. Sizes available for both men and women. Available in a black colour only. Finally an outdoor vest jacket that is strong and built to last!
Travel vests have moved on vastly from the stuffy old beige safari-looking days! Now there is not only a choice of shades but also seasons. You can pack as little or as much as you can carry and can use the travel vest to move swiftly through security and safely through cities.
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