Letters to
SCOTTeVEST

What started as a business in Laura and Scott Jordan’s guest bedroom in 2000 has evolved into something bigger than any of us could’ve ever imagined. Every day we hear from our customers on how they use their SCOTTeVEST, amazing places they travel in our clothing and even how SCOTTeVEST has changed their lives. We love to receive these stories and thought you may like reading them, too. See below for some of the amazing moments and if you have any of your own to share, please email feedback@scottevest.com.

Reggie

Hi, folks...

My name is Reggie, and I'm a type I diabetic, new to insulin pump therapy. Your pancreas probably works just fine, and I hope you appreciate that miracle of glycemic homeostasis ;). I have a little device that is connected to me (by catheter) and supplies my insulin requirements in a compact form factor. Which, conveniently, fits in both pockets of my travel boxers. One word: Awesomesauce! Normally, a belt clip is involved, which requires transition of the waistline clothing interface. Keeping my pump in the same layer of clothing is optimal on two aspects:

1: Means not having to deal with the tangle of catheter, belt, undershirt, shirt, slacks, holster, lab coat. It's difficult to maintain professional appearance when using the pump tugs on the catheter and pulls your shirt out, let alone when you buckle your catheter in with your seat belt or holster it with your pistol (needs must take extra care to prevent accidental discharges...scary!). And sleeping is always a problem - when you try to roll over but your pump is under your girlfriend, well, it wakes you up pretty quick ;).

2. My work environment is loud enough to interfere with hearing the audio alarms from my pump, and the work is complex and demanding enough that sometimes I miss noticing the vibration from my belt. Having the pump close to skin increases sensory awareness and thus makes me, and every similar insulin pump patient safer. The wonderful predictive alarms (which allow me to manage my condition, vice being managed by it) don't do a darn bit of good if you fail your perception skill check.

And they're cool for all the other reasons, as well! This is why I recommend them to my fellow diabetics/patients. Thanks for making a great product that fits a great personal niche.

Craig Caruso

So a few weeks ago, I got my very own Scottevest! I always wanted one but the (Fleece 8.0) was gifted to me. I LOVE IT! I’m always telling Liz (my fiancee) I have a 21 pocket jacket! I have a 21 pocket jacket! I flaunt this thing like you would not believe. I would even sleep in it!

Liz thinks I’m obnxious talking about my Fleece 8.0! Well the time has come for me to get engaged and I hid the ring in one of the side pockets making sure it did not weigh the jacket down.

She asked me during the trip if I had a ring with me and I lied saying there was a problem at the jeweler. The ring was hidden the whole time inside the jacket. We left from New York to Boston to Vermont all with the ring inside the jacket.

During the last night of our trip in Vermont, I snuck away to take a shower only to grab my Scottevest, go into the side pocket, get down on one knee and ask Liz to marry me. It’s funny how something so simple, a jacket, made everything so special and kept the ring safe for almost a week.

Katie Burke

The Featherweight vest became a trip MVP during triple-digit days on my first 3-country tour around Europe this summer.  In this picture I am resting in the shade in Venice where my friend insisted I pose for this artsy shot.  Venice is like a giant maze and you find you're quite happy to get lost, as if it's your very job to enjoy every fantastic historic nook and charming cranny.

Paula Weibel

Wearing my SCOTTeVEST while visiting Australia and New Zealand last fall.  It was a wonderful and useful addition to my travel wardrobe!

Jen Turcich

Hey Scott. Just received your email and saw that you personally read all your mail. I just wanted to thank you for making such a great product. I first learned of the Scottevest watching the Big Idea. I purchased one for my 62 year old father for the holidays last year. He loved it and wore it every day.

On February 24th, 2008, my father was hit by a city snowplow that ran a red light. He spent two months in the hospital followed by therapy which continues today. When he came out his coma he asked for several things including the details of his rescue. The only other item he asked for aside from his wallet was whether or not anyone had his Scottvest. The hospital handed him his bag of belongings but to his dismay his Scottvest was not in it, although he had it on the day of the accident.

When we were given the vehicle back I was shocked to actually see that he survived. I was even more shocked to find his Scottevest pinned behind the drivers seat still in tact. Aside from some blood stains and where the rescue team had cut the vest during extrication, his Scottevest was still there. Although I am certain you know how durable your vest is, take a look at it in the evidence photo I have attached. Amazing!

With the holidays around the corner, I would love to purchase him another vest. In addition I would also like to purchase 3 hoodies for my brothers. Is there a quantity discount available? I am planning to purchase these within the next couple weeks either way. Thanks and I look forward to seeing my dad back in his vest again soon.

Warmly,
Jen Turcich

Bruce Hanson

Hi, Scott. I hope you will bear with me at least until the end of this message. I want to share with you an impact your products have that you would probably never have imagined. Last November, my son, John, passed away unexpectedly at age 35. The two of us had spent 20 years battling his schizophrenia. John went from an 8th Grade student with straight A's, a starter on a soccer team that went to nationals, someone with dreams of representing the US someday, to someone lost at home, every day spent in torment and fear. Gaming and technology helped us to survive. The manifestation of John's illness was overwhelming anxiety and panic. The only time he wasn't consumed was when we were playing games. During those times, he could escape out of the world, and become lost in a place that brought him peace. The last 5 years, years with hospitalization, and a suicide attempt at my house, were survived by playing Rock Band. We went from beginners to experts because we played hours every day. The focus required for that game allowed him to go out of constant non-stop terror.

For me, technology provided the same, something to be excited about. That is why your clothing line is more than just functional and cool. For me, it is something to be excited about. As you probably did, your products are something that I might have dreamed about. I am a walking talking (definitely talking) advertisement for your products, because they are cool, and because not nearly enough people know about them. After my proselytizing, there are a lot more around here now that know, here being Denver\Boulder. The person I see in your posts is someone I really like. It is beyond refreshing to see a company where the company's founder is accessible, not somebody in a white tower with dollar signs for eyes. Believe it or not, I once got an e-mail from Steve Jobs. He was actually much the same. I was upset because German bloggers had said the multi-tasking that was coming for iPhone 4 was to arrive that week and it did not. On a lark, I sent an e-mail at midnight here, eleven where he was. It was a silly e-mail saying I was so disappointed that I was going to bludgeon myself to death with a Windows 7 phone (-B Amazingly, minutes later, I got a personal reply back telling me that I shouldn't believe it unless he said it. I was flabbergasted. Given the time of night, and the personal nature of the reply, it had to be him. I would love to remain your FB friend, but regardless, I wanted to you know that your products have truly impacted my life in a meaningful way. My life's mission now is to reach out and help others, but cool technology is my one person vice. Your stuff is cool!!!

Todd D. Landen
1SG USA (ret)

If I can help put SeV products in the hands of Veterans, sign me up. I'd be very honored to help introduce this technology to others who struggle like me.

One new documentary you may be interested in is "The Hornets Nest" or "Restrepo". I was actually involved in the making of "The Hornets Nest" . Both films provide a very powerful and emotional perspective through the eyes of a 21st century Infantryman.

I just officially retired last Feb, so about a year ago. I served almost 22 years active duty mostly with the 10st Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division and 25th Infantry Division, culminating into a company level leadership position as an Infantry First Sergeant where I took about 150 young souls to combat. I was deployed three times, once to Bosnia, the initial invasion of Iraq then Iraq again. I couldn't count the number of firefights and enemy engagements we were in. From the first to the last where I was wounded, I was terrified every single time. The challenging Army schools and missions I volunteered for developed me into a well respected and sought after Army leader.

I have dozens of medals and accolades to include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and most importantly to me the Combat Infantryman's badge. I was in the right place at the right times and I'm thankful that I was. I had the privilege to lead 150 men in combat and take care of their every need at home and abroad until I was wounded after hundreds of missions.

I'm 100% Service connected disabled by the Veterans Administration which is where my care is managed. My wife Aprel is my full time compensated caregiver. We have a beautiful 9 y/o daughter, Brianna, who was born in the middle of a deployment. She is the reason I am on this planet. As much as I wish I was still in this fight, I cannot imagine being away from her. She knows how badly I want to return if I was able bodied. She doesn't understand that I don't want to leave her, I just want to continue my mission. Since I cannot return to the fight, I've found that helping other Veterans, gives me a sense that I'm still doing something. I help raise money for veterans organizations and am currently the subject of the first "Project for Patriots"www.projectsforpatriots.org

My family and thousand of others spent and spend months to years at Army Medical after being voted off the battlefield by our nation's enemies. (In mission planning, we always consider the enemy influence, referred to as, "The enemy always has a vote"). Anyway, I personally had 22 surgeries, countless procedures and again lived for almost 4 years on Army hospital campuses simply because we had to be that close. Hundreds of Soldiers with catastrophic injuries means everyone had some form of implant, post surgical pump and an endless array of other postoperative and medically associated gadgetry . Had SeV been available to any of us, it would have been more helpful than I can explain.

Being retired, my care just moved to the VA (which i won't get started on) but the issue remains, I'm always juggling personal items, meds and medical junk, records and some gadget to pass the time. Think I saw you folks on Shark Tank first. I looked SeV up right away even though "Mr. Wonderful" may not have seen a "niche" for it, I can testify there is a NEED for it. Again, thank you for sticking with it. SeV genuinely makes my life as a post 9/11 Combat wounded Soldier easier.

A lot of us have implanted or other medical devices, medicine containers, all kinds of stuff, in addition to what the average "Joe" daily carry items. SeV meets all the criteria for us door kickers. Its comfortable, convenient, insanely DURABLE, and just plain cool.

Please thank all the folks (especially the ones in the trenches) for the awesome gear.

Vincent Nguyen

OMG, I’m in love!

Guy Kawasaki, Tech Evangelist

"SCOTTeVEST is the only thing I wear when I fly :-)"

Barbara & Bruce Goldstein

My husband and I in our matching SEV Jackets standing in front of the hotel in London where we met in 1964!

We have traveled all over the world with our jackets, most recently to Japan, off to India in February.

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Chris Lee

We like to travel around in our Caravan (RV) and having the vest on when sightseeing is so handy. You’ve always got an extra pocket to put stuff in. When I’m not travelling around in our caravan my other past time is Geocaching. My SCOTTe-gear is so handy for this too as I can carry all the necessary gear like the GPS, the camera and pen etc.

Renee Miller

Came in very handy on our trip to the Holy Land!

David Weil

I’m literally a walking testimonial for the SCOTTeVEST.

Carl Orbann

After all the use we got out of our vests during our trip to Europe in 2012, we bought windbreakers for our trip in April 2013.

Michael Porterfield

Traveling was made a lot more convenient thanks to my SEV Ultimate MF Hoodie. Walking around Machu Picchu, Peru I wanted to have my hands free for climbing and taking shots. I was able to stay warm and dry, and had all my gadgets, gum, tissues, and wallet comfortably and securely on my person. No bulky backpacks required—it was so liberating!

Todd Various

When I travel its SCOTTeVEST from the boxers to the jacket.

Cliff Redeker

"Not only did my fleece keep me warm while hiking the glacier, it gave me pockets to store my filters and cameras. From airplane to the field, SCOTTeVEST is awesome."

John Fabini

Can't be without it in Cairo

Adam Baldwin, Hollywood Actor

Adam Baldwin's character Casey is a spy and a huge fan of SCOTTEVEST gear, wearing it in SIX episodes of Chuck's second season, including the explosive finale!

Chris Finton

It exceeded all of my expectations. It was comfortable and warm. Above all, the weight distribution system amazed me; I do not know how you did it. I have had no other outer garment come close. My wife was ecstatic as she no longer had to carry all of the "stuff" in her handbag. I will never travel without my SCOTTeVEST. You have an incredible product.

Amos Lakos

Using your lines, I can pack much less, and they are practical and last longer than other clothes. Keep up the good work.

Amy Tan, New York Times Best Selling Author

Amy is often spotted wearing SCOTTeVEST in her global travels!

Steve Wozniak, Co-founder of Apple and SCOTTeVEST Board Member

"An exceptional accessory for my iPod. I do love my SCOTTeVEST products. I am a true fan of yours."

Johnny Jet, Travel Expert

Travel Expert Johnny Jet (johnnyjet.com) doesn't leave home without his SCOTTeVEST Puffer Jacket.

Robert Scoble, Blogger, Author and Tech Evangelist

One of the most influential figures in technology is also a snappy dresser in his SCOTTeVEST.

Donny Deutsch, Host of CNBC’s "The Big Idea"

"Very James Bond… this is brilliant! Amazing… guys all over the country are going to be flipping out over this thing."

Clayton Morris, Television News Anchor

Wearing his SCOTTeVEST at the Apple Event

Phil Laak, Professional Poker Champion

"Holy cow... there are so many good things to say about your hoodie stuff i just don't know where to start... but YOUR HOODIES ARE AMAZING.... with all the stealth places for wires and ipods... amazing... just amazing... u rule..."

James Martin

SeV clothing was the perfect attire for our trip – layers for the wide range of temperatures as we travelled up and down mountains, and lots of pockets to thwart airline baggage fees.

Adam West, Iconic TV Crimefighter & Family Guy’s Mayor of Quahog

Adam West recently stopped by the SCOTTeVEST Store. His new SCOTTeVEST has more pockets than a utility belt!

Andrew Zimmern, American television personality, chef, food writer and teacher

Co-creator, host, and consulting producer of the Travel Channel Series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World.

Thomas Hawk

"SCOTTeVEST is great because it allows me to carry all of my camera gear without looking like photographer and keeps my hands free to capture any moment!"

Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author & Columnist

Dave Barry and the other members of his band "The Rock Bottom Remainders" rock out in their customized SeV gear!