Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Posted by Jon Westfall in "HARDWARE" @ 08:00 AM
The SCOTTEVEST Performance Polo has one breast pocket, while the Pullover 1/4 Zip has a breast pocket and 2 side pockets along the right-side seam (sorry lefties, it's an 85% right-handed world you live in...). One side pocket opens to the front of the pullover, one opens to the back.
Figure 3: The breast pocket on the Polo and Pullover are similar. Vertical and embedded into the shirt.
There are two things that jump out at you as you look at the pockets. First thing is that it's probably the first breast pocket you've ever seen that's vertical rather than horizontal. This seems counter-intuitive at first, as most of our devices are vertical and are easier to slide down into a pocket than slide-left into a pocket. However, the use of a zipper necessitates the vertical design. In my tests, I found the up-down zipper much easier to use than the side-to-side zipper I have on a fleece pullover made by another company. The side-to-side simply doesn't flow well with the natural lines of the shirt, causing the shirt to shift and requiring you to hold one side still while zipping. As a shirt has a natural anchor point at your neck, the up-down zipper works without requiring you to hold the shirt to stabilize it.
The second thing about SeV pockets you don't normally see is that the pockets are not only embedded into the fabric (as opposed to being sewn on) they are also anchored inside the shirt. You can actually feel where the pocket is anchored into the shirt if you run your hand along the back of it (it feels like the pocket was strategically pinned down). This stops the dreaded "fabric bunch-up" that most clothing is susceptible to and allows you to push your device in easier, which is specially helpful since pushing the device in to the left rather than down is unnatural for most of us veteran t-shirt wearers.
The Performance Pullover 1/4 Zip adds two seam pockets to the right side of the garment. It's nice to have the ability to carry a slim wallet, a few keys, a few cards, etc... while on the go. I can see this as especially helpful for those of you who don't like combination locks for your gym locker and, at the same time, don't want scratches on your beloved PDA from a key rattling around in your pocket! The two pockets share a common zipper, which I found my larger-than-average hand had a bit of a problem easily fitting into. However I'd imagine in regular use you wouldn't be in that pocket too often in a given setting. I would have loved to see this pocket added to the Performance Polo as well. As it is fairly unobtrusive, the extra pocket would have only added to the Polo's value, in my opinion.
Figure 4: The Pullover In-seam pocket