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Talk about undercover work! Scottevest, makers of technology enabled clothing for discreetly carrying and charging everything from little digital cameras and cellphones to full-size tablet computers, has created a super cool — and blessedly lightweight — water-resistant jacket that should be particularly attractive to travelers. At first glance, the Scottevest Tropiformer Jacket looks like just a sturdy well-tailored zippered windbreaker. But investigate further and you’ll find 22 integrated pockets and pouches inside and out, some with hidden pockets inside the pockets. Internal icon labels and color-coded zippers identify places for pens, cameras, cellphones, your wallet, passport and other valuables. The cellphone pouch alongside the bottom of the front zipper is accessible from the jacket’s outside or inside (where the transparent, touch-conducive material lets you see and control your touch-screen phone through the fabric — and even make Face Time calls. There’s a stowable hood, hand-warmer pockets, and dedicated places for coins, multiple pairs of eyeglasses and styluses. My favorite feature for travelers: removable sleeves that attach to the jacket via strategically placed magnets. (Do alert the security personnel at checkpoints). Some pockets are interconnected so battery packs, chargers and headphones can discreetly connect. Fully loaded, you could be pretty weighed down, inconspicuous or not.

Scottevest Tropiformer Jacket in five colors, from red to pewter, is $150. Info at

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