A good geocaching bag is definitely a must-have when you’re going on a proper cache hunt. There is so much kit that you might need, from TOTTs like a telescopic magnet to wet wipes after handling a soggy log. What if I told you that you could still have your geocaching kit with you, minus the bag to lug around? There’s undoubtedly a time and a place for a geobag (on very long hikes, for example, when you need multiple bottles of water or a bivy sack, etc) but sometimes it’s nice to go caching with your arms swinging! SCOTTeVEST, based in Idaho, have an amazing range of smart clothing, which remove the need to carry anything at all, whether you’re climbing trees, scrambling up grassy banks or finger-tipping railings in the city.
The Chloe Hoodie has 14 pockets: FOURTEEN! They are all different sizes too, ranging from long, thin pockets to keep your pens in, to a large interior pocket that will hold a tablet. To my surprise, while I was immediately drawn to the numerous pockets on offer, they were only a small part of what I loved about the hoodie.
It’s made of a really soft microfleece that doesn’t feel exceptionally heavy but will keep you nice and toasty if you’re caching on a cold day. Another feature I really enjoyed was the lens cloth attached to the inside of one of the pockets. Not only does it give you the lowdown on what you can use each pocket for (handy!), I found it invaluable for wiping my camera lens and my glasses when I was out and about.
I was delighted to receive the Chloe just before we set off for Shrewsbury, Aldbury and Llangollen for our mega week of caching. It was particularly useful when we were camping, as it kept me from getting chilly in the evenings. The key to staying warm in your tent is to go to sleep warm, and the hoodie made sure I never got cold before bed.
You can also zip it all the way up to the top of the hood, which really entertained kids and adults alike. There is a hole in each of the plush cuffs so you can pull them right down over your hands and pop your thumb through – another feature I really liked.
I now wear my hoodie even on days I’m not geocaching. The only thing missing is that it’s not suitable if it’s raining heavily, but then again SCOTTeVEST do have a water resistant jacket with even more pockets than the hoodie. Very tempting!
Suffice to say, the Chloe is the ultimate geocaching hoodie, with so many practical uses while still looking stylish and feeling comfy. For more information on SCOTTeVEST and their range of smart clothing, you can visit their website here.
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Full disclosure: I received a Chloe Hoodie for free to try out while geocaching. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own, as always. I would never endorse a product I don’t believe in.