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Published on October 22nd, 2012 | by Greg


Koy­ono: An Un­usu­al Coat For Your iPad?

Con­tin­u­ing on our trend of out­door ar­ti­cles, we’ve got some­thing for you be­yond your back­yard or camp­site- a piece of out­er­wear that you can take to the of­fice, park, or just about any­where. It’s an odd jack­et that com­bines a vest with a coat, and brags about pock­ets, but that is pre­cise­ly what we have on hand to­day. Over the past few weeks, we’ve tak­en it out through the air­port and Cen­tral Park, and even tried run­ning with it in the rain. And while it’s def­i­nite­ly not the item for ev­ery­one, if you have a gad­get lover in the fam­i­ly, con­sid­er get­ting them this!

The Koy­ono Black­Coat Clas­sic Ge­nius Trav­el Coat (and yes, that’s the of­fi­cial name) is a weird piece of gear. De­signed ten years ago, it’s been up­dat­ed with a more stylish fit, and claims “any­where in the world” ver­sa­til­i­ty. There are two sep­a­rate pieces- the vest and the shell- and they can be worn to­geth­er or sep­a­rate­ly. In prac­tice, the fair­ly ba­sic and non­de­script vest wasn’t par­tic­u­lar­ly in­ter­est­ing on it’s own, and the shell too lightweight for most us­es, so we wore them pri­mar­i­ly to­geth­er.

One strength of the shell is sol­id wa­ter­proof­ing- this is a great rain jack­et, with good seam­ing and con­struc­tion that keeps out the el­e­ments. But­tons and zip­pers are al­so quite good- the but­tons es­pe­cial­ly are sewn bet­ter than most gar­ments we see. That’s im­por­tant at least par­tial­ly be­cause the vest is at­tached to the shell with some (as well as a cou­ple of zip­pers), mak­ing it a bit of an op­er­a­tion to de­tach the pair. The ba­sic black col­or, the on­ly one avail­able, is pro­fes­sion­al and this is a men’s on­ly-de­sign, with a cut that can fit over a suit jack­et com­fort­ably. We found it a bit large, even in the small size- and though the waist on the vest has an ad­justable strap, the jack­et does not and the sleeves on­ly but­ton-ad­just, al­low­ing wind to blow up and around.

The fleece is 100% polyester, and the shell a ny­lon-polyester blend that was pret­ty breath­able, and topped with Dupont’s Hytrel wa­ter­proof­ing. We’d term it a lightweight jack­et, de­spite the fleecy vest, and be­cause it isn’t quite win­ter-ready. A lack of re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­al, be­yond an odd or­ange sec­tion be­low near the rear-neck, was un­for­tu­nate. But let’s talk about the pock­ets, per­haps the key fea­ture: in­clud­ing one that is said to hold an iPad! Four­teen to­tal com­part­ments cer­tain­ly of­fer lots of stor­age space and op­tions, and the in­clud­ed D-hooks with­in a cou­ple of them are un­usu­al, good for keys and the like. Sev­er­al of the in­side pock­ets are on the jack­et it­self, re­quir­ing you to un­zip ad­di­tion­al lay­ers in the fleece to ac­cess them, which can be awk­ward. The iPad pock­et has this dif­fi­cul­ty, re­sult­ing in some re­al trou­ble get­ting it in­to or out of the jack­et- and it’s in­cred­i­ble vis­i­ble and un­bal­anced when it’s in­side.

All in all, we want­ed to like this one, but weren’t con­vinced. The Black­Coat is a rain­coat with no hood, that isn’t heavy enough for cold weath­er. It of­fers plen­ty of pock­ets, but you’ll have some is­sues us­ing them. Made in the USA, and with sol­id build qual­i­ty, it’s def­i­nite­ly at the up­per end of com­pa­ra­ble gar­ments at $295 (on sale at press time for $249 though, a bit more com­pelling). Avail­able on­line.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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