Never Enough Pockets: Brad Thor Alpha Jacket by ScotteVest

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You know you are in for an interesting jacket when it has an operating manual. The Alpha Jacket, designed by Brad Thor and produced by ScotteVest has enough pockets (35 to be exact) to store an aircraft carrier.

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Available for about $200, the Alpha Jacket has been ScotteVest’s fastest-selling item in its history. The company had trouble keeping up with demand for quite awhile.

Details on the jacket and marketing language below. The GIF’s are courtesy of TheBlaze.com. (Open the gallery to see the animations.)

And yes, I sent this to my wife as a gift “idea”.

The Alpha is not just a great looking jacket designed in collaboration with #1 New York Times bestselling thriller author, Brad Thor… and it’s not just the latest concealed carry jacket from SCOTTEVEST. The Alpha is much, much more. Anyone can make a “tactical” jacket that looks tactical. The real finesse comes when a jacket helps you blend into a crowd. After all, when it comes to concealed carry garments, it’s not concealed if they know you are carrying it (whatever “it” you choose to carry). This is the philosophy behind the espionage concept of a Gray Man… someone who is eminently capable, but from all outward appearances is just another person going about their business. As Sun Tzu wrote, “All war is deception.” The Brad Thor Alpha Jacket by SCOTTEVEST is the most deceptively capable concealed carry jacket the world has ever seen.

On a Need to Know Basis:

There are far too many features to list out here, but these are the ones you “need to know” about. Explore the printable, 8 page Operator Manual for the full story and descriptions for each pocket and feature. To view some of the features in action, click here.

  • Stealth Exterior: Jacket exterior is made from a quiet (not crunchy) softshell in a black, IR-signature reducing matte finish that blends into the landscape.
  • Covert Styling: Exterior pockets and panels are designed to be subtle and not print as a tactical-styled jacket. Removable exterior branding completes the slick exterior look.
  • Rapid Access Panels (RAPs): The RAPs provide access to a mid-layer of pocketing without needing to unzip the jacket. They are completely ambidextrous, and are also pockets themselves, sized to carry an iPad or even a laptop. These cavernous pocket panels can be used as a dump pouch for mag changes or even for evidence collection or foraging in a survival/wilderness E&E situation. The lower 2/3 of the panel interiors are lined with tricot (non-crunchy soft side loop material as on the interior of camera bags) for attaching hook-side accessories like holsters, mag holders and pouches. These panels are the heart of your CCW pocket system and provide flexibility to customize how you carry gear based upon your mission. Read the Operator Manual for holster suggestions and gear ideas.
  • Sleeve Dagger Pockets: Taking a page from the OSS, long, narrow, tricot-lined pockets are concealed on the inner wrist of each sleeve to hold a sleeve dagger like the Benchmade SOCP. They also hold small flashlights, pens and similarly-sized items.
  • Hidden Tech Features: There is an interior clear touch cell phone pocket so you can see your touchscreen phone (and use it) through the clear material without removing it from your pocket. All pockets include SeV’s patented Personal Area Network (PAN) to route wires for power or communications from any pocket to any other pocket.
  • RFID-blocking Pocket: The jacket contains one secure travel documents pocket with a color-coded large locking zipper. This RFID-blocking interior pocket is sized to hold a passport and wallet and constitutes a strong first line of defense against RFID skimming tech attacks. Check out the Operator Manual for more details about the RFID pocket (page 5). If you want full-spectrum electronic signal blocking, check out theShieldSak, which can even take your phone off-grid.
  • Warmth The Alpha Jacket is designed for use in “chilly” weather down to cold weather. While warmth is ultimately subjective, our warmth chart shows about where we think it falls on the spectrum.
  • Water-repellence The exterior is 100% poly softshell material. The Alpha is not designated as “waterproof” because it does not have sealed seams, but the material itself is very water resistant. It has a TPU membrane, which prevents water from soaking in to reach you even if the exterior gets wet. We tested this during a freak torrential rain/hail storm at our headquarters in Idaho in September, 2013 when we ran outside in the Alpha for 5 minutes. Some rain soaked into the outer shell, but not a drop made it inside.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Gunhead

    If you guys think this is cool, you should check out Acronym GmbH. Errolson Hugh designed for the KSK, and their jackets have internal PALS webbing among other features- though they cost more than a top-notch AR.

    • Have a link? I checked their site out and did not see the KSK.

      • Gunhead

        Sorry, not explicitly KSK: http://www.acronym.de/company.php “…collaborations with companies including KHS Tactical Equipment Germany (equipment manufacturers for the German Special Forces)”. Seems they worked on their packs, which it appears are no longer made.

        • Giolli Joker

          Wow… there some interesting stuff there.
          They make me regret living in one of world’s hottest countries…

          • Giolli Joker

            Edit: I’ve seen the prices.
            I’m VERY happy I live in such a hot country!
            And yeah, cool shorts as well… for 760$. NOPE! NOPE!

  • J.C.

    I love the idea, I really do. I bought a Scottevest for travel to Russia last year before Sochi and another when I got home. I have had the jackets either rip, tear, snag or zippers pull all the way off. I am a SUPER LIGHT user of jackets and very easy on them. They just aren’t built to last and I went back to North Face and similar with YKK zippers and better materials.

    • smith

      I agree. As much as I hate to ding a fellow Idahoan, the company really needs to spend more time on quality control and attention to detail. Their zippers are garbage, and I’ve pretty much destroyed my jacket in the course of light travel.

      • Hello Smith and J.C.– I am writing from SCOTTeVEST customer service. We have been making improvement on our zippers, and every one of our products is backed with a 2 year manufacturer warranty against defects. Please contact me at 866-909-8378, or email sales@scottevest so we can take care of you and your jacket. I look forward to hearing from you!

        • J.C.

          Hi Maggie, I will be following up with you tomorrow (5/23).

  • JaxD

    You gonna operate in your operator jacket? I’m sure it won’t keep the slim profile with 30+ pockets full of crap.
    Does it become bullet proof if you fill all the pockets?

  • Gallan

    Speaking from Australia. Everyone wears t-shirts here. So what we need is a t-shirt with alot of pockets that’s also really cheap, like no more than $20, and the t-shirt must be in a plain color and not have any silly graphic or pattern on them.

    • iksnilol

      The world, the entire world needs plain shirts and sweaters. I am so tired of everything having flashy logos and graphics on them. Though I will admit I like my Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt.

  • verymiddleeuropean

    I just hope that this wont be a horror to wear, since it was designed by thriller author.

  • III J

    I just want the ‘weight management system’ for my existing clothes; I need to drop about 20 lbs.

  • gunslinger

    tactically tactical for operators who operate in operational operations?

    ergonomic zipper pulls? weight management system? wow.

  • iksnilol

    I really like the look of it but does it come in…leather?

  • tmf_x

    This jacket cant hold a firearm securely and concealed, the holstered weapon sags and falls in the pocket. its a nice jacket, but it is the furthest thing from a “conceal carry jacket.” And since i bought it FOR conceal carry, I view it as I just blew 200 bucks.

  • Myles

    Didn’t know x-rays showed what apps were on your home screen.