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The Shield - Tech Jacket with ID Protection

By: on October 17, 2013
$99 - $249
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Maker Enthousis says their Shield Tech jacket (and hoodie) line has superpowers. And I'm not even going to call BS on that claim. Anymore, any piece of equipment--or in this case, wearable textile--able to save my identity from the scum paws of evil e-villains ranks as a legit superpower in my book. Identity theft is rampant. I know very few people who haven't experienced a brush with it, and very few people who wouldn't like to use the credit card whose number was wrongfully swiped to inflict thousands of little cuts and gashes upon the parties responsible for it. At best, breaches of personal accounts and information are a pain in the ass; at worst they ruin your credit, take years to recover from, or force you into a one-star feature film with Melissa McCarthy.

The only satisfactory solution is to put a stop to identity theft altogether. And while the Shield Tech jacket won't outfit us for full eradication, it will help to combat information-stealers who use wireless portable scanners to pilfer sensitive data from passports, credit cards, and other RFID-chipped objects. An interior breast pocket made of nickel-coated fabric blocks RFID and wireless signals from accessing anything inside. A shell with carbon fiber properties provides light, durable, and waterproof protection from the elements. A hood attaches when needed, and stows away in its own designated storage pocket when not. (Well, I guess those second two aren't so much contributory to the Shield's super powers as they are to its less-heralded element of superhero disguise.)

Shield Tech hoodies perform RFID-blocking functions similar to the the jacket, but trade the carbon fiber/waterproof characteristics for a softer, yet still stealthy crime-fighting look.

Both the Shield Tech jacket and hoodie seek Kickstarter backing for production through November 30, 2013.

March 2014 Update: The Shield line exceeded its crowdfunding goal and is now available for direct purchase through the company's website--follow the link below.