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Dear Santa: RFID-blocking bluejeans, please

Jay MacDonald

Dear Santa:

You know how my previous wish list included one of those stainless steel wallets that blocks digital pickpockets from hacking your credit card information right through your back pocket?


Cancel that. I’ve discovered something waaay more fun: the Ready Active Jeans and matching Work-It Blazer from those crazy-clever crowdfunding clothiers at Betabrand of San Francisco.

Partnering with the global anti-virus folks at Norton, Betabrand just introduced these totally comfortable-looking casuals featuring pockets lined with a special fabric that blocks data theft via radio-frequency ID/near-field communication scanners.

I know: “Is that hard data in your pocket or are you just glad to breach me?” Am I right, Santa?

In addition to being made of a machine washable, subtly stretchy 88/10/2 cotton-poly-spandex mix, READY jeans come standard with carabineer-capable belt loops for my wearable gadgets and something called a “gusseted crotch.” I did an Internet search for that. Trust me, don’t try it. The Internet gets naughty.

For my smarter half, the ladies’ Work-It Blazer is dry-clean only, but features the same radio-blocking liners on both pockets.

I realize the set is a little pricey at $151 for the jeans and $148.50 for the jacket. But Betabrand insists that more than 10 million identities are stolen right through your clothing every year, and that more than 70 percent of all credit cards will be at risk of RFID pickpockets in the New Year, so maybe it’s worth it.

Because frankly, the question is no longer, “What’s in your wallet?” It’s “What’s your wallet in?”

See you next Thursday!

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