Say you get a Hydration vest where the entire back of the vest is a gigantic pocket. Or even worse, a Technical Vest. Is this a bag? Where does a bag start and where does clothing stop?

The question is travel related: I am wondering about this for carry on.

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    Do you mean in general fashion terms, or for travelling on a plane, or what? – Mark Mayo Sep 22 '15 at 6:50
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    Your second example is named explicitly as a "pack" and listed under "gear" not clothing, so it is a "bag" in terms of airline carry on. – user13044 Sep 22 '15 at 6:50
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    I think you need to clarify the question. I can guess at what you're hinting at, but so far this doesn't appear to be travel-related. – Andrew Ferrier Sep 22 '15 at 6:51
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    "The question is travel related: I am wondering about this for carry on." - it wasn't closed as off-topic, it just generated 3 clarifying questions in comments within minutes, and therefore was clearly not clearly defined enough yet ;) Tags and verbosity help! – Mark Mayo Sep 22 '15 at 9:55
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    I don't think it's that bad a question, given carry on restrictions – WW. Sep 22 '15 at 10:39

The most likely answer is: whatever the check-in employees think. For example there's a well-known video by Jaktogo.com where a man succesfully transforms a bag into a 'coat', allowing him to bring it on-board (on Ryanair!):

ryanair bag coat

If you can convince the airline employees that your 'bag' is a 'vest', you're good to go. If you can't, you'll have to pay extra or check it in as a bag.

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