Bluff Works sent me a couple of pairs of their pants to put them through the GypsyNester travel ringer (I beat the crap outta these pants!). What follows is how it turned out. As always, all opinions are our own.
Taking in the Ancient Greek Theater in Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
I’m a blue jeans kind of guy. When we go gallivanting around the world, the old dungarees always make the trip with me. Seriously, what other pants can you wear for five days straight without washing?
Great as that is, sometimes jeans aren’t the best fit.
There are plenty of situations where the denim doesn’t cut it.
For me, since comfort is high on my list of importance for any item of clothing that makes it into my suitcase, heat is a big factor.
Let’s face it, blue jeans are hot!
Shorts can be the answer, but not always appropriate, both for looks and leg protection.
That’s where my Bluffworks Travel Pants have been perfect.
I have had them for over a year and they have proven to be outstanding in almost any situation.
Digging the history of Chichen Itza
No scrapes or sunburn on the legs, and good looking enough to saunter into a decent establishment for drinks or dinner at the end of the day.
In one three-day span in Mexico, I beat the crap outta these pants!
I wore them while speaking at a convention in Cancun, to cocktails and dinner at a fancy resort, on a hike through the ruins and heat of Chichen Itza, dinner at a funky little joint in Piste, and finished up in colonial Valladolid. All while taking buses to each destination.
Now that’s putting them through the true GypsyNester paces and, at the end of it all, they still looked like I had just put them on.
I always carry lots of stuff on me when we’re traveling, so I love plenty of pockets. These trousers fit everything I need, passport, wallet, phone, and even camera easily.
And I don’t need to worry about the important items, because zippers keep them from falling out while we’re traipsing through the wild and thwart pickpockets when exploring crowded cities.
Relaxing in Valladolid
Rockin’ it in Woodstock!
Recently, Bluffworks asked if I‘d like to try their new Chinos and of course I jumped at the chance.
I haven’t had the opportunity to put them to the test in the far corners of the globe yet, but they were the right combination of comfort and style, with just enough cool factor, for a recent visit to Woodstock, and a night on the town in the Big Apple.
With all of that in their favor, I think that the best thing about both styles is their uncanny ability to come out of the suitcase in great shape.
Believe me, I am not the most precise packer and these babies answer the call wrinkle-free every time I pull them out, even after days of being shoved under shoes, wadded around wine bottles, crammed in amongst crap shop collectables – or whatever else ends up in my bag.
Night out in New York City
Another huge plus – they dry fast. Why do I care?
Because we pack the same for a week as we do for a month. For a week I can get by fine, but over a month everything is going to end up getting washed in the sink at some point.
Try that with blue jeans and either you’re packin’, or worse yet, wearin’ wet denim.
I realize that I have been gushing and bragging about my Bluff Works pants, and this sounds like one big commercial, but I really do mean it. There has not been a single time that I have packed my suitcase since I got them that they were not inside.
That puts them right up there with my toothbrush in the must-have department!