In my last post, I said I had found my new favorite travel pants. Well, I was premature in declaring them my favorite because I hadn’t actually tested them yet. After I did, it was a disaster. So let’s recap this series:
- North Face travel pants
- The update to that post
- Better jeans than the BR jeans
- Lululemon discontinued pants
And here we are. The reason why the Lululemon pants failed the test was that the pockets were too shallow for my iPhone 7 plus. My phone fell out of my pocket in the car at least 2 times the first day I wore them. SAD! It was back to square one after that.
North Face updated pants
I was in the mall recently and stopped by the North Face store. I told the rep I wanted some comfortable travel pants. He showed me the update to the Kilowatt pants… the Kilowatt PRO pants. I immediately tried them on and man oh man, they were NICE. They are much much thinner than the first version. It’s like you’re wearing wrapping paper. It might actually be too thin even. However, my biggest problem with the pants remain – no back pockets. That was a deal breaker.
While trying to find the link to the Kilowatt Pro pants, I did notice that North Face just came out with some traveler pants that I’m now going to buy to try out. Check it here. Stay tuned for the followup post in a week or so.
[UPDATE – I got the NF pants in and while they felt nice and the pockets are nice, the tapered bottom just doesn’t look right. I will be returning.]
Lululemon ABC pants
When I made my first post, a few readers on Twitter told me they loved their Lululemon ABC pants. What does ABC stand for? It stands for Anti-Ball Crushing. That right there should have screamed WINNER! I had bought the pants at the outlet when I bought the other Lulu pants. I finally got them hemmed last month at the store in the mall (free alterations no matter where you buy Lulu pants) and wore them on my trip to San Francisco. In short, they are awesome! The opening of the front pockets are at the top and not side, so your phone won’t easily fall out when sitting down. They are pretty loose and should be breathable (another problem I had with the first NF pants.) The ONLY MAJOR drawback on them would be that I would have liked BOTH back pockets to be zippered and a little bigger. I would have also liked them to be a slimmer cut, but I guess because they are ABC, then that’s not possible. I would also like them to be a “softer” material; almost sweats like. While I’m nitpicking here, don’t get me wrong, these pants are my go-to travel pants…well until I test those North Face pants.