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Best Travel Clothing – The Sixth Annual Carry Awards
Outlier Slim Dungarees
Staples are important for travel wardrobes. Pieces you can turn to again and again, taking you from day to night and dressed up to laidback. And the Outlier Slim Dungarees are a superb example of a staple done right. The incredibly versatile design works in urban and outdoor settings alike, and the slim tailored fit easily adapts to both informal and formal environments. Simply switch out a t-shirt for a button-down, or slip on a blazer and you’re rocking some instant urban cool. And with five pockets on hand, you’ve also got options for keeping small essentials within easy reach.
Outlier have an unwavering dedication to fabric innovation, and the Slim Dungarees are made with ultra travel-friendly Workcloth Doubleweave Canvas. Durable on the exterior and soft against the skin, this breathable fabric incorporates a slight two-way stretch for freedom of movement. It also features a NanoSphere® treatment to resist liquids and stains and is quick drying, so you can spend less time doing laundry and more time exploring.
Outlier are pioneers in the travel clothing category, and their Slim Dungarees are the epitome of a versatile staple. A piece that lets you pack less and do more, embracing changing settings and easily adapting on the go. Congratulations, Outlier, you’ve created a classic.
These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honor, we bow our heads in the utmost respect and kudos. If this were a dais, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And we’re sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
Patagonia Micro Puff®
Back in the day you may have had to haul around a heavy jacket to stay toasty on your trips. But times have changed, technical design has advanced hugely, and you no longer need to dedicate half your packing space to an outer layer. Patagonia calls their Micro Puff® Hoody the best warmth for weight jacket they’ve ever built. And when you dig down into the details, that’s easy to believe. The Micro Puff® Hoody weighs in at just 264 g (9.3 oz), and uses PlumaFill insulation to provide down-like warmth and packability, while continuing to remain warm even when wet. This is complemented by a water-resistant and windproof Pertex Quantum® shell, as well as an elasticized hem and cuffs. So you get the benefits of great heat retention and protection from the elements, all in an exceptionally lightweight and highly packable design that stuffs down into its own pocket.
Fine work, Patagonia!
When it comes to clothing, good foundations are key. And let’s be honest, no matter how comfortable the rest of your clothing is, if your underwear isn’t working for you, you’re going to notice. Pretty much every second of the day. And yep, that will ruin a trip real fast. But ExOfficio are in the business of preventing that from happening. And they do a darn fine job, integrating a variety of travel-friendly features into their underwear. Flatlock seams and smooth waistbands prevent annoying chafing, while breathable fabrics and ergonomic fits help keep you cool and comfortable on the go. Antimicrobial fabric treatments also help combat odors so you stay fresher for longer. And with a variety of styles to choose from you can easily find underwear that’s right for you, whether you’re hitting the outdoor trails or taking in the urban sights at a laidback stroll.
High fives all around, ExOfficio!