- Buyer's Guide
Best Travel Clothing Champion 2020
Our Best Travel Clothing maximizes multifunctionality in form and function, so you can carry less and do more on your trips…
Western Rise’s evolution over a few short years has been nothing less than highly impressive. They’ve pushed the boundaries in travel-friendly clothing that delivers the performance you want from technical gear, with the style you need for urban environments. And their latest offering, the Diversion Pant, absolutely showcases their expertise.
They spent three years developing a new fabric for the pant that offers four-way stretch, durability, and water resistance. Ideal for freedom of movement in outdoor and urban settings, while minimising your travel laundry requirements. Then they combined it with a tailored, slim style that can be dressed up or down effortlessly. One pant for a casual business meeting, night out on the town, or a day hike? You bet.
Add in just enough pockets to keep small essentials close at hand without giving off that ‘travel pant’ vibe, and you have an excellent staple for one-bag travel. The Diversion Pant is exceptionally versatile, comfortable and tough enough for life on the go. A superb effort, Western Rise!
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.
Footwear is some of the bulkiest gear you’re likely to pack in a travel bag. So Lems decided there had to be a better way to deliver travel footwear. And they made it. Enter the Lems Chukka.
This clever shoe steps up with all the features you want in travel footwear. Its comfortable build and IBR outsole creates a lightweight, flexible and grippy shoe that packs down small in your travel bag but is ready for action across a variety of travel settings.
It moves smoothly between casual and more formal environments too, so you can get away with packing just one pair of shoes for a wide range of trips. When it comes to one-bag travel footwear, the Lems Chukka is a shoe that simply makes sense, all done with understated cool and travel flexibility. Bravo, Lems!
With the Dryzzle FUTURELIGHT™ Jacket, The North Face didn’t just set out to create a great waterproof jacket. They wanted to push industry innovation too. And they’ve done both. The jacket features an innovative new FUTURELIGHT™ fabric that’s waterproof and windproof yet breathable.
The fabric offers excellent technical performance while retaining a look and feel that’s at home in urban settings. Teamed with the jacket’s clean styling, this makes for a versatile piece that can tackle the elements on outdoor trails and urban streets equally well.
If you’re after a lightweight, packable and technical shell that doesn’t look outdoorsy in urban settings, this is a fantastic choice. Right on, The North Face!