Bluffworks is currently having a 20% off sale on some of their seasonless pieces (no code needed) as well as $60 off their Gramercy Travel Suit (review, with code SUITUP). We’ve reviewed the Departure Jeans (review), the Chinos (review), and the Meridian Dress Shirt (review, one of our favorite business casual shirts).
Livsn Designs gave me a chance to take a look at the first version of their Flex Canvas Pants as a preview for the v2 they are launching on Kickstarter. These pants are marketed as slim outdoor pants with a style to make them wearable everyday.
My favorite part about these pants is the Eco-Flex fabric (58% organic cotton, 40% recycled polyester, 2% spandex, C6 DWR). It has a great natural canvas weave that is fairly open, allowing it to breath better than I’d expect for the weight (248 gsm). Combined with the mesh pockets/lining fabric, wearing these pants in hot weather was fairly comfortable. The spandex content gives the fabric more stretch than you’d expect (in a horizontal direction only) and when combined with the darting and gusset makes these pants move with your body very well.
Style wise, these are great for outdoor pants. I wouldn’t wear them in a business casual setting, but I think they could pass for any other need. With the durable fabric, I think these will be great weekend work pants that will hold up to some abuse while still looking good for the rest of the day. I also love the color, it’s almost a dark khaki/brown. I usually don’t love pants in that color family, but I think this color is really sharp and looks equally good with a black or white tee (three other colors are also available).
The biggest adjustments to v1 pants I received vs. the v2 are fit adjustments (1/2″ lower front rise, 1/2″ higher rear rise, 1/4″ ease added to upper thighs and hips, and adjustment of the waist so they fit true to size). These fit adjustments are welcome, as I found a size 34 to fit me well except for the thighs being too tight, while the 36 was a little big in the waist and seat (fine with a belt though).
The Kickstarter is open until August 9. Look for a full review once they are launched.
If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still pre-order on the Livsn website.
The GORUCK X-Mas in July Sale has begun and will continue while supplies last. This is typically one of their best sales of the year and runs thru 7/15. Here are some of the deals we are excited about:
- Our favorite backpack, the GR1 is $275 ($120 off), in any color but black.
- Bullet Ruck in both sizes and all colors is $125 ($70 off).
- Simple Pants (Men’s Black, Women’s Black, Navy, and Grey and Women’s Coyote) are $99 ($66 off) (our review).
- MACV-1 Boots in Black Leather are $125 ($70 off). Ben wrote a long term review over on his website.
Boundary gave me a chance to take a look at their new Kickstarter product, The Chase Pant. They sent me a sample of the solid pant in the Straight fit. These are a five pocket design with some extra hidden pockets. They will also be offering a unique denim dyed color without the hidden zipper pockets on the legs.
For these pants, Boundary developed a proprietary fabric called TT-1, made from Combat Wool, T-400 Lycra, and Nylon 6,6. They claim significant breathability, temperature regulation, and odor resistance from the merino/nylon combo and the T-400 is supposed to move and rebound 15x better than standard Lycra or Spandex. They top it all off with a DWR coating. There is minimal technical sheen, a great texture, and no “technical swoosh”.
I’ve had the pants for about a week and am pretty impressed so far. I wasn’t able to get my exact size as they aren’t in production yet, but I can say these are the most stretchy pants I’ve worn. While the fabric is noticeably heavier than my lightweight Outlier Futureworks, it seems very breathable, but I have not yet had a chance to test them in very hot or humid weather.
I can’t say if these are going to become my go-to travel and everyday pants, but they are certainly interesting. It seems they have put a lot of thought into the fabric and construction. My favorite feature is the unique RiRi button snap.
Surprisingly from a Kickstarter, they will be available in five colors and they even have women’s options. If it says anything, I backed them to get my wife a pair.
The Kickstarter is open until July 3. Look for a full review once production pants are available.
After receiving the next size down to try from Western Rise, we’ve updated our review of The Evolution Pant to reflect our new (better) opinion of the pants.
Huckberry is currently offering their Proof Field Jacket & Storm Shield Parka for 50% off. While not the jacket we reviewed, we think Proof makes some great stuff and the price makes these a steal if you are looking to grab a new jacket.
Starting today through Sunday 1/27 at midnight, Huckberry is offering an additional 25% off select winter outerwear. We recently reviewed the Proof Nova Series Insulated Jacket, so if you were thinking about picking it up, now’s the time.
We went through our closets to find some great clothing and bags for you, and are listing them here at some great prices.
All price include shipping to the lower 48 via USPS, they also include all PayPal fees. All purchases need to be made via PayPal goods and services. If you are buying more than one item from the same person (Ben or Steve) we will adjust the prices to account for the shipping savings.
Clothing Arts Cubed Travel Jacket, XL, Grey, Excellent, $200
Selling because it has gotten too big. If you are looking for a waterproof jacket that performs well and looks good, this is it, as long as you are willing to put up with the bulk.
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket, XL, Black, Excellent, $60 SOLD
Great jacket, selling because I have replaced it with my Myles Elements Jacket.
Mountain Khaki’s Swagger Vest, Large, green $45
Great vest, but is a bit too large for me. Love the materials, and it is warm enough. In great condition. MK no longer makes it in this style.
Outdoor Research Ascendant Hoody, Large, pewter & sagegrass, $100
Like new condition, selling as I have another jacket that serves the same purpose. Hard to choose between which to keep. This is a fantastic jacket.
Taylor Stitch Telegraph Jacket, 42, $60 SOLD
I simply do not wear this enough to keep it, really nice jacket though. Always get compliments on it. No issues I can see anywhere.
GORUCK MACV-1s, 11.5, black, $140
My mistake is your gain. These are a half size too large for my feet, but I didn’t realize that until I rucked in them. Aesthetically they look perfect. There’s some light debris in the treads that I cannot scrub out. I rucked 3.2 miles in them, and then cleaned them. I don’t feel right trying to return them. My short review: if you do a lot of walking and want comfort, these are great boots. I bought another pair in 11 that I am still testing, but 20+ miles in, I do like them.
Mizzen+Main Short Sleeve Seersucker, XL Trim Fit, Hartley Light Blue Stripe, Like New, $25
Selling because it’s not my style. Like new, just note that there are some loose threads around the button holes (how it came from M+M).
Mizzen+Main Leeward Collection Dress Shirt, XL Trim Fit, Bowie Navy & White Windowpane, Like New, $70
Selling because I have two. Only washed (cold and hang dry) once or twice.
OLIVERS Convoy Tee, XL (see note below), Blue, Excellent, $50
Selling because it is too small. Otherwise, a great shirt. It is a size XL, but apparently there was a batch of shirts that were cut small, so this probably fits more like a L.
Patagonia Duckbill Trucker Hat, OS, Black, Like New, $25
Selling because this doesn’t fit my head. Brand new, just tried on, but I removed the tags before I decided it doesn’t fit.
Outdoor Research Sequence L/S Zip Top, XL, Green, Good, $25
Selling because I don’t wear it anymore. Pilling on bottom of front, sides, and sleeves.
Outdoor Research Sequence L/S Zip Top, XL, Blue, Good+, $35
Selling because I don’t wear it anymore. Minimal, if any pilling.
Cabella’s Gore-Tex Rain Jacket, XL Tall, Dark Green/Brown, Excellent, $50
Fully taped Gore-Tex rain jacket. Selling because it is too big and I’ve replaced it with my Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket. Front pockets have mesh liners to help with ventilation if needed. Included stuff sack (non-integral).
Columbia Titanium Omni-Heat Waterproof Shell, XL, Bright Blue, Excellent, $50
I purchased this shell at the Columbia outlet and only wore it a few times. Now it’s too big. Based on the style number (1384921), I’m guessing it’s a 2013 model. It is made with Omni-Tech waterproof, breathable fabric and is lined with metallic Omni-Heat. It supports the Columbia interchange system and has a built in stuff-sack. On the front, two zippers open mesh vents in the Omni-Heat liner to help with ventilation. The hood rolls up into the collar.
Nock Lanier, Black, $50 SOLD
Looks like new, I really don’t use it. Great bag, and comes with the A5 pouch thing which is even better than the bag itself.
Timbuk2 Alchemist Messenger Bag, Good, $40
Selling because I don’t use it anymore. Fits 15” laptop. Some wear on the rubberized coating on the bottom corners.
Timbuk2 Messenger Bag, Good+, $60
Selling because I don’t use it anymore. Size L.
Timbuk2 Laptop Messenger Bag, Good, $40
Selling because I don’t use it anymore. Size S (fits a 13” MacBook Air). White stripe has indigo staining on the back.
eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible, Good+, Black, $40
Selling because I don’t use it anymore. In great shape, just some marks on the outside from traveling. Can’t find the shoulder strap.
Lands End Square Rigger Canvas Duffel, Good, $25 SOLD
Selling because I don’t use it anymore. 18”x9”x9”
Standard Luggage Co. Daily Backpack, Good+ (see notes), $40
Selling because I don’t use it anymore. Did have coffee spilled on it, but I got it clean. Can’t find the shoulder strap, but the rain cover is included.
Brenthaven Laptop Messenger Bag, Good+, $40
Selling because I don’t use it anymore (it was for my original Intel 15” MacBook Pro).
Tom Bihn Horizontal Brain Cell 4X, Excellent, $40 SOLD
Selling because I don’t use it anymore (it was for my original Intel 15” MacBook Pro).
For Black Friday only, get a free pair of MACV-1s with the purchase of a Black GR-1. This is a steal of a deal, I’ve been testing the MACV-1s and they are very comfortable. The Boot Guy loves them too. The Black GR1 is the best backpack on the market and it never goes on sale, but getting a free pair of $195 boots with it, stellar deal.
GORUCK’s Black Friday Week Deals are live (until Sunday). You can get our favorite travel backpack, the GR1, for $285 (28% off, any color except black) and apparel for up to 45% off. Many other backpacks (rucks) are also on sale (22-34% off). Also notable, the Wire Dopp is available for $35 (22% off).
Bluffworks also is having a sale. Our favorites include the Meridian Dress Shirt 2.0 which is on sale for $85 (13% off, our review), and the entire Gramercy Collection is 25-30% off (our review of the suit).