Western Rise Black Friday Sale 2019

We’ve tried a few items from Western Rise, and they are consistently great. Their Black Friday sale starts today and runs through December 1st, with 20% off sitewide (no coupon necessary).

The AirLoft Quilted Jacket (our review) is excellent if you are looking for something versatile with an awesome insulation technology. It has become a staple for me. The Evolution Pant (our review) continues to stay in my rotation. The AirLight Shirt (available in short and long sleeve, our review) does a great job in the heat without being too cold in the AC.

Western Rise Black Friday Sale 2019

Bluffworks Black Friday Sale 2019

It’s no secret that Bluffworks makes some great travel clothing. We’ve reviewed and continue to wear many of their pieces. Starting today, they’ve launched their Black Friday sale with up to 30% off (Men’s, Women’s).

If you’re looking for some great button-ups or polos, two of our favorites are 30% off — the Meridian 2.0 (our review) and the Piton Polo (our review). We haven’t tried it yet, but the Zenith Dress Shirt is available for 20% off.

A T-Shirt favorite, the Threshold T-Shirt (our review) is also available for 20% off.

When it comes to pants, Bluffworks has it figured out when it comes to travel pockets. For a more casual look, the Ascender Chino (our review) is available for 30% off. If you are looking for dress pants, the Gramercy Pant (our review) is $25 off, which pairs well with the Gramercy Blazer ($100 off, our review) for a nice travel suit.

Bluffworks Black Friday Sale 2019

Livsn Flex Canvas Pants v2

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.

Livsn Flex Canvas Pants v2

GORUCK X-Mas in July Sale

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:

GORUCK X-Mas in July Sale

Boundary The Chase Pant Preview

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.

Boundary The Chase Pant Preview