A funny thing happens to me when I plan a trip : I'm totally fixated on finding the perfect version of a particular thing that will break in my eyes (or my travels.) I'm going on Zero focus and obsess and scroll until I find the ideal approach to my ideal iteration: Cross Body Bag Fragrance Free Moisturizer Ankle Boots I do not know why that is, but I think it's likely Sure to blame an intoxicating mix of Instagram and capitalism.
I was in New Zealand once last month, in the weeks before the trip I was obsessed with hiking a light, easy-care, minimalist and versatile travel wardrobe for 1
On a whim, I ordered a pair of pants from Athleta that looked suspiciously promising. The Skyline Pant ($ 89, athleta.gap.com ) seemed to bridge the best of both worlds, with the fabric of sportswear and the silhouette of something you could buy at Madewell. After trying them on, I was so excited that I decided not only to keep and transport them, but also to carry them on the plane. And that's a good thing, because thanks to a baggage claim I was able to carry her for three days.
Why are these pants my new favorite wardrobe for adventure travel? And because I'm temporarily stranded without your hotel? Luggage 8,000 miles from home.
You are comfortable enough to spend about 30 hours (!) In the country.
From the moment I closed my front door in Atlanta until I left Auckland Airport, a total of about 30 hours had passed, of which 22 I spent in airplanes. If you've done a long-haul flight before, you know that even the smallest thing – the wrong bra, a pair of tight jeans, a sweater that looks soft on trying on, but suddenly itches – can turn into an exciting, unpleasant one over the course of the hours Experience. Being hermetically sealed in a crowded tube, being trapped in the middle seat and being forced to fight my seatmates for 15 hours straight for the armrest (I see you, 38C) is uncomfortable enough, so I knew that I was could try to maximize my comfort with my selection of clothes.
The pants have served their purpose. The stretchy fabric made it easy for me to rearrange my legs in my seat, and even did several times a few times. The relaxed fit felt loose to be comfortable without being a proper pajamas (not that I would judge that decision). And on long-haul flights like this, I try my best to chug as much water as possible . Have you ever been bloated while wearing tight pants without stretch and sitting on an uncomfortable chair for so long? I feel claustrophobic when I think about it.
The fabric is good for activities such as hiking on a volcano (or sprinting through an airport).
After traveling for over a day, we finally made it to Auckland, but our luggage was MIA. Not wasting any time looking for clean clothes, we decided to stretch our legs and explore something on our first full day in Auckland. If I had worn jeans or cuddly jogging pants on the journey, crossed large lava fields and walked on a volcano in merciless afternoon summer, that would have been less pleasant. But the lightweight, stretchy material was perfect for the movement and for a bit of sweat. (Unfortunately, I can not say that for the uninterrupted wireless bralette, where I wound my DDs while flying for comfort, but you can not win them all, especially when it comes to sweat.)
The fabric dries quickly, which means you can wash the pants in the sink and have them ready for use the next morning.
I learned on a multi-day backpacking trip last year that Drying Cloth is not negotiable when it comes to Packing for Active Travel . To this day, I will never travel without at least one garment that can be dipped in the sink before going to bed and is ready to wear tomorrow. (For this reason, I will not be able to travel without at least a pair of this underwear from Ex Officio.) The fact that I could quickly wash the pants in a sink with soapy water and hang it near a sink fan knew that they would be dry within hours and gave me some much needed rest when I did not know how many days stood between me and a suitcase full of clean clothes.
Unlike most pants I put in, you can even dress them up and put them on for dinner.
The gap between form and functionality is not easy, but these pants felt as good on the way as they did in a restaurant. Of course, my options at the time were limited to the T-shirt I wore, but with full access to my wardrobe, the tight-fitting waist and the short, ankle-length hem pair of trousers that feature a tailored bodice and flat tops make a tea and nike.
Before the trip, I received some people for dinner at home and wore the pants with a black turtleneck and calf-haired calf hair. I felt comfortable enough to stuff myself with food and still looked as if I had disguised myself (at least by my standards). The next day, I wore them again, this time wearing a long-sleeved shirt and sneakers to take the dog with me. Get a pair of pants that can do both.
There is only one thing that could improve them …
And that would be if I can strongly recommend them to all that I know. Currently, Athleta only offers skyline pants in sizes up to 16, though the upper limit of that size range is actually what the average American wears. (Unsurprisingly, Athleta in the field of sportswear is far from the only culprit .)
Buy: Athleta Skyline Pant ($ 89, athleta.gap.com )