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Pants. All that I’ve read says that you can get by, if you have to, with one pair. No thanks. Ideally, I’d have room for three. In our quest for an affordable lifestyle, perhaps a life on the move, we’d recommend pants that can be washed in the sink or a clean river. Pants that won’t shrink or balk at this sort of behavior are desired, as are pants that dry quickly.
I am a big and tall kinda buyer, so there are some brands that just don’t come in my size. I’ve been going to REI for decades, being a native of it’s place of birth, the Pacific Northwest. I’ve owned a few pair of these pants, and they’ve survived considerable abuse. The only problem has been that I caught one of the open zippered pockets on something and destroyed the zipper. Reviews of these pants are universally high, with the only con noted, and not often at that, the weak zipper. The price is about $50. There is some debate in travel/minimalist living circles about the right fabrics. Most eschew cotton, some love wool, most choose manmade fabrics such as nylon. The reasons are below. Nylon has become the norm. The only wool pant to be found in most places are dress slacks.
One reviewer said: Overall these are among the most stylish and practical travel pants I have owned. Excellent especially for the price. Pretty enough for lunch in that clichéd Parisian café (and yes, Parisian men do sit around cafés discussing the cut of other patrons’ trousers) and practical enough for a hike up Machu Picchu. If they had a slightly shorter rise and a good place for a cell phone they’d get five stars.
If you have a young son going on a European adventure do your country a favor and buy him a pair of these. There are already way too many Americans wandering around cathedrals looking like they are in search of a basketball game.
It probably makes sense to have a heavy pair of jeans, probably much better an idea than dress slacks. You are, i suppose, far more likely to need a solid and strong pair of pants than some spiffy city slicker’s dress slacks. Neither jeans nor dress slacks will dry as quickly as the nylon pants above.
I’m not living aboard at this time, so I can only speak as a 9 to 6 land-lubber. I have, however, used these pants for a couple of years in travel both overseas and local, at work, for boatbuilding and more.
What is your thinking on pants or other clothing? Share your experience. What do you think you’ll need in clothing if you adopt an affordable lifestyle afloat? Comments welcome below.
Originally posted 2016-04-30 18:32:19.