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Out and Out was recently in Barcelona. For the trip, 2 very different companies set up collaborations.
The other was a company that makes another kind of on-the-go products. And with it came the chance to try new pants!
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About Bluff Works
- Link: Bluff Works
Bluff Works is an NYC-based company that makes “travel pants for adventure” for men.
They are made of wrinkle-free material. And are good for up to 5 days of wear without a wash.
The fabric is breathable, and they dry quickly. Here’s how Bluff Works describes their pants:
But the main draw is the styles.
The pants come in tailored, regular, and relaxed fit.
So when they reached out about giving them a shot, I threw them in my bag and trotted around Barcelona in them. Here’s how they held up.
Getting the Bluff Works overseas
I knew from the start I wasn’t going to go easy on these pants.
Straight out of the package, they looked smooth.
I wadded them up as best (worst) I could and stuffed them into a corner of my Tumi T-Tech Continental.
Here’s how they looked when I got to my Dream Suite at the Alexandra Doubletree in Barcelona:
I was impressed with how well they withstood wrinkling, considering I’d balled them up and shoved them into a corner of my suitcase.
With that, it was time to do a really awkward modeling photo:
Lol, I don’t know what I was thinking. I wanted to commemorate the two collaborations I bought with me to Barcy… or something.
I wanted to bring these pants to Barcelona because they have a pocket within the side pocket – on both sides – that has a zipper. So you can put your credit card, license, or whatever into the pocket inside the side pocket. That’s a great defense against pickpockets.
The back pocket has a zipper on it, too.
It’s not *as* secure as the side pockets, but I don’t recommend putting anything sensitive into your back pockets anyway. I put my hotel key back there because I figured it might distract from my side pockets. And it wouldn’t be much of a loss – the desk agent could easily make another one if it was stolen. So, a bit of a decoy.
Anyway, you can at least see what the pants look like on. I got the steel blue tailored fit chino.
The Bluff Works experience
First of all, the material they use is very rustle-y. It’s not exactly cloth because it has moisture-wicking built-in. And it’s super light and breathable.
But it does make a swishing sounds when it rubs against itself.
Also, they are very light. They’re better for hot weather, or summer. I can’t imagine wearing these in below-freezing temps, though. Your legs would definitely be cold, as they don’t provide much insulation.
All that to say, I really enjoyed wearing these pants around Barcelona. They fit well, kept my important things safe, and never got wrinkled.
Bluff Works says you could wear these hiking, and then go into the office.
They definitely look like a normal pair of khakis. But they hold up a lot better against the elements. They wick away sweat and water. And again, no wrinkles.
A few things to note.
Bluff Works actually sent me two pairs of pants, which was beyond generous: a pair of tailored fit, and a pair of regular fit.
Oddly enough, the regular fit were wayyyy too tight, even though I ordered the same size in both styles.
Typically, I have an issue with the tailored stuff being too tight.
The regular fit were about an inch narrower – or a couple of inches tighter in circumference.
Maybe I need to lay off the booze and carbs, but I couldn’t get them zipped or buttoned.
Now, Bluff Works has great customer service, so I have no doubt they’ll gladly replace a pair.
But I didn’t know whether the tailored fit were cut big. Or if the regular fit were cut small.
Meaning, if I’d asked for another pair of the regular fit, and they were the same, that would’ve meant the tailored fit were cut big.
Then, I’d have to send the replacement of the regular fit back, and ask for a bigger size.
That would be 3 transactions in total, with 2 returns to send back and 2 replacements to coordinate.
Since I got these the week before the Barcelona trip, I simply didn’t have time to deal with it. So I recommend ordering an inch or two bigger in the waist to be on the safe side. And just use a belt if they’re too loose.
Also, they’re not cheap. A pair can run you a little under $100, or a little over $100, depending on what kind you get.
But, I like the overall style of Bluff Works better. And the secret pocket is a nice feature against pickpockets – having your stuff safe could be worth paying more.
I really enjoyed wearing Bluff Works pants. They’ve become a go-to staple in my pants rotation.
They never wrinkle and always look great. I don’t have to wash them or take care of them often. And the secret zippered pocket inside the side pockets is super handy. I also like the colors and styles they have available.
The biggest detractor is the price. But if you want a pair of pants that will hold up for the long-haul, they’re a good investment.
The only thing to watch out for is the sizing. I’d err on the side of caution and get and inch or two bigger than your normal size. Although the Bluff Works team is great about quickly responding to customer inquiries if you needed to swap them out.
Other things to note: not great for cold weather. And expect the material to rustle.
All that said, I’m grateful they gave me the opportunity to review them – thank you, Bluff Works!
If you have any questions about them, let me know!
Guys, do you have any travel pants like this? Would you consider buying a pair?
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