Traveling to – and relishing – unreal places is more planning than coincidence. Anticipating activity, weather and environmental scenarios is where smart trips start. With these three picks, selecting proper apparel turns theory into amazing reality as Active Junky discovered in recent real-world testing.
Cut a wide swath through flying, crawling and dangling distractions with this curiously fashionable style from ExOfficio. Embedded Insect Shield technology pushes back even against ticks and midges while the drawstring hood, kangaroo-style pocket and thumb loops look more uptown than backwater. Active Junky appreciates the 70% poly, 30% cotton fabric to promote breathability, drying and shape retention during wash cycles.
Best For: Mild to moderate insect populations, higher concentrations with additional lotions or sprays applied directly to the skin
Few pieces push through sun, wind, multi-modal transport and erratic washing cycles as well as TriFlex. Active Junky’s tester started in Illinois humidity and traveled north to the wilds of Minnesota without missing a moment of stunning scenery and serenity along the way. The panelized construction meant no binding or bulking; body mapping puts cooling and comfort in all the right places. Paired with shorts, skirt or jeans, TriFlex proved to be a travel wardrobe multiplier (no telling anyone there’s security zip pocket on the left side, either).
Best For: Up to three-season use in varying conditions, all-day wear with 3-position collar and roll-up snap sleeve tabs
Staying put when on the fly is no insignificant matter. ExOfficio’s latest turns static hours (as on airplanes) and dynamic moments (like pedaling or paddling) into controlled comfort. Washed in sinks and showers, testers aired G-And-G out in a matter of hours to get back in action. A 6” length and supple-but-strong waistband made believers of all testers. Not to be outdone, women tackled epic challenges in the Sport Mesh Bikini Brief. No fragile dressing room darling, this lower rise, ultralight model brought chafe-fighting flatlock seams to the game along with antimicrobial treatment. His or hers, ExOfficio takes on a globe’s worth of underwear complications with grace and gritty determination.
Best For: Daily use, travel with or without high doses of adrenaline