Out for a drive south of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 6, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Purcari Winery, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist! Arrive December 8th.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tilley - 6 month clothing update

It was about six months ago that we received our order of Tilley clothing in the mail. We were about to embark on a one month trip to South Korea, and we like to travel light. We only take a wheeled carry on bag, and just about everything that was in our bag came from Tilley.

Hats, socks, underwear, shirts, jackets, and pants!

Today, we want to report back on Kevin's Tilley travel pants.

http://www.tilley.com/canada_en/men/pants-shorts/pants/multi-tech-excursion-pants.html

This is the only pair of pants that Kevin brought with him to Korea, and it's really the only pair of pants that he's worn since we got back. He loves them.

Kevin, on the ferry to Jeju Island, South Korea.

When we travel, we do a lot of laundry by hand. One or two pieces every evening, and our Tilley items are dry by morning 90% of the time. One thing we do to improve the odds of them being dry by morning is to wring them out well, and then tightly roll up the article of clothing in a towel and leave it to sit for 10 minutes before hanging it up to dry. Also, to try and do the laundry right after supper instead of waiting until bed time.

Tilley clothing is all about pockets. Of course when you're traveling, pockets are a good thing! Lots of them!

Tilley has designed 9 pockets into this pair of pants. One of the best things about this pair of pants is that the front pockets - where you might throw your loose change -  have been designed so that the change can't possibly fall out of the pocket while you're sitting down.

The front pockets have built in "stop loss" change catchers so that coins can't roll out of your pocket when you sit down.

Oh, and they're nice deep pockets!

Also, built in to one of the front pockets is another, hidden pocket where you can stash some extra money for safe keeping.

High above South Korea.

In six months of near daily use, these pants are showing zero signs of wear. They dry very quickly, especially when being worn. We got caught in the odd rainstorm while being out hiking, and they'd be totally dry less than an hour later. They're comfortable, with a very minor amount of stretch in the fabric.

When ordering, follow the sizing directions exactly. They will shrink when you first wash them, so they are sized and designed to arrive slightly too big and slightly too long. I found that the sizing was exactly correct once they were washed and dried the first time.

Yes, Tilley clothing is fairly expensive. At $159 you would want these pants to be comfortable, easy to wash and wear, and be properly designed for what you want to use them for. These Tilley pants are all of that. And you'd want them to last a long, long, time. Given how much I've worn these pants over the last six months, I'd expect the average user to get more than five years out of them, and possibly a lot more. I hope to have mine for many years, despite the heavy use.

You can check them out here...


Kevin and Ruth, hiking in their Tilley clothing in South Korea.

16 comments:

  1. Zero wear in 6 months of daily use - they are made really well. I love clothing with lots of pockets for travelling, especially for the plane ride.

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    1. Yep, zero wear, that why you pay the big bucks! We love having all the pockets as well and boy they sure are comfy.

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  2. Those would be great for my husband. Kind of pricey but I bet he'd like them for the golfing!

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    1. They have a hug selection of clothing, so I am sure that he could find a perfect pair of pants for golfing. As long as his weight doesn't change they should last him a long time. Some of their pants even have a lifetime guarantee.

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  3. Excellent report, Kevin. Like you we travel light and are currently at month #5 of our travels. A good portion of our clothing (most was brand new last October) now shows serious signs of wear and tear. We'll definitely give Tilley a serious look. Thanks! 20 Years From Now

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    1. You are welcome Dianne! :-)

      They are definitely quite a bit more expensive but we sure are proving that the clothing is holding up very well, considering the amount of hiking that we have put them through. I do recommend trying to find one of their stores though to try the clothing on or giving yourself lots of time if ordering online just in case you need to return the clothing for a different size. Keep in mind though that washing them and then putting them in the dryer will shrink them a bit after the first or second wash.

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  4. Excellent report on the Tilley clothing, how about the hats?

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    1. We love the hats and they are holding out really well. We have now had them for over a year and a half and they have washed up really well over that time.

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  5. I'll make a comment about the hats. We were in Egypt on the Nile and one flew of and into the water. It floats!

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    1. Yep, they have a piece of thin foam in the top of the head so that they will float. They think of everything!

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  6. Sounds great and they look terrific on you both! I'm sure Tilley appreciates your thumbs up review especially knowing how honest you are about products.

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    1. Thanks Sherry, we do like the way they look and the fact that they are perfect for traveling with.

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  7. Now I see I should have switched to Tilley clothing and saved all that money I just spent on my new RV washing machine... ;c)

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    1. Yep, that and our new little washing machine and that would be all you need! ;-)

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  8. We have a friend who had a Tilly hat.. he left it at a restaurant about 40 miles away and went rushing back to get it, while he called ahead for the manager to get it and keep it in his office! I think our friend wanted it kept in the safe if he could!!!! LOL
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    1. Yep, we guard our hats like they are made of gold. ;-)

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