Every so often we hear from our customers about how our gear performs out in the wild. From riding a desk at school or the mean streets as a messenger, or on a cross country tour, we’ve heard some pretty great stories and have been given a glimpse at some amazing adventures.
A recent email from our customer Alex raised the vicarious adventure bar to a whole new level. (Let’s just say that if we suddenly vanish for a while we might be following in Alex’s footsteps.)
Back in December, Alex picked up some Lightweight Trousers from us for a trip to South America with his girlfriend. Before submitting his order, he wrote with some technical questions and ended up getting some bonus travel tips from Erin, our all-round ace employee who has recent stamps in her passport from Peru and Bolivia. What can we say? It’s all part of the excellent service we aim to provide.
After a five-month long adventure through Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador, here’s what Alex had to say about his Lightweight Trousers:
I bought the lightweight trousers in the slim fit. These are by the far the best pants I have ever owned. I brought two pairs of pants for the whole trip. The SWRVE pants and a real lightweight pair of Patagonia pants for jungle excursions. I wore the patagucci pants actually at La Senda Verde animal reserve which you mentioned (we volunteered there for a week!) and they got completely trashed, so I had to throw them away.
Meanwhile, the SWRVE pants I wore on average every other day for the whole trip. From Bolivia to Quito I honestly wore them just about every day, going sometimes well over a week or two without washing them. Gross, but in reality I was amazed at how I never sweat in them and they never smelled. They were also incredibly versatile. I wore them out to bars in cities (they look pretty rad), hiking everywhere including Torres del Paine where we got caught in a crazy snowstorm, mountain biking in Bolivia, and even traversing lava fields. I was never too hot or too cold no matter the weather. The pants even made it all the way back home without a single rip, tear, or serious stain. Well, perhaps just one small mystery stain that’s barely noticeable, inevitable when eating strange Bolivian food… I am so happy I can still wear them back at home and they still look brand new.
I would fully recommend these pants (as well as one of the cotton-bamboo shirts I bought) to anyone who wants to look sharp and not like a huge tourist while still being durable enough for hiking or any other adventures.
Hiking through Chile.
Biking in Bolivia!
On a motherf’ing boat!
This “Chilean Adventure Mobile” is a Ford Taunus wagon manufactured in West Germany in 1973. It has less than 20,000 miles on the odometer and Alex picked it up for under $1,000 USD. Going downhill with a stout tail wind it could hit a max speed of 50mph.
Penguins in Patagonia!
Alex makes some new friends!