Pick-Pocket Proof Pants: P^Cubed Travel Pants Travel Gear Review
Protecting yourself from pickpockets is one of the realities of travel, especially in Europe. I’ve heard countless stories from travelers of how their credit cards, cash, identification and other valuables were lifted from their pants without them even knowing. But the P^Cubed Travel Pants from Clothing Arts prevent just that. They provided me with a pair of their adventure pants to try out for the past few months. How’d they test out in the field? Let’s take a look (and I promise there will be no underwear shots today)!
First, let me say. I think these pants are simply fantastic. They were built by travelers, for travelers and every detail has been thought of. Let’s take a look at the 9 pockets included with these travel pants.
FRONT, SIDE POCKETS (2 +2)
The front pockets are wide and deep. They secure with a zipper that zips down to close (important because I’ve worn shorts with zippers that zip up and over the course of the day, slowly unzip down with normal walking). The short story, you don’t have to worry about your zipper coming undone. For added protection, an additional flap buttons over the zipper on either side. If you’re not interested, you can button it on the other side.
Inside each of the side pockets is an interior pocket designed for a cell phone, point-and-shoot camera or other small, valuable item. My Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 Camera fit just fine, but my iphone 4s in an Otterbox case was snug. I think you’d be fine leaving either item in the main pocket zippered and buttoned, and use this one for coins or hotel room keys.
Know that the more you fill your pockets, the bulkier they become. You’ll soon find the right balance for comfort and function.
CARGO POCKETS (2)
The cargo pockets on the pant legs are pretty standard. They secure with a snap on the inside of the pocket and with two buttons on the flap. Like all the snaps on the pants, they don’t come undone easily. But without the zippers found on other pockets, I’d be hesitant to put anything too high of value – just in case.
REAR, BACK-RIGHT POCKET (1)
Each of the rear pockets expand (via a snap) to accommodate your travel guidebook. I was able to easily slip my 552-page Lonely Planet Florida Guidebook into the pocket, and with some gentle nudging, my 680-page South Africa Guidebook. But my 820-page Thailand guide was just a bit too big.
When inserting your book, place it so the spine is outward – it’s a bit easier to get it down. Oh, and make sure you are wearing a belt when you’re stuffing in these books. They do make your pants sag a bit.
REAR BACK-LEFT POCKET (2)
The rear back-left pocket includes an additional in-pocket pocket, sized just right for a passport or wallet. To access this pocket, a thief would have to unbutton two buttons on the flap, and unzip two zippers and then try to sneak out your valuables. Highly unlikely. This added pocket would surprise even the most adept of pick-pocketers.
I’d suggest storing items you don’t need to access frequently in the inner pocket, and anything else in the outer one. It’ll still be secure, but less frustrating to access. Even though these pockets offer great protection, it’s still work to retrieve your items. You’ll never take-for-granted the simple act of reaching in your pocket to grab an item again!
This pocket also expands like it’s partner on the other side of your derriere, in case you want to carry two books.
Included with the pants is an optional, attachable bottle holder. By using the buttons on the pants, you can attach this pocket to your leg and carry a water bottle. You could probably get by with stuffing the bottle in the cargo pocket. I found it an unnecessary accessory, but some may like the added feature.
If all those pockets weren’t great enough, the P^Cubed Travel Pants include, “Advanced Dual Action DuPont™ Teflon® fabric protector” that repels oil and water and releases stains. I took a handful of water, dropped it on my leg and like magic, it just slid right off them.
Look & Feel
Sadly, I have not been blessed with a nice, plump, behind. It’s a bit flat. As such, I never can find pants that, how shall I say, show off the assets… these pants included. But you’re probably not as vain and I and will find these pants, look just fine. And they do. The material is soft and smooth, but still sturdy. You can immediately feel the quality. They taper towards the bottom and look great.
The pants are slightly heavier than what I generally wear. They’ll add some additional weight and bulk to your backpack. But what you lose in weight, you gain in something that will last you a long time and won’t rip. This is strong fabric and can handle the rigors of virtually any adventure.
I found the zipper length on the fly just about a half-inch too short, a minor inconvenience. Sizes available begin at a 32-inch waist, and continue to 42 inches. The in-seam range is 30-34. The sizes available will suit the majority of travelers out there. But for those of us with odd waists (make that, odd-numbered waists), I’d suggest ordering up a size. I’m a size 33 and ordered the 34. It was just a tad too big. But after one wash, they shrunk just enough to be perfect. And just incase, the pants feature waist buttons on either side to tighten or loosen your pants for the right fit.
At $109.95, these are expensive pants. They are about 2-3 times more than any other pair of pants I own. That’s significant. But like everything, you get what you pay for. And in this case, it’s quality, ingenuity and superb protection. If you’d like to save money, business pants and business/adventure shorts are priced at $99.95 and $79.95/$84.95 respectively.
It appears as though the business pants/shorts lose the cargo pockets while the adventure shorts keep them. I’m considering grabbing a pair of shorts for the warmer climates. Treat yourself.
Round-the-World Travelers and Road Warriors will quickly see the value these pants bring. And I think even the casual traveler will appreciate the protection built into the many pockets after one trip. In a previous post, I suggested that before any trip, it’s important to invest in the right gear, and I’d add the P^Cubed Pick-Pocket Proof Pants to the top of any travelers list. Add this one quickly to your holiday list. You won’t be disappointed. It’s quickly become my favorite pair of pants.
I’ll see you out there…!