The Cubed Travel Jacket
By Everett Potter
I’ve been a big fan of Clothing Arts for a couple of years, ever since I had a chance to “test drive” their Pickpocket Proof Pants on a trip to Namibia a few years ago. Whether it was desert in all its varied forms, dust like you can’t believe, rough roads and even rougher hikes, the pants handled these proving grounds — and urban Jo’Berg — with ease. Clothing Arts has gone on to design many more travel garments, including a woman’s line.
So I was happy to check out their new Cubed Travel Jacket. It’s stylish enough to wear in Manhattan, but rugged enough to bring to the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana this week.
They call it a four-season jacket and it’s made with a waterproof/breathable fabric using a product called eVent® DVStorm™ membrane, which is apparently the most technically advanced waterproof/breathable fabric in existence.
Given their history of adding clever pockets to thwart pickpockets as you wend your way through city streets and crowded marketplaces, it has a few innovations, such as patent pending Security Closures and two Napoleon INT/EXT PKTS™ . These are interior/exterior accessible pockets that Clothing Arts claims is “the first high-end, waterproof / breathable jacket designed specifically with the traveler in mind.”
It has velcro wrist closures, a Quick-Attach hood system, and it has an articulated cut, which means that it moves when you move. That’s critical for travelers, whether they’re racing through the airport in Arusha to catch a flight, carrying duffel bags in the rain to a float plane in Homer or exploring the backstreets of Berlin.
So the skinny is that it’s all-season, weatherproof, breathable and ultralight. It comes in black, slate and mountain blue. It proved its mettle in early fall weather here in the East and will get a further road test when it hits the Rockies with me this week. It’s a great — make that essential — addition to anyone’s travel clothing stash.
The retail price is $380. It’s in Men’s only — for now. Details at Clothing Arts