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A quick airport exit as you breeze past fellow passengers staking out positions around the baggage carousel. A sigh of gratitude from your body that you don’t need to lug a massive suitcase during your travels. A happy flap from your wallet that you saved some moolah on baggage fees. The benefits of one bag travel are undeniably appealing – but the prospect of doing it is likely daunting for the uninitiated. What bag do you use? What do you pack? What do you leave behind? What if unexpected situations crop up that you haven’t planned for?
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Thunderbolt Jeans ($200): Office attire in San Francisco almost always calls for jeans but commuting longer distances in denim is not always ideal. Made from Schoeller-dryskin softshell fabric and treated with NanoSphere, the Original Jeans from Thunderbolt not only look dressy enough for work but are breathable, quick drying, wind and water resistant, and super stretchy for riding your bike. A hidden zipper on the right rear pocket creates a secure place for stuff you can’t afford to lose and sized just right for a passport on those travel days.
For me, too, the material was the main point of interestback in 2011 when I got my pair. And while I still love my Veilance Spec Pant, I have gone through two different other models from Veilance while the Thunderbolts are still going strong…
These have actually been around for several years, long before other people started realizing how to make non-ridiculous clothing. Seriously, it’s so easy.
They’ve got the added bonus of including a hidden zippered pocket in one of the back pockets, making them extra travel-friendly. Or handstand-friendly. Either way. They’ve also got a non-stretch waistband, meaning they won’t gradually expand throughout the day and fit differently by the end, and you can skip the belt.
They come in black or blue, though each color uses a different fabric; the black uses a version of Schoeller Dryskin(which is the 4-way stretch soft shell fabric pretty much everyone loves), while the blue uses a slightly lighter (and more affordable) fabric.