Update: Kuhl Jeans after 1 year of heavy (almost daily use).
Before reading this update, please see my initial review of Kuhl Jeans here
In case you missed my "what's in my luggage page" have a look at the photo below. As you can see, I carry 3 pairs of Kuhl Jeans. For my needs, Kuhl Jeans are the best performing travel pants available.
What I said about Kuhl Jeans in my initial evaluation....
needle bar-tack, reinforced stitching: I hope this means that they will stand
up to heavy use, and or abuse. We shall see over time."
Well, here is my one-year report.
In Cambodia, while sitting on the floor of a bamboo hut, I snagged a nail and poked a hole in the seat just below the Kuhl logo, this was obviously my fault. I went to a local roadside seamstress for a quick fix, net cost 2000 reil, about 50 cents.
Now let's look at some "wear points". After about 10 months of almost daily wear a small hole developed at the bottom of the leg of one pair of my Kuhl Jeans. (see photo below). This is similar to what I see in some of my well worn pairs of Levis. This hole has not spread but I will continue to watch it. If it starts spreading, I will visit another seamstress for another fix.
More from my initial review..... "Some key wear points, such as on the right pocket (where I store most things) look like they are starting to develop."
See the photo below. Yes, as mentioned in my initial review, I see signs of wear, but as of yet, no problem. The pocket openings of my Kuhl Jeans look very similar to those on my Levis.
After a full year of constant use, my three pairs of Kuhl Jeans are performing well. Like pair of Levis, they have a nice "broken in look". Sometimes I wash them myself in my hotel sink or shower, other times I send them out to local laundry places who probably beat them on a rock at the local river, or perhaps scrub them with a wire brush, who knows?
I am very
tough on my clothing, the conditions in which I work are harsh. These Kuhl
Jeans have stood up to the worst that I can throw at them, and they have emerged
victorious. I continue to wholeheartedly recommend Kuhl Jeans to anyone who
needs a lightweight, highly durable, cool, comfortable pair of pants for work
or travel that can be washed and dried quickly, (even in humid conditions).
Based on my personal experience over the past year, I am surprised and delighted with my Kuhl Jeans they are by far, the best looking, best performing quick drying, sturdy travel pants that I have ever worn. Since switching to Kuhl Jeans all of my old nylon, zip-off cargo pants have been relegated to the local Goodwill store. Bravo Kulh, you folks have got a great product!
Check back next year and I'll update this page again...with whatever results I find.
Happy travels. (BTW, if you are interested in traveling with me click here for my upcoming photo tour schedule)
Here's a picture of me wearing my Kuhl jeans with my photo tour group at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap Cambodia..I just love those "articulated knees".
Where to purchase: You can get Kuhl Jeans at the Kuhl website:
Kuhl Jeans are also available from REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated)
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elastic strap inner tube (see air travel lost luggage page)
every item has a link....each camera bag each hard drive cardbus 32 etc
sending money (to yourself), using ATMs getting money overseas, conterfeit cash...
Cleaning you camera's sensor
Keep a copy of your passport in your luggage and post one on line (secretly).
Put a copy of your flight itinerary in your luggage...
Using your IPod to back up your photos
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Staying healthy on the road food choices etc...
Toiletries, first aid kit
Choosing a taxi driver
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