Update Feb 9, 2020: I still love my “Pick-Pocket Proof Pants” From Clothing Arts.
Clothing Arts had some problems where they had problems fulfilling the demand for their product. I don’t want to penalize the company for things they have already fixed. I have trimmed the comments that happened before 2018 as these are no longer relevant. If you do look at the comments, note that there seem to be more complaints in 2018 and far fewer by 2019.
I don’t like to carry cash when I travel. These days you can generally get by with an ATM card and a credit card, but this hotel in Costa Rica was different. We were purchasing a 3-day package from them with two rooms and a rafting trip and so I found myself heading to Central America carrying $800 in cash. It sounds like a perfect opportunity to try out a pair of Clothing Arts pants that claim to be “Pick-Pocket Proof”.
Clothing Arts sent me a pair of pants to review (gratis) some time ago but I had been putting it off until I had a good opportunity. To be honest I am a blue jeans kind of guy. I work in high tech so even dressing up for work just means a pair of jeans. But jeans can be a bit impractical for travel. If you get them wet they take forever to dry, they don’t have enough pockets and they take up a lot of room.
These pants do ride come up a bit higher than jeans so if you have a middle-age spread like I do you may need to add some extra inches to the waist as I did.
My first surprise with the Pick-Pocket Proof Pants had nothing to do with theft protection. They were actually very comfortable. I had chosen the Adventure Pants vs the Business Pants. I wanted some cargo pockets for passports, boarding passes or electronics. They have a nice brushed twill feel and a crisp “man about the world” appearance.
My second surprise was that the fabric has been treated with Teflon to repel stains and liquids. I should have read this on the website but discovered it the old fashion way on the plane through my own clumsiness. Of course, I still need to find matching travel shirts that will repel Diet Coke, but one step at a time.
I was successfully not pickpocketed but can’t honestly say that it was because of the pants. I am not sure any pants are truly pick-pocket proof vs pick-pocket resistant. These pants have side pockets that zip up and then can be protected by a buttoned flap that goes over the opening. It does mean that you can’t stand around with your hands in your pockets as I am want to do, but with $800 in my pockets that was a small price to pay for a little peace of mind.