REVIEWED: Rohan Jeans Plus tapered leg
A hidden passport pocket helps these cotton-mix jeans re-claim their title of ‘best travel trouser’, but where’s the zipped cash pocket gone?
Jeans are the worst kind of travel gear. Some disagree, but they’re hot, heavy and so slow to dry, denim can be a nightmare on the road. So why not make them out of a much lighter cotton, then add a touch of polyester for added stretch?
A bit of a stretch
OK, so adding a bit of stretch to a pair of trousers does scream ‘old man’, and Rohan’s prices means that most of its customers are just that. But the Rohan Jeans Plus are nevertheless a staple of smart-ish travel. TravGear has been wearing a pair for yonks, but until recently the only available sty’e was rather baggy. This new product has a tapered leg and a revamped design that’s much, much smarter. UPF40+ protection comes as standard.
Secret passport pocket
Made from a blend of natural cotton and technical Coolmax polyester, these jeans do dry pretty quick, though not as fast as your average pair of zip-off trousers-cum-shorts beloved by backpackers. Pockets are nothing special save for a zipped pocket on the reverse that’s ideal for carrying a passport. There’s an even better design here than on the old styles, with the zip actually hidden under a flap. Nice one. However, the old style had a zipped pocket inside the right-hand hip pocket that was ideal for storing coins and hotel room keys. Sadly, it’s bitten the dust.
Cold season classic
Versatile enough to get you through everything from a casual business meeting, cruising through airports, city walks, even hiking and cycling, the Rohan Jeans Plus are the ultimate travel trouser – at least for the autumns, winter and spring. However, we’re just sorry the zipped cash pocket has disappeared from the design.