Packable clothing is some of the most utilitarian pieces of clothing or gear that you’ll ever own — at least, from our do-everything outdoor-adventuring opinion. From down jackets that pack into their own pockets to T-shirts, pants, and vests that do the same (or better), packable clothing is integral to ultralight backpacking, for auto-related weather emergencies or strandings, or even just so you’re always ready for the next big adventure.
When it comes to packable clothing, we prefer the kind that also doubles as activewear. This means we’re looking for performance fabrics that wick moisture, regulate temperature, and dry quickly. It also doesn’t hurt if the clothing can pack down into a size that is much smaller than it would be if folded in the regular way. Luckily, luxury Japanese performance brand Descente has teamed up with San Francisco design studio DSPTCH for the Descente X DSPTCH Packable Clothing Collection. Including five pieces — a jacket, a vest, t-shirt, long sleeve T-shirt, and shorts — the packable collection does just that: packs down into tightly compressed pouches to make storing and carrying easier.
Along with the packability, the pieces are also fairly wrinkle resistant and come in three colors: gray, black, and navy. Made from 100% polyester, the pieces are, as desired, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and offer a traditional (read: looser) fit. The top pieces are great for throwing over whatever you’re already wearing and the shorts offer a quick change option if things get too hot on the trail. We personally keep our sample of this collection in our car trunk with our safety equipment, extra blankets, and trail gear because you never know when you’ll need a light jacket, vest, or T-shirt when you’re on the road.
The Descente X DSPTCH Collection
And, while we’re on the subject of packable clothing and road trips, learn exactly what you need to pack to stay stylish and practical when crossing the country on America’s highways.
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