This is the follow-up to this post.
Overall this was a huge success. It was my first time taking such a small amount of items for a long-ish trip. I ended up only having to handwash everything once since the second place we stayed had a washer/dryer. Still, handwashing is really painless. You do need a bunch of towels though if you want to do the “roll up” drying method. I was worried about only bringing two pairs of underwear with respect to washing both right before bed, but the Airism material is so fast-drying that this was not a concern. If you’re doing the math, yes, this means I did all washing/drying naked.
I find that ultralight/onebag-oriented clothing is very dweeb-y so that will inform a lot of these thoughts.
- Patagonia Houdini. Dweeb factor: 0/10
- Montbell Wickron. Dweeb factor: 0/10.
What an awesome material. It’s polyester but knitted like cotton. Unique as far as I know in this regard. The drape and handfeel is like a regular cotton shirt, but it’s fast-drying with all the benefits of advanced synthetic material. Highly recommend.
- Icebreaker Cool-Lite Sphere. Dweeb factor: 0/10
Looks and feels just like a regular cotton t-shirt, but the tencel/wool blend means it doesn’t smell and it’s quick to dry.
- J Crew Linen Collared Shirt. Dweeb factor: 0/10.
Linen is an unsung hero. Great for the hot weather of Thailand and stylish enough for fancier restaurants. Not super quick to dry but faster than any cotton shirt would have been, and without the dweeb factor of polyester button-downs and their swishy noises, chest flaps, vents, and roll-up sleeve loops.
- Uniqlo Airism Boxers. Dweeb factor: No one who notices would care
- Columbia Global Adventure III Shorts. Dweeb factor: 2/10
Probably the only item of Columbia clothing with a dweeb factor <5. As a company they’ve always disappointed me. Their materials are fantastic but they are cut for fat fisherman. These shorts stand alone as an example of stylish Columbia clothing. They are also designed with travel in mind with a semi-hidden zippered front security pocket. If my wife didn’t think I looked so sexy in the Speedo swim trunks, these would double as swimming shorts too (the pockets are mesh for minimal underwater resistance). Quick dry blah blah blah.
- Prana Brion Pants. Dweeb factor: 5/10
Perfectly functional and classically-styled 5 pocket pants. Dweeb factor comes from the noise…the goddamn noise! Swish swish all damn day. If you care at all about dweebiness you CANNOT wear these to a nice restaurant with a polyester button down. Swish on swish good lord. But, overall worth it. I really only wore these on the plane and to nice restaurants. Not sure what I would replace them with anyway.
Dweeb factor comes from the fact that it doesn’t look like a normal belt and from the fact that you’re buying clothes from a Kickstarter-funded startup, which is always a sign of dweebiness no matter how the product looks. See below for other thoughts.
- Smartwool socks. Dweeb factor: 0/10
Great, even in the ridiculous monsoon season humidity/heat. My feet never felt hot or swampy. Wool is wonderful.
I love these. It’s the closest you can get to gluing a vibram sole to your feet. These wear so naturally, and they are ultralight. I personally think they are perfectly cromulent sandals with a dweeb factor of 0 but when I first got these my mom said, quote, “Those sandals are kinda gay.” I strongly disagree with both the assessment and her word choice but if your mom makes fun of you for wearing something they are at least a little dweeby.
These solve the shoe problem of onebagging as far as I’m concerned. Go-anywhere, fast drying, not plastered in neon logos. I did wish that they didn’t say Lems on the side, or that the soles weren’t stamped with “ancestral footwear,” “back to our roots”, and “primitive performance.” Like, I get it, they are minimal shoes, no need to masturbate over it. Thankfully these stamps will never be visible to other people (the first two are small on the side, and the third is underneath the shoe), but they’re there. And stupid. And dweeby. Other dweeb points come from the clown-shoe shape, but you know what you’re getting into when you buy wide toebox shoes.