Top critical review
No match for Jos A Banks Travellers
on September 22, 2013
I travel extensively and require wrinkle free pants and shirts. I purchased these to replace some Jos A Bank Traveler khakis that were getting a bit long in the tooth. The Travelers is $115/pair of pants - list. However pretty much everything at Jos A Bank goes on sale several times a years for buy one, get two free so the sale price is really actually comparable. I also had some of the D4 Dockers before the Travelers.
I'll start with the good. The stain defender technology on these pants makes liquids bead up like a newly waxed car. As a guy who likes his coffee, this has saved me from a stain more than once. The length is good as well. I like the JABs because I can get a 29 length in my waist. The smallest Dockers length is 30 at my waist, and that works for me. The pants are well-stitched and well made.
Now on to the bad. The cut of the pants as well as the features and functions are severely flawed. They just don't function well. The fit is small and tight. That may be a function of the D3 vs. D4 style. Nevertheless they're very tight all the way through the thighs, almost to my knees. The change pocket is oddly set into the side of the pocket, not the top or the bottom, and change (or medication) tends to fall out while driving or sitting at my desk at work. The waist closure is a double-button, and is hard to button/unbutton.
The colors are a problem as well. The olive/green isn’t very green. It’s closer to a Khaki than a true olive. The black however IS green. Remember how your old inkjet printer made that greenish black by printing all three colors at once? That’s what’s happening here. Levis used a cheap black dye and it shows. These are inconveniences, but not deal breakers.
There are two deal breakers. The zipper is WAY too short, making restroom trips challenging. I can work with the opening provided, but it needs to extend AT LEAST an inch further down to be comfortable. The biggest flaw however is they seem to just be TOO wrinkle-free. They have so much treatment that they defy every attempt by my dry cleaner of 20 years to set a sharp crease. They also fail to hold that crease until the end of the day. I have to re-iron them at the end of the day while travelling just to re-establish the shadow of a crease they WILL hold. I effectively get a single day out of them, as I have to send them out to be cleaned (pressed, actually) after each wearing to get any sort of crease. My D4s, purchased two years ago and which appear to be made of a lighter fabric, have no such problem. I would not buy these again. I cannot recommend them to you. I plan to donate them to charity and replace them with JAB Travelers the next time there’s a sale.