Our Review of KÜHL’s Travel Pants and Outerwear

Last Updated on December 24, 2022 by admin

As frequent travelers, we know the importance of packing clothing items that are both lightweight and versatile. It’s so important to invest in quality clothing that will actually last. In this post, we are reviewing products from one of our favorite brands: KÜHL.  KÜHL focuses on performance clothing that is made for the outdoors and travel. We’re super excited to share why we love KÜHL, and we hope this post inspires you to check them out!

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About KÜHL

KÜHL is a privately-owned, independent company that focuses on outdoor activities. (Because they don’t have shareholders, their focus remains entirely on the customer’s experience!) The company prioritizes ethical business practices and sustainable materials. 

KÜHL’s motto, Born in the Mountains®, reflects the rebellious approach they bring to designing their outdoor clothing. They challenge the status quo as they work to elevate outdoor clothing for maximum versatility and durability. Each piece of clothing is carefully designed to provide optimal movement and performance for outdoor activities. 


Where Can I Find KÜHL Products?

You can purchase KÜHL products directly from their website (linked here). 

You can find KÜHL stores at the following locations:

You can also find KÜHL at select retailers. You can use the store locator feature to find the nearest store to you.


Our Review of KÜHL Products

We own 5 different KÜHL products, and I’ll review each of them in-depth below. I’m really excited to share this brand with you! I don’t often get excited about clothing, but I really do believe in this company and their products. Their products have been a game-changer for us!

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1. KÜHL FROST Parka (Women’s Winter Jacket)

 

I am starting this list off with the FROST Parka. I received this jacket in December, and it was perfect timing to test it out for a cold winter in the Pacific Northwest.

You can watch a video of my review of the FROST Parka below. (You can see all my favorite features!)

 

The first thing that I noticed about this jacket was how light it was. All my other winter pieces from other brands are super heavy and stiff. This parka was light to the touch and very flexible. 

I especially like that this winter jacket has extended length and ethically uses goose down feathers. (The geese are not force-fed and they are not live-plucked.) These are the types of things that really set the KÜHL brand apart from the rest!

The first time I wore this jacket it was 40 degrees Fahrenheit outside. There was still snowfall on the ground from a recent storm, and with the wind chill, it felt more like it was in the 30s outside. When I stepped out of my home, I honestly didn’t even notice a temperature difference. I went for a short hike and I never once felt cold. Normally when I go outside, I dress in layers. I typically wear a sweater under my winter jackets, but I didn’t have to do that at all with the KÜHL Frost Parka. I just had a t-shirt on underneath and I felt completely comfortable in that weather. It started to rain during the hike, and the parka kept me dry the entire time I was outdoors. This jacket was impressive!

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You can see here how the jacket is water repellant… perfect for the rainy Pacific Northwest!

 

I used to live in Connecticut, where it was not uncommon to have temperatures between 0 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter. I used to dread leaving my warm car and to trek to my apartment in the winter. I wish that I could go back in time and gift myself this parka! I honestly can’t say enough good things about this jacket. It would have made such a difference for my time living on the east coast!

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Staying warm in 19 degree weather!

 

In addition to being an extremely warm jacket, this jacket is perfect for travel! Here’s why it’s an ideal travel jacket:

  • Inside the jacket, there are two straps that allow you to easily wear it off your shoulders. This is perfect for walking around the airport and not wanting to over-heat. You’ll be able to freely walk around, and then you can easily put the coat back on if you head outside again. (Or if you’re waiting on a cold jet bridge!)
  • The parka actually converts into a backpack! If you’re finished wearing your jacket and want to stow it away, it easily converts into a self-contained backpack. You won’t have to worry about stuffing it in your suitcase. The jacket packs right up and you can either wear it or hang it off your luggage. 
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The parka folds into its own self-contained backpack!

 

If you’re looking for a winter jacket that will actually keep you warm and that’s easy to travel with, I fully recommend the FROST Parka from KÜHL.

(I’m pictured wearing the FROST Parka in the color Blackout in size small.)

2. KÜHL BLISS Pants (Women’s Travel Pant)

 

The name says it all… the BLISS Pants are pure bliss! They are so soft and comfortable. Even though they are incredibly soft, they are made of strong and supportive fabric. These pants are tough and will last a long time. You can wear these pants on an airplane or on a strenuous hike. (Or you can be like me and wear them pretty much every day around the house as well!)

I used to wear leggings on travel days, but I’ve gotten tired of wearing super tight clothes on flights. The Bliss Pant is exactly what I wanted: a flattering fit with a comfortable waist. I think these pants look a little more dressed-up than leggings, without sacrificing any comfort. 

I also really like that my phone can actually fit in the front pockets. For some reason, women’s clothing often has super-shallow pockets that are not useful. With the Bliss Pant, I’m able to actually carry my phone in it without worrying that it will fall out. The Bliss Pant also has a secret zip-up pocket, which is perfect for carrying cash or securing a boarding pass. 

I honestly wear these pants almost every day. They are at the top of my dresser drawer. 

The Bliss line also contains a hoody, jogger, and shorts. I want the whole set!

(I’m pictured wearing the BLISS Pant in the color Black in size small.)

3. KÜHL FREEFLEX Rollup Pant (Women’s Travel Pant)

 

KÜHL’s FREEFLEX Rolleup Pant is another excellent travel pant. These pants are more structured than the Bliss Pant and have more pockets. (There are two front pockets, two back pockets, and two cargo pockets.)

The fabric is quick-drying with a water-resistant finish. These pants also have sun protection of UPF 50+. (I’m planning on packing these for our upcoming trip to Florida!)

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I like these pants because they are stylish (I can wear them around the city), yet I can also wear them hiking. Because I like to travel lightly, I love that these pants have multiple uses. These are a great everyday pant for travel.

(I own the FREELEX Rollup Pant in the color Ganache, Relaxed Fit, in a size 6.) 

4. KÜHL Slax (Men’s Travel Pant)

 

My husband owns the KÜHL Slax. These pants are awesome because they are dressy enough to wear as slacks for the office or a nice event, yet they are also durable enough to wear hiking. They also offer sun protection of UPF 50.

My husband really likes the pocket space as well as the incognito cell phone pocket on the right leg. He wears these pants to work, and these pants also travel really well. Just like my review of the FREEFLEX Rollup Pant, we love that one pair of pants can achieve multiple functions: work, business-casual events, and outdoor adventure. We prefer not to check bags when we travel, so packing lighter helps to keep us moving on our adventures.

(My husband is pictured wearing the Slax pants in the color Carbon, Klassic Fit.)

5. KÜHL Spekter FZ Hoody (Men’s Travel Jacket)

 

The KÜHL Spekter FZ Hoody comes in two styles: full-zip or pullover. My husband has the full-zip option.

The hoody is extremely lightweight, yet due to its fabrics, regulates temperature better than cotton. It has a very flattering fit, and I absolutely love this hoody on him. 

This is my husband’s go-to jacket. This is the jacket he grabs to run errands, go hiking, or travel. It’s comfortable, durable, and looks great! He’s literally wearing it right now as I type this. 

(My husband is pictured wearing the Spekter FZ Hoody in the color Olive Grove, style full-zip, size Medium.) 


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Summary

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Plus we got this bar of chocolate with our order!

 

Based on how much we love these products, we wouldn’t hesitate to buy anything else from KÜHL. Each one of the pieces that we’ve tried has been extremely well-made, fits nicely, and is durable.

We always aim to give an honest review, and it was really challenging for us to find any disadvantages to these products. The only disadvantage that we have seen so far is a high price point for some items. However, we also believe that the price point is a fair one due to the excellent materials and ethical business practices. In our opinion, each of these products is worth every penny. 

If you’re wondering whether or not you should buy a product from KÜHL, we give our full recommendation! If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us an email. We’d be happy to give you a report on how these products are holding up. 

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