When we travel we expect a lot from our gear – it needs to be lightweight and packable, resistant to creasing and trusted to perform when we’re far from home and out of our comfort zones. Plus, as well as offering essential functionality, we want it to look good too.
USA brand, Royal Robbins, offers travel clothing that delivers on all of these asks. From city breaks to expeditions, its extensive collection includes a range of practical clothing that is stylish, sustainable and built to go wherever you need it to.
Founded by Liz and Royal Robbins, pioneers in Yosemite’s golden age of big wall climbing in the 1960s, the company was started when the pair saw a photograph of themselves after summiting the legendary Half Dome in ripped, denim shorts.
They decided to start a clothing business that shared their sustainability values and brought functional outdoor apparel to more of us. The rest, as they say, is history.
Take a look at these essential picks from their latest collection to get you started;
Best for: Adventure Travel
Royal Robbins Discovery III Skort
Enjoy the style of a skirt with the comfort and freedom of shorts. The Discovery III Skort is made from crease-resistant stretch nylon and has a minimalist design, meaning it will look great in all types of destinations. The integrated shorts feel cool and light in hot climates and give you the freedom to bike, climb and trek to your heart’s content.
Best for: Stopping Spills
Royal Robbins Spotless Traveller SS Top
When you pack light, you want the gear you take to work hard. The stylish Spotless Traveller SS Top not only travels easily from day to evening, it’s also super-cool and lightweight to wear in hot weather. The star of the show though is Royal Robbins’ clever Spotless fabric. It features HeiQ® Soil Release Technology to make stains – from red wine to sun cream - a thing of the past. It even has a secret security pocket too.
Best for: Stylish Travellers
Royal Robbins Noe Cross Over Dress
Made from eco-friendly Modal® fabric the Noe Cross Over dress is an essential addition to any stylish traveller’s suitcase. The fabric is soft, breathable and crease-resistant while the wrap design easily travels from beach to bar. Designed with Royal Robbins’ signature attention to detail, the dress features a slightly longer length and adjustable sleeves so you can adapt the coverage as needed – ideal when visiting holy sites or temples.
Best for: Beating Insects
Royal Robbins Bug Barrier Expedition Shirt
Available in men’s and women’s models, the Bug Barrier Expedition Shirt is the ultimate option for jungle treks and hot-weather travel. It features innovative Bug Barrier™ technology which protects you from biting insects, while the technical, Expedition Stretch fabric both helps regulate your temperature and also offers UPF 50+ protection. Packed full of extra features like security pockets, roll-up sleeves and more, it’s the only travel shirt you’ll ever need.