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Therese Iknoian

Traveler | Photographer at HI Travel Tales
Little did her parents know that a short trip to Europe in high school would launch a lifetime love of travel, languages and cultures. Trained as a news journalist, Therese Iknoian spent a decade as a daily newspaper journalist before launching a freelance writing career specializing in outdoor, fitness and training. All the while trotting the globe, her focus finally turned to travel. Fluent in German, Therese runs a translation business (www.ThereseTranslates.com) working primarily with companies in the outdoor/sports/retail industry. Also a French speaker, she loves to learn a bit of the language wherever she goes -- gdje je kupaonica? Мне нужна помощь! -- often embarrassing herself in the quest for cross-cultural communication and the search for great travel discoveries.
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The Stonewear Rockin Pants aren’t new, but for those in the know, it’s a true classic and ideal do-it-all travel pant. Stonewear Designs has had it in the line since 2007. Bet there’d be a riot if it were taken out. And at HI Travel Tales, we’ve long believed in recognizing what is good, not just what is new. With that in mind, we felt a review that recognized this pant’s long-lasting excellence for travel was due.

What makes the Stonewear Designs Rockin Pants such a great travel pant is its absolute versatility. The fit is snug enough to look elegant even, but not so snug that you look like you’re off for a run. The Rockin Pant fabric is so soft and the design so clean (no belts, snaps, zippers or other do-dads) that you can snuggle up in a big chair with a book, curl up in an airplane seat for a nap, or just lounge around a campsite, hut or hotel without being pinched. And the fabric just springs back to look perfectly divine. Its clean and sleek design lets it go out to dinner, yet the durable, stretch fabric is ready for a hike, yoga or a little bouldering.

Stonewear Designs Rockin pants review showing pocket

The pocket with hidden zipper practically disappears.

Do the Stonewear Designs Rockin Pants ($82) have you hooked yet? I am hooked. I about lived in this pant on a recent European adventure, from the moment I boarded the airplane to walks and easy hikes to hanging out in a B&B room to work or relax, or heading out to dinner (just add boots and a nice top).

Rockin Pants perfect for travel

The Rockin Pants fabric is utterly packable. And you would have to work pretty hard to get the heather gray I got to show any travel smudges or wear. One update to the pant in about 2011 was indeed the fabric. The company moved from nylon to the current polyester-spandex to make it softer but keep it durable and resistant to abrasion from rocks, for example.

HI Travel Tales Seal of Approval for Travel Product ExcellenceOnly one side zip pocket – sure I’d like two – but it was enough to stash metro tickets or a cell phone or even a house key or boarding pass. Plus the Rockin Pant pocket had an invisible zipper so it stayed sleek — and secure.

The pant has proven so popular, Stonewear now offers the item in petite, regular and long lengths, plus a Stonewear Designs Rockin Capri ($74) and a Stonewear Designs Rockin Short ($56), which we did not test. It is, my friends, a truly ROCKIN world. It is so rockin’ hot that we are honored to be able to recognize the Stonewear Designs Rockin Pants with the HITT Seal of Approval for travel product excellence.

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