Where do I begin? This company completely changed the way I think about clothing. I used to be happy settling for cheap dress/casual clothes, knowing that I’d destroy them in a few months. One of the worst culprits has been my yoga practice. We drive for long stretches, and I try to capitalize on every stop to recharge. This includes lots of impromptu stretching sessions and lots of torn clothes from my ever increasing flexibility.
Why not just change into workout clothes? It takes time to change, and our breaks would be half over before I even get started on my routine. If we’re really trying to cover the miles, I might only have five minutes at the gas pump. That’s just enough time to target a couple muscle groups and un-do some of the damage of driving. Hips, back, shoulders, calves—ninety seconds apiece works wonders. When I had normal cotton pants or jeans, some of the deeper hip and leg stretches were impossible. If my clothing makes stretching difficult, I’m probably not going to do it regularly.
If clothes can be considered armor against the elements, then after 9 months of testing, I'm confident Outlier falls under the category of mithril. It's taken a while for me to write this, but I don't believe in reviewing investment quality gear before it's stood the test of time. The nature of spending every day in a vintage adventuremobile means that dirt and grime are just part of life, but these clothes really stand out for daily life in the RV. Harvey’s older than I am, and he’s got a few rough edges. I’ve brushed against a couple metal burrs that left nasty snags in my old clothes. No such thing with the fabric on my Outlier gear yet. Also, spills are inevitable in such a tiny space, but it never gets old seeing liquid bead on my pants and run off. Every once in a while, I do have to break out the iron to renew the waterproofing, but it's not a big deal.
These are clothes that I have worn hiking in the Rockies and then gone into town later that night without needing to change. I've spent the night in a campground, misted the Pivot shirt with some water to make the wrinkles fall out, and walked into an office. Consulting means I need to dress professionally at any given time, and these clothes have made it easy. Now keeping my hair tamed, that's another story...
Outlier does for work clothing what Apple did to cell phones. It simplifies my life by having a level of technical polish years ahead of the rest of the market. Just like the iPhone meant you didn’t need to carry a camera, an iPod, a laptop, Outlier means you don’t need dress clothes, leisure clothes, or any other sort of specialized gear. It’s 2016, and we’re at a point where we can expect more from materials science and clothing companies. I'm thankful every day that I've finally discovered clothes for LIVING.