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swrve Lightweight Trousers: Adventure Pants Proven in Patagonia

Every so often we hear from our customers about how our gear performs out in the wild. From riding a desk at school or the mean streets as a messenger, or on a cross country tour, we’ve heard some pretty great stories and have been given a glimpse at some amazing adventures.

A recent email from our customer Alex raised the vicarious adventure bar to a whole new level. (Let’s just say that if we suddenly vanish for a while we might be following in Alex’s footsteps.)

Back in December, Alex picked up some Lightweight Trousers from us for a trip to South America with his girlfriend. Before submitting his order, he wrote with some technical questions and ended up getting some bonus travel tips from Erin, our all-round ace employee who has recent stamps in her passport from Peru and Bolivia. What can we say? It’s all part of the excellent service we aim to provide.

After a five-month long adventure through Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador, here’s what Alex had to say about his Lightweight Trousers:

I bought the lightweight trousers in the slim fit.  These are by the far the best pants I have ever owned.  I brought two pairs of pants for the whole trip.  The SWRVE pants and a real lightweight pair of Patagonia pants for jungle excursions.  I wore the patagucci pants actually at La Senda Verde animal reserve which you mentioned (we volunteered there for a week!) and they got completely trashed, so I had to throw them away.

Meanwhile, the SWRVE pants I wore on average every other day for the whole trip.  From Bolivia to Quito I honestly wore them just about every day, going sometimes well over a week or two without washing them. Gross, but in reality I was amazed at how I never sweat in them and they never smelled.  They were also incredibly versatile.  I wore them out to bars in cities (they look pretty rad), hiking everywhere including Torres del Paine where we got caught in a crazy snowstorm, mountain biking in Bolivia, and even traversing lava fields.  I was never too hot or too cold no matter the weather.  The pants even made it all the way back home without a single rip, tear, or serious stain.  Well, perhaps just one small mystery stain that’s barely noticeable, inevitable when eating strange Bolivian food…  I am so happy I can still wear them back at home and they still look brand new.

I would fully recommend these pants (as well as one of the cotton-bamboo shirts I bought) to anyone who wants to look sharp and not like a huge tourist while still being durable enough for hiking or any other adventures.

Hiking through Chile. 

Torres del Paine National Park

Biking in Bolivia!

 On a motherf’ing boat! 

This “Chilean Adventure Mobile” is a Ford Taunus wagon manufactured in West Germany in 1973. It has less than 20,000 miles on the odometer and Alex picked it up for under $1,000 USD. Going downhill with a stout tail wind it could hit a max speed of 50mph.

Penguins in Patagonia! 

Alex makes some new friends!

 Later gators! 


memorial day sale!





we’re greeting summer with a 15% off storewide sale!

use code ‘MERICA at checkout. you must create an account on the website or log on to your existing account to use discount code.
valid only for retail sales, and valid until midnight on Monday May 26, 2014 PST.

have a great weekend and hope it’s a great beginning to an adventure-filled summer!


topo map water bottles available now!

our new Purist® water bottles with topo map design are available now!
regular 220z and tall 26oz


i guess max approves of our new colors!

while color-adjusting our photos of our new colors in our lightweight bottoms (pine and camel) and the cotton / Modal® tops (burnt orange), max quickly made himself comfortable and fell asleep right on top of our samples.




mark your calendars!
March 22, 2014 willl be our first-ever warehouse sale. 11am – 3pm.
get crazy deals up to 90% off on old stock of shorts, knicks, jeans, trousers, jackets, baselayers, tees & tops, accessories and women’s stuff!

at our Velo Love storefront in the swrve world HQ.
3421Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles CA 90065

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