July 19, 2018

83rd & 84th Stopped Pick-Pockets: Rome & Prague, Plus First Cubed® Travel Jacket Stop!

Editors Note: This is stop #21 for Rome! Left photo is the Tiber Bridge in Rome & right is the Charles Bridge in Prague mentioned below.

Dear Clothing Arts,

Just wanted to let you know, my husband and I have been wearing your great pants for many years. On our first trip with them several years ago, we went to Rome. My husband groused a bit about having to unzip and unbutton "just to get his phone" out of his pants pocket. I explained that he didn't have to since there are clever buttons he could use to fasten the tabs out of the way instead of buttoning them to protect the pockets. And what the heck, it's only a brand new iPhone. Maybe he was feeling lucky.

So he secured the phone properly in his pocket, and we headed to the train. I thought it was annoying that a very young girl pushed past us to get in the train first and then just hung on the column at the door. Everyone had to push past her to board the train! Then my husband noticed a tug at his pocket - she had gotten one button only half opened. It was so secure that she couldn't open it entirely without him distinctly feeling it, so his new phone was secure. He picked her up and placed her back on the platform while yelling "pickpocket!" and pointing to her.

She wasn't happy, but we were! Another rider was not as lucky, as a pickpocket had gotten his phone. We explained the P-cubed pants to him and his friends, and he pledged to get some before his next trip.

We both recently got new pairs of the pants and loved the new fabric which easily dries overnight after having been washed out in the sink. Great for lean packing!

This past Christmas I got your new pickpocket proof jacket for my husband. Even he noticed how beautifully it is made! The zippers are awesome. And, as expected, it is safe with lots of room for valuables to be handy yet secure.

We were in the Czech Republic in October, and he wore his jacket. And your advertising is accurate- it keeps him perfectly comfortable in all kinds of weather by simply adjusting the layers he wears underneath.

We have been to Prague before, and it's becoming increasingly popular. We were crossing the Charles Bridge which had a craft fair on it. A couple of young men were visiting with each other and talking and having a great time. Not paying attention to other pedestrians, they bumped into my husband. It turns out they were trying to pick his pocket with his phone. They failed! The jacket is as protective as it is great looking!

So thank you so much for great products! They do all you promise and look great. We will continue to be happy customers and will continue to sell them to our friends and acquaintances.

- Armin from Texas, USA

 




July 05, 2018

82nd Stopped Pick-Pocket: Lima Market Team Bumps & Grabs Zip

Editor's Note: This is stop #2 in Lima, Peru!

​Dear Clothing Arts,

I HAVE ONLY HAD THEM 2 WEEKS...

My wife decided that I needed some pick pocket proof pants. I disagreed, as we have traveled the world for years without any problems.

That being said on 02-22-18 I received my shorts in the mail. On 03-11-18 I found myself in Lima Peru at the Minka marketplace. When we arrived the market was uncrowded, we were in a group of about 20 people and even a security guard assigned to keep an eye on us. But as the market gets very busy it is almost impossible to move a group through a large crowd. As I take many pictures I also tend to either get out in front of the group or behind.

I was lagging behind when a little old lady ran her shopping card into my leg causing me to stop abruptly and turn to my left to see what happened. As I did,a young man ran into the back of me. The little old lady never missed a step and never looked at me and speed off. As I turned to see who had run into me a young boy about 16 to 18 with his head down took off running the other way. I would have never caught him at all.

By the time I realized what had even happened it was over. Pick Pocket proof shorts 1 - Pickpocket 0

My wife said later that I had the pants only two weeks and they had paid for themselves many times over. And the slacks are on order.

Ron from Nevada, USA

PS: I have received the slacks already and they are awesome.
 




June 28, 2018

79th, 80th, & 81st Stopped Pick-Pockets: Italian Mass Transit Multi-Stop in Naples & Rome!

Editors Note: This is stop #20 for Rome!

Dear Clothing Arts,

I bought my two pairs of Adventure Travel pants for my trip to Italy three years ago, including Naples which is the second riskiest city in the world for pickpockets. My pants thwarted THREE attempts on mass transit. We always try to use mass transit as it is how the locals travel.

We are all crowded in together and as they attempted to get past the button and zipper I could feel their efforts and called them out.

It is ideal pickpocket country. Actually, in hindsight, two were on the buses in Naples and one was on the subway in Rome.

I have since purchased the dress version.

Thanks,
Bill from New York, USA

 




June 07, 2018

78th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Vegas Bump & Grab Team Craps Out

Another stop. Las Vegas (Editors Note: Actual Title of Emailed Testimonial)

Dear Clothing Arts,

I have a testimonial. I am a certified customer. Last Monday I was bumped and had a tug on my pick pocket proof pants at the Aria casino in Las Vegas.

I’ve been impressed with the pants so far and was surprised when it happened. It was interesting how I couldn’t really tell which one of a small group of people moving by had “bumped me”.

- Paul from Florida, USA  




May 22, 2018

77th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Malawi Market ATM Team

Greetings!

With my recently arrived pair of Pick-Pocket Proof® Adventure Travel Pants in my bag, I set off for the warm heart of Africa -- Malawi. A beautiful country with the warmest and friendliest people anywhere. Nevertheless, I did encounter a small group of young men near the Lilongwe market who were keen to help me out of the funds I had recently withdrawn from an ATM. Thanks to the many hidden pockets in your pants, they found nothing, despite a concerted effort.

Not only are these pants great for concealing money, but my wallet, passport, and other items all the while looking like I had nothing in my pockets! Plus, they are very comfortable - surprising considering how much I was carrying.
Your pants saved me from what could have been an extremely unfortunate incident. Thanks!!!

I heartily recommend your pants to anyone preparing for an overseas voyage.

- Bill from Maryland, USA
 




May 22, 2018

76th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Paris Metro Team Thwarted Again!

Editor's Note: This is our 13th stopped pick-pocket in Paris... that we know about!

Dear Clothing Arts,

I am a great fan of your clothing. My first pants (the old cotton Business Travelers) from you were purchased in March of 2013. In June of that year they thwarted a group of 3 pick-pockets while ascending the stairs from the Paris Metro.

Sorry, but I never let you know. Since then I purchased and wear an additional 3 pairs of shorts, 2 cargo pants, 1 brown business pants and 1 jacket. I like them all.

- Richard from Pennsylvania, USA




May 10, 2018

75th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Kiev Pick-Pocket Duo Disappear Empty Handed

Dear Clothing Arts,

I just got back from an around-the-world trip, and I thought I would follow up with you.

I know of only one instance where a pickpocket was foiled by the pants. Others may have been deterred so that they did not even try as I visited many cities (Barcelona, Rome, Sevilla, Sofia, etc., just to name a few).

Here’s the story….

It was about October 12, and we had traveled by train from Lviv, Ukraine to Kiev, Ukraine. We had three luggage bags (two large, one small); I managed the two large bags while my partner managed the small bag. Unfortunately, there was no elevator lift from the platform to the exit level, and there were about 30-40 stairs in a wide staircase. I grabbed the two large bags, one in each hand, and began the walk up the stairs. With two fifty-pound bags, my hands were occupied. The pickpockets waited until I was half way up the stairs, so I was in the middle of the ascent. I wasn’t aware of them, but I suddenly felt my left pocket begin to open. I wasn’t worried because my credit cards and money were securely in the inside pocket, but I knew immediately what was happening. I aggressively turned to investigate and intended to knock whoever was behind me down the 15 stairs. But alas, the two women aborted their mission and brushed on by me quickly. I presume that they understood their vulnerable position. But I was happy as the entire incident only lasted about 3 seconds, and they were gone—with nothing.

- John from Hawaii, USA




April 05, 2018

74th Stopped Pick-Pocket: New Zealand Pick-Pockets Disappear Empty Handed!

Editor's Note: This testimonial was taken from a Facebook comment.

I have a couple pairs of these and they're great pants for security - I have frequently put stuff in the secret area of the front pocket and then myself can't figure out how to get at it! I also felt a pickpocket try to open one of the back pockets while on a busy street overseas. So yup, they DO work.

---- Our follow-up -----

Hey Max .... This is Adam, the owner of Clothing Arts. Congrats on stopping a pick-pocket! Your story is stop #74. Could you elaborate on how it happened so we can add it to the testimonial?

---- How It Happened ----

I HATE doing this because I love the country of New Zealand so much but, yes, this happened in Auckland, 2015, downtown in a throng of people. I felt the pants tug, and my wife also felt someone grab at her purse with no success. When we looked behind us of course we saw zero obvious suspects

Max from Iowa, USA




January 29, 2018

73rd Stopped Pick-Pocket: Carterista Blocked in Cartagena, Colombia

Street shot of Cartagena with the Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Santa Catalina de Alejandría to the back left.

Editor's Note: This story comes to us through the comments on a new order! Since then, we've gotten a little more detail on his stop in Cartagena. We're glad to see Kevin's Pick-Pocket Proof® Adventure Shorts protecting his valuables on his travels and we can't wait for him to try out his new shorts when he gets back from his trip. On another note, Colombia is a new country for us. This stop in Cartagena marks our 4th stop in South America!

Order Comments:

I used my current pair of P^3 shorts in Cartagena, Colombia last year. They saved me from at least one pick-pocket attempt. That save paid for these shorts. We leave on the 21st of January for Medellin, Colombia. My old shorts will have to stand guard until I get the new ones in March.

Email With More Info On The Stop:

Last year, on a trip to Cartagena, I was without question the target of a pick-pocket. This was not an otherwise honest person taking advantage of a wallet sticking out of an open pocket as I was completely zipped up and buttoned down.

Cartagena is an old Spanish walled city with very narrow streets and equally narrow sidewalks. I was walking behind my wife on a quiet sidewalk only wide enough for one person to travel. The pick-pocket came from behind and grabbed my hips with both hands right where my front pockets should open. This was done under the guise of attempting to pass me on this super narrow sidewalk. As she grabbed for my pockets, she yelled at me in Spanish. I knew for sure that this was a pick-pocket attempt as she then immediately walked diagonally across the quiet street and disappeared into a building.   She made no attempt to get back on the sidewalk and walk in front of me. As I mentioned, she was unsuccessful! My pockets were zipped up and buttoned and as such still contained my phone and wallet.

I am happy to share this experience with you as opposed to recalling it for the police.

- Kevin from Calgary, Canada




January 04, 2018

72nd Stopped Pick-Pocket: Jostle in Johannesburg, South Africa

Panorama of the central business district of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Editor's Note: This story comes to us from a friend of the company. Chris, a traveler from Brooklyn, New York, recently returned from a trip to South Africa with his Pick-Pocket Proof® Adventure Pants. He encountered a pick-pocket in the country's largest city, Johannesburg. Check out the full story below!

Chris and a group of friends were walking down the street after dinner and drinks and found themselves followed by some locals. Chris felt a brush and tug against his side pocket, and in the same moment, out of the corner of his eye, he saw one of them getting dangerously close to a friend and reaching out towards a hanging shoulder bag, fingers inching under the flap. A third flanked them from the other side and was working his way into a back pocket.

Upon noticing, the group of friends and some helpful locals confronted the pick-pockets. Luckily, no one was injured in the altercation and all of the belongings were rightfully returned.

- Experience of Chris from Brooklyn, New York



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