February 23, 2016

22 & 23rd Stopped Pick-Pocket: European Travel Insurance!

Dear Clothing Arts,

Great to see you again and I wanted to personally thank you for your wonderful products.

I had two incidents to report where your pick-pocket-proof pants were successful. While attempting to board a train in La Spezia, Italy we were accosted by a band of young 12-14 year old girls. They would group around you and attempt to pick-pocket my wallet and front pockets. To their surprise, they were unable to access both, demonstrating antagonistic chatter in Italian. Unfortunately, I observed the young group successfully pick-pocket a man's large billfold containing his family's passports, money, reservations, etc. According to the locals, this group quickly appears and disappears almost daily to victimize travelers, especially seniors, families with young children. I am pleased I am not one of those statistics.

My second incident was in Florence. While standing and eating at a stand up bar, a young man brushed by my backside attempting to push my wallet up out of the pocket. He was quickly surprised that it was not going to happen! I observed him frustrated that he was unable to access my rear pocket and he ran away.
Success once again.

I cannot comprehend travelling in Europe without your products.

Jake from San Diego


January 21, 2016

21st Stopped Pick-Pocket: Milan Vacation Saved!

Dear Clothing Arts,

Confirm me as a believer in your system. I bought a pair of your pants at the very end of August. There was a failed attempt to pick my pocket in Milan, Italy early in September. It saved my whole vacation.

Pickpockets are always working F1 events and public transportation.

Thanks for your pants, a must investment!

Jim from Connecticut, USA




September 01, 2015

20th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Coliseum Pick-Pocket Prevented!

Taken from a ★★★★★ Review for our Convertible Travel Pants

 

Great pants...piece of mind.

 

Short review... I bought these pants in preparation for a trip to Rome and Venice. These pants made me feel safe. I kept my important items in the front 2 strapped pockets (buttoned strap over zipper). I got comfortable with the pockets quickly, no issue there. The pants are well made also. My wife liked them, and she's picky. Her instructions...buy more. At the Coliseum in Rome with recorded warnings about pick pockets they tried. They went for one of my front pockets and failed.

We're back from Italy and I wore them yesterday for a bike ride after converting them to shorts. These pants are amazing. Im buying more.




July 01, 2015

19th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Rome Bus Pick-Pockets Foiled!

Dear Clothing Arts,

I was in Rome, traveling on a public bus toward a site outside of the center - Sunday Portese market. The bus was packed with folks going to the market. Before getting on the bus, I made sure my zipper and flap were secure.

On the bus, there were some nefarious looking characters who must have taken a notice to me. When I got on off the bus, I noticed that the button and zipper were open, but the cash ( 60 euros) were in tacked because they were in the inside pocket. The pants pocket was deep enough that they couldn't reach all the way down to get anything.

Thanks you for saving my money!

Cory, New York City.

 




June 17, 2015

18th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Barcelona Pick-Pocket Escape!

Dear Clothing Arts,

Back in June 2013, while on a family trip to Rome, I narrowly escaped a pickpocket attempt while boarding a bus at Termini station. I had read up on my destinations and was keenly aware of the main areas that pickpockets frequented in Rome and the other places we visited, as well as their methods. Fortunately, I was able to avoid an unpleasant situation, but it surely left me with an unpleasant taste in my mouth and a feeling of vulnerability that I do not want to have while enjoying my travels.

I first read about Adam’s pants in an article in the Chicago Tribune and it caught my interest. I was fortunate enough to meet Adam at a Travel show in Chicago and was able to see the clothes first hand. I ordered 3 pairs of pants for an upcoming trip to the Mediterranean that we took earlier this year.

While my wife and I were in Barcelona on February 28, 2015, we were heading to Parc Guell for the afternoon on public transportation. We took the subway to a bus - when we got out of the subway station, I was completely disoriented as to what direction anything was. In my moment of weakness, I feel like a big arrow was pointing at my head screaming tourist!

We found the bus stop and there were several people waiting, and none of them spoke English. There were some nice elderly ladies who sort of made me comfortable that I was going the right way, as well as a couple of other guys waiting to get on bus.

When the bus came, one of the guys that had been waiting boarded first, and the second guy graciously motioned to let me pass before him. I assumed that he would let my wife pass with me but he did not. He followed me on the bus and him and the first guy sandwiched me as I tried to validate my ticket. Sure enough they were trying to hit me!

Having been through it before in Rome, I knew what was going on, but felt much different this time as I had my pickpocket proof pants. Once I felt that sensation of violation (hands all over me that don’t belong there), I immediately moved to the back of the bus away from the two guys, Sure enough the button on my rear pocket was undone and the zipper was not fully closed. But my wallet was secure and I was confident that I was as well.

My wife and I are going to Budapest and Prague next month. I am ordering two pairs of shorts today as it will be warm there. I’ve been doing my homework and know where the pickpockets frequent there, but I have no worries. With a little diligence and my pants from Clothing Arts, I feel safe going anywhere!

Bob R from Plainfield, Illinois




June 07, 2015

17th Stopped Pick-Pocket: French Train Station Stop

Dear Clothing Arts,

My wife and I were on a trip to southern France recently. It was my first trip wearing my new P3 pants. I kept my wallet & passport in the left cargo pocket (snap + buttons) and my iPhone in the right cargo pocket.

As we were boarding a train at a small station one stop beyond the main station at Nice, I felt a small tug at the left pocket. I instinctively slapped at the hand as I turned around to see a young woman and a male companion looking at me as if to say “How dare you foil our attempt to pick your pocket!”.

That one incident made the purchase price worth every penny. Beyond that, I have to say that the pants were very comfortable. I wore them every day and rinsed them out only once.

Regards,

Bob from Indiana, USA




May 21, 2015

15 & 16th Stopped Pick-Pocket by One Traveler in Athens!


Dear Clothing Arts,

We were traveling in Greece and Turkey in October, 2014. This was my first trip with my new ClothingArts slacks. Two pick-pocket attempts were foiled in Athens.

The first was in a crowd listening to street music, where I was quite mindful of possible pick-pockets. A young child first "bumped" into me right at my back pocket level, followed shortly by another pressure against the same pocket, apparently from an adult I saw walking away. The concealed zipper on the slacks seemed to been a significant deterrent there.

The second attempt was on a crowded Athens subway. I knew it was coming. As my wife and I stood in the car I watch five men make their way down the car, with one selling Kleenex as a distraction. They stopped around me, but didn't get off at that station. As several of the men were pressed up against me, I could then feel the zipper on my front pocket being pulled - the pocket where I kept my wallet. Fortunately the wallet was inside the second velcro enclosure inside the pocket, and our stop was next, so I said "excuse me" and pushed towards the door. The men would not even move out of the way for my wife and I, but we shoved our way out the door with all our valuables in tact.

Thanks for the extra protection of these slacks. - Bill from California




February 12, 2015

14th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Athens Metro Pick-Pocket Team

Dear Clothing Arts,

I knew I would be a good pick-pocket target in Europe. On the Athens Metro, Acropolis station stop, there are a lot of tourists because of the Parthenon Temple above. I remember the station was crowded as usual. When I was aboard the train, I could feel someone touch my front pocket, but I wasn't aware of exactly what was happening because it was so crowded. After the train door closed, one guy touched my shoulder and tried to talk to me: "Do you know English?"

I didn't reply to him and pretended I didn't understand. At the same moment, I could feel movement in my front pocket. When I looked down, someone touched my shoulder again and asked, "This station?"

I looked at him and immediately looked down at my front pocket. I saw another guy was using his finger and trying to open my pocket. Of course, he failed. I slapped his hand and looked right at him. He looked so confused and embarrassed!

At the same time, we arrived at my destination. Before I left the train, I pointed to the two guys and yelled "thief." The door closed and everyone was staring at them.

Thanks for the great pants!

Bill from CA, USA

Photo: Bill & Clothing Arts owner/designer Adam Rapp at the San Francisco Travel & Adventure Show right after Bill told us about the stopped pick-pocket!




January 14, 2015

13th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Ho Chi Minh City Encounter

Dear Clothing Arts

Not only are the travel version of the "Pickpocket-Proof" pants comfortable, but the live up to their name. One evening about 8PM, I was walking south on De Tham Street in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and I was accosted a local, who began to "proposition" me.

She grabbed my right forearm with her right hand, and proceeded to try to get into my zippered pocket with her left hand. NO LUCK! I pushed her away as she tried to get into the cargo pocket. Nothing there. "To Bad, So Sad."

These pants are "cheap" traveler's insurance, when I think about the lost time and the inconvenience I avoided.

Thanks.

Dwight from WA, USA




September 19, 2014

12th Stopped Pick-Pocket: St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

Dear Clothing Arts

Just thought I would tell you of a recent experience in St. Peter's basilica in Rome.

Huge crowd and I felt a person pushing against me and trying to undo the back pocket of the Adventure Pants.

She failed and when I confronted her, she slunk away with an abject apology and a very embarrassed expression on her face!

Not that there was anything of value in the pocket, except a map of Rome!

Thanks for the great product!

John from Australia