Air-Conditioned Trousers May be the Most Over-Engineered Garment, Ever

By Molly Oswaks on at

While we're still dreaming of the sun making an appearance here in Blightly, we're still mindful of that heatwave we had a few months ago, and how unfuckingbearable it was to endure. Which may be why it took me an embarrassingly long amount of time—a few minutes, in this case, is a few minutes too many—to come back down to Earth and realise that trousers with their own built-in A/C are not as brilliant as my sun-addled mind first thought.

Because: shorts.

Shorts are the trousers you wear when it's hot out! They are half the fabric, loose and breezy, allowing natural A/C—a gust of summer wind, say—to blow through your nether regions... without the need for a built in battery pack and a designated fan pocket.

Sure, a personal wind system within your trousers must feel nice. Very nice, I'm sure. But lumbering around in a bulky portable cooling system (£130) seems just too convoluted, when you could easily throw on a pair of cut-offs and work on your tan.

It may be hot out, but I can't imagine it ever being so hot has to warrant such hi-tech trousers. [Gizmag]