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

It's hot as hell outside, these days, and it's pretty much unfuckingbearable 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 realize that pants with their own built-in A/C are not as brilliant as my sun-addled mind first thought.

Because: shorts.

Shorts are the pants 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 ($208) 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]