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Clever clothes fit for the road

Quest tests attire that's built for long journeys

From CNN's Richard Quest

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The Thomas Pink 'Traveller' shirt has a secret breast pocket for storing your passport...

(CNN) -- It is so difficult to find clothes that will stand the rigors of long-haul travel, when sartorial elegance is usually the last thing on our minds.

These days there's a whole new brand of garment specially designed to help us when we're on the road.

Whether you're on a train, a plane or even in a car, you want clothes that do the trick: wrinkle-free, stain-free, and most importantly, comfortable. In other words, smart -- yet sensible -- clothing.

'The Traveller' shirt by Thomas Pink - $115

The shirt: Its design features are hidden, with secret pockets for valuables. It's got two breast pockets, one behind the other. The second one is made for your passport. In the cuff, there's a place for a spare credit card

Quest's verdict: The hidden credit card is not the sort of thing you can easily get to if you want to make an impulse purchase, but if you are on the road and you need to hide something, this might be the answer. It just all seems a little fiddly for every day use.

'Smart Comfort' shoes by Timberland - $100

The shoes: Provide pressure-free zones and mould to the shape of the foot, which means they expand with traveling.

Quest's verdict: Normally I would put on my most comfortable clothes for long distance travel but in the interests of the business traveler I wore the shoes for 11 hours from LA to London. They expanded very nicely to accommodate my growing feet.

'High Twist' suit by Gieves and Hawkes - $2,180

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After 10 hours in the overhead compartment, the 'High Twist' suit looks relatively pressed.

The suit: By twisting the yarn, the fabric retains its crispness and remains wrinkle free.

Quest's verdict: I scrunched the jacket up and stored it in the overhead compartment for 10 hours. It still looked relatively pressed afterwards.

'Stain Shield' shirt by Van Heusen - $70

The shirt: Technology provides a molecular barrier, protecting it from potential stains or soiling.

Quest's verdict: I smothered it in salad oil, ketchup and even red wine, but it all wiped away and I could have got away with wearing it at a meeting. I have to hand it to this shirt, very impressive indeed.

-- Business International airs on CNN International on Saturday, April 15. For show times click here.

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