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This travel sweatshirt inspired by a kangaroo has divided the TPG office

Aug. 18, 2020
4 min read
This travel sweatshirt inspired by a kangaroo has divided the TPG office
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When you work at The Points Guy, there are a few topics that frequently come up in conversation — "Where will you travel next?" for example, or, "I'm really close to hitting my minimum spend," and, of course, "You have how many points?!"

But, late last year, something arrived at our office that nearly tore the office in half. And no, it wasn't a debate about the best economy seat or our favorite travel rewards credit cards.

No, this was a debate about a sweatshirt inspired by a kangaroo.

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Enter: The Loungaroo High-Tech Hoodie and Pillow.

Photo by Orli Friedman/The Points Guy
Photo by Orli Friedman/The Points Guy

Touted as a two-in-one, brushed-knit polyester spandex travel sweatshirt, it folds into itself to become a pillow. It's very soft to the touch and has a plush lining. For a very versatile sweatshirt and pillow (sweatillow?) it's lightweight, claims to be wrinkle-resistant and is pretty cozy.

It even has a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) blocking pocket to ensure that no one steals your passport or credit card information.

This tech doesn't come cheap, of course. The sweatshirt costs $75, but you can get 10% off by signing up with your email online. You can buy directly through Loungaroo's site, or on retailers such as Amazon. And yes — you can get free, two-day shipping with Amazon Prime.

Since you'll be charged over $10 for shipping via Loungaroo's site, you'll get the best deal by purchasing through Amazon.

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We actually reviewed a travel blanket from Loungaroo (read: Lounge-a-roo) last year, and while it looked absolutely ridiculous, it was comfortable and "a dream to wear."

So, what about the brand's new sweatshirt made it so controversial?

Photo by Orli Friedman/The Points Guy
Photo by Orli Friedman/The Points Guy

Well, for starters, it's not exactly flattering. Unlike the travel blanket, you're supposed to actually wear this in public, yet it didn't have much stretch to it — especially in areas where it should. I'll stick to my Lululemon, personally, thank you very much.

The concept of a "kangaroo pouch" pocket with RFID-blocking technology and a zipper to secure your valuables is clever. After all, how many times have you slipped your phone into a front pocket only to have it slide right out the other side?

Travelers who are already carrying a purse or a backpack might find this pocket is a little redundant — and it sure looks silly when it's loaded up with your phone, wallet, passport, boarding pass, hand sanitizer, spare face mask and other travel essentials.

But TPG's executive editorial director, Scott Mayerowitz, completely disagreed. Yes, he said, the sweatshirt looked a bit awkward with the front pocket (do people ever want to look like a kangaroo?) but decided it was comfortable and practical — especially the aforementioned pouch.

Photo editor Wyatt Smith said he fell somewhere in the middle. He thinks it's "fine, but not flattering."

"I probably wouldn't wear it," he said.

If you don't fill up the front pocket, though, it can be a comfortable, functional sweatshirt perfect for air travel — and starring in videos about passengers behaving badly on airplanes.

The one thing we could all agree on, though, was that it looks adorable with office pup Skippy in it.

Photo by Orli Friedman/The Points Guy

Bottom line

Overall, the office verdict was that the Loungaroo sweatshirt looks, well, bizarre. It's undoubtedly soft and comfortable, and might be even more practical in its pillow form. But the jury's still out on whether it qualifies as airport chic.

Would you wear this Loungaroo sweatshirt?

Featured image by Photo by Orli Friedman/The Points Guy

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  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
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  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023