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#65228 - 06/04/12 03:30 PM Best climbing pants?
mgree Offline
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Registered: 03/08/12
Posts: 10
Loc: Philadelphia, PA
Unless the universe is conspiring to tell me that I'm fat, I need to reevaluate my choice of climbing pants.

I've always climbed in my everyday clothes (think Gap jeans), on the thinking that it's my actual skill level holding me back, not my clothes or equipment. But between seat wear from my bicycle commute and a few high feet, I seriously opened up a pair of jeans on Bloody Mary. (A perfect opportunity for doing Shockley's, I'm told, but I'd just done it for the first time the day before.)

So: what should I wear? I need the room to move for wide/high feet and a full leg to protect from bugs and scrapes. Breathability is a plus. And it wouldn't hurt to look good/be wearable everyday. (This is what has kept me back from most "hiking" or "outdoors" pants. That and I'm cheap/poor, so having special purpose pants just isn't a great option.)

Should I suck it up and wear whatever EMS/REI/Rock and Snow sell? Should I get jeans that aren't pre-broken in, like Carhartts? Should climb in the nude and just try to ignore the black flies? Are there other options that I'm missing?

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#65231 - 06/04/12 04:13 PM Re: Best climbing pants? [Re: mgree]
crimpy Offline
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Registered: 07/02/11
Posts: 331
Loc: Wawarsing
hammer pants like donald perry look awesome in photos.

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#65242 - 06/04/12 06:50 PM Re: Best climbing pants? [Re: crimpy]
oenophore Offline
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Registered: 09/24/01
Posts: 5981
Loc: 212 land
My policy is that climb clothes are expendable. It's foolish to buy clothing just for climbing. Wear something old and comfortable. Know that it will wear out no matter what you do if you climb in it. Replace it with something similar.
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#65243 - 06/04/12 06:59 PM Re: Best climbing pants? [Re: oenophore]
Julie Offline
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Registered: 01/16/00
Posts: 2090
Loc: SoCal
http://www.rei.com/outlet/search?cat=22000007&cat=22000007_Hiking+and+Travel+Clothing&cat=22000059&cat=22000303&hist=cat%2C22000007%3AMen%27s+Clothing^cat%2C22000007_Hiking+and+Travel+Clothing%3AHiking+and+Travel+Clothing^cat%2C22000059%3ASportswear^cat%2C22000303%3AMen%27s+Pants

Stretchy, quick-dry pants are good to have. But I wouldn't be paying full retail for 'em, either ...

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#65244 - 06/04/12 07:01 PM Re: Best climbing pants? [Re: oenophore]
chip Offline
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Registered: 10/06/01
Posts: 2679
Loc: Sittin' Pretty in Fat City
Light-weight soft shell type stuff works great but is rarely needed or a day trip. The old, stretchy nylon warm up pants from 30 years ago work just as well but good luck finding them.

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#65246 - 06/04/12 08:07 PM Re: Best climbing pants? [Re: chip]
crimpy Offline
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Registered: 07/02/11
Posts: 331
Loc: Wawarsing
I agree with oneophore. for me its old work clothes, jeans and carharts.

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#65252 - 06/04/12 11:56 PM Re: Best climbing pants? [Re: crimpy]
Rickster Online   content
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 853
Loc: Orange Cty, NY
Pants? Who needs pants?


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#65260 - 06/05/12 02:18 AM Re: Best climbing pants? [Re: Rickster]
mgree Offline
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Registered: 03/08/12
Posts: 10
Loc: Philadelphia, PA
I definitely agree with the "not worth having special purpose stuff" sentiment. I think I just own so few pairs of pants with intact crotches that "old clothes" aren't an option.

Since I'm not legit enough for crimpy or Rickster's suggestions (never mind the drivers at the hairpin turn, I feel sorry for the belayer!), I'll see about a pair of Carhartts. My girlfriend said she had to break hers in using a cement mixer full of stones, but I suppose that's not too dissimilar to what climbing will do to them.

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#65262 - 06/05/12 02:33 AM Re: Best climbing pants? [Re: mgree]
Rickster Online   content
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 853
Loc: Orange Cty, NY
Well then, Carhart's white painters were haute couture once a long time ago, they're still readly available and they don't need any breaking in.

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#65264 - 06/05/12 03:25 AM Re: Best climbing pants? [Re: Rickster]
empicard Offline
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Registered: 08/29/01
Posts: 2957
Loc: LI, NY
ive got a fantastic pair of mountain hardware pants. gusseted, draw string ankles, the works. they are great.
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