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By Luke Deurmier
From Rapid City, SD
Feb 1, 2013

I know this is probably a stupid question, but is there some sort of super bombproof pants that don't tear so easy when a crampon contacts it? Lol


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By S Denny
From Carbondale, CO
Feb 1, 2013

no. try not kicking your pants...


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By Jake Carroll
From Fort Collins
Feb 1, 2013
The Monastery

There are a lot of pants like these that have reinforced areas near the ankles where most snags occur.
www.patagonia.com/us/product/mens-alpine-guide-pants?p=83950>>>


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By Luke Deurmier
From Rapid City, SD
Feb 1, 2013

Thanks jake, that helps a lot lol. Ill try my hardest, Denny I'm just a clumsy bastard hahaha


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By J Antin
From Denver, CO
Feb 1, 2013
First morning at Indian Creek!!!

Jake Carroll wrote:
There are a lot of pants like these that have reinforced areas near the ankles where most snags occur. www.patagonia.com/us/product/mens-alpine-guide-pants?p=83950>>>


These are great pants - overall softshells are more forgiving and allow you to notice and reverse you clumsy footwork without tearing a huge hole in your pants before it's too late....most of the time.


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By alpinejason
From Eau Claire
Feb 1, 2013

I generally wear the Outdoor Research Alibi pants. They're tough as nails. Had them two seasons (40+ days?) with only a couple small punctures high stepping, Fig. 4s or something.

Pretty well insulated so just a light base layer in anything down to single digits.


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By matt davies
Feb 1, 2013

Get a pair of these: www.patagonia.com/us/product/mens-super-alpine-bibs-with-gor>>>

Not crampon proof, but you'll be amazed at how quickly your footwork improves in $600 britches


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By ColinM
From Escondido, CA
Feb 1, 2013
Capitol Peak

I've got the OR Alibi pants too. They are designed for ice climbing. Seem super durable, but I haven't tried poking them. They have extra tough fabric where you might catch your crampons.


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By T Howes
From Bozeman, MT
Feb 2, 2013

Use a soft shell pant and buy a roll of tenacious tape. I laugh a little when I see guys wearing $300 pants ice climbing, you will inevitably destroy them.

I have a pair of Alibi's also, not the best pants out there but they work and the price was right.


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By athan
From Bozeman, MT
Feb 21, 2013
It's ok...you'll be able to ski soon.

Any thoughts on the Mammut Castor pant???


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By Michael C
From New Jersey
Feb 21, 2013
Mt Minsi, PA

Let "warm" and "dry" be your criteria. No fabric is crampon proof. Get some Gortex tape, the stuff works great. My pants and gaiters have a few patches, no big deal.


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By Cale Hoopes
From Sammamish, WA
Feb 21, 2013
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Best pants so far. OR Couloir. Love em, they aren't too expensive. If you need insulation, OR Alibi pants. OR's ice gear is tailored for ice, and much of it rocks the competition who in my opinion don't quite understand ice.


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By Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Feb 21, 2013
Stairway to Heaven

Cale Hoopes wrote:
Best pants so far. OR Couloir.


OR doesn't make pants called Couloir, at least not any more. Do you mean OR Cirque?


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By Mottsy
Feb 21, 2013

athan wrote:
Any thoughts on the Mammut Castor pant???


They're what I currently use here in the Northeast and they're awesome.

Certainly not crampon proof, but very comfortable with a good amount of stretch and waterproofness/breathability. I use them for cold-weather hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing as well. If it's really cold I'll wear a pair of older Patagonia expedition weight capilene fleece bottoms under them, but usually get by with nothing but plain old undies or only very light long underwear. They are pricey though (I think about $300) - I was fortunate to get them on sale.

The OR Alibi pants might be my next purchase as I have the jacket and love it.


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By Bill Kirby
From Baltimore Maryland
Feb 21, 2013
Me eating a cliff bar walking back from Frankenstein Amphitheater

If you're always fucking your pants up with crampons try wearing gaiters. You can stop wearing them after you get your act together in the footwork department. Take your your torn up climbing pants to the dry cleaners. They'll stitch them back together cheap.

I have pair of OR pants, pair of Ragged Mountain, pair of Salomon and a pair of Patagonia guide pants. They all hold up well.. as long as you keep crampons away from them.


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By superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Feb 22, 2013
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3

Most times ive ever crampon myself have been from an unforseen post hole highh step snag or figure fours. Ive never actually crampons myself where crampon patches are. go figure.


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