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Feb 27, 2013
Day Lily.
I have several pairs of the prana zion and the outdoor research ferrosi (or maybe its ferossi?) Pants. The OR ferrosi pants are hands down the best rock pants I've ever come across. The Stoned Master
From Pennsylvania
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Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "...
Stretch fabric for movement, tough fabric for a little life, ample room for "the boys" due to harness and such, and slightly short at the narrow/tapered ankle to increase foot visibility.
Anything in that framework. I have some gramicci, verve, old Jrat, OR, and Marmot pants that all fit the bill.
Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
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You stay away from mah pig!
Dickies carpenter pants. You can get them for like $22 at Walmart. In the summer, it's all about the board shorts. camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
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I climb in the cheapest jeans I can find (thrift store or Wal Mart). Always figured it to be DUMB to buy actual "Climbing clothes". Way the fuck too expensive for what boils down to be nothing more than IMAGE. (Not true however when it comes to WINTER clothing)... Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
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bubbas in bondage
Has anyone found any cheap pants that fit like carhartts, but are made of polyester? I like carhartts, but don't like them once they get wet. rockhard
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Mashers Tower
Locker wrote:
I climb in the cheapest jeans I can find (thrift store or Wal Mart). Always figured it to be DUMB to buy actual "Climbing clothes". Way the fuck too expensive for what boils down to be nothing more than IMAGE. (Not true however when it comes to WINTER clothing)...


actually many climbing garments are designed for performance. material, tailoring etc. form fit function all that. image? I'd say your dirtbag climber image is the real issue ;-)
Cornelius Jefferson
Joined Apr 5, 2006
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Feb 27, 2013
How has no one said "your mom's" yet? Eric Bratschun
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Feb 27, 2013
Locker wrote:
I climb in the cheapest jeans I can find (thrift store or Wal Mart). Always figured it to be DUMB to buy actual "Climbing clothes". Way the fuck too expensive for what boils down to be nothing more than IMAGE. (Not true however when it comes to WINTER clothing)...


Well, not always. Pants that are comfortable under a harness, have a lycra content, are relatively burly, and have things like gusseted crotches and articulated knees are pretty much the sole province of climbing clothing companies. If it's cold, I'll climb in whatever. As the temperature increases and the possibility of sweat increases, I cannot stand climbing in anything without some sort of stretch. Highstepping or wide stemming in Dickies or jeans when you're sweaty is like the worst feeling ever. I don't want my movement restricted by my _pants_ of all things. Shorts are out for me because of my tendency to kneebar/kneescum/basically grind my knees to pulp whenever possible, so I need a fabric that has stretch, but some resiliency as well. So far my favorite pants ever are the Verve Xeno pant, but they only do production runs sporadically. Next time they're available I'm getting two pairs. The Stonemaster stuff is pretty nice, and super burly. I have some Prana Stretch Zions and they feel pretty good, but are cut kind of weird. Although if you're doing easy to moderate trad or something, get whatever is cheap and durable.
Mark Paulson
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Feb 27, 2013
+1 for the Eddie Bauer FA jeans.. Get them on sale though cause they're 80 bucks full price. They stretch, have a gusseted crotch, and aren't baggy (or too skinny either). Come in 34'' inseam too.

Also they have Cordura in the fabric, so they are burly.. And look like normal nice dark jeans that you can wear to the club/do the ATL stomp in.

New favorite pants.
Kirby
From DC
Joined Mar 5, 2010
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Feb 27, 2013
Whiskey-a-Go-Go
Every time I climb, I put on the Man Suit. Tom Mulholland
From #1 Cheese Producing State!
Joined Apr 16, 2010
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Feb 27, 2013
dream canyon fun!
hammer pants or tight rolled bugle boy pants. Devin Fin
From DURANGO
Joined Jan 14, 2010
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Feb 27, 2013
whatever is cheap and fits

its that simple ;)
bearbreeder
Joined Mar 1, 2009
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Feb 27, 2013
Grand Teton selfie
prAna stretch Zion pants have taken a lot of abuse and keep me very happy. Jeremy Riesberg
From Boulder, CO
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Feb 27, 2013
uintas
Gramicci Original G pants. So much more affordable/durable than patagonia and prana and more comfortable too. Most of the time on their website you can find pants for 12 bucks can't beat that!!! Mattberr
From utah
Joined May 1, 2010
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Feb 27, 2013
Following up a new route out in the Mojave Desert....
Patagonia Rock Craft-- year and a half of climbing on everything, including some sandstone offwidth without even a single small tear or loose thread.

Also, the Carhartt dungarees don't restrict movement much, and I had the same pair for 2.5 years...
Davis Stevenson
From Flagstaff, Arizona
Joined Dec 5, 2010
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Feb 27, 2013
John Ryan wrote:
+1 for Prana Stretch Zion. I have been buying these for 8 years and love them. I own four pair now. Very durable and comfortable. The sizing seems to vary widely from year to year so I have many different fits. You can usually find them on sale during end of season clearance sales.


I think I'm the 3rd +1 in here for the Zion pants. I have two pairs of the Zion shorts and one pair of the pants. They're the only pants/shorts I wear when climbing, often wear them when not climbing, and none of them need to be retired yet. Most comfortable pants I've ever worn and very durable to boot.

My wife just bought a pair of the Halle pants, which are essentially the Zion pants made for women, and she wishes she bought them a long time ago.
Ian Stewart
Joined May 17, 2010
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Feb 27, 2013
OTL
Another Zion fan. Bought after reviews on here (much like mojo shorts).

Shop around and get them on sale. 6pm or sierratradingpost if you're patient.
The pants, I had to go L in - tiny bit restrictive in the hips for a M. Shorts, M easily fit fine. L was huge. Can vary by year it seems also, so try on for sure. So comfy. Durable so far. Breathe great.

Jeans w/ stretch and gusseted crotch for colder days or OW.
Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Joined Oct 20, 2010
501 points
Feb 27, 2013
BrianWS wrote:
Martial arts pants with an elastic waist. Freedom of movement, fairly wind resistant, durable, and cheap (~$20 per pair). They're a bit heavy for climbing in the dead of summer, but perfect for the east coast for 9/12 months per year.


Where can I get said martial arts pants?

Edit: google found what I think you're talking about.
frankstoneline
Joined Apr 23, 2009
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Feb 27, 2013
1/3 of the way up Spire, just above where my piece...
Prana - Light weight, stretchy, wind resistant. If I wasn't so cheap its the only pant I'd wear.

Lycra 1+ it's the bees knees
Tombo
From Boulder
Joined Feb 9, 2006
242 points
Feb 27, 2013
Painters pants look so choice with my cowbells, i mean hexes. Steve M
From MN
Joined Aug 2, 2011
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Feb 27, 2013
Moss
Get Rad- Get Bad with clear lycra!

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Midnight Mountaineering
Jason Todd
From Cody, WY
Joined Apr 21, 2012
511 points
Feb 27, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Pants...or shorts,,,I'm loaded with like 8 sets of Prana. comfy, stretchy, durable and always on sale it seems at Miguels at the Red. Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
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Feb 27, 2013
frankstoneline wrote:
Where can I get said martial arts pants? Edit: google found what I think you're talking about.


If you don't want to order online, most sporting goods retailers ought to sell them, especially ones that carry boxing equipment. If you live near a Chinatown, poking around the curio shops is a good bet, too.
BrianWS
Joined Apr 22, 2010
740 points
Feb 27, 2013
Jeans all day, board shorts when it's baking reese butler
From Altadena, CA
Joined Feb 4, 2013
21 points
Feb 27, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
Hard shell boxers with soft-shell pants...wave of the future Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
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