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By Nathan Stokes
Jan 19, 2011
Carhartt double duck pants are the only way to fly. That or white canvas painters pants if you want to rock it old school.

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By -sp
From East-Coast
Jan 19, 2011
Buenos Dias!
This will be the second time in ten minutes I've recommended these...
stonemastergear.com/index.php?...

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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jan 19, 2011
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.
Brown pants. Definitely.


Anything thick with some nylon and stretch in it seems to last the longest.

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By jim-c
Jan 19, 2011
topping 2
Carhartt canvas shorts. With lots of pockets. Good heavy material that takes a beating. I prefer shorts - hate climbing in pants. The down side is that while the knee jams stick better, you do end up bloody after a long day. But it's not climbing until you're bleeding.

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By Eddie Brown
From Tempe, Arizona
Jan 19, 2011
Carhartts are the only way to go. They are durable, affordable, and you can fit in with the local yokels at the bar after climbing in their shitty town...

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By Woodchuck ATC
Jan 19, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Historically? If I was still in the early 80's I'd say the only pants to use are Chouinard/Patagonia double layer canvass climbing pants. Big, bulky, sturdy, and dam hot in summer but protected you from any cuts for sure. Either I got fat or my old pairs of pants have all 'shrunk' about 4 inches in the waist. I go for shrunken pants as the answer.

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By YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Jan 19, 2011
Bouldering at right side of Sun Deck
Without question, go to Walmart and get these!

painter's pants
painter's pants

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By mtoensing
From Boulder
Jan 19, 2011
Props to my home state show
+1 for carhartts.

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By Bryan G
From San Jose
Jan 19, 2011
Puffy jackets and Happy Boulders
If you end up climbing a lot of wide cracks, you'll probably want the cheapest pair of jeans you can find. The older pairs at thrift stores that were made before they started acid washing everything are best. If you're just sport climbing or gym climbing then you can get some lightweight fancy pants that cost more.

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By fossana
From Bishop, CA
Jan 19, 2011
downclimb off the First Flatiron <br />photo by TooTallTim
I'm a big fan of Schoeller material pants (like the Courmayeurs) for long multi-pitch/alpine routes b/c they are highly abrasion resistant and dry fast. You can sometimes find the Mammut ones heavily discounted at Sierra Trading Post. REI also makes a cheaper model. For bouldering/sport I don't care as much.

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By Peter Beal
From Boulder Colorado
Jan 19, 2011
Carhartt Relaxed Fit Khakis. I bought a pair at Sierra Trading Post for 25 bucks and wound up getting two more, perfect for bouldering.

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By Highlander
From Ouray, CO
Jan 19, 2011
Arborwear tree climber pants are nice for cragging simular to carhartts but have the gusseted crotch.

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By NickinCO
From colorado
Jan 19, 2011
after the hard stuff, into cruiser hands.
Arcteryx Spotter pants are AWESOME if you can find them on clearance.

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By hyung kim
From granada hills ca
Jan 19, 2011
thanks for all your comments. I had martial art pants and they rip too fast. I think I might go with the Dickies for now. I do wanna check out those Pranas for later though.

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By hyung kim
From granada hills ca
Jan 19, 2011
YDPL8S wrote:
Without question, go to Walmart and get these!

Nice!!

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By David Appelhans
From Lafayette
Jan 19, 2011
Imaginate
Make sure they have a high spf rating. Someone died last year from sunburns on their entire leg. Spend the extra money for some pants with an SPF of 40 or more.

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By RadDawg
From NE, GA
Jan 19, 2011
Sunrise over Cashiers valley
Megalith!

Too bad they don't make them anymore. Nice pockets, elastic cuffs, big elastic waistband, heavy duty cotton fabric construction, gusset crotch, and an upside down zipper.

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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jan 19, 2011
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.
Solomon Grundy want pants, too!

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By Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Jan 19, 2011
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "Alan Nelson's Bulging Belly" (5.10, X) on the Lost and Found Flatiron. Belayer is Mark Ruocco. Photo by Bill Wright, 10/06.
Something with room for the boys- anytime I wear non-stretch fabrics, and the leg loops pull up, things suffer. It' really is motivation not to hang or fall, I guess.

Mike Lane wrote:
Who remembers Christian's banana-hammock phase?

Oh that's awesome news... you mean it has ended now?

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By Old Timer
Administrator
From North Andover MA
Jan 19, 2011
Walmart jeans....they are like $12 a shot so you don't get all pissed off when you blast a hole in the ass from doing too many sit starts.

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By Ben Walburn
Jan 19, 2011
"This definitely beats lying in a pile of saw dust all day"
I like something that allows full range of motion. I do quite a bit of extreme stemming and I find the right pant is imperative, the difference between sending super tuff and going home disturbed and angry.
Climbing apparel
Climbing apparel

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By rgold
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan 19, 2011
The traverse out to the Yellow Ridge on the Dogstick Ridge link-up.  Photo by Myriam Bouchard
If you are in the Prana price range, I think a much better product is the Stonemaster climbing pant.

Stonemaster is owned by Mike Graham, one of the original Stonemasters and more recently of Gramicci fame. Mike is the "discoverer" of the gusset for climbing pants, and he knows how to do it better than anyone. He sold Gramicci and now does just a small line of superb climbing pieces.

Note: these are for temperate-climate rock-climbing. For cold, wet, or snowy conditions the much pricier softshells are the way to go.

Disclaimer: I have no interest in the business, but I do own three pairs of the climbing pants and two pairs of the jeans, which have become just about the only thing I wear except when I have to dress up.

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By Andrew Clark
From woodland hills, ut
Jan 19, 2011
I will let you in on a little secret... chords are the greatest things ever!!! a lot of chords come made partially of spandex! get these!! they are very durable and don't get dirty as easily. they are all i climb in! get some from your local thrift store/savers/DI.. but make sure they have spandex!

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By Tim Pegg
Jan 19, 2011
Me on Hallett Peak's 2nd Buttress.
Anything that's all nylon will be really durable. Some are even reasonably priced.

I climbed in these for a year before they got their first hole:
rei.com/product/794408

After 2 years, they're now about 10% ripstop repair tape.

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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 20, 2011
OTL
If you want to go with jeans, I love my Royal Robbins Nox jeans. They stretch and breathe. No wear issues yet. Picked them up for $28 after coupon from STP

spadout.com/p/royal-robbins-no...

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