Climbing pants for tall skinny woman?


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Kat Hessen · · San Diego, CA · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0

Having a helluva time finding climbing/hiking pants that fit! I'm female, 5'10 and about 112 lbs soaking wet.. When running, hiking, etc. I can get away with daggy shorts, but for climbing I really prefer wearing pants for several reasons. I currently own one pair of Kuhl Splash Roll-Up pants in a size 2, but they cost me an arm and a leg, and still are not ideal..(could have something to do with the missing leg.)

Anyone out there on MP with similar measurements or somehow in the know? My waist is 23", and hips at the widest are 34.5" and I prefer a 34" inseam, but for the purpose of climbing I would probably be fine with 32". Usually have more luck with something that can be adjusted in the waist. I climb mostly in Southern California, so some ventilation is great. I give zero darns about aesthetics, and I love zip-off pants that become shorts and all things dorky. I imagine some brands run narrower fits, like in shoe sizes... ANY leads welcome! 

-Kat 

Matt Pierce · · Denver, CO · Joined May 2010 · Points: 183

I'm not sure if this will help you but maybe Prana? And maybe Prana mens? Ever tried mens pants? I own a ton of Prana mens pants because they offer very off sizes - I wear 31/34. Finding a 34 length in just about any mens pants you have to get a waist larger than 32 so that never works for me. Just a thought.

Prana also offers the popular stretch zion in a convertible and they also have some nice stretchy knickers - I have both but needed to order online as they dont ever seem to be available in stores...

Em Cos · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 0

Prana men's doesn't come any smaller than a 28" waist, at least that I've found. (I was hoping to get the men's version for the pockets). The women's do come in short, regular, and tall, but they run a bit big (I'm one size smaller in Prana than in most brands) so I wouldn't be surprised if even the zero is a bit big on you, and unfortunately the super handy built-in waist cincher that used to be on all their climbing pants is now only on the men's. Worth a try though! I can't offer any more insight than that, I always need the short length in my pants. But if they fit you and you can live with tiny pockets, they're great climbing pants. 

amarius · · Nowhere, OK · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 0

My wife suggested you get something close and then get it altered. 

Kat Hessen · · San Diego, CA · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0

Thanks you guys! Em, I agree with your take on men's pants -- they are always massive in the waist and hard to take it. I think I'll look into size zero Pranas, and maybe those longer looking Black Diamond pants with the cinched legs that I see around... Amarius -- that might eventually be my best option. Getting second-hand longer women's pants and take them in all along the legs. Or maybe I just need to start my own climbing brand for Malnourished Dirtbags...

Nate Doyle · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 0

Have you tried Eddie Bauer for pants? I'm not sure about women's fit but, they do make pants in tall sizes. They have clearance deals at their outlet stores and then they have normal stores in many malls too. By the way, they are having a 60% off online sale that ends today.

Matt Pierce · · Denver, CO · Joined May 2010 · Points: 183

Keep in mind - at least at the Denver store - prana does FREE alterations

Kat Hessen · · San Diego, CA · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0
Nate Doyle wrote:

Have you tried Eddie Bauer for pants? I'm not sure about women's fit but, they do make pants in tall sizes. They have clearance deals at their outlet stores and then they have normal stores in many malls too. By the way, they are having a 60% off online sale that ends today.

Will look into that! Often US brands run wide for women, but there are some great exceptions. Thanks for the tip!

Edubs · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2014 · Points: 0

Ugh, Prana pants are the worst. I'm 5'10" too (though weigh substantially more than you do) and the Prana inseam situation is terrible. The regular 32" inseam is too short (though I often wear a 32" inseam and can get away with it with some of the Prana styles), but the tall pants are a whopping 36" inseam! Who are these women?? The "petite" pants are 30", the regular are 32", and the tall are... for women over 6'3"?? Wth, Prana. 

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 136

Lycra

Abbie R · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 5

Honestly, try e9. It's an Italian brand, but you can buy them in the U.S. from this site (and maybe others). I own three pair, and all of them run long, in my opinion (I'm 5'9"). Most of their styles have elastic in the waist - either all around or just in the back - which is very convenient for fit, in my opinion. I find they run pretty straight anyway - I have pairs in both M and L, and I'm a 28" waist, 37" hips.

George Bracksieck · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 1,225

Try Stonewear Designs.

Alicia Sokolowski · · Brooklyn, NY · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 345

I second the e9 suggestion. 

Kat Hessen · · San Diego, CA · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0
Abbie R wrote:

Honestly, try e9. It's an Italian brand, but you can buy them in the U.S. from this site (and maybe others). I own three pair, and all of them run long, in my opinion (I'm 5'9"). Most of their styles have elastic in the waist - either all around or just in the back - which is very convenient for fit, in my opinion. I find they run pretty straight anyway - I have pairs in both M and L, and I'm a 28" waist, 37" hips.

E9 looks awesome, just way out of my price range for now. I'll be looking for these to appear second-hand on eBay though! 

Kat Hessen · · San Diego, CA · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0
eli poss wrote:

Lycra

Aleks Zebastian · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 0

climbing friend,

this thread it iz a trick and it haz microagression? you may not comment upon what a human of female type shall be wearing, yes?

Kat Hessen · · San Diego, CA · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0
Aleks Zebastian wrote:

climbing friend,

this thread it iz a trick and it haz microagression? you may not comment upon what a human of female type shall be wearing, yes?

Microaggression hurts all of us.

Martin le Roux · · Superior, CO · Joined Jul 2003 · Points: 129

Don't know about women's sizes, but at least for men some other companies that make climbing pants for people with skinny waists and long legs are Mountain Hardware (Chockstone/Super Chockstone), Marmot (Scree) and Arcteryx (Gamma LT).

Laralyn Mowers · · Astoria, NY · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 5

I'm not as tall as you, but other measurements are probably similar. I've had some luck with La Sportiva and Arc'teryx.

faye marshall · · denver, co · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 5

girl, you need arc'teryx or la sportiva pants...forget prana, they run huge.  you are probably a true size 2 in arc'teryx...and don't complain @ the cost.  you live in CA, you should already understand that good things cost money.  lol

i am not as thin as you (*sigh*) but my go to are my la sportiva rocky mountain pants....a small fits like an xx small in prana without all the dimension errors.  OR has some cute pants too, they are smaller than prana but may still be too baggy for you.

good luck~

faye marshall · · denver, co · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 5

omg, e9!  awesome suggestion AND they have actual colours for women (instead of light blue/pink, lol)!  awesome suggestion~

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