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Women's climbing pants: love 'em or hate 'em


Lauren Wilson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 58
Allison A wrote:

They're actually pretty durable and have a good amount of stretch in them. They sit a bit higher on the waist than other pants, which I really like.

How thick would you say the fabric is?

Rika J. · · Colorado · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 5

Wondering if any ladies had good advice regarding women’s soft shell/winter pants? I need to invest in a new pair this winter for ice climbing/ski touring. 

Crag Hag · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 15
Allison A wrote: I'm also a fan of the OR Wadi Rum pants. The only downsides I've run into are that they do stretch out a bit by the end of the day and do a great job of showing off any SWASS you might have after a hot day in the desert....but they're pretty quick drying so it's only an issue for a few minutes!

How would you say their sizing is? Not sure if you have tried PrAna...but the sizing on their pants are at least 2 x bigger than normal for me. 

Allison A · · Moab, UT · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 0

I've got both the OR Wadi Rum pants in an 8 and the OR Zendo pants (size 8). The Wadi Rums have a higher waist and seem to run on the larger side whereas the Zendos have a much lower waist and run smaller, at least for me. I only have one pair of hand-me-down Prana jeans (size 8) and they are also a bit loose compared to other pants of the same size.

Danielle Audino · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2018 · Points: 0
Laralyn M. wrote: I live in low waisted black skinny jeans—pretty much year round. I have some that are kevlar lined for when I'm on my motorcycle, and I have some that are stretchy for when I'm on the wall. I've picked up a handful of "climbing pants" (La Sportiva Mantra and EMS Compass), but I hardly ever wear them because they're frumpy and not as comfortable as my $10 Uniqlo jeans.

If I was going to put together a feature wishlist for some climbing pants that I'd actually wear, it'd look something like this:
  • Should be form fitting—not baggy—but super stretchy
  • Abrasion resistant fabric
  • Low waist (should sit at the hip bone)
  • NO easter egg colors; DEFINITELY no pink or purple—black, gray, and earth tones only
  • Functional pockets that you can get to with a harness on
  • Zipper or snaps at the crotch so you can use a pee funnel without having to drop trow first
  • Bonus points for a chalk bag loop for bouldering days
  • Extra bonus points if I can just wipe off the chalk and go to work without anyone noticing I came from the gym (or wear to a restaurant without looking like I just came from the crag) — i.e., black skinny jeans for climbing :)

Awesome suggestions! I struggle too with finding pants that I can wear from work to the gym that I think are cute and functional! I would love a pair of durable leggings where the chalk just fluffs right off! Has anyone else found any good leggings to climb in?

Luna Luna · · New Haven, CT · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 60

I destroy pants.. absolutely destroy them. I dont know why or how, doesn't matter what I do, climbing pants never last more than 6 months to a year.  The best climbing pants I have were $5 from a corner store in central Mexico.  The other pants I wear are 3RD ROCK: they make short leg and regular length, are pretty darn durable and come in various colors so if you want to wear the rainbow you can and if you want to wear black.. thats possible too.

I find Patagonia venga and RPS pants are not durable enough and are too thick.. on warm days it looks like I've peed my pants (if the pants haven't ripped yet).  These pants tend to last a few months but I always have to wear shorts underneath since they ride so low.

3RD ROCK pants are much more durable, the Nora, Eden, and Skat pants all fit slightly differently but are all durable.  They sit high enough on the waist that it's not necessary to wear shorts underneath (awesome).  The Nora are the thinnest but they are the least stretchy, I am short and muscular but find they are also the widest leg fit so there is no issue in movement restriction.

I tried 1 pair of NIHIL pants, they are sooo comfortable and stretchy but NOT DURABLE AT ALL.  Wore them climbing granite for a week and they ripped to shreds... I repaired them but can pretty much only wear them in the gym

thanks for all the opinions and input ladies, maybe next I'll try mens pants!

Laralyn M. · · SF is home (but I live in NYC) · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 55
Danielle Audino wrote:

Awesome suggestions! I struggle too with finding pants that I can wear from work to the gym that I think are cute and functional! I would love a pair of durable leggings where the chalk just fluffs right off! Has anyone else found any good leggings to climb in?

The problem I've had with leggings is durability. They seem to get snags and holes in them really quickly. That said, the best pair of leggings I tried to make into climbing pants once were Alo Yoga's Goddess leggings (if you can get past the stupid name). They're just really comfortable, and I personally find them stylish as well. They've got a bunch of other stylish leggings that are often on sale at Backcountry.

Luna Luna · · New Haven, CT · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 60

As far as gym climbing leggings.. La Sportiva makes some leggings with a good waist band and they are a slick(?) material.. chalk doesn’t accumulate.  It’s sort of a geometric repeating  pattern and they come in lots of colors.. I have a pair and have had no trouble eith them falling down, ripping, or chalk build up... I don’t wear them outside much though...

Crag Hag · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 15

Not gonna lie, I've been climbing in dickies and they're surprisingly comfortable...probably too hot for summer, but right now they're pretty great.

Edit: Oh and they're cheap. I got the women's tactical pant and the high waisted crop pant both are A+

Danielle Audino · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2018 · Points: 0
Laralyn M. wrote:

The problem I've had with leggings is durability. They seem to get snags and holes in them really quickly. That said, the best pair of leggings I tried to make into climbing pants once were Alo Yoga's Goddess leggings (if you can get past the stupid name). They're just really comfortable, and I personally find them stylish as well. They've got a bunch of other stylish leggings that are often on sale at Backcountry.

 Awesome Ill check those out!

Ellen Machalick · · West Hartford, CT · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 0

Ice climbing pant recommendations? I’ve tried the leggings under thick hiking pants technique, also the very light snow pant too. I’m still stuck trying to find the right layering balance for optimal movement and warmth. What are your go to winter ice climbing pants? Brand? Or just layering method? 

OliveD · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 20

I had a pair of Proof NY Visser soft shell pants (think they were Schoeller) which were a great cross between leggings and durable pants with a decent cut. Super stretchy but super durable. Unfortunately they don't make them anymore (isn't that always the way) and I have been hunting high and low for replacement pants. I have bought la sportiva, 5.10, E9 and tried others but none of them cut it. I recently picked up a pair of Kailas 9A Classic pants and I LOVE THEM. They are stretchy, durable (wore them 5 days straight climbing in the winds and they still look new) and that cross between leggings and pants that I was looking for. They are cut well and have a comfy thick elastic waist band. I'm considering trying their Onsight pants as well.  

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