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Feb 26, 2013
This could be a repost, and if it is i apologize. But I'm wondering what people prefer to climb in? Personally i usually wear either basketball shorts or sweatpants, but i feel like i could be missing out on something better. Matt Hails
From Lakewood, CO
Joined Feb 5, 2013
20 points
Feb 26, 2013
Basketball shorts in the summer, jeans in the winter. Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
Joined Dec 10, 2010
10 points
Feb 26, 2013
lycra......its the bees knees ze_dirtbag
From TBD
Joined Jun 18, 2012
5 points
Feb 26, 2013
Levi's which are more holes than jeans at this point. Can't be beat. Matt.Zia
From Leadville, CO
Joined Mar 13, 2012
66 points
Feb 26, 2013
Arborwear Tree Climber pant for cragging. T Howes
From Sisters, OR
Joined Dec 13, 2010
0 points
Feb 26, 2013
You guys wear pants? Weird. John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
1,495 points
Feb 26, 2013
Gym shorts year round...i`ll wear a soft shell or sweat pants over them if its cold out but take them off to climb in just the shorts. RockinOut
From NY, NY
Joined May 8, 2010
0 points
Feb 27, 2013
jeans.

or cargo pants.

or board shorts in the summer.
rogerbenton
Joined Sep 5, 2011
90 points
Feb 27, 2013
Prana stretch zion pant. Have only climbed in them one season. I was stubborn to switch to pants at first cause I had always climbed in shorts and I fear change. The zions got very solid reviews on here before so I checked them out in person. Bought a pair right away. They fit great. They breath very well and have buttons on the legs in case you want to roll the legs up. Mark Wyss
From Denver, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
105 points
Feb 27, 2013
Really anything that affords freedom of movement. I'm no Brand whore. Experimentation seems to be key. I had a great pair of Hooblies(spelling?) some kinda surfer pant, but they wore out.(dammit)
Still experimenting.
Kirk B.
From Boise, ID
Joined Feb 13, 2013
10 points
Feb 27, 2013
Jeans or a soft-shell pant (when it's below freezing)... According to a dumb quiz in Climbing magazine only trendy traddies wear jeans. It's what I learned in, never get scraped up, and feel comfortable all the time... AnthonyM
Joined Mar 5, 2009
0 points
Feb 27, 2013
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. BrianWS
Joined Apr 22, 2010
665 points
Feb 27, 2013
assholeclimbers.com/2012/02/de... Steven Groetken
From Durango, CO
Joined Sep 30, 2012
10 points
Feb 27, 2013
a full snowsuit. AdamB
From Chattanooga, TN
Joined Jul 17, 2008
1,025 points
Feb 27, 2013
+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. John Ryan
From Poncha Springs, CO
Joined Aug 31, 2012
150 points
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Feb 27, 2013
Brian, I was going to say the same. Then I realized you're the dude who left Taiwan shortly before I arrived. Climbing with Kaivin tomorrow. Small world...

Martial arts pants.
Nate Ball
From Portland, OR
Joined Aug 15, 2010
7,811 points
Feb 27, 2013
Whatever is " cool" at the time. Because that's what climbing is all about. Dave Bn
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Jul 13, 2011
0 points
Feb 27, 2013
Year round I wear MEC Super Burl Pants.

mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/MensClothin...
drtyner
Joined Nov 16, 2010
0 points
Feb 27, 2013
Eddie bauer FA jeans - Amazing

Metolius Dyno pants - Very durable
Zeke6
From Akron, Ohio
Joined Feb 6, 2011
0 points
Feb 27, 2013
warmer weather, stretchy shorts. Cooler weather stretchy softshells. "H" Lampasso
From Manitou Springs
Joined Feb 13, 2006
10 points
Feb 27, 2013
Yes, basketball shorts + climbing harness are an awful, awful combo. Worse yet are folks who boulder wearing such shorts with boxers underneath.

I have heard legends of a mid-Atlantic hardman whose getup consisted of a lime-green speedo. According to one of his long-time climbing partners, belaying for him on corner pitches was reportedly "like staring up into a nest of spiders".

Nate Ball wrote:
Brian, I was going to say the same. Then I realized you're the dude who left Taiwan shortly before I arrived. Climbing with Kaivin tomorrow. Small world... Martial arts pants.


Ha, no kidding -- small world indeed. Give my best to Mr. Chen! FYI, I'm still on the same pair of climbing pants since 2008. Tough material for sure, but they'd get prohibitively smelly after only one session between late spring and the end of typhoon season.
BrianWS
Joined Apr 22, 2010
665 points
Feb 27, 2013
I like straight leg stretch-skater jeans, partly cause I can consistently find them on sale in my size (34x34), and partly because I'm a skinny-mo-fo and baggy climbing pants (stretch zion, stonemaster, organic, metolius, marmot, north face, etc.) make me look even scrawnier (imho).

I have these:sierratradingpost.com/dc-shoes... which I paid around $20 with one of their many coupons. I wish I would have ordered 1 size down from my waist size (32 instead of 34). They have a bunch of other "skater jeans" on the website, but these are the only ones that they have with the 34" inseam.
GhaMby Eagan
From Heaven
Joined Oct 2, 2006
130 points
Feb 27, 2013
I wear everything from double knee Carhartts to stretchy Verves... the thing I've found is if it's my day to send the Carhartts won't be a problem, and if it isn't my day the Verves won't help. Peter Stokes
From Them Thar Hills
Joined Apr 30, 2009
0 points
Feb 27, 2013
$3 Columbia pants from a REI garage sale. Patched up knees with khaki and all good. Bill Sacks
From Sacramento, CA
Joined Jan 2, 2012
375 points
Feb 27, 2013
JCM wrote:
Leopard-print thong.

Picture?
Bang Nhan
From Charlottesville, VA
Joined Dec 12, 2010
0 points
Feb 27, 2013
kuhl outkast or some such, rarely. mostly blurr shorts.

prana has a weird fit most of the time, their medium is made for a super skinny dude with long ass legs.

kuhl is the shit.
Cornelius Jefferson
Joined Apr 5, 2006
75 points


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