Climbing demands unrestricted movement and comfort in your choice of clothing. Today's climbing wear maintains a casual look, but maintains its functionality. Abrasion resistant, 4-way stretch materials define the climbing pant category. From Patagonia's Rock Guide Pant to Outdoor Research's Ferrosi pants for men and women, light and breathable soft shell fabrics dominate the category. These fabrics create pants that perform day in and day out for active climbers.
Soft shell fabrics are made from stretch woven material with incredible abrasion resistance and superior breathability. Add a durable water repellant (DWR) finish and soft shell pants can get you through an incredible range of weather and temperature variations. Stretch woven materials have a natural feeling hand and appearance. The fabric is as ideal for hiking as it is for rock and alpine climbing.
Choices come down to style and personal needs. Patagonia includes nice secure side cargo pockets in addition to traditional hand and back pockets. They also offer a zip-off variation of the very popular Rock Guide pants. Prana, Mountain Hardwear and Outdoor Research offer full length, three quarter, knicker length and capri options for men and women, too. All feature durable stretch woven fabrics with UPF protection and great breathability in the mountains.
There more casual options available, too. There are several 100% cotton styles from which to choose that also make great casual wear, but that maintain a gusseted crotch and are cut for unrestricted leg movement. Still, other styles offer a more traditional pant look, but still utilize technical fabrics.
Get the most out of your day climbing with the best climbing apparel available.