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Offline hoipolloi

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So here is a good one (stupid one?) for you.  Have you found the perfect pair of pants for climbing (just for climbing in general, and I am not talking about the perfect Prana Style designer brand with that cute little rip on the right thigh and a cute little hole in the lower butt cheek)?

I have been on the quest for the perfect pair of climbing pants for quite some time.  I think I found the perfect pair of jeans (they cost 4.99 at goodwill).  I love to climb in jeans, they protect my legs and knees, stretch enough, and they are cheap.  I buy em' at goodwill for 5bucks, so when they are hosed its no big deal.  Well, I was up on The Rambler this weekend (it was really bad ass, by the way, smallest edges I think have climbed on yet) and it was windy and cold.  I couldn't get this pair of mountain hardware Windstopper pants I saw on the internet out of my head.  I kept thinking, "If I weren't so F***ing cold I might be having a much better time at this hellatious hanging slab belays."

Windstopper pants...I realized on Sunday just how beautiful that sounds.  A few years ago I got benighted and have since realized that climbing in the all cotton jump suit of Denim and T-shit has its place (cragging, grade IV's on a nice summer day, things like that), and I hate looking like a total goober in the high tech wicking fabric jumpsuit with 35dollar synthetic undies (but hell, don't have to wash them the box says!), but there is a time for those nice new high tech fabrics that keep you warm, even when wet. Don't ya think?
 
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Re: The quest for perfect pants (omg, do these make me look fat?)
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2009, 06:00:08 pm »
hoi,

depends, like you say, for what's it's worth I've been slightly enamoured with Mike Graham's latest...



pricey to be sure. maybe ask him if he has any blems or seconds on discount?

they aren't thick so still need to layer, but it isn't straight cotton and is stretchy a bit so is comfy. and for hot days is white to not burn ya thru.

I'm biased toward white pants generally though.




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Re: The quest for perfect pants (omg, do these make me look fat?)
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2009, 08:12:38 pm »





Edit: hoi-- seriously, I think good ol carharts are the most durable and best for slab and ow. more protection and abrasion resistance. nylon w/ gore shell pants are really f-ing slick! bring a hat and emergency blanket if you want to stay warmer when going light. on walls there is really no excuse for being cold cause ya shoulda just brought another layer, you are probably hauling anyway. fleeces with windstopper are choice, it does make a difference, just got a nice patagonia at the outlet sale for cheap. the m.c. hammer pant is something people who boulder all the time would wear hehe... 
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Re: The quest for perfect pants (omg, do these make me look fat?)
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2009, 09:58:58 pm »
Hate to say it, but I really like my Prana stretch Zion pants.  Not too designer, pretty darn durable (my 7 year old pair is still going strong, after much resewing...).  I got a third pair recently on a sale for $40.  The stone master line looks good, but it appears they are mostly cotton, which has kept me away.

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Re: The quest for perfect pants (omg, do these make me look fat?)
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2009, 03:39:27 pm »
What was working me is to use a normal nylon pair of pants. No cotton here. Those 'hiking' style, lightwight ones. The reason being first of all that once it got wet, will dry quickly, even from body heat. Second, it is durable and also have some stretch in it, so I found them more comfortable for outdoor activities that cotton pants.
Also for this winter I used a bikers pair of thermal underwear under it.
They are the perfect combo for snowy, rainy, wind conditions, as the inner layer keeps you warm, and they both dry quickly and wick moisture out very quickly. I did some climbing with a gore-tex outer shell pants, which has its place for long, multiday routes for extreme conditions, but as long as i was moving, the thermal underwear/nylon outer was much more convenient and better for me (I was soloing so it really did not allow any rest time to get cold :-)

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Re: The quest for perfect pants (omg, do these make me look fat?)
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2009, 06:26:20 pm »
so perfect.  Hammer Pants.





Hammer time.


Paul, what kind of nylon pants are you talking about?

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Re: The quest for perfect pants (omg, do these make me look fat?)
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2009, 12:28:35 am »
Wal Mart has white painter pants for $20.  made in honduras. Seems durable enough material. but just fyi, they run small in the waist and will shrink. That's not just my fat arse opinion on the size.

cheapest option I've found so far.  will report back once I've put them thru the rounds.

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Re: The quest for perfect pants (omg, do these make me look fat?)
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2009, 08:39:19 am »
Paul, what kind of nylon pants are you talking about?

Like these.  I have a pair similar to this and in the inside the label says 100% nylon. So it is not cotton/synthetic mix, but pure syntethic material.


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Re: The quest for perfect pants (omg, do these make me look fat?)
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2009, 10:44:42 am »
Nobody appears to have said it (or they deleted it out of shame) so I will:

The best pants are the ones having the most fun!

Sorry. Seriously though, there's a lot of options out there. Thrift stores are full of stretchy and ridiculously colored leg coverings. Durability be damned if you're paying $5 for them. That being said I rep for Marmot and have all sorts of expensive and fancy climbing pants in every gradiation of cotton/nylon/poly/silk/gold/schoeller/etc.

But just think how rad you'll look on Tom's El Cap Pics postings sending on the Captain in neon green pants!!
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Re: The quest for perfect pants (omg, do these make me look fat?)
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2009, 01:42:35 pm »
Ooooooooooh, Gotta get me some o' those Marmot gold pants(haha).
Baltoro has a point. That's kinda the way I fly, too.
Most of my pants are pretty holey. They must be havin' a blast! Or have had 1, at least.
Woot!

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Re: The quest for perfect pants (omg, do these make me look fat?)
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2009, 01:43:23 pm »
Oh, BTW, they DO kinda make you look fat...