All Climbing Pants.

Well in his second skin.

At a time when the summer is beginning to languish, it may be necessary to resolve not to pull out the shorts right away. Choosing a pair of trousers is no easy task. Between weight, size, matter and of course the price, this choice can quickly become cornelian. Grimper proposes to flasher you in the way of the climbing pants.

All Climbing Pants.

We talked to you a few issues of Patrick Edlinger. Have you noticed and observed how climbers dressed thirty years ago? Between the gymnast and the remains of a hippie culture on the decline, the varappers of the time always claimed that their clothes were the most comfortable that could be worn. Despite this, I see poorly all the climbers of the last stage of the 2013 world cup cut in pink molding and black tank top.Even if the marathoner sticky or mini-shorts are probably the most pleasant clothes to climb, times have changed, fashions too. With these twenty-two pants tested, twelve for men and ten for women, Grimper was able to highlight some important statistics and facts.

Visual reflex …

After a quick glance at all the pants, our consumer reflex will push our eyes to seek the price of the coveted pants. For information, we found that the average price of trousers presented was around 80 €, but with a price range ranging from 25 to 150 €.

Weight statistics for equal advertised sizes are also interesting. Men’s trousers weigh an average of 510 g versus 370 g for women. Since the trousers are of similar size, the difference in weight therefore comes from the materials used in the manufacture.

More than 90% of the pants are made of cotton. In recent years, we have seen the appearance of organic and/ or fair cotton. Many brands have embarked on this process to produce clothes with almost zero impact on the Earth. In a sport where we are not the kings of ecology, would not it be a good idea to privilege the planet? For some models, you will even earn money to buy organic rather than traditional!

Choose your pants

>> The material

Now that we know that the majority of climbing pants are made of cotton, we must now integrate that there are as many cotton fabrics as pages in Climb. First of all,”denim” refers to the fabric used for making jeans and originating in Nîmes. According to its weaving and the integration of more elastic fiber, it is possible to obtain Stretch denims, that is to say extensible. This last configuration is attractive for climbing because it makes it possible to make pants with the jean aspect but whose elasticity allows to climb.

>> The cup

If the cottons used are not elastic, it is because the cut is wider and / or the pants have additional inserts at the crotch. This makes it possible to add the amplitude of movement of one leg relative to the other and to compensate for an inextensible tissue.

>> The Belt

Another very important point:if your pants is intended for use in cliff, it will be coupled to a harness.Therefore, avoid excessively loaded belts or too thick passers-by that will injure you by repeated rubbing.The integrated belt concept of the precursor Nograd and taken over by other brands thereafter is a rich idea in terms of comfort.

>> The size

Each brand seems to have very different patterns, because a size M can vary, in waist circumference, by almost ten centimeters. The trousers therefore remain an article which is difficult to order on the Internet because to try it seems indispensable. For information, we noticed that the Patagonia and Arc’teryx brands had a tendency to trim large enough (CF:the sizing chart at the end of the article).

>> Accessories

All these pants are more or less accessorized. In choosing your pants, perhaps an accessory will make the difference. We have listed in this department:brush holder, belt loop, magnesia bag loop, zip pocket, drawstring at the bottom of trousers, integrated belt, etc. Look a bit before buying because, for example, some “pockets” are just palm rests and can not contain anything.

MEN

ABK /  Yoda Denim

Features:2 front pockets, 2 back pockets, zip fly, embroidered logo to the pocket and flat belt loops.

Our opinion:Strength, look and comfort are the triple success of ABK. The brand is not mistaken in announcing that this jean will become a second skin as soon as you put it on. The slightly Stretch side as well as the yokes leave a sufficient freedom of movement if you do not make the big difference. The finish and the design are at the top and we wonder even if it is not a shame to climb with!

Arc’teryx /  Grifter

Features:2 front pockets, integrated and adjustable belt loops, adjustable drawstring at the bottom of the trousers and fly with zipper and snap closure.

Available in four colors:Black Clay, Burlywood, Cargo Green and Sira Gray.

Our opinion:Very light and soft pants that are perfect for climbing in cool summer places. Its ample cut allows a great freedom of movement. The reinforced stitching and the fabric used to make it seem quite suitable for outdoor climbing.

Black Diamond /  Credo Pant

Features:2 front pockets, 2 back pockets, 1 zip on the leg, integrated adjustable waistband, embroidered logo on back and lower leg with adjustable opening.

Available in three colors: After Dark, Denim and Green.

Our opinion:Pants warm enough but very comfortable. Black Diamond has managed to offer exceptional freedom of movement but after a few uses, the stitching of the knees has deteriorated somewhat. The adjustable belt and leg cuffs are essential to the use of these trousers. A look to wear in cliff as in city.

E9 /  Scud

Features:2 front pockets, 1 back pocket, tightening at the bottom of the pants by elasticated cords, tightening at the waist by a cord and zip fly with snap.

Available in four colors:Khaki, Rust, Iron and Apple.

Our opinion:The man version of the Fior, always as comfortable and pleasant to wear. The Italian design is still very tasteful. The belt, even with a harness is very comfortable. Tightening at the waist and ankles for optimal fitting of the trousers.

Mammut /  Massone Pants

Features:2 front pockets, elastic waistband, flat belt loops, magnesia bag loop, adjustable drawstring at the bottom of the pants and zip fly with snap closure.

Available in three colors:Graphite, Ginger and Dark Oak.

Our opinion:Loose fit in a lightweight fabric that gives a real sensation of freedom. The tightening at the bottom of the trousers makes it possible not to take the slippers in the cloth. The lightness seems to be a little to the detriment of an extended life.

Millet /  Climb Roc Pant

Features:2 front pockets, 2 back pockets, 1 zip on leg, toothbrush holder, button and zip closure, reinforced leg hem and articulated knees.

Available in two colors:Graphite and Mastic.

Our opinion:Pants designed to last. Robustness seems to be its main asset without becoming uncomfortable. The price is not a brake because these pants remains in the market average. The various yokes add a touch of design to this set well done.

Moon /  J oker Pant

Features:2 front pockets, 2 back pockets, 1 scratch pocket on the right leg, zip fly, flat belt loops and logo on a back pocket.

Our opinion:Surely, by far, the most robust pants of this test. Its web seems to be almost the same as the one used for construction pants. The robustness has a weight and a slight lack of flexibility … Side look, it is quite sober but not unpleasant.Pants for climbing addicts with knees!

Nograd /  Yaniro

Features:2 front pockets, 1 back pocket, 1 zipped pocket, elastic waistband, flat belt loops and snap fastener.

Our opinion:A very beautiful pants, very well finished that can be carried to climbing as in town. Very well adjusted, it remains very comfortable and maintains a great flexibility. For a unique look.

Salewa /  Capsi

Features:2 zipped front pockets, 2 zipped thigh pockets, flat waist adjustment with scratch and multiple inserts.

Our opinion:Pants come from a distance with a very offbeat look. The numerous yokes greatly improve the freedom of movement but also adds a little touch to a design already very sought after that will not appeal to everyone. The adjustments bring a more level of comfort. These trousers are very resistant but have a price …

Patagonia /  Harding Pants

Features:2 front pockets, 2 back pockets, belt loops, zipper fly, bellows crotch and preformed knees.

Available in two colors:Bronze and Forge Gray.

Our opinion:A classic cut and design that does not deviate from the Patagonia style. The finish is impeccable and it is a real pleasure to wear these pants. Both light and breathable, it seems to remain solid. The organic cotton canvas has a DWR (durable water repellent) treatment, not necessarily useless for small showers.

Prorock / Poema Roca

Features:2 front pockets, 2 back pockets with scratch closure, 2 brush pockets, 1 brush holder, zip fly and velcro closure and tightening at the bottom of the pants by two elastic cords.

Available in two colors:Sand, Jeans.

Our opinion:A great success coming from the East. The cut changes a bit of the style of pants that one is used to seeing and it is positive.For climbers looking for looks, comfort and durability. Small confidence, it seems that this is the favorite pants of Jibé Tribout.

Simond / Jeans Man

Features:2 front pockets, 2 back pockets, zip fly and elasticated waistband.

Our opinion:Already a bestseller? Yes almost. Its price, quality and style make it a pant for both climbing and the city. The flat elasticated waistband is very comfortable when wearing a harness. The freedom of movement is very good thanks to a slightly Stretch fabric and numerous inserts.

WOMEN

ABK /  Zora Denim

Features:2 front pockets, 2 back pockets, one with a button closure, zip fly, brush holder, elastic waistband and flat belt loops.

Our opinion:on the same idea as the Yoda Denim, the Zora Denim is still very successful. The Stretch side as well as its cut make it a perfect pant for climbing. Moreover, his look will allow him to go out in town with you and more if affinities. The finish and the canvas promise him good days ahead.

Arc’teryx /  Calyx

Features:2 back pockets, 1 front zip pocket, wide elasticated waistband, embroidered logo and reinforced stitching.

Available in four colors:Cardo Green, Chalk Stone, Demerara and Wood Violet.

Our opinion:Once again a very comfortable and lightweight pants. The finish and the design Arc’teryx are present. Its cut combined with an extensible material leaves you free of your movements, even the most flexible will not make it crack!

Black Diamond /  Dogma Check Pant

Features:2 front pockets, 2 back pockets,integrated adjustable waistband, reinforcedbuttocks and embroidered logo on the bottom of the left leg.

Available in two colors:Olive Check and Brown Check.

Our opinion:Pants dedicated to climbing and the block but also to the outings in town. Very beautiful Black Diamond finish with a fabric and a design at the height of the mark. We noticed one small defect:the closing of the buttons of the fly that is not always easy to make.

E9 /  Fior

Features:2 front pockets, 1 back pocket, tightening at the bottom of the pants by elasticated cords, tightening at the waist by a cord and zip fly with snap.

Available in four colors:cyclamen, forest, gray and apple.

Our opinion:trousers with the design made in Italy. Note that E9 and Prorock are the only two brands to produce their pants in the European Union. On the comfort side, nothing to report.The canvas is light but looks resistant.

Mammut /  Meteora

Features:2 front pockets, adjustable drawstring at the waist, bellows at the crotch and handbag for magnesia bag.

Available in three colors:Scarlet, Erie and Dark Oak.

Our opinion:Pants with a very successful look.Very light and leaving a great amplitude of movement, it will be perfect even for certain summer days. Tightening at the bottom of the legs makes it possible to adjust the cut as much as possible.

Millet /  Hemp Pant

Features:2 front pockets, 1 back zipped pocket,drawstring waistband and two large buttons to close the waist.

Available in two colors:Citrine and Castelrock.

Our opinion:Pants for climbing but also to be worn in the city. Naturally comfortable thanks to the combination of hemp and organic cotton, this piece will delight all these ladies. Its airy look will be perfect for this summer. It may be regrettable that there is no tightening at the ankles.

Moon /  Andromeda

Features:2 front pockets, 2 back pockets, drawstring at the waist, drawstring at the bottom of the pants and zip fly.

Our opinion:Very comfortable and supple pants with a wide cut that seems to have been designed just for climbing. Indeed, his look will not match everyone.The tightening at the bottom of the trousers makes it possible to catch the cut may be a little wide. In short, comfort and lightness.

Patagonia /  Rock Craft Capris

Features:2 front pockets, 2 back pockets, 1 scratch pocket on the right leg, zipper fly and bellows crotch.

Available in two colors:Forge Gray and Stone.

Our opinion:The only corsair of this test but that has its place because very comfortable, light and very well pruned. It is not cotton but nylon so it dries much faster in case of rain. Its close-fitting body and bellows at the crotch are a guarantee of great freedom of movement.

Salewa / Sheet Bend

Features:2 front pockets, 1 back pocket, 1 pocket on the right leg, flat belt loops, embroidered logo and tightening at the bottom of the pants by elastic cords.

Our opinion:Pants very resistant but lacking a little flexibility on certain movements. Despite the yoke at the crotch, the web remains rather restrictive.The colors available are all very seyants. Cutting and finishing can make him pants other than for climbing.

Simond /  Mesh

Features:Wide elasticated waistband, tightening at the bottom of the trousers, drawstring at the waistband and embroidery behind the right knee.

Our opinion:Very comfortable pants and specially created for climbing. Leaving a very large amplitude of movement, it will not be the strongest of our test. The design is simple and uncluttered. For a price like this, Simond still offers a nice product. Surely the most comfortable of this test.

Table of correspondence of the sizes

Men’s Sizes

Sizes    XS S M L XL XXL

USA / UK 28 30 – 31 32 – 33 34 – 35 36 38
FRA 36 38 – 40 40 – 42 44 – 46 48 50
ESP 36 38 – 40 40 – 42 44 – 46 48 50
ITA 42 44 – 46 48 50 – 52 54 56
ALL 42 44 – 46 48 50 – 52 54 56

Women’s Sizes

Sizes  XS S M L XL

USA 0 – 2 4 – 6 8 – 10 12 – 14 16
FRA 34 – 36 36 – 38 38 – 40 42 – 44 44 – 46
ESP 32 34 – 36 38 – 40 42 – 44 46
ITA 36 38 – 40 42 – 44 46 – 48 50
ALL 32 34 – 36 38 – 40 42 – 44 46
UK 4 – 6 8 – 10 12 – 14 16 – 18 20

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