Looking to gear up with some climbing pants this season? We’ve got a stellar list of the best climbing pants out right now from some of our favorite smaller brands that are laser-focused on producing durable, high quality, stylish pants. With any of these 7 top trousers, crushing climbs will never have felt/looked so good.
Roscoe Outdoors, founded in the mountains of Montana, produces climbing pants and other apparel that are comfortable, functional, and hold up to heavy use on the mountain. Their Washakie Pant, which comes in Men’s and Women’s sizes, is super breathable and constructed with 4-way stretch, Nylon/Lycra blend, waffle-weave, water-resistant fabric. This construction, along with the double layered knees and seat build, gusseted crotch, and low-profile built-in belt, all come together to create exceptional durability, range of motion, and next-to-skin comfort. The pant’s spacious yet unobtrusive side pockets will fit your smartphone, climbing brush, and any other gadgets you’ll want with you on the wall. With all these features and its overall technical, climbing-centered construction, we’re ranking Roscoe’s Washakie as #1 best climbing pant. 14oz. ($94, $79.90 with Reddy Yeti discount)
2. Coalatree Trailhead Pants (Unisex)
Coalatree’s outdoor gear and apparel are eco-friendly and built to bring out the adventurer in everyone, from the hardcore climbers to the weekend warrior hikers. Their Trailhead pants are ideal for rock climbing, with its 4-way stretch, antimicrobial, and tear resistant build to move with you up the granite or crag. The climbing pants are made from recycled materials, 88% nylon and 12% spandex with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish. These pants are also more stylish than the typical climbing pants, making that move from rock to bar that much smoother. ($89)
3. Westcomb Recon Cargo (Men’s sizes only)
Westcomb is a highly technical brand that uses innovation to enhance human-powered adventures like climbing. Their driving focuses behind their designs are fit, comfort, and versatility. These values are very apparent in their Recon Cargo alpine pants. These trim, lightweight pants are constructed from schoeller dynamic (comfortable all-round functional 4-way stretch) fabric and stain-shedding, water-repelling Nanosphere (nanotech-based finishing technology). The Recon Cargo is quickdrying and features a crotch gusset, cargo pocket, zippered hand pockets, and velour-lined waist. While this is definitely the most technically impressive pair of climbing pants on this list, it only comes in Men’s sizes and is much more expensive than the others, landing it at #3 for best climbing pants. 14oz. ($240, $204 with Reddy Yeti discount)
Ucraft Climbing is a young Ukrainian brand delivering high-quality climbing pants and other products to encourage hard, fun, safe climbing. Their Xlite pants, which comes in both Men’s and Women’s sizes, are built with extremely light, stretchy, breathable, quick-drying, and durable fabric (92% polyester, 8% spandex). With articulated knees for a more comfortable fit and greater freedom of movement, ankle drawstrings, and loops for chalk bag and climbing brush attachment, the Xlite pants are clearly developed for the hard climber in mind. These pants also come with 4 outer pockets, a comfy belt, and a 2-year warranty to back it all up. A side-note about Ucraft Climbing - they donate part of their income to develop new climbing routes and the sport of climbing in the Ukraine. ($67)
Boulder Denim was founded by self-described Dirtbags from Vancouver, with the mission to build the perfect climbing pants that are both functional and stylish. Their two flagship pants, their Women’s Skinny Fit and Men’s Athletic Fit, both feature industry-leading 360-degree stretch retainment, hydrophobic wash, trap zippered pockets, and reinforced stitching. These denim climbing pants are durable, vegan-approved, stain/water resistant, pre-shrunk, and more breathable than your regular jeans. The biggest differences between the Women’s and Men’s pants is the fit; the Women’s is a tighter fit, cut to fit women’s natural curves, with an active rise for better freedom of movement, while the Men’s cut is a medium rise and provides more room through the thigh, knee, and calf. (Both climbing pants are $148, $118.40 with Reddy Yeti discount)
6. Bulletprufe Denim Adventure Fit Khakis (Men’s sizes only)
Bulletprufe’s pants are crafted specifically for the outdoor and adventure enthusiast, with durability and comfort as their top priorities. Their Adventure Fit Slate Grey Khakis transfer seamlessly from slab to the office to the pub. Interwoven with ballistic nylon, high-strength polycore triple stitching, and elliptical comfort waistband, these pants are highly durable and tear/abrasion resistant; the rough-and-tumble of rock climbing presents no problem for these pants. These climbing pants are on the heavier side and they only come in Men’s sizes, landing them on the lower end of our best climbing pants list. ($108, $81 with Reddy Yeti discount)
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Elissa loves striking that perfect balance between outdoor adventure and organized sports. Her ideal week is full of basketball, soccer, and rock climbing followed by a weekend of hiking and camping. She works on the website migrations team at HubSpot and is based out of Cambridge, MA. Elissa is passionate about startups, particularly in the outdoor industry, and her life goal is to one day win a Reddy Yeti gear giveaway.