/ Climbing Trousers
Although I've been going to the indoor wall for a couple of years, I am gradually progressing to climbing outdoors.
I'm looking for a pair of climbing trousers that are rugged enough for both indoor and outdoor use, that could possibly be used for walking/running and are therefore quick drying.
Any suggestions worth considering, please?
20% off too! I've been using them for a while now been great for indoors and outdoors, really rugged and hard wearing. Not ripped or been damaged at all after the abuse i've been giving them. A few other people are using too, good piece of kit.
£36 for a pair of cotton jogging trousers? Obscene!
The decathlon ones he's referring to can't be found without a direct link (http://www.decathlon.co.uk/mountaineering-trousers-id_8010075.html ), but they are winter softshell mountaineering trousers (pretty good also) and so not suitable for doing much anywhere else as you'll be proper fookin hot like.
OP; If you must have a pair of hardwearing climbing trousers - I assume this is for spring and autumn outdoor trad climbing? (in the summer I can't see why you wouldn't be in shorts). I would suggest a pair of trackie bottoms that you already have. If you MUST buy something:
Montane's "Terra" trousers are pretty solidly great for a (VERY) hardwearing trouser. Super lightweight but not stretchy (unless you get a certain version). (ebay specials here!)
Rab's "Vapour Rise" trousers are like a lightweight windproof, weatherproof and slightly insulated version of what you'd think of as a classic tracksuit bottom, I love them for cold days outdoors with a t-shirt and a warm jacket for post/preclimb. (available on ebay all the time)
Decathlon do a similar to montane's terra pant (http://www.decathlon.co.uk/forclaz-900-regular-trousers-id_8171845.html ), that is hardwearing and stretchy and wicking but not waterproof. These look pretty good (and do come in colours other than red. There's a slightly stretchier and more comfortable version with a water repellant coating for a bit more (http://www.decathlon.co.uk/bionnassay-900-trousers-id_8225063.html ).
Those should be the kinda thing you're after.
Note I wouldn't like to run in particularly any of these apart from the vapour rises, and then even in the snow running in trousers is pretty toasty.
In the summer shorts are the way forward.
I've got a pair of Prana trousers (unhelpfully, I can't remember the exact model) which are ace for climbing in (stretchy, hard wearing) but thin and quick drying, so also make excellent walking trousers. Might be a little warm for running in though.
Think they cost around £40-60 though (they were a gift) - as to whether they're worth it? It's up to you.
You could equally spend £10 on 4 different trousers for each sport.
For sheer versatility (especially if you throw running into the mix) you can't beat the classic Ron Hill tracksters. If you are after trousers, though, I tend to use Craghopper Kiwi trousers which you can often pick up for £20 in sales (bought some for £19.99 in TkMax last week)
I've got some of those - I've been doing my best to destroy them indoors and out for the last 3-4 years and they're still going strong. Not sure I'd want to walk or run long distances in them, though. Also the lack of a proper fly and the stupid drawstring waist are annoying.
Another vote for the Montane's Terra trousers.. they take a lot of abuse and still going strong
Not sure if they'd be great for indoor stuff, but some jogging bottoms would be fine for that I guess.
What ever happened to those crazy coloured climbing trousers people used to wear (typical 80s/ 90s). Really baggy, they looked so comfy. Don't see that many people wearing them now.
I've found that as well...
Aldi "Crane Sport" camping trousers £7.95. Seriously.
> I've got a pair of Prana trousers (unhelpfully, I can't remember the exact model)
Most likely the Prana Zion Stretch Pant, excellent climbing and walking trousers.
You have described Ronhills.
Unfortunately climbing specific thingies (moon, Praha, e9, etc...) are usually not great for running.
I just get a pair of £10 tracky bottoms or look in the bargain basement section for some cheapo outdoor style trousers. At the end of the day, they are going to get trashed one way or another so spending a lot just seems like a waste of money to me.
I spent £120 on some thick soft shell trousers I mostly used for climbing (but also walking), I used them every time I climbed outdoors until last year from when I bought them. I have had to sew them up a bit but 7.5 years on they are still going strong, so far they cost £16 a year - a bargain!
yeah I just bought a pair of these
they seem well made and quite a bargain. I doubt I'll get much more than a few years out of them put that's fine as far as I'm concerned!
> Another vote for the Montane's Terra trousers.. they take a lot of abuse and still going strong
Make that a 3rd. The Montante Terra trousers are by far my favourite!! I use them all year round in most conditions. They are quick drying, lightweight and have zipped ventalation flap to keep you cool when its hot.
They are quite expensive but well worth the money.
Yeah, montane terras are good, though the zips are going in mine.
Troll omnis are another worth looking at. V light, windproof and bombproof.
> I spent £120 on some thick soft shell trousers I mostly used for climbing (but also walking), I used them every time I climbed outdoors until last year from when I bought them. I have had to sew them up a bit but 7.5 years on they are still going strong, so far they cost £16 a year - a bargain!
Nice - I could say the same about the £10 tracky bottoms I climb in. Except I haven't had to sow them up yet! :-)
I quite like climbing in 3/4's
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