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flaneur - on 08 Apr 2014
I need to replace my knackered climbing trousers. They will be used on sea-cliffs, mountain crags, non-serious alpine rock routes, sometimes in warmer climates. I'm looking for something lightweight, 100% synthetic, and wind-resistant. You'll be relieved to hear Ron Hills fail the latter criteria. They shouldn't be too insulating, I'd rather have the flexibility of wearing thermals on cold days and staying cool on warm ones. Continental European crags and shops are full of them.

My local shops have dozens of possibilities from the major manufacturers and most of them look like they would do the job but, as far as I can tell, only available in the UK in sludge colours: black, dark grey, brown, khaki, or (be still my beating heart) olive green.

Any suggestions for canary yellow, sky blue or crimson trousers, other than getting a flight to Chamonix?
Babika - on 08 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:

Go to TK Maxx

Or River Island, BHS, Sport Direct or somewhere completely non-outdoors.

And try the female range.

That should do the trick although specifically wind resistant might be a bit of a non-starter.
planetmarshall on 08 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:

> Any suggestions for canary yellow, sky blue or crimson trousers, other than getting a flight to Chamonix?

Try Haglofs, Rab or Millet.

SGD - on 08 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:

try http://www.tinga-zimbab.co.uk/

or Troll omni pants come in some interesting colours
Ffion Blethyn - on 08 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:

Chef's trousers? The back and white check seems designed to make your eyes go funny..

http://galleryplus.ebayimg.com/ws/web/290603465630_1_0_1/1000x1000.jpg


Or nurses uniforms?

http://www.nurses-uniforms-uk.co.uk/acatalog/TR11HA.JPG

Might not be windproof though..
planetmarshall on 08 Apr 2014
deepsoup - on 08 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:
Troll Omnis are available in something fairly close to crimson, and fit your criteria except they might be a wee bit too water/wind resistant and therefore a tad sweaty on a hot day. (They're 100% nylon, I think.)

http://images.climbers-shop.com/images/Troll-Omni-HP-close.jpg
Mr Fuller on 08 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:
Rab Torque pants are what you want. I requested they make a pair of bright trousers a few years back and they came up with the goods! Bright red and now there's bright yellow too. Rebel against the dirge of brown/grey/black!
Post edited at 16:51
Ramblin dave - on 08 Apr 2014
xoran - on 08 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:

Planet fear had some haglofs skarn trousers in red I think... And they should also be available in a green purple combination iirc.
nathan79 - on 08 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:

Like Mr Fuller says the Rab Torque pants come in a nice jazzy red colour. I didn't know they now do a yellow pair too!

Mountain Equipment Javelin pant is another option. You get them in a nice two-tone blue.
flaneur - on 08 Apr 2014

Thanks for a surprisingly high proportion of serious suggestions!


SGD:

The WOMAD trousers are a 100% cotton, thank goodness.

Omnis sound worth investigating. Needlesport suggest the sizing is 'rather peculiar'. http://tinyurl.com/ojqpych What is that supposed to mean?!


planetmarshall:

> Try Haglofs, Rab or Millet.

Any specific models, other than those mentioned below? I tried a search for Haglofs http://tinyurl.com/msuzvj8 and 95% are brown/black/khaki.


Xoran:

Skarn pants sound like they are going to be too warm (brushed polyester lining) unless I have misinterpreted this.


Mr Fuller and nathan:

Torque pants look like possibilities although, again, they sound like they will be a little warm if they are suitable for 'alpine north faces'.

To clarify matters, I'm after something a bit lighter than the ubiquitous Mammut Base Jumps.
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nathan79 - on 09 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:


The Mountain Equipment pants are pretty similar in weight to Montane Terra pants so they're not that heavy
Mr Fuller on 09 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:

Yeah, as with the ME trousers the Rab ones are much lighter than Base Jumps - the fabric's about 50 % of the weight and more like Montane Terras. I would say they were ideal for what you want but not ideal for Alpine North Faces!
Cameron94 on 09 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:

I have acid yellow haglofs trousers which get used for cragging in summer through to winter climbing in Scotland; http://www.haglofs.com/en-US/products/clothing/activities/mountain/men/skarn_pant_en-us.aspx

This season they're doing them in orange but you can still get the yellow ones.



The lizard trousers from them look and feel good for everything but winter climbing, I don't have a pair so don't know how they really measure up in use; http://www.haglofs.com/en-US/products/clothing/activities/mountain/men/lizard_pant_en-us.aspx
SGD - on 09 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:

The only thing is your belayer may start to suffer from head aches if they fail to wear sunglasses :) The pair I own have pale blue shapes on a bright orange back ground....it looks like I'm moving when I'm standing still ;)
flaneur - on 10 Apr 2014
In reply to nathan and Mr Fuller:

Thanks for the clarification.


In reply to Cameron94:

The lizard trousers look perfect, a little lighter than the skarns.
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flaneur - on 10 Apr 2014
In reply to flaneur:

Answering my own question, anyone used these?
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/forclaz-900-trousers-blue-id_8298972.html

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