Guide to Women’s Climbing Pants – Fall 2015


High-steppin’ should be no problem in the right pair. (Amy in the 3rd Rock Skat Pants)

Good, sturdy outdoor climbing pants are seriously hard to find (#firstworldproblems, we know). To help you narrow it down we’ve sifted through the park ranger styles and “I just left yoga class” options and came up with a list of our very favorites this season. Have a look, and don’t forget to share the love and tell us about your favorite pair!


ABK Vire Pant

Who they fit: Pretty much everyone, except those who are extremely tall or short. The ankle drawstring is great for cinching up the bottoms if you’re on the shorter side and the elastic waistband accommodates different shapes and sizes.

What we love: The fit! Sometimes the baggy style only looks good on long, lean body types, but this pair manages to be flattering on lots of body types. They’re also easy to move in, well crafted, and come in two fun colors.

What we’d love to see: The fabric isn’t great at wicking away sweat, so if you’re a particularly sweaty gal you may want to save these for cooler climbing days. Word on the street is that the 2016 version of this pant will feature slightly different material to combat moisture. Other than that I highly recommend this pair!


Black Diamond Stretch Font Pants

Who they fit: Pretty much everyone! They can be cuffed or rolled up and still look cute for the shorties and would also not be bad as an ankle-length pant for the taller ladies.

What we love: These pants are straight up super cute! So cute that I debated not climbing in them at all and just wearing them as everyday pants instead. The construction is great and the material is stretchy and durable.

What we’d love to see: A gusseted crotch would be great. While the skinny leg looks adorable they are a bit restrictive to climb in. You may want to go one size up to give yourself a little more room to move in these babies. Also, the fabric is a bit shiny for my taste, but if you’re into that you’ll love em!

minimum_pant_ag_1_4(2)Nihil Minimum Pant 15

Who they fit: Short, tall, in between, love handles or hourglass – these will work for anyone because of the adjustable ankle drawcord and elastic waistband. The design not only fits anyone but is also flattering on most anyone.

What we love: For starters, we love the bold bright color options of these pants! We’re also keen on the cute little details like the bell button on the pocket, the arched stitching across the back that flatters your behind, and the reinforced fabric in areas that often come in contact with rock.

What we’d love to see: I seriously may have found my perfect pant because I can’t think of anything to change!


Moon Faraday Jean

Who they fit: Although they run a bit long in the leg, they look pretty cute cuffed on shorter legs. I’m usually as size 4 and size small fits pretty perfectly, still leaving room for movement thanks to the gusseted crotch. Overall, they give off a fitted yet loose jean look.

What we love: Being able to climb in jeans that are not restrictive is the best! I love how durable the fabric feels while allowing for movement and that these are still fashionable and functional beyond the crag. No joke, I would pull these on just to go grocery shopping because they’re both flattering and comfortable.

What we’d love to see: As with so many other pants, a variety of lengths would be nice. These are marketed as “skinny” jeans, but really have more of a “boyfriend jean” looser look to them.

3rd Rock Skat Pants

Who they fit: Everyone except for shorties. Based on my height and other’s who have tried them on, they seem pretty perfect for someone 5’6 to 5’9. For anyone shorter you’d probably have to cuff or hem them.

What we love: The material is rad! It’s canvas like but still feels lightweight and breathable. They also feature more stretchy fabric around the waistline which makes them comfortable throughout a full day of climbing. The gusted crotch allows for a full range of motion and doesn’t give you any weird bunching while wearing a harness.

What we’d love to see: Like so many other’s on the list, it would be great if they came in a variety of lengths. Other than that they are a little Euro-style but I dig it 🙂


Nihil Amele Pant

Who they fit: They’re great for a wide range of heights, but may be most flattering on ladies who are smaller on the bottom.

What we love: The skinny leg style towards the calf and ankle gives them a truly skinny look. And they’re ultra-comfortable thanks to the super soft and stretchy material. The diamond crotch allows for full range of motion while climbing and the color options are great too!

What we’d love to see: The large diamond crotch is great for climbing, but it can create a baggy somewhat awkward looking crotch and butt. We’d love to see a slightly different design through the crotch.


Arc’teryx Emoji Pant

Who they fit: Pretty much everyone, but they are very relaxed fit – a.k.a. they run large for the size (unless you plan on wearing with a base layer underneath). One to two sizes down from my normal pant fits me just fine without any layers.

What we love: I love the adjustable fold over waist band. I unfold it completely when climbing so everything stays in place. The material is also durable, yet moveable and it has kept me warm in fall climbing temps. Plus the articulated knees and gusseted crotch make them very functional.

What we’d love to see: Style comes second to function. They look and sound a little like snow pants. Sizing can be a major con, so just make sure to down size if you prefer a closer, less-parachute pants fit. They come in three, pretty standard colors, but none are very adventurous.


Prana Halle Pant

Who they fit: Everyone!!! Well, almost. They run large so if you’re teeny tiny the smallest size may still be too large. But they do come in 3 length options, which makes them great for almost every body type!

What we love: Durable, flexible, and water resistant, so pretty much everything you’d want in terms of function. The mid-rise waist hits in the perfect spot and they have a roll-up leg feature for hot days. Add to that an articulated knee and 5 color options and we’ve got ourselves a reliable pair of climbing pants.

What we’d love to see: From a style perspective the leg opening at the bottom is just a little wide. So if you’re like me and prefer a narrower leg this may not be the perfect pant for you. Also, while they do come in 5 colors, I would love for Prana to offer some more adventurous color options.

What are your go-to climbing pants??

Climb on!
Mary, Cate, Amy & Jocelyn

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21 thoughts on “Guide to Women’s Climbing Pants – Fall 2015

  1. Nadine says:

    I love E9. “Camilla” for cold days and “Onda” for warmer ones. Great fit, sturdy material and a wild range of colours to choose from. Those pants have never let me down 🙂

  2. Bree says:

    Any chance you could add the inseam measurements for these? I fall on the “super tall” end of the tall-chick spectrum and pants that fit “pretty much everyone” generally don’t work for me haha! (Except for the Halle, those pants are magic)

    • Mary says:

      Hey Bree!

      Here’s what I could find out about each featured pant:

      XS = 81 cm/31.9 in
      S = 82 cm/32.3 in
      M = 83 cm/32.7 in
      L = 84 cm/33.1 in
      XL = 85 cm/33.5 in

      Black Diamond:
      2 = 29.5 in
      4 = 30 in
      6 = 30.5 in
      8 = 31 in
      10 = 31.5 in
      12 = 32 in

      Minimum Pant:
      XS and S: 80.5 cm
      M: 81.2 cm
      L: 82.2 cm
      Amele Pant:
      XS and S: 81 cm
      M: 81.7 cm
      L: 82.4 cm

      3rd Rock:
      33 inches on all sizes

      XS: 80cm
      S: 81cm
      M: 82cm
      L: 83cm

      31.5 inches on al sizes

      I really think the 3rd Rock pants are great for taller gals. I’m 5’4″ and really can’t wear them at all. They’re too long for me even with the cinched up leg. They come in a few colors too – check around the 3rd rock website.

      Hope that helps!


      • Bree says:

        Mary, you are a champion! Unfortunately, the 3rd Rock pants still might be too short for me as pants (I’m 5’11” with a 36″-ish inseam), but cinching them up could work – thank you so much!

        • Mary says:

          Aw thanks Bree!
          Wow, you’re tall. I could see how pants are a challenge for you. I know that Arc’teryx makes a few pairs with long inseams. Might be worth looking into!
          I also added the inseams for the Moon Faraday Jeans, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be long enough either.
          Climb on!

  3. AJ says:

    Hey, I know it may feel superficial but I really feel the subject of pants. I’m tall, cut in waste with considerable behind so most of pants I’ve tried either don’t get trough my hips/bum or stick out like crazy in waste. It took a while and many leggins but I now have a couple of favourite trousers: thin, stretchy and complementing Rabs with capri option – and my most favourite for look and comfort Milos –
    Best wishes

  4. M says:

    I recently purchased a pair of Prana’s Lined Halle pants. Despite the relatively warm fall we’re having here in New England, I’m always cold and was looking for a warmer, but still technical, pair of climbing pants. Well, I’m in love with these. The lining is so soft and they keep me well insulated while still performing on the wall. As it gets colder, I foresee myself living in these pants, even outside of climbing. I typically wear a size 2 in all pants including Prana pants, and these are no different. They are comfortable in size, so I can see how the review for the Halle above says that they run slightly large (sadly, I do not have a pair of regular Halle pants for comparison). Unlike the regular Halle, they do not come in various lengths, so they may be long on some shorter climbers. I was skeptical about paying so much for a pair of pants, but I would purchase these again for cold weather climbing in a heartbeat.

  5. Jess says:

    I finally invested in some Halle pants and I love them! I’m 5’5 and (surprisingly) the short is the perfect length for me. I’ve been very impressed by how durable the fabric is.

  6. Katherine says:

    I have two pairs of the Avril Pant ($79) from PrAna that I LOVE to climb in. They come in some really fun colors. The waist is elastic, which is great because I seem to have the problem of pants falling off my waist just above my butt, even if they fit through the legs. They ankles are also cinch-able, which I use so I can see my feet while climbing, but then I un-cinch them to run errands and go for hikes.

    • Rebecca says:

      I love the Avril pant too! One of the most annoying things about “climbing pants” for me is when they slide down and half your butt is exposed for everyone to see. Do not have that problem with these pants at all. I’m really short so the pants are actually way too long for me but I don’t care as long as they stay up when I’m climbing. Long pants can always be shortened 😉

  7. Jessie says:

    All hail the Halle pants!

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  9. Katie says:

    I love Prana’s Halle pants. I have two pairs and will continue to buy more as long as they make them.

  10. Ini says:

    I’m 1m55 or 5.1 according to my converter. i have the 3rd rock pants and I just put a little knot in the elastic band at the bottom and curl them up a bit. Works great, they’re my favorite pants – any kind of weather! 🙂

  11. EJ says:

    Halle’s are my go-to since finding them because: they stretch when you move, the waist fits but also has an interior tie*, they aren’t lowrisers, they snap up if it is hot, they shed water nicely, they come in short and the side pocket lays flush to the leg (I hate the cop/EMT look of some outdoors pants). *Wish these had the built in belt like the guys’ version! But the legs are a bit wide at the bottom. I’ve also noticed that the fit of the same size are not identical so try them on before buying if possible.
    I checked out the E9s as I hadn’t heard from them before. Here is the American side of an Italian website for them: I haven’t checked out the shipping etc. I’m not into the baggy + tight ankle look; I think it makes short people look short and dumpy. But if I could get some slim leg ones, I’m in.

  12. Betsy Dionne says:

    Thank you so much for this! I have been searching for the perfect pair.

    I would add the Prana Kara jean! I love to climb in them. They have a good amount of stretch, look cute rolled up, and are quite fashionable so you can wear them anywhere. The only negative may be the fabric is not super tough, but I have wore them In Joshua tree and no holes yet!

  13. Kirsti says:

    My favorite pants to climb outdoors in is the Prana Avril…..the features are very similar to the Halle, and they’re hard to find in stores…..I’ve ordered all of them from Amazon, but the colors are great, Turquoise, Yellow, Red, and Gray are the colors I own….I’m thinking of adding the purple to my collection also. They’re great in all seasons… home crag is RRG, so I wear them in the summer as well to protect my legs hiking to the crag, but I still don’t get overly hot.

  14. Shorty says:

    I know this post is old, but I want to give a shoutout to the Black Diamond Creek pants. These are the first climbing pants I’ve found that actually fit petite climbers! I am 5’3 and about 100 pounds, and the 2 fits me perfectly in the waist and the length is fine if I cuff them once or twice. They are also climbing-specific, so the material is extremely durable and light!

  15. Ann says:

    I normally climb in the Halle pant however, I’m looking for a cinch at the ankle pair because even with the short length, I’m sorta kinda stepping on the hem. All of the ones listed above are great but don’t seem to be sold in the US? Any US recommendations?

  16. Nabila says:

    Really nice collections and good offer. thanks for share this update with us. thanks!

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