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Men’s Climbing Pants and Shorts – Why Buy Them?

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Hanging out at your local crag, you might notice a variety of rock climber ‘looks’ – guys sporting rolled up Carhartts or jeans, cargo shorts, capris (or “man-pris”, as I like to call them). While these styles get the job done, outdoor apparel companies have been honing climbing apparel for durability, fit and function. Once you slip into climbing-specific pants or shorts, you’ll probably never go back to shredding your threadbare cargo shorts against sandstone. Here are a few options to get you started:

Men’s Rock Climbing Pants – Marmot Torrey Pants for Men

When your approach includes bushwhacking through scrub, Pinyon pines and sagebrush, leading to day filled with knee jams and chimneys, the Marmot Torrey Pants are your bulletproof ticket to rock climbing. These durable, abrasion-resistant men’s pants are a versatile gem in the climbing world – a low-profile waist slides easily under a harness, while a gusseted crotch and stretchy fabric allow easy mobility. Perfect for long days at the crag, these do-everything pants handle steep hikes and slot canyon adventures as well.

Men’s Rock Climbing Shorts – Patagonia Rock Craft Shorts for Men

Abrasion resistant material with a DWR (durable water repellant) finish and UPF 40 sun protection make it hardly any fun for Mother Nature to try messing with you when you’re wearing the Patagonia Rock Craft Shorts. A low profile snap, offset belt loops, and carefully designed pockets add up to one of the most thoughtfully planned harness compatibility systems I’ve ever seen on men’s rock climbing shorts. Meanwhile a gusseted crotch and stretchy fabric make flexible movement nice and easy.

Men’s Bouldering Pants – Arc’teryx Spotter Pants for Men

With jeans styling, the Arc’teryx Spotter Pants are intended for bouldering and are not for wear intended to be worn with a harness, but they do have the added benefit of looking great for around town casual pants. Chalking up and going for a dyno in these men’s bouldering pants, you’ll look like one of those guys who is too carefree to be concerned about sport specific clothing – but at the same time, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of climbing-specific features.

The canvas material is sturdy with a bit of stretch, and the gusseted crotch and articulated knees add more mobility and durability. My favorite detail on these men’s pants is the climbers’ brush loop. This handy component makes it a cinch to access and stow your brush as you casually crimp your way up a V10.

Whether you’re a Utah-based climber or a world traveler in search of the finest routes, our selection of climbing pants and shorts will get you to the top. From desert climbs a few hours to our south at Indian Creek to Yosemite’s granite walls, start here at or swing into White Pine Touring on Bonanza Drive to chat with our climbing experts.