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When you’re working your way up the wall, the last thing you want to think about is your climbing pants. They should feel like a second skin – stretchy and breathable – while not getting shredded by the rock. And when you’re off the wall, you want your climbing pants to look good, too. We at The Adventure Junkies know how important awesome pants are, and we are here to help you find the best climbing pants to take you from the crag to the gym to aprés climbing.

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Quick Answer - The Best Women's Climbing Pants

  1. La Sportiva Mantra
  2. Prana Halle Pants
  3. Patagonia Venga
  4. Mountain Hardwear Dynama
  5. Black Diamond Notion
  6. Outdoor Research Zendo
  7. Arc’teryx Gamma LT
  8. Mammut Alnasca
  9. Prana Avril
  10. Black Diamond Forged Denim

 

Comparison Table - Best Women's Climbing Pants

PictureNameFabricInseamClosurePriceRating
La Sportiva Mantra96% Nylon / 4% Spandex31 inElastic w/Drawstring$$5.0
Prana Halle Pants97% Nylon / 3% Spandex32 inZip Fly & Buttons$4.6
Patagonia Venga73% Organic Cotton / 24% Polyester / 3% Spandex32 inZip Fly & Adjustable Waist$4.3
Mountain Hardwear Dynama96% Nylon / 4% Spandex28 in (ankle), 31 in (regular)Elastic$4.5
Black Diamond Notion98% Cotton / 2% Elastane31.5 inElastic w/ Drawstring$4.5
Outdoor Research Zendo94% Nylon / 6% Spandex30 inElastic w/ Drawstring$4.0
Arc’teryx Gamma LT88% Nylon / 12% Elastane29 in (short), 31 in (regular), 34 in (tall)Zip Fly & Built-in Belt$$$4.7
Mammut Alnasca98% Cotton / 2% Elastane31 inElastic w/ Zip Fly & Snap$$4.6
Prana Avril97% Organic Cotton / 3% Spandex32 inElastic w/ Drawstring$4.4
Black Diamond Forged Denim75% Cotton / 10% Nylon / 13% Polyester / 2% Elastane30 inZip Fly & Button$$4.9
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Reviews - The Best Women's Pants for Rock Climbing

La Sportiva Mantra

Specs
  • Closure: Elastic w/Drawstring
  • Fabric: 96% Nylon / 4% Spandex
  • Inseam: 31 in
Features
  • Large Pockets
  • Elastic Ankle Cuffs
  • Chalk Brush Sleeve

BEST FOR: ALL-AROUND CLIMBING

The La Sportiva Mantra pants are designed specifically for climbing, and it shows in the details of the design. From high steps to heel hooks, your movement is never restricted, thanks to a combination of stretchy fabric, a gusset crotch, and articulated knees.

The drawstring in the waist lets you to dial in the fit, and the elastic waistband is comfortable under a harness. Large pockets allow you to carry what you need, and there is even a special sleeve made specifically for a chalk brush, so you’ll always have the solution to a slippery hold close at hand.

Prana Halle Pants

Specs
  • Closure: Zip Fly & Buttons
  • Fabric: 97% Nylon / 3% Spandex
  • Inseam: 32 in
Features
  • Water Repellent Finish
  • Reinforced Knee Stitching
  • Zippered Thigh Pocket

BEST FOR: VERSATILITY

The prAna Halle will take you down any path you want to go, from hiking to climbing to camping and even to work. Styled like a trouser, they are at home in a city environment, but the stretchy fabric is durable and water-repellent to stand up to the elements outdoors.

The button up back pockets add style, while a zippered thigh pocket adds security and functionality. The legs of the Halle pants can be rolled up when the weather gets warm – or to get out of your way when climbing – and they come in different lengths to fit both short and tall women.

Patagonia Venga

Specs
  • Closure: Zip Fly & Adjustable Waist
  • Fabric: 73% Organic Cotton / 24% Polyester / 3% Spandex
  • Inseam: 32 in
Features
  • Water-Repellent Finish
  • Easily Adjustable Waist
  • Mesh Lay-Flat Pockets

BEST FOR: ROPED CLIMBING

The Patagonia Venga pants will get you off the ground in style and comfort. The waistband is designed to lay flat, so you don’t feel it under a harness, and the special OppoSet waist adjustment feature allows you to quickly and easily adjust the fit. The front pockets are also low-profile, and the Venga has several zippered pockets, including one on the thigh, to bring your essentials on your climb.

Made of lightweight cotton with a bit of spandex for stretch, you’ll hardly notice you’re wearing the Venga pants, even on long climbs. Articulated knees and a gusset crotch add to your range of movement, so nothing holds you back from making moves.

Mountain Hardwear Dynama

Specs
  • Closure: Elastic
  • Fabric: 96% Nylon / 4% Spandex
  • Inseam: 28 in (ankle), 31 in (regular)
Features
  • Zippered Pocket
  • Water Repellent Finish
  • Low Profile Waistband

BEST FOR: SHORTER CLIMBERS

The Mountain Hardwear Dynama pants are super stretchy with a feminine fit and a wide elastic waistband for comfort (and fitting under a harness). Shorter climbers will appreciate that these pants come in an ankle length, and even the regular length has drawstrings to cinch up the legs and keep the fabric away from your footholds.

The Dynama pants stand up to the weather if you get caught in the rain, thanks to a water repellent finish, but the fabric is still lightweight and flexible. The pants also feature a zippered pocket to keep your most important stuff secure wherever you go.

Black Diamond Notion

Specs
  • Closure: Elastic w/ Drawstring
  • Fabric: 98% Cotton / 2% Elastane
  • Inseam: 31.5 in
Features
  • Reinforced Knees
  • Elastic Ankle Cuffs
  • Seat Gusset (for mobility)

BEST FOR: GYM CLIMBING

The Black Diamond Notion are casual cotton pants that will keep you super comfortable during your gym sessions. Loose fitting with a little bit of stretch, they won’t inhibit your movement on the wall, and the elastic ankle cuffs keep the pants out of your way when you’re looking for your next foothold.

Front and back pockets give you space for your keys, wallet, and more. Though you could certainly wear these outside for a quick boulder session or short hike, the Black Diamond Notion are lacking in some features you might want for full days at the crag or on long approaches.

Outdoor Research Zendo

Specs
  • Closure: Elastic w/ Drawstring
  • Fabric: 94% Nylon / 6% Spandex
  • Inseam: 30 in
Features
  • Cinchable Ankle Cuffs
  • Wicking & Water Repellent
  • UPF 50+ Sun Protection

BEST FOR: CASUAL WEAR

The Outdoor Research Zendo pants are loose-fitting and comfy for lounging on your rest days but can also take you to the gym or crag once you’re done relaxing. They are also perfect for doing some downward dog if you need to stretch your muscles between climbing sessions. The wide elastic waistband feels like a sweatpant but stays put under a harness.

The legs roll up to capri length, and the pants provide UPF 50+ sun protection, so the Zendo pants help you keep your cool in warm summer weather. The fabric is breathable, moisture wicking, and water repellent, too.

Arc’teryx Gamma LT

Specs
  • Closure: Zip Fly & Built-in Belt
  • Fabric: 88% Nylon / 12% Elastane
  • Inseam: 29 in (short), 31 in (regular), 34 in (tall)
Features
  • Adjustable Waist Belt
  • Zippered Hand Pockets & Thigh Pocket
  • Ankle Hem Drawcords

BEST FOR: WEATHER RESISTANCE

The Arc’teryx Gamma LT is a lightweight, technical pant that has plenty of stretch for you to move across rock, while also standing up to inclement weather conditions. The fabric is durable yet comfortable and is water-repellent for when you get stuck in a storm or have to wade through a creek on an approach.

Both of the hand pockets on the Gamma LT are zippered to keep your essentials secure, and there is also a zippered thigh pocket for extra storage. A built-in belt made out of webbing with a metal buckle makes it easy to adjust the fit on the go.

Mammut Alnasca

Specs
  • Closure: Elastic w/ Zip Fly & Snap
  • Fabric: 98% Cotton / 2% Elastane
  • Inseam: 31 in
Features
  • Wide Rear Waistband (to fit under harness)
  • Low Profile Leg Hem (to prevent snagging)
  • Hidden Side Zipper Pocket

BEST FOR: CLIMBING COMFORT

The Mammut Alnasca pants will keep you comfortable at the crag, thanks to lightweight, stretchy fabric and a design tailored to move with you as you climb. The elastic waistband has an extra wide insert in the rear to accommodate a harness without getting in the way, and the leg hem is specifically designed to lay low and prevent catching on things.

The legs have elastic cuffs at the ankles, which can also be easily rolled up when you need it. A zippered side pocket is perfect for keeping your phone or other essentials securely with you as you climb.

Prana Avril

Specs
  • Closure: Elastic w/ Drawstring
  • Fabric: 97% Organic Cotton / 3% Spandex
  • Inseam: 32 in
Features
  • Brush Holder Loop
  • Cinchable Bottom Hem
  • Articulated Knees (for mobility)

BEST FOR: BOULDERING

The prAna Avril pants are made from stretch woven cotton with an elastic drawstring waist, so they give you the comfort to lounge around on a crashpad and look good while doing it, thanks to the bright colors and contrast stitching on the pockets.

The articulated knees allow freedom of movement, so you can try all the beta you need to top out your project. Drawstrings at the ankle allow you to cinch up the legs when you need to see your feet (or wade through a creek), and a loop on the side holds your climbing brush for easy access.

Black Diamond Forged Denim

Specs
  • Closure: Zip Fly & Button
  • Fabric: 75% Cotton / 10% Nylon / 13% Polyester / 2% Elastane
  • Inseam: 30 in
Features
  • Durable Fabric
  • Low Profile Hardwear (for fitting under harness)
  • Climbing Brush Pocket

BEST FOR: CRAG TO TOWN STYLE

Though they look like a stylish pair of jeans, the Black Diamond Forged Denim pants were designed with climbing in mind. Made from Cordura to resist abrasion with plenty of stretch for making moves, the Forged Denim makes a great outdoor climbing pant that you can wear out to the bar for a post-session beer without looking like you came straight from the crag. They are much more lightweight and breathable than they might look at first glance.

The Forged Denim features some special touches like a low-profile waistband that doesn’t get in the way under a harness and a pocket for your climbing brush.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING WOMEN’S CLIMBING PANTS

The ideal women’s climbing pants will be comfortable and move freely so you practically forget you’re wearing them, while also having the technical features (like big, zippered pockets) that you need. EMS has some tips for choosing climbing pants, and Outside Online talked to the head of Technical Outdoor at Patagonia about why it’s worth swapping out yoga pants for more technical pants.

FIT

As in all clothing, fit is extremely important to both comfort and performance. For climbing pants, you want to make sure the fit isn’t too tight that you can’t move properly. Length is also key to making sure that extra fabric doesn’t get in the way of placing your feet. Many climbing pants have either elastic or drawstring on the ankle cuffs to keep them out of your way.

 

STRETCH

You want climbing pants that are as flexible as you are, so the pants are never the limiting factor that holds you back from making a move. Most climbing pants are constructed with a small percentage of spandex to provide that stretchiness.

 

DURABILITY

If you’re climbing outside, you need pants that are durable enough to last. Not only will the pants face constant abrasion from the rock, but you’ll be sitting on various natural surfaces, and no one wants a hole in the rear of their pants. On approach hikes, you also don’t want pants that will snag on branches or other obstacles.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

GUSSET CROTCH

A diamond shaped seam in the fabric to allow for more comfort and freedom of movement.

ARTICULATED KNEES

Darts sewn into the fabric at the knees to better mimic the shape and bend of the leg.

WATER REPELLENT

Fabric is treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) which causes water to bead up instead of soak in.

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About The Author

Kate is a climber, creator, and community builder. After falling head over heel hooks for climbing in a gym in Boston, she moved to Golden, Colorado because “the mountains were calling.” Now Kate spends as much time as possible exploring the crags of the Front Range and beyond, usually with her camera in hand. She’ll climb just about anything, from leading fun sport to projecting boulders to following multi-pitch trad (as long as it’s not slab).

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