The answer is Lycra (sometime known as elastane or spandex). There are a few specially made climbing jeans that come with added stretch and a gusseted crotch. This allows for large split moves while protecting your legs from gnarly climbing holds. Some big brands offer stretch denim – not just climbing jeans.
Most climbing pants have the same basic design: Take a pair of pants that are mobile and durable, then add pockets and even more freedom of movement. Movement is the most important part of good climbing pants, but comfort and useful features are also key.
Boulderers tend to prefer cotton pants to synthetics. Synthetic materials are slippery and offer less friction against crash pads in a fall. Synthetic materials are also more prone to abrasion damage. A good choice would be trousers made of durable, abrasion-resistant material with Lycra stretch.
Are Dickies good for climbing? Dickies are good for climbing because these pants or shorts are cheap, durable, and work really well, and you can even roll or shorten the pant legs as you like.
Basically, you want pants and underwear that won’t bunch up when you put on a belt and tighten it. Many climbers roll up their pants or wear tight-fitting, stretchy pants so they can see their feet.
Long climbing pants protect your legs from scratches, especially when bouldering outdoors on low-hanging roofs or rocks. If you fall on your head (which you should avoid, but can still happen), wearing shorts can actually result in burned legs due to rope burn.
We usually recommend shorts, loose pants or leggings when climbing so you can move freely on the wall. For women, a loose t-shirt with a sports bra underneath is an easy option (and probably something you already own!). Lightweight, breathable, flexible fabrics are recommended.
Climbing pants are specially designed for climbing. They are breathable and have a high freedom of movement, just like athletic jogging pants, but they are also stronger and more durable than regular sportswear. They can even be worn off the climbing wall for activities like trail running and hiking.
Many climbers prefer shorts to pants, particularly the loose-fitting athletic variety, although this also exposes your knees to scrapes and cuts when they hit the rock. Alternatively, opting for capris or cropped trousers offers a little more protection.
You can wear jeans while climbing. DUER’s line of climbing pants includes denim jeans made from moisture-wicking, breathable material. These jeans keep you cool and comfortable while you climb, without restricting your freedom of movement.
Shorts may be ok for bouldering since no harness is required, but you could scrape the wall with your legs. Many climbers prefer to wear capris or pants to avoid cuts and scrapes from the wall and don’t have to worry about shorts.
Walking around the gym or rock feels a little less gross in socks, unless you like to go barefoot climbing. Socks can help reduce chafing. If your shoes are causing you pain in high-wear areas, a thin pair of socks can help reduce friction and add a layer of protection.
The main difference between bouldering and rock climbing is that bouldering is performed without the use of ropes and harnesses but with safety mats, while rock climbing is performed with safety ropes and harnesses. Bouldering and rock climbing are two activities that require both mental and physical strength.
No need to wear climbing shoes if you just want to try. It won’t affect your climbing at a lower level too much and it takes some time before special climbing shoes are absolutely needed.
Cargo pants are great for hiking as they have plenty of pockets to store maps, compass and gear. However, the pants should not be made of cotton, as this causes problems when hiking. Cotton retains water which means cotton clothes stay wet and cold longer and can cause skin rashes as wet cotton chafes.
Technically you can wear headphones while climbing, but we don’t recommend it at all. You put yourself and others around you in a dangerous position if you cannot hear or respond to commands.
It is also important that the climbing trousers fit perfectly in every respect. If they’re too wide, they’ll not only slip, but wrinkle under your harness. Pants that are too tight can cause the latter, but ultimately restrict freedom of movement when climbing.
Climbing pants are not necessary for climbing like a harness or climbing shoes, but they can definitely make your day more comfortable and protect your legs and knees from painful abrasions and bruises. They also give a climber a lot of “street credentials” and make you look pretty serious and committed.