During my early climbing days, I bouldered in jeans: not because of their unparalleled functional benefits on the rock, but rather because they gave that look of nonchalance, of walking up to the blocs and sending in street clothes. The drawback of course was not being able to stem without the risk of splitting my pants. Eventually I graduated to less restrictive apparel.
So when I first came across Boulder Denim, I was skeptical: I had no desire to return to movement-restrictive leg-ware. But after taking Boulder Denim’s 2.0 jeans for a spin, it’s clear they are not the Levi’s I’m used to. Let’s just say that if I wanted to try a Jean-Claude Van Damme-style split, it wouldn’t be the jeans that held me back.
While Boulder Denim 2.0 jeans look and feel like normal jeans, they are virtually as stretchy as a pair of spandex, no joke. And if you do have that Van Damme flexibility, you needn’t be worried about the jeans’ structural integrity. They have reinforced stitching that is strong enough to resist all the weird positions we climbers contort ourselves into and the inevitable abrasion against Font sandstone or Rocky Mountain granite.
The pockets are super deep, and inside the left front pocket is what the company calls a “trap zip” pocket. This zippered compartment is perfect for anything that absolutely has to remain safe and secure—for example, a smart phone, so all you millennials can be Insta-ready at a moment’s notice.
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