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Meridian Line Denim Jeans

These climbing and outdoor-specific jeans are adorned with beautiful artwork from the climber Jeremy Collins, who has been designing these puppies for a long time.

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MSRP: $79 (Limited time Kickstarter price!)

BEST FOR: climbing, hiking, general outdoor use

Climbing jeans? Your skepticism is justified, as your mind conjures up moments of panic when you can’t high-step on your project because, well, you’re wearing jeans. Meridian’s Momentum Denim Line will convince you otherwise.

Their Gravity Jean have the look and feel of jeans, make no mistake about it, but they do not perform like jeans. They are way lighter than your father’s Levis, and the flexibility they provide is substantial, if not miraculous. In short, if you are having trouble moving your lower half while climbing in these pants or boulder hopping on the approach, you need to work on your flexibility. The stretch of the pants comes from mixing cotton with polyester and a wee bit of spandex. The result is a highly agile and unrestricted sensation, a feeling closer to an alpine softshell pant than typical denim. This is their main, and warranted, value.

Because they have a cotton base layer, the jeans don’t have that cold, techy nylon feel like your ordinary all-purpose outdoor pants do, which is exactly what they want—for us to rethink what an outdoor pant should look or feel like. On the skin, they are very comfortable and the seams and folds do not crease into a sordid, bulky mass when you sit or wear a harness. In terms of fit, the jeans matched my typical pant size on the money. An added bonus for the eco-conscious outdoor crowd—the cotton is organic and even the leather stamp above your rear is vegan. Meridian Line Denim is the brainchild of artist/climber Jeremy Collins—whose art graces the inside of the jeans—and fashion designer Benji Thrasher, and they should be proud.

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