Stonewear Designs Dynamic Pant
Well-designed climbing pants with super, four-way stretch and featherlight material.
MSRP: $94.95 [Nearly half off right now!]
When they say stretch, they mean it, as in four-way, a featherlight fabric and real flexibility. The Dynamic Pant, first out in spring 2017 and now a stalwart in the Stonewear Designs lineup, was built specifically for climbing. Good to go all day, the pants can proceed handily from office to the gym and back. Or at least they did around here yesterday: You just flick off the chalk marks.
The stretchy waistband stays on under a harness (there are no buttons, zipper or tie, thank heavens), though this tester would prefer it was the same slatey gray as the pants and not an unaccountably different black. The maker is one of those blessed entities that have worked out how to make an elastic waist fall flat down the back side, instead of getting that dreaded clowny, poufy thing going. Front and back pockets also lie flat, and a zip pocket on the thigh would hold a folded topo printout comfortably, and takes a phone not so comfortably, but it would work fine for hiking. Articulated knees roll up into capris if you and the weather decree. The fabric wicks and is touted as abrasion resistant.
High price point, but you get a lot of uses.
Gotta have a soft spot for Stonewear Designs, started by a woman climber, Sari Nichols, in 1996 with the aim of creating comfortable and durable clothing to be worn by real women with muscles, curves or anything else. The company is still around (for a time owned by Trango, it has now transferred to SewSporty and moved from Boulder to Vista, California), turning out one beautifully made item after another. Check out a previous review on Rock and Ice.
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