So, baseline, Title Nine makes great pants. This women’s company, started in 1989 when people thought the idea of a women’s-sports-clothing company was crazy, makes tech gear for all kinds of sports, now including climbing. Of course.
Here are two kinds for those of us inclined (haha) to multi-use climbing pants. This year I tried out the Clamberista pants, which came out in late summer. With a high wide waist, the Clamberista ($89) is the pull-on version of the Clamber, a Title Nine staple. Both are tough mothers, abrasion-resistant, and made for climbing, hiking, camping, whatever.
My snap judgement was that the older, fixed-waist Clamber pants, with a zipper/snap fly, would be the less favored nation. As it turns out, they are just as functional and for me, in a weird or rather practical way, more. They stretch and climb well, are super comfortable, and have a slightly trimmer, more tailored aspect that works a few iotas better for office and around town (with a hike or a stop at the climbing gym). They would suit travel that bit more. The Clamberista pants are great but all sport, an upscale version of your college sweatpants, with a looser fit than the Clamber. There is not a ghost of binding. For a pure outdoor cragging, multipitch or even hiking day, I’d choose those, yet on a real-life basis I find myself gravitating to the others more, especially if only gym bouldering that day.
The company always uses high-tech wicking materials. Both pants are made of ClambR™ (93% nylon/7% spandex with DWR) fabric. Both have two front and two back pockets, which sounds like a lot, but they are streamlined (not cargo-y, thank god). The Clamberista has a zippered side pocket as well.
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