The Brise pants, the signature piece of climbing clothing company Foehn, fall in a middle area between many of the techier, lightweight synthetic climbing pants on the market today, and the newer phenomenon of climbing jeans. To be sure, the Brise are synthetic—they are 96% nylon, 4% spandex—but they have a heavier feel to them closer to denim. Still, unlike your faded Levis, the Brise pants stretch when—and where—you need them to, thanks to that pinch of spandex in the fabric recipe.
We’ve taken these pants out sport climbing and trad climbing and found they accommodated all the different types of movement we threw at them—high steps, wide split-like stances, and more. They fit fairly snugly—perhaps a tad more than we’d prefer—but the combination of the stretch fabric with a gusseted crotch, gusseted ankle zippers and even stretchier waistbands and cuffs, helps maintain your freedom of mobility.
The Brise pants are breathable, though that slightly heavier weight also means they keep you decently warm. They are not the right choice for a sunny day of summer sport climbing, but would be perfect for a breezy day of alpine bouldering or anytime when you’re chasing those chillier sending temps.
A small feature, but one sure to be appreciated by climbers in any discipline, is the zippered pocket above the right knee. It is positioned so that it is accessible and still functional even when you’ve got your harness on. The front pockets are deep enough for any tiny things like chapstick, but have no zipper, so best not to keep your phone in there if high off the deck. Ditto with the back pockets.
The one caveat we would give about these pants is that, though they seem fairly tough upon first inspection, they are not the pants to try to send your offwidth proj in or go cheese-grating down that granite slab. After taking them for a few spins around the block on single pitch climbs, we wore them on a long multi-pitch requiring the full bag of wide and chimneying tricks, only to tear a solid-sized hole in that sweet thigh pocket by the end of the day. So while good for sport and bouldering, maybe keep them out of the cracks.
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