levi wearing gramicci climbing pants

Sandstone and gritstone rock faces are unforgiving surfaces. They also happen to be frequently encountered surfaces when it comes to rock climbing in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

One slip on this stuff, and it could shred lightweight hiking pants. So when I decided to take up rock climbing, I needed a new pair of pants fit for the task.

I was looking for pants that had these three qualities:

  • Tough, durable fabric
  • Allow a wide range of movement
  • Cheap

One day I was perusing Amazon.com, purely doing research, and I came across the Gramicci Original G Climbing Pant. Though the retail price was $48, I found a few size/color combos for only $26.16.

I couldn’t pass up that deal! I ordered them on the spot, a total impulse purchase!

I mean, I didn’t absolutely need the pants. I had been using some REI hiking shorts for bouldering indoors and they worked fine. But I wanted pants for some added protection out in the wild.

A really cool pair of prAna climbing pants had caught my eye earlier, but for $79, I don’t think so. They are super cool pants, similar to my favorite Columbia hiking pants, but I didn’t want to spend a lot on climbing pants.

So I ended up with the Gramicci pants, and I’ve spent the past year wearing them. This is what I thought…

Comfort and Fit

Normally I’m a stretchy fabric sort of guy. I like how it’s fitted close to my body and moves with me. Pants like these, that don’t stretch, have to be a little baggy if they’re going to allow any mobility. Fortunately they are just roomy enough to allow good freedom of movement without being baggy to the point the excess material gets in the way.

The material is thick and soft; it’s a lot like wearing a pair of old khakis that have broken in perfectly. The pants are fairly plain and have no zipper, so there are no uncomfortable spots. Just a couple front pockets and back pockets, and the adjustable nylon waist belt.

These pants won me over.

I got the size medium, and while my waist could probably fit a size small, I don’t know if the small would be too constricting. The extra room of the medium might be why I can move so well.

Strictly going on how they feel, I love these!

climbing in gramicci climbing pants

Durability

The material is not just thick and soft, it’s thick and tough! I expected them to hold up well, and they did.

They are great for any type of climbing, even in a chimney or doing some knee bars (where you jam your knee and/or thigh against the wall for grip.) I used them at Bilger’s Rocks, McConnell’s Mill, Ohiopyle, and The New River Gorge, just to name a few spots.

There were many days I cut up my hands, and almost rolled my ankles, but my legs remained unscathed! Awesome protection from these pants.

They got dirty a lot, and bloody, but there was no lasting damage. The dirt and blood even washed out. They’re still thick and tough, like brand new.

I don’t think these even show wear after nearly a year, and I wore them A LOT! They should hold up for many years of use.

Style

They are not the most beautiful garment, but hey, they’re for climbing, so they’re fine. They’re a solid color and they look like pants.

The color, Antelope, is hard to describe. It’s a mix of brown and green, and it’s close enough to khaki that it looks good enough with most color shirts. It’s almost camouflage against the mossy rocks around here. I like it, but if I was paying the $48 retail, I’d probably get the brown or khaki instead.

The only downside is they look a little baggy on me. I don’t care because I’m more concerned with freedom of movement.

If you’re style conscious, go with those prAna pants I mentioned.

my butt in gramicci climbing pants
Do these pants make my butt look big?

Climbing

When it comes to climbing, I forget about these pants… because I know they work!

They have not interfered with my movement at all. My leg flexibility is not inhibited whatsoever.

How do they do it? The gusseted crotch. It’s amazing. I can basically do a split and the pants don’t mind one bit!

The leg tapers just enough to not get in the way of my feet. I never need to roll them up.

Hiking

I’ve probably hiked at least 20-30 miles in these pants. They did not restrict my movement when hiking, didn’t overheat despite summer temperatures of 80-90 degrees, and kept my legs safe from jaggers and ticks.

These are functional, but not ideal, hiking pants. If you want something for all your outdoor activities, and you’ll be doing a lot of hiking in hot weather, I would get something else. Something lighter weight. Because while I didn’t get overheated in these pants, I wouldn’t say they kept me cool.

My final verdict is…

I absolutely love these pants. I could wear them every day. They’re a great combination of comfort and durability, so they’re perfect for climbing, and the style isn’t too shabby, so they can be a do-it-all pant. Seriously they could be my home office pants, climbing pants, and hiking pants. They’re more comfortable than most jeans, yet look kind of dressy, like khakis (as long as you hide the elastic waist.)

Next time I see them on sale, I’m going to buy more!

Official website: www.Gramicci.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com


Product Review Details
Company: Gramicci
Product: Gramicci Original G Climbing Pant
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.2 out of 5
Date last updated: 2015-03-21
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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2 Comments
  1. Would be helpful to know your measurements! I can’t decide between M and S. Thank you.

    • @Niklas

      When I’m in climbing shape like during this review period, my waist is usually 30″. I wear a size small Black Diamond harness.

      The waist on these pants was definitely bigger than necessary and I would often pull the integrated belt A LOT to get them tight.

      My butt and legs are muscular though, which is why I didn’t opt for the size small.

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