I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time on this site caping for Easy Pants*, but through some combination of bad luck, weird timing, and a general lack of discipline on my part, I don’t think I’ve ever written about my favorite sub-genre of Easy Pants, Climbing Pants**. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick pitch: they’re as comfortable as sweats, the storage capacity is always high, they’re rarely slim, they almost all have a built-in belt (important) and they’re designed to move, although moving in them isn’t required. I objectively have too many pairs, but the Salathe Nylon Climbing Pant (Sal-ah-thay) from Pilgrim Surf + Supply might be my favorite: the cut is perfect, the functionality is on some utility belt shit, they climb as well as anything I’ve tried and the nylon fabric is what other nylon fabrics wish they were.
(*I still stand by every word, I assume. **If I have, I’ve worked (sort of) hard to establish that I don’t know to remember these things. I remember entire casts from downmarket mid-90s action movies but Things I Personally Have Done isn’t my sweet spot.)
Made from that aforementioned 100% nylon fabric, which is oxford-like in texture and super lightweight, these warm-weather hitters feature an elastic waist, a nylon belt—woven dual-directionally for added durability, specifically to prevent fraying—a zipper fly, a gusseted crotch, side-seam pockets, a zippered pocket at the right leg, an assortment of thoughtfully designed back pockets, a cuffed hem and a loose, just-tapered-enough fit through the leg.
And for anyone thinking I don’t climb in these, I climb the shit out of these. They’re tough, they’re practical, they can handle some chalk and they’ve got a real Room for Activities situation going on. But even if I didn’t, I’d still love these pants.
Available for $225 from Pilgrim Surf + Supply