THE NORTH FACE BEYOND THE WALL ROCK PANTS
Sam Elias has teamed up with The North Face to create the bomber Beyond the Wall Rock Pants, for avid climbers. Featuring a slim fit, gusseted crotch, and articulated knees, the pants have a smooth, harness-friendly waistband and are made of light cotton-feel nylon (96 percent) paired with elastane with FlashDry-XD (4 percent), and a DWR finish that kept my legs dry during a rainy descent in Eldorado. The pants’ stretchiness made them ideal for heel-swinging and highstepping on Joe’s Valley’s gymnastic boulders, as well as easy movement on steep crack and sport in Boulder Canyon. The front-pocket openings tended toward small for larger climber hands/traddad thighs, though they’re deep enough for an oversized iPhone, keys, and bars; the easy-access single right rear pocket comes with a zippered closure. The pants have lasted through months of wear without deterioration.