THE NORTH FACE BE­YOND THE WALL ROCK PANTS

Climbing - - ESSENTIALS - JAMES LU­CAS

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.

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