You near the final pitch, carefully placing your foot on the next hold when suddenly you hear a rip. The seams on your pants give way and you instantly regret every purchase you have ever made. To avoid this, senior Outdoor Product Design and Development student Kaysi Mueller recommends the Black Diamond Alpine Pants.
“I use them for rock climbing and they are extremely lightweight, stretchy, comfortable and versatile,” Mueller said. “They have brilliant construction on the side seam for technical aesthetic and usage. The seam creates for less bunching behind the knee when bending. And the waist is adjustable, with an S-hook and webbing so it always lays flat against your body. It also has a gusset in the crotch and lower back, above the butt, to help with coverage or if you’re wearing your harness. And a side pocket that zips to get your belongings secure. I also like them for hiking and fly fishing, they are extremely breathable and quick drying.”
The Alpine pants come in women’s and men’s styles in several colors: smoke, granite, sergeant and bordeaux. The fact that they are breathable and quick drying makes them perfect for year-round adventures. Though more on the pricey end, Black Diamond sells them for $139 with a full refund, replacement, or repair guarantee.
“I use them all the time,” Mueller said. “Almost every time I go climbing. Sport or bouldering, I’ve got these pants.”
Making your adventure stylish and comfortable is easy with these Black Diamond Alpine Pants. For another gear suggestion, come back next week for a new Aggie Gear Guide.
By Summer Vaughn