Eddie Bauer First Ascent Guide Pants


$70; eddiebauer.com


Light, thin, and stretchy enough without fitting like yoga pants, these 94 percent nylon/6 percent spandex technical pants were perfect for a month of December bouldering in Hueco Tanks, Texas. “Kneebars, falls, rock and cactus scrapes, leg scumming… Nothing could put a hole in these,” our tester said. Plus, they had perfectly deep hand pockets and a zippered side pocket for security that all laid flat under a harness. While they were ideal for climbing, these pants worked just as well on approaches and around town. “Once I put them on, I wore them every single day of our road trip and used my other pants as padding for my car bed,” said our tester.