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Despite the vast array of high-tech synthetic fabrics that have flooded the outdoor world, cotton is often still the top choice for climbing due its high abrasion resistance and soft next-to-skin comfort. Gramicci has paid due diligence to the fact, and the Men's Guide Short is a perfect example of the functional simplicity that makes cotton king.

In addition to being light and breathable, this durable cotton twill fabric provides a high level of abrasion resistance that is perfectly suited to rough granite off-widths and prickly quartzite slabs, especially when combined with the Guide Short's reinforced stitching. But the best feature is certainly the engineered three-piece gusset, which ensures you'll be able to drop-knee, high-step, and stem with complete freedom of movement.

  • Abrasion-resistant Stout Weave Cotton Twill
  • Reinforced stitching construction
  • Three-piece engineered gusset
  • 12-inch inseam stops just above the knee
  • Hand pockets, rear snap flap pockets, and a rear stash pocket
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instant favorite

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

It took all of 5 seconds after slipping these shorts on to declare them my new favorite pair of shorts.

What's not to love? They have deep pockets, feel super soft, the gusset works perfectly, and the green color is so awesome!

Sure, they're not going to dry as fast as nylon shorts, but if you've ever had the pleasure(or displeasure) of shoving your knee into a wide crack, you know that the durability of reinforced cotton shorts is incomparable.

These have certainly found their way into my day-to-day wardrobe and you can be sure that you'll be stoked on these shorts too!

New Favorite Climbing Pant

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

These Gramicci Guide Shorts are great for climbing! Covering just over the knee to provide some coverage from rock surface, these shorts have become my new favorites. Deep pockets and comfortable fabric make this a great choice for any climber.

well made

    I love these shorts. They fit well and they are heavy duty! If you're looking for a lightweight short for hot days this might not be it. If you want something that will hold up to abuse for years these are the ticket. Just what I'd expect from Gramicci!