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You can float up Astroman's Enduro Corner with finesse and style, but when it comes to the Harding Slot, it's best just to grovel. Whether you're moving like a rock star or are in full body limbo, Patagonia's Rock Craft Pant will keep up the pace with its tough, stretchy fabric blend of 96% nylon and 4% spandex. It has a DWR (durable water repellent) finish to shed afternoon thunderstorms and life-of-the-garment 40-UPF sun protection. Articulated knees and a gusseted crotch let you move your legs freely, while offset belt loops and a low-profile front snap add harness compatibility. The five-pocket design includes two pockets in front, two in back and one on the thigh.

  • Lightweight stretch-woven nylon/spandex with a Deluge DWR finish
  • and 40-UPF sun protection
  • Belt loops; zip fly with metal snap closure
  • Pockets: two front; two rear with envelope closures; right thigh patch
  • zippered pocket
  • Gusseted crotch and articulated knees
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The pants... they're... not for climbing

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

So, a climber walks into a Patagonia store and says to the clerk "I'd like to buy some quality climbing pants!"

Clerk says "I have just the thing for you!" and busts out a pair of Rock Craft pants.

...Get it?!

Yeah, neither did I, but the Rock Craft pants are kind of a joke... They look great, are very comfortable, and apparently have some kind of moisture wicking technology to keep your boys fresh - but they have no business being on the crag.

I wore them climbing 4 times. The 3rd time I noticed there was some wear starting to show on my right knee. The 4th time left me rockin' a 2.5" butt hole for the remainder of the trip.

I was absolutely in love with these pants upon trying them on, but would never have purchased them if I'd have known they shouldn't really be worn climbing. I thought Patagonia was known for making pretty quality schwag!?

Of course Patagonia always stands by their product, so they've since been replaced, and I even got the price difference on a gift card as they were now on sale. They were shipped from their SLC outlet store and arrived here in about 4 days.

I really love that Patagonia will stand by their product and that I didn't get fully hosed on my purchase, but I couldn't help but think about the movie Tommy Boy after the whole experience.

"But why do they put a guarantee on the box?

Because they know all they sold ya was a guaranteed piece of shit. That's all it is, isn't it? Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed, I will. I got spare time. But for now, for your customer's sake, for your daughter's sake, ya might wanna think about buying a quality product from me."

If anyone can recommend a better pair of climbing pants, I'd sure purshate it.

Haha, I love the reference!

I agree with your initial feeling that these are the greatest pants ever when you first try me on. I've had mine for over three weeks and I wear them most every day during the summer evenings and for light exercise in cooler temps. I love them for biking, basketball even (unbelievable comfort and stretch), and going out to dinner with a polo on. But I would not trust the fabric with my body pressed against a real mountain - maybe indoor.

In short I believe these pants are at least 4 stars for their overall functionality - though maybe not for serious climbers

Great pants, until they aren't

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large

Well, I always like to start off with the good:

These pants are comfortable, lightweight, breathable, stretchy, and seem to do a kick ass job (assuming you don't climb much).

The bad:

Who puts a sensitive button at the waist, I mean really? I have a 31" waist and wear 32" pants...not exactly maxin' em out, but they tend to unbutton rather easily.


Currently on my third pair of these as warrantied by Patagonia. Thank GOD they stand by their product, because the butt in these keeps blowing out for me, same with the pockets. I have had friends with the same pants and same problems, sized appropriately as well.

I climb 150+ days a year and am quite disappointed by the durability of what surely would be a best-in-class product.

I agree with you wholeheartedly! I just received my second pair in the mail after returning my first pair for a butt blow-out. Bummer was I had only worn them climbing maybe 4 times, and didn't feel like I was that hard on em.

They ARE very comfortable and, if I do say so myself, I look great in them - but I kinda expected more durability for the price and the name behind them. Luckily, as you mentioned, Patagonia sticks by their product... Not only did they replace the pants, but because they were on sale at the store they were shipped from, I got a store credit of 25 and some change... Can't argue with that, but I am a bit concerned about this pair holding up...

Great Climbing Pants

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

These are a very comfortable pant for rock climbing. The fabric stretches well, so they do not restrict any movement. Also, the cut is nice, they are not too tight and do not feel baggy. There is a zippered thigh pocket, as well as back pocket with flaps to keep items in, and not fall out.

The material is a lot tougher than I expected them to be, as well as slightly water resistant. I once saw a review, saying the pant button was too big and uncomfortable with a harness and I do not think this is the case.