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Backcountry Gelsa Climbing Legging - Women's

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sale $44.98 Original price:$89.95


Why We Built The Gelsa Climbing Legging

The Gelsa Climbing Legging is our durable second skin that lets us move freely while stemming and twisting our way to the chains. We made it with form-fitting, four-way stretch fabric that's remarkably abrasion-resistant against the rock. When our body temp rises, we stuff our beanie in one of the harness-friendly cargo pockets.

  • Backcountry Exclusive
  • Climbing legging that moves with every high foot and drop knee
  • Stretchy, abrasion-resistant fabric provides comfortable durability
  • Climb-compatible cargo pockets keep your stash readily accessible
  • High-waisted coverage maintains a secure fit while heel hooking
  • Interior stash pocket keeps your car key secure
  • Gusseted crotch allows for full range of motion
  • Internal drawcord provides snug fit
  • Item #BCCZ288

56% nylon, 44% elastane
interior stash pocket, cargo pockets
internal drawcord
Gusseted Crotch
Claimed Weight
[small] 8oz
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 2

Initially impressed, then disappointed

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Runs small
Size Bought
5` 8"
145 lbs

I initially loved these pants! I sized up from a medium to a large based on the "Climbing Freedom" review and they fit well. I received the pants just a week prior to a hiking trip and when I pulled them out of the box, a piece of loose thread ~3 inches long was hanging from the front seam (area circled on the left); I clipped it off rather than pulling on the thread and it seemed fine. They were comfortable on the trip, but after returning and putting them through 1 wash cycle, the front looked worse and there was a ton of pilling on the back of the leggings (all over - circle on the right is an example of just one of those areas). This was despite not sitting down at all (except in the car) while wearing them. Given the cost, this is pretty disappointing.


Hi Danielle! Thanks for your review. I am very sorry to hear the pants arrived in less than perfect condition. This is not typical of our stuff. I want to make sure you are fully taken care of. I've sent you an email to get this resolved!

>Rating: 2

Fit is so weird

I returned this product before using it
Runs small
Size Bought
5` 3"
115 lbs

I usually have to buy XXS leggings and yet these are too small for me in the calf and thigh. The fabric is relatively thick and I had to really try to get these on. The calf is WAY too tight and I by no means have big calves. They were also about 6" too long for me and that section just kept getting smaller and smaller. Even the thigh was a little tight on me. The waist area was fine if not a little loose, they were kind of getting pulled down because the calves and thighs were so much tighter than the top. When I got them on there was a seam that was already unraveling and the logo on the thigh was falling off. I am the opposite of curvy so I'm not really sure who these would fit. For reference I have a 26" waist and 35" hips and I usually wear size 24 or 24 jeans.

>Rating: 4

Climbing Freedom

I've used it several times
Runs small
Size Bought
5` 4"
130 lbs

The Gelsa is Backcountry's answer to form and function for climbing leggings. This legging is all business, with tough fabric that won't wimp out against rocks while breathing well while in pursuit. Were you worried about the pockets? Well, don't be! they are positioned perfectly to accommodate harness use, and also have a built-in closure that will keep your valuables safe and sound! Selfie at the summit, yes please! I typically wear a M in Backcountry brand bottoms, but in other brands a S. I would recommend you size up if you are a S/M or M/L size person.