Ortovox's Women's Pala Pants may be tough enough to withstand a clobbering from rock, but their forward-thinking design is anything but ancient and will please most rock climbing modern Homo sapiens. Designed to withstand heavy wear when you're shimmying up granite in the alpine or squeezing up sandstone cracks in the desert, the Palas will handle whatever sort of stone you decide to take them up. Their main fabric is composed of a Cordura, nylon, merino wool blend, offering excellent durability, breathability, and stretch for on-the-wall comfort. The wide waistband fits comfortably under a harness and features adjustable tabs, making quick adjustments to the Pala's fit quick and easy. Ortovox even threw in elastic cinch cuffs, so you can secure them up around your legs when you need to spot those tiny foot holds.
- Backcountry Exclusive
- Four-way stretch Cordura, nylon, merino wool blend
- Reinforced knees
- Regular fit
- Adjustable waist
- Inseam gusset
- Elastic cinch cuffs
- Hand and thigh pockets
- Item #ORT002M
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
I bought these pants for geologic field work in Argentine Patagonia. For ten days of continuous wear they were comfortable, durable, stretched in all the right places, and didn't start to smell.
After getting damp, they kept me warm as could be expected on a rainy, 45* day without long underwear, and dried-out before the next day. We also had days of 85*+ with intense sun, and the pants were comfortable then as well (the merino liner is really ingenious). The cordura fabric didn't seem to accumulate too much dust and grime, though I purchased a black pair so I don't know how true that statement would be for the brighter colors.
The adjustable wait works really well, and made layering (when I did need long underwear) very comfortable - the pants were always the right size. Pockets were very large and secure.
My only complaint is that within a day of clambering around and working I managed to rip the butt of the pants on some rocks. Though the cordura fabric did really well in all other respects (wear and stretch), I'm not convinced its much more durable than other synthetic fabrics commonly used in similar products.
All around, these pants are a solid product. Not sure if I would spend the money again because of the ripping. I was mostly hoping something that could stand up to rocks and was not cotton (a lot of people just wear Carhartts or jeans to the field).
Sorry for the sub-par action shot - we were mostly taking pictures of rocks!
My Favorite Adventure Pants
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
What can I say? Exceeded my expectations on every level... these pants are lightweight but can take a beating. I've climbed and backpacked in mine, and after several washes, they still look brand new. Great material, breathable and wind resistant, slightly stretchy, and protective. Plus they look WILD!