We asked one of our partners, Mountain High Outfitters, to give you some tips on great ways to dress for a weekend of rock climbing.
Here’s Cameron, one of Mountain High Outfitters’ gear experts, with the scoop on outfitting yourself.
Picking out the proper clothing to climb in is an important, but often overlooked process. Having durable clothing that can easily move with your body and protect you from the elements can make a day out climbing that much more enjoyable. Check out our picks for some great gear to help you get through another year of adventuring!
This photo features gear from Outdoor Research Clothing. This is by far one of the better brands for climbing clothing and it has quickly become a favorite among the MHO staff for the durability and flexibility. Their clothing is more than just technical and functional pieces; they also have enough style to be worn outside of climbing. So, whether you’re going out to King’s Bluff or on that first date, Outdoor Research has you outfitted.
The male mannequin is outfitted in OR’s Astroman Shirt, Ferrosi Hoodie and Deadpoint Pants. The Astroman Shirt features a quick-drying, UPF 50, stretch fabric that is perfect for spending all day in the sun. The best feature is the snap up collar that will keep the sun off your neck. The Deadpoint Pants are made with a stretch cotton canvas and feature a double layer through the knees. The Ferrosi Hoodie is made with an abrasion resistant, breathable, wind and water resistant fabric. It is perfect for cool days of climbing in the fall and spring.
The female mannequin is decked out in the Flyway Tank and Essentia Tights. The Flyway Tank is made with Dri-release Cotton, which is a perfect summer fabric. The Essentia Tights are a super soft and comfortable tight that will work equally as well in the gym or the boulder field. The Deviator Hoody is a hybrid jacket that features both Polartech Alpha insulation in the torso and Polartech PowerGrid fleece in the sleeves. It’s a great balance between warmth, lightweight, and mobility.
This photo features a mix of brands and options that some folks might not be as familiar with.
The male mannequin is wearing the Patagonia Venga Rock Pants. These pants are lightweight, have just enough stretch, and even have an ankle-cinch. The Icebreakers Tech Lite T is made with Merino wool, which is a temperature regulating fabric and is also naturally anti-microbial.
The female mannequin is dressed in Kuhl Clothing. The Durango Pant is a four-way stretch nylon pant with a draw-cord to convert into a capri. It’s water resistant, quick drying, and is comfortable for the approach hike and the climb. The Futura Tank features what Kuhl calls “Jade-like particle infused into the yarn” that helps to actually lower the temperature of the fabric. Paired with a UPF rating of 30, this is a great piece to wear when the rock heats up.
Now that Cameron has given you the knowledge of gearing up for the outdoors, head over to Mountain High Outfitters today to check out this and more!