Prana “Stretch” Zion climbing pants

Finally, my thunder thighs are free of the prison of my jeans.

I just purchased my first pair of climbing pants, a pair of Prana Zion in charcoal.

My first thoughts are that they feel light, stretchy and durable. I feel This is a good combination of pros. The size is on mark, I wear a 33 inch waist and 32 inch length and sometime this size is hard to find, Especially in Australia.

The Prana Zion are correct to size, so feel comfortable if you can find a good deal online.

These climbing pants come in a variety of colours (charcoal Black) the waist have an adjustable built in belt, I like this idea in the hope my waist line need to pull this little belt tighter as my belly get a little less wobbly.

The movement of these pants is what I was looking for. As a climber I defiantly don’t want to be restricted. The material is a Spander x Nylon mix, giving you heaps of stretch and the gusset crotch means you can feel comfortable to find that higher hold your feet always wanted to reach.

Technical information

  • 32″ inseam
  • Quick-dry stretch nylon performance fabric
  • All weather finish
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Angled dual entry cargo pocket
  • Streamlined adjustable waistband
  • Ventilated inseam gusset
  • Roll-up leg snaps
  • 97% Nylon / 3% Spandex; 180 gsm
  • Weight 400 g

They are not baggy around the hips and butt, making it easier to see my feet while climbing. The pants have two from pockets and two on the butt. Also the right butt cheek pocket has a zipper, keeping my cash safe from my thieving climbing partner sneaking up behind me.

The is another pocket with two zippers on the left leg, resembling a cargo pant pocket but without the puffy look. This low-profile pocket that you can access also via a top zipper or side zipper. Perfect for a phone or sneaky mid climb snack.

The cuffs of the Prana Zion pants can be rolled up and fastened in place which help to cool down your calves but allowing you to see your feet while climbing.

So fare I like these pants, the quality so far seems to be good, the stretch in the material is definitely the reason I chose these climbing pants. So far I haven’t had any restrictions in movement. the only real con I have is that they are baggy around the ankles. I reckon there is to much material,  I feel like a 90’s skater.

These pants are suitable for:

  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Travelling

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