For hanging off cliffs with 1 finger

April 28, 2020


Time to Read: One minute, thirty seconds

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

I'm always on the hunt for technical pants. Rock climbing and hiking are tough sports. Technical pants need to be three things - 1. Tough 2. Breathable 3. Handsome(ish).

I don't need Tom Ford to design my mountain pants, but I want to look good at the pizza joint after the hike.

The good people at Foehn ended the search. Their Brise pants are purpose built for rock climbing and other demanding sports. They're also made to look good.

To start, Foehn called on Schoeller Textiles. The Swiss firm has been the cutting edge of mountaineering fabrics for 100 years. If you're gonna make mountain pants, call the Swiss.

The Schoeller shell is loaded with features. It stretches so you can stem up Devil's Tower in Wyombing - any climbers out there? It's finished with DWR (Durable Water Repellant) to ward off dirt and post climb beer spills. And it wicks your sweat so you don't stink.

The bottom of the legs are double reinforced and zipper equipped. A water resistant thigh pocket is divided for phone and wallet. And it sits below your climbing harness so you can snap a selfie while you hang 2,000 feet over Yosemite this May. Or maybe next May, stay tuned.

Sometimes technical pants feel like Saran wrap over leftovers in the fridge. Reviewer James D calms those fears. "Not plasticy (was worried about that)."

Not a rock climber? Don't worry, most of the reviewers aren't either. They're using the Brise pants for everything from international travel to replacing their daily denim.

You don't have to be the next Alex Honnold to love the Brise pants.