There are few feelings better than arriving at the crag and looking up at all that gorgeous rock. In that moment, you know you are about to have a glorious, gritty few hours testing all the holds, grips, and techniques you’ve been practicing at the rock climbing gym. In that moment, you know that no matter whether or not you top your project, showing up to the crag is an affirmation of so many good things— your passion for climbing, the sounds and smells and scenery of the great outdoors. No matter how the rest of your day goes, you know that at least you spent it at the crag, a place that feels full of infinite possibilities.
What doesn’t feel good, however, is showing up at the crag and realizing you didn’t plan your outdoor apparel well at all. It’s almost as bad as forgetting a crucial piece of gear from your daisy chain or finding out your rope is flat once you’re already at the crag. A pair of pants that are too tight and unforgiving, a sweatshirt that you’re stuck in until you can either get off the project or can perform acts of aerial acrobatics removing it, shorts that are a little too short to play nice with your harness. The wrong outfit isn’t just a matter of feeling comfortable and able to perform at your best. It can be a matter of safety, too.
These pieces by Free Fly Clothing are perfect for layering, stretch, and sustainability. Like any other outdoor pursuit, you’ll need clothes that will keep you the right temperature, nice and dry, and able to move easily when you head to the crag. After all, climbers don’t just spend their day scrambling up rocks. There’s usually at least a little hike to the crag from the parking lot, usually weighed down with all kinds of ropes and aids and crash pads, as well as snacks, water, tunes, and maybe a dog or two.
That means you’ll want to dress generally like you would for a day hike, but with the extra demands of rock climbing in mind. You want pants that are loose enough that you can breathe and feel comfortable (especially once you get your harness on) but not so baggy that they could get caught on things. A comfortable pair of climbing pants will also let you slip on some leggings or base layer underneath if you’re tackling a climbing project in chilly or wintery weather.
Free Fly Clothing touches all the bases you want in a pair of outdoor climbing pants to get the most out of the crag. Both the Free Fly Women’s Breeze Pants and the Men's Bamboo-Lined Hybrid Pant are roomy without too much volume and feature a soft, moisture-wicking bamboo lining with plenty of stretch. Even better, the outer shell is also blended with spandex, meaning the whole pant will move with you, even if you’re really flexing yourself into the tightest of cracks or twisting into a pretzel on tough hangs.
Pants aren’t the only bottoms that work well for rock climbing. Many women like to wear leggings, yoga pants, or other athleisure apparel when they climb specifically because of the combination of stretch, coverage, and comfort. Fly Free’s Bamboo crop leggings are extra-breathable and are just the right length without overlapping with your rock climbing shoes.
Men don’t need to feel left out, however. If it’s too warm for long pants or you just don’t like how they feel, rock climbing shorts are perfect for a hot day at the crag. Fly Free’s Bamboo-Lined Hybrid Shorts have all the same benefits at their similar pant style, but are just long enough to play nice with your harness, and don’t have too much bulk in the pockets either.
Once you’ve got your bottoms covered, it’s time to pick the perfect top. Layers are a must even in good weather. Unlike when you’re hiking or biking and can stop pretty easily to peel off an outer layer, climbers might find themselves needing to adjust their wardrobe when it’s a little inconvenient. It’s not exactly easy to whip off a sweatshirt over your head when you’re dangling from a rope and sitting in your harness.
That’s why it’s important to not only plan ahead with bottom layers like the Free Fly Women’s Bamboo Racerback Tank or Free Fly Men's Bamboo Motion Tee, but also zip-front jackets. Jackets, rather than pullovers, let you more easily adjust your temperature or slip out of a layer if you need to. The Free Fly Women’s Bamboo Fleece Full Zip is a great mid-weight option that is still super breathable and flexible, without the “cotton kills” problem of similarly lightweight options. The Free Fly Bamboo-Lined Crossover Jacket for men is similar to their pants, providing a cozy inner layer protected by a stretchy outer shell.
One of the great things about living in Asheville is proximity to the outdoors. Here it’s so easy to get out on the trail, up to the crag, and up to the top of the peaks. We founded Roanline because we wanted to make it easier to find the best outdoor apparel, so you can spend less time shopping and more time hiking, climbing and exploring. One of the reasons we love Free Fly, besides their durability and proven fits, is that have a similar ethos.
Free Fly designed their clothing lines to do exactly what you need them to do and last a long time so you can spend the maximum amount of time checking items off your bucket list and less time trying to replace clothes that don’t fit, feel good, or last. That means more days spent swapping beta and learning new trad techniques at the crag and fewer trawling the internet reading guidelines to rock climbing clothes like this one. So go ahead and make your order— the crag is calling.
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