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These earned me the trail nickname "fancy pants"
I'm really impressed with these pants, so much that I'll probably end up buying another pair. I wanted a pair of lightweight pants for backpacking which I could wear without a belt. I really dislike convertible pants and so I prefer a lightweight pant which won't get too hot. These fit and move well with lots of thoughtful details. p... Read Moreockets are large and deep and the opening is low enough that they are easily accessible without unbuckling the pack belt. I like the zip knee pocket too. My favorite feature is how the button serves as an adjuster with a small webbing strap that runs to the right and is used as an internal cinch belt. I showed my friends and they nicknamed me Fancy Pants. I've been called worse! Con: Pronghorn Tan color is a very light tan, almost sand colored. Shows dirt a little too easily. My next pair will be a darker color. I'm 6'2" 195lbs. I usually wear a 36 or a 35 waist. 33 inch inseam is perfect for me.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 15, 2022
We really appreciate all your detailed feedback, Barrett!
One Pair of Pants for Everything
I have 3 pairs of these pants to hedge against a change to what I consider perfection. My oldest pair is 4 years old and worn continuously. My only beef with them was the thigh zip pocket did not fit my phone. The new ones addressed that and have a bigger pocket. Phone fits fine. I like the new minimalist side pull tab that eliminates a need for a ... Read Morebelt. I now use these for everything: wear at home, climbing at the gym or outside, work, X-C skiing or running in the cold with a layer underneath them. Don't change a thing! These pants are my favorites.
Rock climbers with no butt
Recently happy to lose weight and fit 33/34" waist jeans comfortably. However, so many brands make pants for really narrow hip stick figure cartoon character legged men. Was really hoping these pants wouldnt alienate me from another brand in the adventure world but unfortunately they have. Cowboys, hockey players, handymen, and us ethnic folks... Read More with booty need not apply.
Lacking some quality
They fit and look nice, decent water repellent material. My only complaint is after my first time using them the stitching on the right butt pocket pulled and is noticeably lifting. It looks like an old pair of pants would after repeated use and wear (in that one specific area)
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 14, 2022
We're sorry to hear those RPS Rock Climbing Pants are having an issue with the pocket stitching! If you'd rather we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) them. Thanks for the review, Jonathan!
Waistband works loose
I just wore these pants three days in a row hiking in Sedona Arizona. I was constantly pulling my pants up because the string pull at the waist works its way loose. The crotch has a strange fit also. My plan is to exchange them for some other style. I would not recommend them.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 14, 2021
We're sorry to hear that these pants did not perform as expected, and we appreciate your feedback. You're welcome to return them to the [Patagonia-owned store](https://www.patagonia.com/store-locator/) in your area, or reach out to our Customer Service to discuss other options. Thanks for the review, Howard!
Some of the best features of these pants are the pockets. The zippered pocket on the right side is great for phones and is below the leg loop of my harness. The material is very comfortable when climbing and pretty breathable. I like how the cuffs are adjustable, but that the bungee is so light that you dont even notice it until you need it.
Heed the other reviews. These pants are unwearable. They are very low rise and very tight in the crotch. The "gusseted crotch" is more like a tapered leg, not enough fabric and not in the right place. Can barely walk in them, no way I would ever attempt to hike or climb in them.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 15, 2021
We appreciate your feedback, and we're sorry these didn't work out. If you haven't already returned them, please reach out. We'll be happy to help! Also you might prefer our Venga, Gritstone, Altvia or Hampi Pant. Thanks for the review, Rafael!
Perfect in mind but not in body.
The pants are killer, well made and super comfy, built to do the job...BUT... they are cut to fit Chouinard!!! You can't get an inseam past 34" and that's no good if you're over 6'. I had to return the pants, totally bummed. Jackets fit though!
Response from PatagoniaNovember 11, 2021
Hey Regis! We're so sorry to hear these didn't work out for you. In the future, we're always happy to provide garment measurements before you purchase something to help determine what size to get, simply reach out to our [customer service team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/). With that said, we'll be sure to pass this feedback along to our Design Team.
Would Love These in Long
The fit is true to size. I wear 31" waist Patagonia jeans and cords. I recently used these on a climbing trip in Colombia. There were bugs. The pants performed well, but my inseam is 34"-plus so these don't fully cover my ankles, especially when I'm moving. The mosquitoes feasted on my uncovered ankles. My (and my itchy ankles)... Read More wish is that these would come in a Long version like some of Patagonia's other pants.
No belt loops
No belt loops and really baggy way to large
Response from PatagoniaOctober 26, 2021
Hey Ken, thanks for the review on the RPS Rock Climbing Pants. We're sorry to hear it ultimately did not work out. To check on the features for each item, you'll want to scroll down on it's product page and click on the "Specs & Features" button. This is where you'll find if pants have belt loops or not, and any additional features. The design on these pants is a bit more streamlined, and you're correct, it does not have belt loops but it does have the OppoSet Adjustable Waist. For a similar pair of pants with belt loops, we recommend checking out the [Men's Venga Rock Pants](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-venga-rock-climbing-pants/83082.html?dwvar_83082_color=NVYB&cgid=root).
Very small around the crotch
This pant has very small fit around the groin and waste area. Im not going to go into detail about it as other reviews have talked enough on it. I would like to see the pants be bigger around those areas as well as maybe get a tapered leg option. The material is great and love the design and the pronghorn tan but unfortunately it was too small.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 30, 2021
We appreciate your feedback, and we're sorry these didn't work out. If you haven't already returned them, please reach out. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)! Also you might prefer our Venga, Gritstone, Altvia or Hampi Pant. Thanks for the review, Rafael!
Great fit, Great pant
I needed / wanted a pant for me to wear for almost everything I would be doing. These pant do just that. Fit and move every which way I do is great. No bulk yet all the pockets I need. Tapered leg is comfortable, never restricting and if needed, can be drawn with shock cord at the bottom.
Pronghorn Tan--Is NOT Tan at all
I was expecting a pant that was in the beige/brown/tan palette of colors. This was a pale yellow--nothing at all like it looked on the screen and definitely not what I expected. I'm working on returning them. :-(
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 22, 2021
Hi Robert, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the color was not what you were anticipating. We've reached out to you directly with return assistance.
Favorite climbing pants
First thing I noticed was how light weight the material is. I have worn them both bouldering and sport climbing and they have been super comfortable. Would highly recommend to anyone whos looking for a pant that wont get in your way and is comfortable even in the heat.
Poor fit has become a norm for Patagonia pants
It appears that the Patagonia designers have decided that men neither have external genitalia nor gluteal muscles. How one would climb in these without compromising their ability to have offspring is a mystery. That said, the durability of the material, the DWR coating, and location of the pockets are all spot on. Now if they only fit
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 16, 2021
Hey Shorin! Thanks for the detailed feedback on the fit. We're really sorry they don't work for you. You're always welcome to return them.
Literally the best pants on the market.
I have 5 pairs of these pants. The first pair I purchased over 5 years ago strictly for rock climbing. Those pants are still in my kit. I recently purchased two pairs to wear to work because they are the most comfortable pants I've ever owned. They are amazing.
Lightweight but not durable
I wrote a review a while ago, but after wearing these pants a little longer and compared them with other climbing pants, I would like to update/revise my review about these pants. These pants are lightweight but not durable! The material is stretchy, which is good, however its also easy to rip and tear. I unfortunately cannot recommend these pants ... Read Morefor those who climb outdoor a lot because these pants wont last!
These are so comfy,light, and stretch in all the right places. I wear them constantly. My only complaint would be that the crotch is a little short and for those...uh, well endowed among us, it can be a little revealing. Also wish they made multiple inseam lengths, but I can have them altered.
I wore these pants for a fall season of light cragging and they held up fine and were very comfortable. However, two days of summer CO alpine absolutely destroyed these pants. If you're doing any sort of scrambling/4th class terrain where you might butt slide, don't buy these. I ripped a half dozen holes and completely abraded off all of ... Read Morethe rear pocket stitching; fortunately I carry gear tape with me and was able to do some in-field repair. For the price, I expected a lot more of these pants, particularly since they're specifically marketed as a durable rock climbing pant, which in my experience they definitely were not.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 29, 2021
Thanks for the feedback Matt. We definitely don't expect them to wear that quickly. Please get in touch with our Customer Service Team to get set up with a warranty return.
The best climbing pants I have tried!
Lightweight, breathable, super-durable, extremely fast to dry. Perfect fit under the harness and wont prevent me from any stretchy movements (even though my stretch sucks). They are a little short for me, and end around my ankles. But it is an advantage for climbing, as I see my feet better. I also wear them casually around home and city, but w... Read Moreont wear them to work, as they are short.
Love these pants. I have about 5 pairs of these and I use them for work, climbing, and they're classy in town as well. These pants are on the lighter end, so on winter days, you'll need a base layer. They're perfect for 3 seasons. If you climb a lot in them, the stitching on the rear can wear out a little quickly. Double stitching i... Read Moren rear would be a great way for Patagonia to increase the durability in this pant. Buy them!
Patagonia does it again because I cant seem to take these pants off. No other rock pants fit and perform the same on the wall. If there is a day that I have not chosen my RPS Rock pants, I would be upset. These pants can do it all and more. I will continue to buy more of these and highly recommend them.
Good lightweight rock climbing pants
I've been wearing these pants for rock climbing for a little over 2 years now. They're lightweight, stretchy, and non restrictive. I do like them a lot, but I just wish they're a little bit more durable as I got holes everywhere now due to heavy usage.
Response from PatagoniaApril 16, 2021
Hi Rizki, sorry to hear about the wear and tear on the Men's RPS Rock Climbing Pants. Please feel free to begin a repair or warranty return under our Ironclad Guarantee. You can begin either process here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Climbing in style
Ive only worn these pants gym climbing once or twice so far but the fit is perfect, they are super light, and they allow for whatever type of movement you may need for the kind of bouldering I do. Cant speak yet to the durability as I have not had them that long or used them on real rock yet but I hope they last forever!
Great summer pants for traveling
Those are my number one pants for traveling. More summery as the texture is soft and stretch; it sure looks very climber-oriented. That is why I don't wear them every day in town here in America but will have no issues doing it in Asia wherever I go. As usual with Patagonia, those pants will resist any trend, and I'll wear them until they... Read More die.
These Pants Are Sadly Not Good
I initially purchased a size 30 which were a tad short length wise but way too tight around the waist so I returned them and sized up to a 32, but the problems with the pants are not just from the sizing. The RPS pants are made from a material that does not stretch which is not always a bad thing, but the pants are restrictive when trying to lift y... Read Moreour legs high a move that is key in the movement of climbing. The final sin of the pants is how they severely lack crotch room unlike any pants I have purchased, it makes me wonder if Patagonia had eunuchs in mind rather than climbers when designing these pants. One aspect I appreciated of the pants is how light they are and they are able pack down into nothing. If Patagonia could fix the issues while maintaining the lightness and packability of the pants they would be great.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 4, 2021
Hello Aaron, thanks so much for sharing your feedback with us. We're truly sorry these were too restrictive. Please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) them if you were looking to do so, but haven't already. We're also always happy to email you any item's measurements chart so you can feel more confident about your next purchase.
Stylish and comfortable
Well made, unique leg design at knee - for bending. Good generous pockets - back ones fit phone! I like the cord cinch at leg bottom. Waist fits me and I can cinch it in when I lose weight with a pull tab. Comfortable for bending, walking, yard work. FYI - I wore same model of pant to walk across Spain three years ago. Dries almost over night!
After doing some extensive research, I've determined that these pants and I have logged somewhere in the ballpark of 300+ pitches together. They've survived the Southern Pickets in the North Cascades, they've handled everything Washington Pass has to throw at them, they've groveled up countless chimneys with me, and I'm pre... Read Moretty sure my girlfriend only started seeing me because they make my butt look nice. The only critique that I can make about the design is that the crotch could be about 0.5-1" deeper. They fit a little tighter in that area, but just fine around the rest of my legs + waist. The fabric isn't the stretchiest in the world (which is totally fine!), but this coupled with the tightness in the crotch can sometimes inhibit movement (think large high steps).
Nice Fit around waist and legs only downfall is...
The pants are nice I like the general fit of them. My only complaint is the inseam is a little to long. I'm 67" tall and wear a size 32-33 waist. The pants inseam is 32" and is just a bit to long to be completely satisfied with my purchase. I find myself having to cuff each pant leg in order to prevent them from dragging on the floor... Read More.
Pants that won't die
I work in forestry and am outdoors most days. I have owned two pairs of these pants for about four years. They are worn more often than is probably sanitary, to the point that my coworkers think these are the only pants I own. They are very lightweight and perfect for hot weather. They show literally no signs of wear, even after wearing them throug... Read Moreh nasty, thorny brush for weeks at a time. A downside is that things fall out of the front pockets very easily. I don't carry change in these pockets, and I double check to make sure I still have my keys when I get up from a chair. Although they are durable, they don't provide the level of protection that heavier pants would. If Patagonia offered these pants in a heavier weight, I would buy those as well. I might never need another pair of pants again!
After Christmas Sopping
Hi - I went in to the Ventura store to ask advice on my red jacket that I had actually just has repaired by Patagonia. the jacket still has issues and the gentleman at the store went ahead and replaced it with a brand new jacket - similar. thank you for being such a great company! That is why I own so much Patagonia.
Pants with a great feel, but still lacking functional pockets
These pants year in and year out are a great workhorse in my arsenal of pants. I have taken them both indoor and outdoor climbing, and they work great for the most part. Climbing outdoors is a lot of fun, but I usually like to have a zippered pocket to keep my phone secured on me when climbing, or to have a walkie talkie or some way to communicate ... Read Morewith my partners when I am out of sight. This is the one drawback of these pants... the zippered pocket is good for carrying small things like cash or coins, but is not big enough for today's phones or even a slightly biggger walkie talkie. The normal pockets sometimes have a tendency to not hold big items and I've lost a few parking tickets in my day with the non zippered pockets.
The pants are sized 32 and supposed to be flexible and stretchy enough to climb. When wearing them I find that to lift my knee up to or above hip level, such as on a steep an approach or getting a high foot hold, the pants feel restrictive around my knee and thigh. I can mitigate this by hitching up the upper part of the pant before attempting such... Read More a movement, but it is cumbersome to try to do so repeatedly or in a climbing situation. I do enjoy the pocket placement, the light weight material, and the ability to keep cool while wearing the pants.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 5, 2019
Samuel, we really appreciate your thoughtful and detailed feedback on these pants. If you find the restrictive nature of the fit causes you to want to [return](https://help.patagonia.com/s/topic/0TO1L0000002yyTWAQ/returns-exchanges) them, please don't hesitate to [reach out](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)to us!
Absolute favorite pants
Got these for climbing of course but they quickly became my everyday pants. They’re lightweight, super comfortable and can pass anywhere from the crag to the pub. The little cinch at the bottom is perfect for keeping them out of the way when it comes to tricky footwork. Love these pants.
Good pants for climbing. I wore them for a week climbing in Yosemite almost non stop. They held up fine. They provided plenty of freedom of movement but I would prefer it if the leg had more taper at the bottom. The waist adjustment is slick and doesn't get in the way of a harness.
Durably built, yet comfortable for climbing
A well-designed climbing pant with a great material choice. It is built durably (doubled-up on materiel where necessary), yet still comfortable with a slight stretch. The waist and hips fit true to size, but as a 6'2" man with long legs, they are noticeably short. That said, they're perfect length for wearing pushed up as I often do ... Read Morewhile climbing/approaching, but not so good for hiking or in town after climbing when they feel like high waters. Overall, well built rock pants.
The pants feel great on the climbing wall, the color is bright and the material feels breathable and light, and it's water resistant. I do wish the women's version has deeper pockets. I got my boyfriend the men's version and he can fit two phones into his front pockets.
Rockin' Rock Pants
Already used both pair; indoor bouldering and outdoor trad/sport. Comfortable and durable whether heel hooking indoors or jamming cracks in the limestone outdoors. They even felt great during the 1.8 mile approach to the crag in 90+ temps in the Austin, TX humidity. In my opinion, they just need a pocket on the left pant leg matching the one on the... Read More right pant leg to be perfect.
Great climbing pants
I’m on my second pair, and will buy a third when these wear out. The material is great, as others say: weirdly durable despite the lightweight. The opposet works great on these pants, when I saw it at first I was skeptical. The thigh pocket is nice placed and a good size for my smallish phone or a couple granola bars. The bungee ankle closure is an... Read Moreother thing I expected to be a gimmick but is actually one of my favorite features that I use constantly. Perfect for cinching above the calf on hot days, or around the ankles when the afternoon wind is blowing up your skirt. Cut is good for me, I almost can’t get them to bind on me (the baggies pants, in contrast, bind badly on me in a comparable size). Something to watch out for is the way the butt pockets are sewn; it’s true there are two layers of material there, but the only thing making the pockets are two lines of stitches that form the bottom edge of the pocket. So once in a while these stitches wear through after too much butt-scooching through boulder fields and if you look into the back pocket you can see all the way down in the pants. It’s an easy fix of running a straight stitch across there and they’re good for another several months- but that’s the only real flaw I’ve found with these pants. Overall great rock climbing pants.
Great climbing pants
This is my second pair of grey rps pants. I only wear they for climbing and they’ve held up well and tend not to stink after multiple days in them. The only Chang I’d make is to add a small loop for hanging on a hook. Other than that I wouldn’t change a thing.
Runs smaller than older versions
I bought these pants a few years ago and they have stood the test of time. Excellent climbing pants that are lightweight but somehow ridiculously durable. Used them and scraped them across many types of rock all over the western US. I wanted another pair and bought the same size only to find out, they run much smaller and fit differently than the o... Read Morelder pair. I do like that they've moved the logo from the knee to the hip though. Sizing up to see if they still work for me.
Best pants I’ve ever owned.
Don’t ask me how it happened. I saw these pants at my climbing gym and thought they looked cool. Never thought about wearing them for climbing. Tried them on, liked the look and the feel. Now own three pairs and wear them instead of jeans almost daily. They look good—almost dressy—they wear well, and they are extremely comfortable. On the stairs at... Read More my office the other day, a guy stopped me and asked me where he could find the same for himself. This never happens. They look that good. Crazy. (Be careful about size. No belt loops. Waist adjustment works, but in a narrow range.)
RPS rock pants
I’ve only climbed in them a handful of times but so far I love them. I prefer wearing pants when I climb and these are the perfect light weight pair for any summer hike/climb being super breathable, water resistant and lightweight. When they’re washed and not covered in chalk they even look pretty nice for a night out if ya keep it casual like I do... Read More. Nice job!
Rps Rock Pants Rock!!!!
Best pants for climbing and casual wear ever. I just wish they were a little bigger cut in the tighs and accordingly. Bigger thighs and smaller waists are hard to fit. I still buy them😂. Can’t squat comfortably and I understand these pants are for climbing but I still wear them when lifting.
Baggy around the hips
I was expecting a similar fit to the other rock pants, but was disappointed to have these not fit at all. The hips under the belt line were extremely. I will be returning these pants.
Response from PatagoniaJune 5, 2019
Hi Kyle! We are sorry to hear that the pants did not work out for you. You're welcome to [return](https://is.gd/DQq2nw) it to a Patagonia owned store or send it in for a refund or merchandise credit.
The almost perfect bouldering pants
I thought I was going to hate these at first. When I tried them on they felt tight and non-stretchy. However after wearing them to work a few times, washing them, and then trying them at the gym I realized how great they were. I used one pair for several days in Joshua Tree and they performed very well. Very durable and managed to walk away with on... Read Morely one small hole (JTree rock eats clothing instantly. I was stoked). Great pants. Would be five star if the gusset was a little longer down the inseam, I feel like I could high-step a little higher that way.
Inseam Too Short
I typically wear a 30 x 32 pant and purchased the size 30. The crotch area is very tight and somewhat uncomfortable; the seam in the back pretty much rides up my butt. These pants would benefit from a longer inseam or perhaps if a choice inseam length was given. Love the fabric. These pants are close to being perfect. I would buy several pair if Pa... Read Moretagonia fixed this inseam issue!
I have owned several pairs of the RPS pants over the years and always knew they held up well, they are my number one choice for guiding in the warmer seasons. Recently I was involved in a rockfall accident with a friend. long story short, we did our own self rescue off the wall and I scooted and drug myself though hundreds of yards of talus... I wo... Read Moreuld have assumed any pant would shred from all of that but the pants are in tact with only a few seams worn and just a few tiny tears. These pants will definitely remain my favorite!
Worse in 2018
I have the 2017 ones and the fabric is great and the built-in belt thing works great. On the 2018 model the fabric seems different, and the belt barely works. On top of that, they got rid of the belt loops, so you can't even wear a regular belt with it. Too bad as the new colors and smaller logo (on the back) look great. The 2017 ones were th... Read Moree perfect summer travel pant for me.
they look great,but...
i had nothing but compliments whenever i have these on. but when i use them for climbing: _ the gusset seams around the knee is bothersome _ advertised as "synthetic-blend fabric has stretch" but the's actually a blend of polyester and nylon - definitely no stretcdh _ bad sewing job on the back pockets. i had no idea that they had ca... Read Moreme undone and my wallet slipped down and lost it (i have a very minimalist wallet) finally had the chance to return them to the santa monica flagship store for repair,but they issued me a gift certificate a week later. i was hoping to get them repaired as i dont think it was that complicated,and believed in their wornwear program.
I've had these pants for a few months now. I like the fit and feel,not too stretchy. I have climbed a bit in them. I like the tie cinch on the bottom,very simple and easy to use. If I could change one thing,it would be the side pocket is too small for my phone,barely big enough for a thin wallet. I also,would not mind a zippered pocket or at l... Read Moreeast a flap over the back pocket.
Great fit but too restrictive in the knees
I really wanted to like these but they were too restrictive for me. There's a weird diagonal stitch right below the knee that kept catching against my skin whenever I moved my legs around. The restriction was annoying enough that I think it would be a distraction while climbing. It's too bad because they otherwise fit well. I was sad to r... Read Moreeturn them.
Great but not durable
I got a pair of them less than a year ago. I'm just saddened by the fact that the rear pockets are so weak. Both of mine just fell apart and are completely unusable and I don't even rock climb or give them any harsh treatment. All I would put in it is my wallet (which was lost because it fell through my pocket onto the streets. I love alm... Read Moreost everything else about the pants. The rest is durable. I'm not sure if they fixed this issue in the new version,but I wouldn't buy these pants if you want durable rear pockets.
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