Black Diamond sent me a pair of their forged denim pants to review. They are designed for climbing and touted as “unbelievably stretchy.” Black Diamond calls them “super durable” yet “light enough to stay cool.”
I found them to be extremely comfortable on the first wear. The fit is true to their size chart and extremely flattering. They are slimming without squeezing your midsection.
They are definitely stretchy, but they’re not exactly yoga pants. The material is thick, and I found my range of motion somewhat more limited than I would like for climbing.
I tested out their “stay cool” claim by taking them for a steep hike on an 85 degree day, and I was sweltering. They are not well ventilated.
Long story short: I would wear these for outdoor activities on a cool day if I planned on grabbing dinner and drinks afterward. They are a fantastic pair of jeans, but wouldn’t be my first choice for climbing or hiking.
- Materials: Cordura Stretch Denim (75% Cotton, 10% Nylon, 13% Polyester, 2% Elastane)
- Weight: 15 oz