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Summer Climbing Clothing

Summer Climbing Clothing
30 June 2020

I’ve seen people go climbing in all sorts of clothing, from classic band t-shirts & jean shorts to football shirts & boardies and after a hard day climbing they are normal suffering with chafing and a sweat-drenched tee.

If you invest in clothing designed specifically for climbing you are going to be more comfortable, enhance your range of movement and replace your clothes less often. So, it’s going to be more fun when you go climbing which in my book is a massive plus.   


Mountain Equipment

Men's Inception Shorts

Mountain Equipment Shorts

  • Ascender fabric is light, tough and quick-drying
  • Semi-elasticated waistband
  • Offset double press stud closure
  • Hand pockets
  • Rear pocket
  • Climbing fit provides excellent mobility
  • Inseam: 30cm/12” (34)
  • 190g (34”)

Ideal for hot weather climbing, these short are made from an ultralight yet hard-wearing fabric that dries quickly. The semi elasticated waistband frees up your legs and hips for technical climbing and ‘climbing fit’ further enhances your range of movement.


Black Diamond

Women's Credo Shorts

Black Diamond Shorts


  • Stretch organic cotton twill
  • Waistband with drawcord
  • Button and fly zip closure
  • Hand pockets
  • Rear pockets
  • Brush slot in rear right pocket
  • Internal hex pocket print
  • BD icon rivets
  • Regular fit
  • Inseam: 23cm/9”
  • 127g (12”)

A durable pair of lightweight cotton shorts which have plenty of stretch and a comfortable drawcord waist. The shorts have four pockets for all your essentials and a handy brush slot in a rear pocket for dirty routes and boulders.  


Men's Rondo Slim Pants

 E9 Pants

  • 96% organic cotton/4% elastane
  • Comfortable, stretchy, and breathable
  • Semi elasticated waist
  • Fly zip and snap button closure
  • Open hand and rear pockets
  • Contrast printed fabric pocket linings
  • Brush holders on both sides
  • E9 embroidery on rear
  • Adjustable hem drawcords
  • Slim fit
  • Made in Italy

The team at E9 have created a great looking pair of climbing pants which supply plenty of movement. They do this by combining stretchy and breathable organic cotton with a fit which is slightly tailored and has articulated knees and a gusseted crotch. At the waist and hem, you’ll find elastic for an enhanced fit and the pockets also use elastic to create an opening that is easy to access yet remains secure.

Mountain Equipment

Women's Cala Leggings

Mountain Equipment Pants

  • Stretch nylon fabric is comfortable and supportive
  • Wide elasticated waistband for comfort
  • Exclusive Mountain Equipment print
  • 250g (12)

These soft and stretchy leggings come with a bold geometric print and a wide elasticated waistband that offers up a supportive and comfortable fit. The stretchy nylon fabric is perfect for long training sessions and gives you the ultimate in mobility.


Men's S/S Pulse T-Shirt

Rab T-shirt

  • Lightweight Motiv polyester fabric is quick-wicking and fast-drying
  • Polygiene anti-microbial odour control treatment
  • Microactive low-bulk seams for strength and softness next-to-skin
  • Crew neck
  • Short sleeved
  • UPF 30+
  • Regular fit gives room for movement
  • 78g (L)

A lightweight tee that actively wicks away moisture and dries quickly; it’s great for hard climbing sessions and the anti-microbial odour control treatment keeps it smelling fresh in-between washes. On sunny days UPF 30+ fabric stops the sun from damaging your skin and low bulk seams minimise rubbing.

3rd Rock

Women's Equinox Reverse Bra

3rd Rock Bra

  • 39% recycled polyamide/39% recycled polyester/22% Xtra Life Lycra
  • Recycled fabric uses repurposed fishing nets to create a high-performance fabric
  • High neckline for full coverage, even when doing downward dog
  • Medium impact support
  • Wide crossover straps
  • Soft sides sit smoothly over the lats
  • Reversible design
  • Next-to-skin fit

Climb in comfort with support from this eco-friendly bra which utilises a reservable design for two styles in one. Pressure-free and wide crossover straps sit gently across your back & neck and a high neckline provides full coverage.


Men's Cap Cool Daily Graphic T-Shirt

Patagonia T-shirt

  • Capilene Cool recycled polyester jersey, bluesign approved
  • Highly breathable, fast-drying and with good moisture management
  • MiDori bioSoft for added wicking and softness
  • HeiQ Fresh durable odour control
  • Crew neck
  • Patagonia graphic on back
  • Short sleeved
  • UPF 50+
  • Regular fit
  • 128g (M)

Patagonia has produced another brilliant garment that combines technical and eco-credentials with their iconic styling. Bluesign approved recycled polyester with added MiDori biosoft produces a lightweight, wicking and fresh smelling t-shirt that also protects you from the sun, great on extended summer climbs.  

3rd Rock

Women's Braidy Vest

3rd Rock Vest

  • 50% modal/50% cotton
  • Modal is a 100% natural eco fibre that’s lightweight and extremely soft
  • High neckline designed to cover your sports bra
  • Braided neck detailing
  • Open back aids airflow
  • Loose fit

Made from a blend of cotton (for breathability & durability) and Modal (a soft natural eco fibre) the Braidy vest sits comfortably on your skin and leaves your arms and shoulders unrestricted. A high neckline covering and low cut back provide you with a relaxed fit that leaves your upper body space to breathe and keep cool.


Men's Squ-C Hoody

E9 Hoodie

  • 94% organic cotton/6% elastane
  • Heavyweight jersey is comfortable, stretchy, and breathable
  • Hood with drawstring
  • Embroidered E9 logo
  • Kangaroo hand pocket
  • Regular fit
  • Made in Italy

A heavyweight hoodie that is ideal for warming up in before a climb, belaying in or thanks to its elastane stretch can be worn for climbing on cool days. The breathable cotton sits comfortably next to your skin and the kangaroo pocket provides warmth for your hands.

Mountain Equipment

Women's Depiction Hoody

Mountain Equipment Hoodie

  • 136g heathered jersey fabric
  • Soft, stretchy and comfortable
  • Polygiene anti-microbial odour control treatment
  • Over-locked and topstitched seams for durability
  • Relaxed hood
  • Overlapping hem detail
  • Women’s Relaxed fit
  • 195g (12)

A technical lightweight hoodie that stretches with your movement and has a built-in odour control treatment, you’ll soon find yourself wearing it for all your climbing trips. It comes with overlocked seams for durability, has a relaxed fit and is finished off with a ‘clean look’ asymmetrical hem.


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Pete Fletcher - Outdoor Expert

Pete grew up hiking most of the trails in the Lake District before being introduced to skiing. A decade later and you're most likely to find him snowboarding, skateboarding or making a mean coffee.