For our second installment of The Gear Report, Eddie Bauer free climber Mason Earle breaks down why he climbs in the Uprising Jeans from the visual backdrop of Moonlight Buttress in Zion National Park. A rising big wall climber who has crushed some of the hardest crack climbs in North America, Earle provides us with a detailed description of what makes this pant his pick for big burly wall climbs. He has tested it on impressive free climbs in epic locations from the Cirque of the Unclimbables in the Northwest Territories and the aesthetic sandstone crack system of Moonlight Buttress in Zion to the classic big wall granite monolith of El Cap in Yosemite National Park.
This is our official description: Our stretch denim Uprising Jeans are custom built for climbing, bouldering and relaxing. Unlike tight and tech climbing pants—which look lost without a harness—this stretch denim style feels chill and casual when not at the crag. Cordura® denim withstands wear and abrasion when working your way up a big wall route or sorting out a bouldering problem, while a gusseted crotch and articulated knees prevent embarrassing blowouts when stretching or stemming. Integrated stretch allows greater flexibility in both active and casual situations, while V-Hold belt loops prevent gaps in coverage or crack climbing overexposure. It passes Mason’s test for big wall free climbing, so it should easily survive your next massive- or mini-epic as well. —LYA Editor
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