New for summer 2018, the Venga Rock Pants from Patagonia encapsulate what the brand is all about - performance, outdoor style and sustainability in equal measure.
The immediate impression of the Vengas is one of a soft, stretchy and comfy pair of pants that look capable of fitting in to a variety of environments. Made from cosy and comfortable organic cotton, the Venga Rock Pants not only feel great, they look pretty smart too. Ideal for climbers who want a performance pant that doesn't scream 'crag rat', the Vengas' low key styling means you'll be equally happy wearing them at the pub as you will do sending at the cliff.
When it comes to on-the-rock performance, the Vengas are impressive. Whilst the jeans-style construction means they are not as forgiving and flexible as leggings or pants with elasticated waists, they did allow for adequate movement on both single and multi-pitch routes thanks to the hybrid organic cotton/polyester/elastane plain weave fabric. Freedom of movement is further enhanced through the articulated design, darted knees and gusseted crotch.
One particular performance feature that impressed was the fabric's DWR finish with its moisture shedding and breathable properties that makes the Vengas valid and practical when climbing outdoors.
In terms of fit, the Vengas sit comfortably on the waist and are customizable thanks to Patagonia's OppoSet adjustable waist technology. We found the system worked well when tightening the pants but was a bit fiddly when it came to reversing the process. Length-wise, they are just about long enough for our 5'6" frame but if you're any taller or long of leg then you might be in for a bit of ankle flappage.
At £80, the Venga Rock Pants are neither a bargain or over the top. If you're looking for a solid, versatile, comfortable climbing trouser that can double up as casual wear then you'll find these pants fit for purpose.