Today we’re taking a look at the Canadian-made Boulder Denim women’s skinny jeans ($148), jeans that are made for rock climbing and a slew of outdoor active pursuits. As a disclaimer, I did not test these while rock climbing because…well….I don’t rock climb anymore. But I still went through the moves via yoga and Pilates. An experience I’ll never forget.
But first! Boulder Denim jeans will go on sale on Black Friday-Cyber Monday for 20 percent off and free shipping.
What I loved
They stretch in every direction. These are the most comfortable jeans I have ever worn. The short answer here is that they are jeans that move and feel like yoga pants. This kind of blew me away. From One-legged Pigeon to Half-lord of the Fishes, they had more range and flexibility than I did. Imagine what they can do for you on the climbing wall.
Nice long inseam. All the women’s sizes have a 32-inch inseam, which is meant to be cuffed or rolled if they’re too long. For me, I’m all about the hipster cuff so this thrills me.
Fashionably functional. It’s hard to find an outfit that these jeans can’t rock. I’ve worn them with a blazer and ankle boots to work, with a chunky Icelandic sweater and riding boots to a Foo Fighters concert, with Chaco’s, in the yoga studio, the list goes on.
Sizing. They run on the large size because they’re designed to give you plenty of room to move about on the climbing walls and then some. I tried on three different sizes when I got my sample. I ended up going two sizes down since I wasn’t going to be wearing them climbing. For the record I normally wear a 28 in jeans; my Boulder Denim jeans are a 26. Even though I went down two sizes they still retained their pliability for engaging in deep yoga stretches. If you buy them online, Boulder Denim offers free return shipping for sizing so if you don’t get the size right the first time it doesn’t cost you anything to exchange.
Durable. Boulder Denim jeans are hydrophobic and stain resistant. The denim itself is heavier than normal urban jeans and the stitching is tight and with heavy thread. Boulder Denim also offers a lifetime warranty on the stitching. Yes, you heard that right. A lifetime warranty on the stitching.
What I didn’t love
Price can be a turn-off. I have encountered quite a few curious souls while wearing these jeans. All recoiled in horror at the $148 price tag. In my opinion, it isn’t that horrific. When you factor in the lifetime warranty on the stitching, the durability, stretchability, functionality, softness and the fact that they’re made in Canada rather than China or India or some other country that pays their sweatshop workers a nickel per hour, well, that’s a justifiable reason they’re $148 and not $19.99 at The Gap or Old Navy.
Well, I’m a convert. No they’re not cheap but that’s kind of the point. They aren’t cheap. They’re a quality piece of outdoor/indoor gear that can be used for purposes other than the climbing walls or bouldering caves.
I would like to see their women’s line expand to offer an athletic fit like their men’s line but they’re a relatively new company with plenty of room to grow and expand. So I suspect it will come soon. And when they do, Gear Gals will stick their butts in them to review!
The Boulder Denim Women’s Skinny jeans are a Gear Gals Piece of Recommended Gear.