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Women rock climbing participation has been growing and while studies are limited similar needs are seen worldwide (Jung & Chun, 2013; Michaelson, 2015; Outdoor Foundation, 2016; Suh, 2013). Needs were better fit, mobility, durability, protection, and performance stretch textiles. This prototype seeks to address these needs and include four different textiles to address stretch, breathability, wicking, and abrasion. This pant features a higher waistline that doesn't fall before the harness, an interior adjustable waistband, an elongated gusset, two-piece front pant leg for flexibility along with a reinforced knee, pockets that are accessible while climbing, and adjustable pant length. Fit tests and wear trials showed an increase in fit satisfaction, mobility, and comfort along with an aesthetic appreciation for the pant. While this prototype sought to address women climbers pant needs it can also inform outdoor/sport designers that climbing pants should include functional design, performance stretch textiles, along with fit/wear trials.

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Nov 10th, 10:00 AM

Women Climbing Pant Prototype

Women rock climbing participation has been growing and while studies are limited similar needs are seen worldwide (Jung & Chun, 2013; Michaelson, 2015; Outdoor Foundation, 2016; Suh, 2013). Needs were better fit, mobility, durability, protection, and performance stretch textiles. This prototype seeks to address these needs and include four different textiles to address stretch, breathability, wicking, and abrasion. This pant features a higher waistline that doesn't fall before the harness, an interior adjustable waistband, an elongated gusset, two-piece front pant leg for flexibility along with a reinforced knee, pockets that are accessible while climbing, and adjustable pant length. Fit tests and wear trials showed an increase in fit satisfaction, mobility, and comfort along with an aesthetic appreciation for the pant. While this prototype sought to address women climbers pant needs it can also inform outdoor/sport designers that climbing pants should include functional design, performance stretch textiles, along with fit/wear trials.

 

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