It occurred to me that over the previous year and a bit I’ve purchased quite a few climbing jeans. Whilst sometimes I’d order the correct size first time, other times I’d have to return some jeans and go a size up. Even trying to look about online for information re how each pair of jeans fit didn’t solve the issue for me, and even if I found the relevant info it just wasn’t correct half the time.
In light of this I thought I’d do my own climbing jeans size/fitting roundup. Before I delve into discussing each jean I’ll give you my stats so as you can compare what you need against what I need.
Height – 6ft
Chest – ~40 inch
Waist – 31 inch (30 is generally a bit too tight whilst some 32’s can be very baggy on me)
Leg – 32 inch
Generally I like my climbing jeans to be able to stay around my waist without the need of wearing a belt as I don’t like this on me while climbing. Overly baggy jeans don’t do it for me however equally I don’t like skinny jeans.
This isn’t going to be an in depth review of each jean. Rather I want to focus on how each jean in the size I ordered generally fits me and how I feel climbing in them. Hopefully this helps you to pick the right size for you.
Lately I’ve been getting back into reading Josh Kaufmann’s ‘The personal MBA’. It’s a good book. I’d highly recommend it. Before I begin the article in earnest I’ll tell you a funny (sort off) little story!
In my spare time I like to do some instructing at my local climbing wall. A lot of the instructors there are freelance. One of my fellow instructors and I were chilling in the cafe between sessions of screaming kids hyped up on Coke when she noticed the book I had set on the counter whilst I was chatting with the cafe staff. She questioned me on it, asking what I thought about it. I told her that so far I thought it was good. I liked the straight forwardness of his language and the overall aim of the book. I did confess to thinking that some things, especially at the beginning of the book seemed a little basic. I thought that for instance if you gave any reasonable person a pen and piece of paper and asked them to jot down their thoughts on a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) you would get something that hit on most of the points the book made. I don’t consider this a bad thing. Two other books I have read, 9 Out of 10 Climbers Make the Same Mistakes: Navigation Through the Maze of Advice for the Self-coached Climber by Dave MacLeod and The Inner Game of Tennis by Gallwey, W.Timothy both discussed aspects of climbing and tennis respectively that I found to be common sense, however there was something valuable in hearing someone else say these things that I was thinking. It reinforced the points in my head and gave me more confidence to more fully stand behind them.
So after giving her my 1 minute review of the book I said to her that I was contemplating doing an actual MBA at one point in time however having been working in a SMB for about 7 years now I felt that I had absorbed so much from that experience that I didn’t need a full MBA anymore and so I decided to do some personal development on the matter instead. In addition I said I also thought that a lot of people who had done a little bit of work would benefit from doing the same and that a lot of the time a full MBA course wasn’t actually required… that’s when she said in addition to working she was in the middle of doing her MBA! Luckily she didn’t take offence and as it turns out she is doing a specialised derivation of an MBA which I’m more willing to believe people could benefit from having it traditionally taught (though I’m still on the fence).