prAna sent me the Mantra pant and Ravena top for the purpose of writing this post.
As soon as we had a break in the high summer temperatures, we knew that it was time to hit the trails and the boulders. D had a long weekend thanks to Labor Day, so while we did have some work that had to get done, our main focus was having some fun in the park. We decided that we’d split our time between climbing at the gym and hiking and climbing in the park. We’re fortunate to live in an area that is rich in outdoor activity opportunities.
Since my new Mantra pants didn’t come in a short length, I still needed to shorten them about 3 inches before I could wear them. With everything going on around here, I hadn’t made time to shorten the pants, so I decided to wear my prAna Halle pants instead. They are one of my favorite pairs of climbing/hiking pants as they’re light weight and super comfortable with a nice stretch to them. D wore his light weight prAna Breathe pants. They’re not only great for hiking, but they make excellent climbing pants. Both the Halle and Breathe pants have held up well to climbing all over some pretty abrasive boulders and rocks. We’re all about durable, comfortable clothing.
We loaded up on water, grabbed the bouldering book, and off we went in the Jeep. We did end up tossing the bouldering pad and climbing gear in the back just in case we found a sweet spot to climb. It turns out there were a good number of locations, but they were a little more difficult than we were ready to tackle. As the sun was starting to set, we found a bouldering playground that we plan on climbing when we have more time. Even though some of the boulders were off limits due to historic artifacts, there were still so many boulder problems to tackle. I liked that the level of difficulty varied greatly which meant both D and I will be challenged at a degree which works for our skill sets.
Mantra Pants in Black Herringbone
After D went back to work, I finally got around to hemming my Mantra pants. I really wish these came in the short length as it would have made my life a little easier, but it was worth the extra effort as they are super comfortable and cute. The wide elastic waistband with a drawstring allows for a custom fit on the waist. I like the addition of the drawstring as it’s not always easy for me to get the right fit on the waist when the rest of the pants fit my curves. These pants have a wider leg which I think makes them not only nice for various physical activities but also every day wear. Yes, they are comfortable like yoga pants but they look dresser when you’re out and about. They are a soft blend of 53% hemp, 44% recycled poly, and 3% spandex.
Ravena Crew Neck Top in Baltic Print
I received the Ravena top in the baltic print. It’s a 54% recycled poly and 46% organic cotton blend that’s breathable, soft, and comfortable. I normally like solid colored shirts, but the prints on these shirts are quite fun. The fit allows for easy movement no matter what activity you’re doing. I can do all of my stretching in this shirt with no binding or tugging. The length is good, but I’d like it to be just a few inches longer. The sleeves are not tight and a little on the long side which I like.
prAna clothing looks great and performs well.
Of course, I don’t purchase prAna just to look good. It’s needs to perform well in a variety of activities. I already knew that it worked well for yoga, but I wanted to test it out hiking and scrambling on the rocks. Clothing around our house needs to be durable as we tend to be hard on our clothes. That meant that I really needed to head back out and do some more exploring. It’s the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, so it only makes sense to spend as much time in our local park as the weather (and time) allow.
While the Mantra pants allow the flexibility to move around, they are definitely more casual pants rather than climbing pants due to the style. Since I’m short and curvy, the pants are not quite as flattering on me as they would be on someone who has longer legs and is a little thinner (like Munchkin). That being said, I still really like them as they make a great alternative to traditional yoga pants for every day casual wear. As I stated before, I really like the Ravena shirt, but I wish it was a little longer so it wouldn’t ride up as much when I’m lifting my arms, stretching, and reaching. It’s all a matter of personal preference and body shape. prAna does not disappoint on quality of materials and craftsmanship. Their clothing is well made and designed to last.
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