Why I love my Vengas
My son, who suddenly became a fashion expert upon entering Middle School, remarked that I did not fit in with other moms. He then told me that you have to look good to feel good. If you feel good you will climb well. I told him that in fact, I set the standards since I am a Patagonia Ambassador. He laughed and rolled his eyes.
I was just teasing him, knowing full well that I am slow to adopt new clothing trends because I become loyal to a product that performs well, even after it is discontinued. For example, my favorite pants were the Patagonia Serenity tights because they were supple enough to wear while running, climbing, and doing yoga. When the knees wore out, I made them into shorts. When the seam wore out in the butt, I sewed it back. When they stopped making them in any color except black, I decided I needed to try something else.
Enter the Venga climbing pants. Now my son no longer pretends that I am someone else’s mom. These pants are stylish and comfortable enough to wear at the airport as well as the crags. They are made of lightweight organic cotton/polyester so they feel soft and stretch as well. They have a DWR finish to shed moisture – and they are more durable than my old Serenity tights.
The real test for the Vengas came when I went to Kauai and was encouraged to send in photos while climbing in long pants. I normally climb in shorts in the summer because I thought pants were too hot and constricting when I am sweating already. But I was surprised to find that I forgot all about the pants when I got on my climbing project and sent it. Indeed, maybe it was all due to the Vengas.