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    Freedom To Move: Featuring Russ Clune + Classic Loose Tapered Pants

    Freedom To Move: Featuring Russ Clune + Classic Loose Tapered Pants

    How Gramicci changed everything
    with one simple gusset.

    Lifelong climber Russ Clune was there at the beginning, climbing with the Stonemasters generation all over the world. Russ witnessed firsthand the revolution in outdoor wear that Gramicci instigated in 1982, sweeping across the USA from California to the eastern seaboard and eventually influencing outdoor clothing and streetwear all over the world.

    Here is Clune's story about his journey to discovering Gramicci pants:

    The Lycra tight fad hit the Gunks like a contagion in the early 1980s. Lycra's bright colors and patterns were donned by both sexes, not even finding a barrier with age groups or body types, which was an unfortunate side effect. Climbers were trading in their white painter’s pants and tracksuit bottoms for the splashier leggings. The tights did have merit: they were super-stretchy, light, and comfortable. Plus, they certainly stood out in photographs.

    In January 1987, I left the ‘Gunks and moved out to Ventura, California. I’d taken a job with Chouinard Equipment, the original climbing hardware company started by Yvon Chouinard, who also started Patagonia. Even in California, Lycra tights were common. Trips out to Joshua Tree on weekends showed the fad to be a country-wide phenomenon. One of the biggest downsides to the tights was showing up in a public place with them on. At best, I’d get curious stares from other patrons of a restaurant. At worst, I’d be asked to leave until I was properly dressed. I’d even almost been turned back at a European border crossing dressed in an especially garish pair. These situations made a quick change into a pair of jeans necessary. That change could be inconvenient and revealing, often occurring in a parking lot someplace. Lycra tights did not go well with underwear.

    Right down the road from the Patagonia/Chouinard Equipment headquarters in Ventura was Sole Survivor in Oxnard, run by Mike Graham. Mike started off by importing the popular Fire climbing shoe from Spain and distributing them in the U.S. He then started a small clothing line under the label Gramicci. Most of us at Chouinard were friends with Mike and his small staff there, and when Mike produced his original pants, we were instantly taken. Here was a true solution. I traveled overseas constantly, running the export business for Chouinard. Days often combined getting out to the crags to climb with a lunch or dinner with shop owners, as well as meetings with shop staff. The change from Lycra at the cliff to pants at the shop was never easy. Now, here was a pair of pants with a gusseted crotch, allowing the freedom to move, and a simple nylon strap as a belt that adjusted quickly. They looked good enough to wear in public and they moved with me when I climbed. My Lycra days were over. I had several pairs of Gramicci pants and wore them constantly. I really didn’t
    have a need for anything else.

    "Now, here was a pair of pants with a gusseted crotch, allowing the freedom to move, and a simple nylon strap as a belt that adjusted quickly. They looked good enough to wear in public and they moved with me when I climbed. My Lycra days were over. I had several pairs of Gramicci pants and wore them constantly. I really didn’t have a need for anything else."

    About four years after I’d moved to California, I shifted back to the ‘Gunks to work for the newly started company, Black Diamond. I was happy to be back at my home crag and among my old friends again. I couldn’t help but notice the changed attire as well. Lycra had pretty much run its course; the mainstay pants and shorts at the cliffs were now Gramicci’s user-friendly invention.

    - Russ Clune


    "It was probably as close as we’d ever come to painting a masterpiece, though in reality, it was all already there — we just dusted it off."

    Clune shares his story of the time he and his friend Dave made an ancient discovery while rock climbing in Utah:

    In Bears Ears National Monument, Dave and I had climbed some four hundred feet, repeating a first ascent that I’d helped establish a year prior, a climb that stitched together some perfect hand cracks with some other delicate cracks and pillars. It was probably as close as we’d ever come to painting a masterpiece, though in reality, it was all already there — we just dusted it off.

    This climb took us to the top of a magnificent butte, a place so high and remote we wondered if we were the first people to stand there, to search around this island in the sky. The entirety of Indian Creek was below us as we marveled at our surroundings.

    As I looked to the dirt, I noticed a piece of pottery—could it be? It couldn’t be. I looked closer, black-and-white stripes. I looked around to find more and quickly did. This place that, moments ago, seemed so distant and foreign, this was a place where humans had stood a thousand years ago and broke pottery as an offering to the gods.

    A tingle went through my entire body as Dave and I realized what we were looking at.

    Still, to this day, I haven’t discovered the route that these Ancestral Puebloans took to reach this point. It was improbable and seemingly unreachable.

    It was the magic of the desert.

    - Russ Clune



    Shop our classic Loose Tapered Pants.


    Loose Tapered Pants

    Made from classic Cotton Twill

    (Free Shipping On Orders Over $99)


    This piece features a front left zipper, gusseted crotch, and spacious front seam pockets. Velcro closures at two back welt pockets and elastic waistband with integrated belt. The durable cotton twill pants are high-performance urban pants for men and women washed for a vintage look and soft hand feel. With a low rise and loose fit, these vintage lifestyle pants provide authentic style and breath-ability in a variety of weather conditions for the wearer.

    Corduroy Loose Tapered Pants

    Made from classic Stretch Corduroy

    (Free Shipping On Orders Over $99)


    Made with premium stretch corduroy, the Loose Tapered Pants features a front left zipper with a gusseted crotch and has a uniquely soft texture. These urban vintage lifestyle pants have two deep front seam pockets and two back welt pockets with an adjustable belt at the waistband to ensure a comfortable, secure fit. The stretch corduroy fabric offers classic comfort and is perfect for the Fall and Winter months. With relaxed contours, these urban pants make them a great fit for modern lifestyles.



    Gramicci NN-Pants: Born From A Rich History of Outdoors and Style

    Gramicci NN-Pants: Born From A Rich History of Outdoors and Style

    Gramicci Stretch Twill and Denim NN-Pants were born from a rich history of an urban outdoor lifestyle. Gramicci pants have earned their place as a classic urban lifestyle pant that is comfortable and versatile. The Gramicci NN-Pants are another turn of the page, emerging from the design studio in 2015. A more tapered silhouette presents a contemporary form with the same level of movement as the original Gramicci pant. Variations on the cut and fabric give the wearer options for different climates and conditions.

    Shop our classic NN-Pants below.


    NN-Pants

    Made from classic Cotton Stretch Twill

    (Free Shipping On Orders Over $99)


    This piece features a front left zipper, gusseted crotch, and side seam pockets. Velcro closure at two back welt pockets. The Durable Cotton Stretch Twill pants are high performance men’s outdoor pants washed for a vintage look and soft hand feel. With a low rise and slim fit, the smooth main color provides an authentic warmth for the wearer.

    Corduroy NN-Pants

    Made from classic Stretch Corduroy

    (Free Shipping On Orders Over $99)


    The Durable Stretch Corduroy features a front left zipper with gusseted crotch and has a uniquely soft texture. These high quality outdoor pants have two side seam pockets and two back pockets with an adjustable belt at the waistband to ensure a comfortable, secure fit. The Stretch Corduroy fabric offers a classic comfort and is perfect for the Fall and Winter months.

    Denim NN-Pants

    Made from classic durable stretch Denim

    (Free Shipping On Orders Over $99)


    An outdoor lifestyle pant featuring front left zipper, gusseted crotch, and side seam pockets. The Durable Denim Stretch has a velcro closure and two back welt pockets. These exceptionally comfortable outdoor pants are washed for a vintage look and soft hand feel. The low rise and slim fit of these urban lifestyle pants provides freedom of movement and insulation.



    "They weren't the first men to climb mountains. They were just the first to make it look this damn cool."
    Luke Zaleski


    Mens Pants Fit Guide

    Mens Pants Fit Guide

    Your Gramicci Fit Guide to our collection of
    men's Pants.


    Gramicci Pants

    The original 1982 pants.


    • Wide around hip with a slight taper to hem
    • Features iconic " Freedom of Movement" gusseted crotch
    • Inseam 32" Leg opening 8" (Size M)
    • Model: Height 5'10",
      w
      earing size Small

    Fabrics Available:


    NN-Pants

    From the bike to the bar -
    comfortable and fitted.


    • Low rise and slim fit
    • Side-seam pockets and velcro-closure back pockets
    • Gusseted crotch
    • Inseam 32" Leg opening 8" (Size M)
      • 1/4" narrower than Gramicci pants
    • Model: Height 5'10",
      w
      earing size Small

    Fabrics Available:


    NN-Pants Just Cut

    From the bike to the bar -
    a slightly shorter cut.


    • Low rise, slim fit, and a slightly shorter hemline
    • Side-seam pockets and velcro-closure back pockets
    • Gusseted crotch
    • Inseam 30" Leg opening 8" (Size M)
      • 1/4" narrower than Gramicci pants
    • Model: Height 5'10",
      wearing size Small

    Fabrics Available:


    Loose Tapered Pants

    A modern UNISEX pant - loose up top and tapered at bottom.


    • Roomy below waist, tapered from knee to hem
    • Deep and spacious front-seam pockets
    • Cropped hem falls above shoe-line
    • Inseam 26" Leg Opening 8" (Size M)
    • Model: Height 5'10",
      wearing size Small

    Fabrics Available:

    Womens Pants Fit Guide

    Womens Pants Fit Guide

    Your Gramicci Fit Guide to our collection of
    Women's Pants.


    Women's Tapered Pants

    Dress up or dress down - comfortable and fitted.


    • Roomy around waist and thighs, tapered from knee to hem
    • Hem hits just at shoe-line
    • Inseam 30" Leg opening 7" (Size M)
    • Model: Height 5'8",
      w
      earing size Small

    Fabrics Available:


    Gurkha Pants

    An outdoor pant with flair.


    • Relaxed fit, with slight flare at hem
    • A good pant for tucking, with a multi-pleated front
    • Inseam 27" Leg opening 9" (Size M)
    • Model: Height 5'8",
      w
      earing size Small

    Fabrics Available:


    Baggy Pants

    A fashionable pant with an outdoor edge.


    • A roomy fit with a wide pipe-leg and flood hemline
    • Single front pleat
    • Side-seam and back pockets
    • Inseam 29" Leg opening 13" (Size M)
    • Model: Height 5'8",
      wearing size Small

    Fabrics Available:


    Loose Tapered Pants

    A modern UNISEX pant - loose up top and tapered at bottom.


    • Roomy below waist, tapered from knee to hem
    • Recommended that women size down one full size
    • Deep and spacious front-seam pockets
    • Cropped hem falls at ankle
    • Inseam 26" Leg Opening 8" (Size S)
    • Model 5'8", wearing size X-Small

    Fabrics Available:

    Mens Shorts Fit Guide

    Mens Shorts Fit Guide

    Your Gramicci Fit Guide to our collection of men's shorts.


    G-Shorts

    The original 1982 short.

    • Sits at waist
    • Loose seat and thigh
    • Hemline at knee
    • No front zipper
    • Size Medium:
      • Inseam 9"
      • Leg opening 13"
    • Model: Height 5'10",
      w
      earing size Small

    Fabrics Available:


    NN-Shorts

    Slim fit with some stretch.

    • Slim fit
    • Hem hits just above the knee
    • Side-seam pockets
    • Front zipper
    • Size Medium:
      • Inseam 9"
      • Leg opening 10"
    • Model: Height 5'10",
      w
      earing size Small

    Fabrics Available:


    Cargo Shorts

    Classic cargo
    without the bulk.

    • Roomy and straight fit
    • Hem hits knee
    • 6 pockets
    • Front zipper
    • Size Medium:
      • Inseam 11"
      • Leg opening 12"
    • Model: Height 5'10",
      wearing size Small

    Fabrics Available: