Denim done different.

There's a reason most of us wear denim 90% of the time—it looks good, feels comfortable, and is tough as nails. But when it comes to hiking and climbing, denim is definitely lacking, well, at least it was. Ortovox is changing the denim game with its Women's Merino Black Sheep Denim Pants, which were designed with climbers in mind and are composed of a cotton, merino wool, and elastane blend for bomber durability, awesome stretch, and killer comfort. The addition of a Cordura stretch inseam gusset adds to their overall durability and mobility while smart features like a brush pocket, zippered map pocket, and chalk bag loop make them a solid choice for an evening at the climbing gym or a day at the crag.

  • Cotton, merino wool blend
  • Cordura, wool, Lycra stretch inseam
  • Slim fit
  • Inseam gusset
  • Shaped knees
  • Chalk bag loop
  • Brush holder
  • Hand and back pockets
  • Zippered thigh pocket
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Good, not great

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: XL

I bought these as multi-purpose pants and I do like the style. The darts by the knees are great - makes the slim cut way more movable without those knee wrinkles. I also love the elastic cinches at the ankles and the extra thigh pocket which is pretty roomy. They feel like they’ll be great for layering in the fall. The cons are that I don’t love that one of the back pockets is a lighter shade of denim. It’s weirdly not shown in the pictures. I guess this is supposed to be stylistic touch but there’s enough going on here. Like other commenters notes, the waist is a bit too roomy and will definitely need belting; I wouldn’t size down personally though because the thighs felt appropriately snug and I wouldn’t want them tighter. I also wish the rise was higher - it’s low enough that it pretty much ensures that I wil *not be wearing them to climb. I plan on keeping them but they leave some things to be desired.

Good, not great

Sizing, again!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: small

I love these pants. They are comfortable and look great, but like another reviewer here, I could use an extra small. I am 5'8" tall and usually wear a size 6. The size small is roomy on me and when they stretch out they may be hard to keep up on my hips. I'm keeping them, but if extra small were offered, I'd be returning them for that size.

Unanswered Question

What is the inseam length? I cannot find the pant's inseam length anywhere in the description, size chart, or technical information. I am 5'8" with long legs! I have a horrible time finding women's pants long enough! The shortest I can go is 32 inseam.Longer is better, but if these pants are 32 inseam length at least, that's wonderful! I want then for cycling, because of the gusseted crotch, and I want denim, and I love that it also has wool! Please let me know the inseam length! Very frustrating it's no where in the descriptions at all!

Unanswered Question

I just ordered these pants. They are way big. I was wondering with all the special washing instructions if you dry them if they shrink a lot and that's why they are big?

Sizing is off

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Small

The pants were super comfortable and looked really nice but I couldn't even get them to fit with a belt. The waist was huge on me. At first I thought I had received a men's pair. I normally wear a size 4. Really wish an XS was available.

Comfortable and cool looking

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I love these pants - they are comfortable jeans that look cool. I honestly didn't realise they were climbing pants when I bought them, I was just looking for some pants with more warmth to them ( I liked the inclusion of wool in the blend). After I started wearing them I realised these pants were special, so easy to move in with extra stretch in the crotch area and knees. So while I'm not climbing, they sure made house work and running around after kids much easier than in my normal jeans. Plus, they are warmer, with great pockets. I will wear them hiking this spring for sure.