Black Diamond Dogma Pants
review submited by:
Black Diamond describes these as "The ultimate reinforced pant for climbing and bouldering." in their info blurb. I'm not sure that I agree with the usage of the word "ultimate" but they are pretty damn good.
After experiencing the BD Credo pants and being forced to clear out unused trousers from the cupboard I decided to sneak replacements in under the radar (with limited success). The package arrived with a satisfying heavy feel, seemed promising and I continue to be happy with my newest (sneakiest) purchase.
There's a lot to love here, the finishing is simply brilliant, seams and stitching top notch, heavy reinforcement on the knees and backside and nice wide pockets including an odd one on the knee. The material feels a little stiff first off but quickly softens with wearing and after a wash or two. There's plenty of room for those predisposed to try and lift their leg above their waist and otherwise contort themselves into odd positions when climbing - seriously though, no problems with mobility when climbing. The weight means they're nice to wear when the wind picks up, though on hot days they can get a little much. They sit nicely on the waist and unlike some baggier pants thankfully don't have a crotch the lives somewhere round the knees. The thicker material means that leg loops need to be adjusted but apart from being warmer there's no real problem. The leg length is on the long side, looking at the pants BD have obviously thought about this and reinforced the bottoms at the rear where they can drag on the floor (depending on footwear).
Cons? Not many - the integral belt is looped and locked round a metal ring, I've found this stiff and fiddly to adjust (to say the least) so when it's set that's pretty much it. It lies reasonably flush and doesn't interfere overly with a harness, though I've only been able to currently test this running round the indoor wall. The leg length can be annoying when doing anything that require heel hooks so rolling up bottoms is required. I've had issues with longer leg length with two types of BD pants now so it's either a conscious design choice on their part or I'm a short arse. I suspect it may be the latter.
Overall these are great, solid and hard wearing pants for outdoor activities in the dry (these do not dry quickly). These are currently fighting for favourite place with my Arc'teryx Long Spotter pants but I suspect that these will reside in slightly different camps - the Dogma for bouldering, general mooching and occasional trad; the Spotter for trad, general mooching and occasional bouldering. In truth the Spotter is probably a more complete garment sitting easier with a harness but being equally at home climbing or bouldering.