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Men's Venga Rock Pants - Regular ReviewsWrite Your Review
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Very durable, sturdy and comfortable pants.
My favourite pants for hiking, travelling and sailing. Very comfortable, stretchy but also sturdy and durable. They are abrasion resistant. I bought a second pair in a different colour this year. My first pair is still as good as new, after one year of heavy duty use.
It's all good but bring back the OG Venga internal belt.
Please bring back the integrated belt with the button on the original Venga. These new ones are nice, but I really miss the simple belt. It is a feature that should be in all Patagonia pants. The new snap comes undone with the smallest tug, especially with a climbing harness. And the belt eliminated unsightly TMC all the time. Especially when climb... Read Moreing.
a bit stiff, structured, and heavy
these are definitely not lightweight as marketed in the product description. The Venga Rock pants feel stiff and structured and heavy. Perhaps after a year of wearing and washing, the pants may feel like a good old pair of warn pants, but after several washes, I find the feel to be stiff and heavy. The shock cord in the cuffs are thin and you have ... Read Moreto basically have a huge loop to get them to cinch closed. I'm not one to want extraneous dangling things to get snagged or hung up on. The pants are looser fit than typical patagonia pants, which range from ultra slim to baggy like these. I wear 35-36 in other patagonia pants, but I feel a 33-34 would be appropriate in these pants. I like the stretchiness of the pants and the partial elasticated wastbands. Becasue the pants feel and are heavy weight material, I don't find them comfortable in warmer weather above 80s/26Cs.
Not just great for climbing!
I got these pants for skateboarding since I wanted something thats easy to move in, but abrasion resistant and ethically sourced. Turns out these pants work great for that, and truth be told are more comfortable than other pants I have used when skateboarding!
Venga vs Gritstone vs Cliffsides, bring back the gritstones!
Vengas, Gritstones, and Cliffsides are a series of 3 weights of cotton blend pants in recent years and I value each one. The vengas have way more stretch than the others and I wear a 34, while a 35 works best for me with the other two. A belt is helpful if you are active in them. My two pairs of vengas are about the best travel pants I own as they ... Read Moreroll up very compact, don't particularly wrinkle, yet still look and feel like traditional pants (and not totally casual loungewear). In a pinch I will wear them to my tech office job. The cut and the stretch at the waist also allows me to wear merino baselayer leggings as I cycle to work on cold days. Gritstones are noticeably heavier, and to my taste, they are also dressier; and yet a fantastic rock pant as well. They have some stretch, but far less than vengas. As noted in a parallel comparison review of cliffsides, these are my "bushwhacking" pants and the heaviest pant I own. It would be great to see the gritstone brought back! There is room in the Patagonia line for these three types/weights of cotton blend rock pants.
Stretch Fabric Feels like Comfy Cotton
Got these pants purely for climbing and they fit the role well. Cuffs roll easily to a good height above the ankles. Fit is quite relaxed. Stretch fabric feels great to wear and climb in, and looks non technical enough not to feel out of place running errands after climbing. Although I put "true to size" the waste feels a tad loose becaus... Read Moree of the stretchy material there at the waistline - some may want to wear a belt while bouldering.
Nice cut and the right amount of stretch
These are just right for a cool hike or day of casual running around. Nice fit that is neither skinny or baggy. The stretch helps too if you had too much to eat the night before the hike. Due to the fit, theres no room for an under layer but I don't use them on cold hikes so it is a non-issue for me. I like them and would recommend them!
I've owned these since last spring, so for the better part of a year. I've really been quite happy for the most part with the functionality of these pants for climbing; they move great, and the cotton fabric is pretty abrasion-resistant which is good for use on real rock. I will say that the fabric looks really weathered. It's not wo... Read Morern, not abraded, not anything like that. But it faded a lot, and really quickly. At a glance, you'd think they were several years old. I was reading through all the reviews to see if anyone talked about their inseam length, and I don't see that anyone has. I ordered these in their regular length, which is stated as a 32" inseam; I just looked back at my email receipt to confirm this. But they're so short they're practically capris. The hem sits at my lower shin, probably 3 or more inches above the top of my shoe. I couldn't swear one way or another whether they were like that out of the bag, or if maybe I shrunk them in the wash. But I wash all my clothes on cold/gentle, so even if I did shrink them, I don't feel like they should have shrunk that much. I wonder if I accidentally got sent the short inseam version? Like I said, functionally for climbing, they work AOK. But I wish, especially climbing outdoors in cold weather, that they were a bit longer. Anyone else find them to be really oddly short?
Response from PatagoniaMarch 7, 2023
Thank you for your review, Christopher. We double checked on the measurements for these pants and you're correct, they should have a 32" inseam across the board for the regular length, regardless of size. We'd be happy to double check and make sure you have the regular length version, we've emailed you to gather more information. If you're ever unhappy with the way our products perform or wear, you're welcome to [send them in](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) for a warranty evaluation for a merchandise credit or refund.
Not really an outdoor product.
Not really an outdoor product. More casual social wear. Not enough freedom of movement in the upper part of the trouser for it to be a true outdoor recreation pant. I purchased it for that purpose but after I found its limitations rather quickly I just wear it to the office. It's also impossible for the fabric to lay flat after washing. And si... Read Morence it's mostly synthetic or at least the elasticity part I don't believe I can iron it. I probably would not purchase this again.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 22, 2022
Hey Craig, thanks for the review. These pants were designed to be used while climbing: the gusseted crotch, darted knees and slight stretch are all meant to allow for freedom of movement while still maintaining durability. If you're feeling tightness in the upper part of the pants, we'd recommend sizing up. The care instructions are as follows: Machine Wash Warm, Do Not Bleach, Tumble Dry Low, Warm Iron; so ultimately you are welcome to iron if you'd like. If you're interested in checking out alternative options we recommend the [Men's Altvia Light Alpine Pants](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-altvia-light-alpine-pants/83120.html?dwvar_83120_color=BSNG&cgid=root).
Great for climbing
Got these pants for bouldering and they have the perfect stretch for reaching far foot holds and feel nicely. The features like the pockets are great. It would've been nice to have a more tailored fit around the ankle, but the drawcord makes it adjustable enough. Recommended to other friends!
Bring back the Venga belt
Hi, I have owned many pairs of original Vanga pants and shorts. I love them. The material wasn't the longest-lasting. I typically get a year out of them before the material gets thin and ripped. But, they were so comfortable and great for any situation. The best feature was the integrated belt using the button. All Patagonia pants and shorts s... Read Morehould have this feature. The new version is ok. Maybe a little too baggy; I'm not excited with the elastic waist and am totally bummed that I have to wear a regular belt instead of the original integrated belt. The OG was so much better under a harness or around town. Please bring back the original Venga integrated belt/button.
Response from PatagoniaNovember 15, 2022
Hey Peter, thank you for leaving us a review. These pants were redesigned in Spring '22 and part of that redesign was removing the OppoSet waist adjustment you mentioned, and replacing it with a partially elasticated waist. You might be able to find an older version of these pants on our Worn Wear website, or if you're into the idea of trying something new; you could check out our [Men's Altvia Alpine Pants - Regular](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-altvia-alpine-pants-regular/82960.html?dwvar_82960_color=BLK).
Good fabric but poor design relative to previous generations
Compared to the earlier generation of vengas, this iteration sports a stretchier fabric which allows for unrestricted movement without sacrificing durability. However, the horizontal seam between the thighs cause chafing so any approach that is not roadside will be uncomfortable. Replacing the integrated belt with elastic waist band areas was als... Read Moreo a poor decision in my opinion.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 20, 2022
Hi Leland, we're sorry to hear that the Venga Rock Climbing Pants aren't working out for you. We want you to be comfortable gear, so please feel free to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at your earliest convenience.
Super comfy stretchy guide pants
I just got these pants before my annual striper trip in Maine . These pants are extremely tough , these Maine rocks are tough on clothing. They breath well and stretch enough to make any climbing awesome. There are no better pants than patagonias. As a saltwater guide in Florida I love them, year in and year out they hold up to the Sun salt and ski... Read Moreff mishaps that happen along the way. Great in hot weather , tough and super comfortable , thats what I need in my clothing and these pants check all the boxes! Love em!
I'm usually a 32 waist -with muscular thighs. I had to get a 34 waist so I could put stuff in my pockets and still be able to move around. Other than that the pants are great, material is not like your usual chinos or khakis, it looks better quality and its more stretchy -without looking like tights. I got the henna brown color-way and love th... Read Moree earthy color. Will be a staple for years to come.
Great new design
I bought my first Vengas years ago. Then the cut changed slightly which I did not like so much. The new ones are great, especially the elastic band. The fabric is nice. For sure it is heavier than its predecessor but it feels more durable. But compared to the very first Vengas this one here gets the second price though. Improvement compared to the ... Read Morepredecessor but not compared to the very first ones. Love nonetheless ;)
Materiel feel was great, the pants felt too heavy to me considering what they were replacing in reference to the out going Venga pants. The heavy materiel felt bunched up in the crotch area. The waist snap fastgener was week and kept unsnaping. the fit was perfect. I liked the oak color. I returned them.
Response from PatagoniaApril 29, 2022
Hey Jeff, we appreciate the feedback. The fabric on these pants went from a 5.4-oz blend of 98% organic cotton and 2% spandex plain weave - to a 6.3-oz blend of 73% organic cotton, 24% polyester, and 3% spandex plain weave. We also removed the OppoSet waistband that used to be the adjustment method and changed it to an adjustment that goes through the entire waistband. We're sorry to hear that you were not a fan of these changes. If you prefer the older design, we do carry lightly used gear from past seasons on our Worn Wear website. Check out the Vengas we have available [here](https://wornwear.patagonia.com/shop/search?q=venga).
Waist design ruined a great pant
Always loved these pants. Just bought a pair of the new design in a 32. Upon trying them on they felt great. Went climbing in them and they expanded so much in the waist and kept sliding down. Not a fan of wearing a belt with a harness but had to this day. The old design with the cinch in the waist was perfect. These are just regular old pants with... Read More elastic points in the waist with no way to cinch them down other than a bulky belt. Had to wear them to figure this out and cant return them now.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 4, 2022
Thank you for sharing this feedback, Blake. Our product designers read these reviews, so this kind of information is very helpful to them, as well as to other customers. We see you've been able to return this pair. We want you to be happy with everything you get from us, so please let us know any time you need to return or exchange something!
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