Lycra appreciation thread... show us your colors!


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Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 22, 2008 - 11:31pm PT
Time to pay homage to the most colorful period in climbing... the LYCRA era! Back in the day when true fashion ruled the crags - no beenies back then! Let's see who has the most classic (heinous?)lycra shots.........


Social climber
St. Looney
Feb 23, 2008 - 12:15am PT
WHERE did you guys buy these things?

Social climber
Feb 23, 2008 - 12:16am PT
Thank you! I was hoping for this thread.

Social climber
St. Looney
Feb 23, 2008 - 09:53am PT
For real? No one else has any lycra shots?

I *know* there is more lurking lycra out there. Wish I had some to show.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 23, 2008 - 10:06am PT

Some oldsters in lycra from
Michael Hjorth

Trad climber
Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 23, 2008 - 10:20am PT
We had the same issue going on Danish Mountain Club site a few year ago, and I dusted off some old slides of me self.
Here belayed by Jakob in similar outfit. 1989.
Check the matching fleece-rope-tight color...


Trad climber
Feb 23, 2008 - 10:28am PT
Can I put myself out on a limb and ask: why? Was it more fashion or more functional?

I was probably about 8 years old when those pics were taken, but I do remember bicycle shorts being in fashion at my elementary school. Closest I ever came to lycra.

Los Angeles
Feb 23, 2008 - 10:29am PT
More please.
Jerry Dodrill

Bodega, CA
Feb 23, 2008 - 11:27am PT
A group shot everyone would like to forget:

Trad climber
South Beach, FL
Feb 23, 2008 - 11:32am PT

I met cos a few years after that photo of him in the "bee" lycra and mullet - the picture had been published in Climbing as a part of the story about his and the General's attempt to free the Muir wall. I asked him about it later, and he told me that he still has them, and charges extra when clients ask for 'em.

That picture cracks me up.

There is another photo of him bouldering out in the desert on a rock with the words "white power" spray painted on it. Cos has a knack for the provocative.


A long way from where I started
Feb 23, 2008 - 11:36am PT
That last shot of Jerry's is too much. Not just lycra, but "Man-Pri" lycra. The shame...

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Feb 23, 2008 - 12:53pm PT
Somewhere on the Eastside....


Chalkless climber
the Gunks end of the country
Feb 23, 2008 - 12:56pm PT
Documentary proof that golfers of the 70s were not the nadir of fashion.

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Feb 23, 2008 - 01:02pm PT
I still wish I could get some of these Comici "plus fours"...

Feb 23, 2008 - 01:02pm PT
Holy kripe, the old Fieldware chalk bag...I just busted mine out the other day...
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 23, 2008 - 01:10pm PT
What are you people? Slaves to fashion?

Lycra makes a fairly effective skin layer. Freedom of movement; overclothes slide easily.

Sometimes I wear bright colors to "teach" the rangers that climbers are easy to see. Then at other times I can go in camo and they see nothing.
Its about function, not fitting in. Some climbers may be bold, but apparently not bold enough to, heaven forbid, commit a fashion faux pas.

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2008 - 01:12pm PT
Here's an example of the fashionable "Man-Pri" at work...


Trad climber
Monrovia, Ca
Feb 23, 2008 - 01:54pm PT
Solid colors were good too. I don't recall who took this shot in Josh..

and dark color were warmer. G-gnome got this one, I'm on somethin' in Courtright.
The thing I can't understand is that I actually liked those tights... hmm.
nick d

Trad climber
Feb 23, 2008 - 02:09pm PT
Good thing I'm a bicyclist, so I can wear this stuff without GUILT!


Trad climber
In the mountains... somewhere...
Feb 23, 2008 - 02:41pm PT
Let's see some Mike Paul photos! He always wore THE most gaudy Lycra pants of anyone.
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