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Back in the eighties, before many of our National Parks were overflowing with visitors, Gramicci was busy figuring out how to make pants optimized for rock climbing in every possible way. More recently, Parks Project surfaced to help maintain those vast public lands through grassroots works, and just now, the two have teamed up on a limited ollection of apparel that simultaneously honors both those noble missions with stylish apparel and support of nonprofit The Access Fund.
True to the natures of both brands, the Gramicci x Parks Project collection is quirky, with just the right touch of nostalgia to play into the style world’s ongoing infatuation with outdoor garments.
That’s not to say these duds can’t handle themselves in Yosemite or Acadia—remember, Gramicci has been a staple of climbers for three decades now.
The collab’s Loose Tapered Pants, available in classic green and a funky camo print that hunters definitely won’t approve of, have an elastic waistband, integrated webbing belt, and a gusseted crotch. Gramicci figured out years ago that these features improve comfort and freedom of movement on rock faces and in everyday life alike.
Some of those same features are present in the collection’s two pairs of shorts, too. The Very Shorts feature a six-inch inseam, whereas the G Shorts sport a nine-inch inseam, playing to both camps in the ongoing battle of "right" inseam length.
There are also two 100-percent cotton t-shirts and, for good measure, a bucket hat. Because it wouldn't be a modern day cool kid Gramicci collection without one.
Best yet, a portion of profits from the Gramicci x Parks Project collab go straight to The Access Fund, an organization that works to keep climbing zones open and to open new ones while advocating for conservation and the ethical use of climbing areas. You don’t have to be a rock climber to appreciate that mission, or, for that matter, this funky collab, either.