Boys' Open Bottom Climber? Pants
Table salt sets the dye, stops ruboff for indigo color
I, too, fought the dye rub-off from the indigo color until I remembered my home ec classes from 40 years ago and how to set the dye in a fabric--ordinary table salt! Tried it with these indigo climber pants and no more blue everywhere! I've done this technique successfully on 5 pairs now.
The technique: Wash the indigo colored pants separately at least one time (twice is better) to remove as much dye as possible. Then soak the pants for at least 1 hour (2-3 is better) in warm water in which you've dissolved 1-2 cups of ordinary table salt. Make sure salt is dissolved before adding pants. I use my washing machine, running the tub full of water and adding the salt, agitate a bit to make sure is dissolved, then add the pants and agitate a bit, stop the cycle and let soak. Every 30-40 minutes I agitate a few seconds to help disperse the salt water through the fabric. After 2-3 hours, drain the salt water out of the machine and then wash with detergent and dry in the dryer. If you aren't able to use the washing machine, you can use a sink or bathtub. Just make sure the pants are completely covered with the salt water and stir the pants around a bit every so often to help disperse the salt water into the fabric. After soaking, wash separately with detergent and dry. If you soak in the bathtub and can't wash in washer right away, let the pants air dry and then wash later. Should you still get the dye rub off, repeat the soaking process using more salt and adding another 30-60 minutes to your soaking time.
My son with special needs cannot do zippers or buttons and has worn the climbers pants for 16 years. They give a young adult a polished look and helps him fit in. A few years ago Lands End obviously changed suppliers rather than raise the price of the pants and keep the quality--the cut is a little tighter, they've dropped some sizes, and the jeans version of the climbers is no longer made of the sturdy denim it once was but a thinner fabric that is cheaply dyed after weaving rather than yarn-dyed thread woven into fabric. I still buy these pants and recommend them to others as they are the only pants out there that work for those of us with boys and men with special needs, and I hope by continuing to buy them and recommend them we keep the demand up so they don't go away.
April 16, 2015
Great Uniform Pants
I buy this pants for my grandson for his school uniform. They last forever after washing and washing. They do not shrink.
March 9, 2015
My son had one pair of these last year and he loved them. He would have worn them everyday if he could. They wore well, so I purchased 4 pairs for this school year. He started wearing them in October and by early February he had worn a hole through the knee of top layer of each pair. He wears each pair only once a week or so, and now I have 4 pairs of pants that have holes in the knees. I thought spending more money on a nicer pair of pants would at least see me through to the end of the school year. He is fairly easy on clothes, usually outgrows them before they wear out. Actually, these are the first holes he has ever gotten in a pair of pants
February 26, 2015
Great For Boys with Special Needs
I have bought these pants for my son since he was very young. He has special needs and cannot use snaps or zippers, but can put on this pant independently. He looks great in the pants. There are not many nice looking options for people who have difficulty with buttons or snaps, except for sweats. Now my son requires a 20 slim, which used to be available, but is no longer offered. (slim is only offered up to size 16). The regular 20 is too big for him. I would like to see Landsend bring back some slim sizes up to 20. Though the demand for this size may be small, it is such a great pant for those with special needs that I would like to see even a limited quantity offered.
February 21, 2015
Has been the favorite for years
My son is 15 and these have been his favorite pants since he was big enough for the smallest size. They hold up wash after wash, they are comfortable, the colors are great, the built in belt makes the fit better, they look great, and the cost is okay. We love these pants!
February 12, 2015
Great price, good pants and a perfect fit. My son loves them
January 10, 2015
son doesn't like it
bought the pant for my ten yrs old boy, he doesn't like it because it's too baggy for him
the pant itself is good quality
January 8, 2015
My son's favorite pants
These have been the go-to pants for our son since he was a preschooler. He's now 12 and taller than his Mom. They're still his favorites. We always come back to them. They are roomy. The built-in belt helps avoid sagging in the back. They are sturdy, soft and comfortable too.
January 6, 2015
Always buy when on sale
The climber pants are good, thick material and easy for my son to put on and wear through the day. He cannot do up buttons so elastic waist is essential. Husky fit is also hard to find so combination is great.
These pants also look nice and don't wrinkle easily.
January 5, 2015
The Iron Knees were perfect for my 5 year old boy!!!
I first ordered size 8 because that is my boys usual size. . but they were too long and his knees did not fit the pants knees. I then ordered size 7, which were perfect!!! My boy has special needs, and the 'pull-up' kinds are the best for him... also they look fashionable, and very sturdy. They are worth the price!! He has worn them for 2 months now and they still look brand-new!!
January 2, 2015