The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Gramicci G Short

1981

Gramicci G Short

Gramicci G Short     Photo: Gramicci

Mike “Gramicci “ Graham gave the first G-Shorts to his climbing friends in “prepared for dye” white. They would then dye them at home with RIT and head for the nearest crag to serve as test models. The shorts had a diamond-shaped gusset in the crotch for freedom of movement and a hidden elastic waistband that expanded and contracted. Graham eliminated a zip fly because it was anything but comfortable against a rock face. He swapped it for a one-piece, one-hand adjustable plastic belt buckle that could be locked by pulling on the belt and released by tilting the buckle. After the thumbs up from his friends, Gramicci started manufacturing the shorts and dyeing them in a small factory in Oxnard, California. He sold the finished pairs out of his van with the help of a small group of reps. Today, the shorts, which are still made, are known as the original G Short.

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