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Climbing

Sterling Fusion Nano 9.0

79

2017

Sterling Fusion Nano 9.0

The Sterling Fusion Nano is a 9mm dry treated dynamic climbing rope certified for use as a single, half, and twin.

Metolius Monster 8.9

88

2017

Metolius Monster 8.9

The Metolius Monster is a 8.9mm dynamic climbing rope that is certified as a single, twin, or half rope, includes a dry treated sheath and core and a bright orange thread to aid in finding the halfway point.

BlueWater Icon 9.1

83

2017

BlueWater Icon 9.1

The BlueWater Icon is a 9.1mm dynamic single climbing rope available as a standard or Double Dry treated rope.

Maxim Airliner 9.1

81

2017

Maxim Airliner 9.1

The Maxim Airliner is a 9.1mm dynamic single and half climbing rope that includes an Endura Dry double dry treatment.

Dynafit Elevation GTX Jacket Review

88

2017

Dynafit Elevation GTX Jacket Review

A minimalist shell with maximum protection, the Dynafit Elevation GTX Jacket matches Gore’s newest membrane with a lightweight build for excellent protection when weight is key.

Columbia OutDry EX Gold Reversible Jacket Review

86

2017

Columbia OutDry EX Gold Reversible Jacket Review

Soft and stretchy, the Columbia OutDry EX Gold Reversible Jacket is comfortable and casual looking. 

Black Diamond Liquid Point Review

83

2017

Black Diamond Liquid Point Review

An update to Black Diamond’s best selling waterproof-breathable summer weight jacket, the 2017 Liquid Point fits better, but retains the same clean, simple, and functional attributes of its previous iteration.

FA Design 3L Subsonic Hardshell Jacket Review

83

2017

FA Design 3L Subsonic Hardshell Jacket Review

The FA designs 3L Subsonic Hardshell Jacket is burly enough for winter use, but light and agile enough to use in any season.

Mishmi Takin Virunga Review

85

2017

Mishmi Takin Virunga Review

A shell designed for the tropics, the Mishmi Takin Virunga is loaded with venting and breathability without giving up its ability to block the rain.

BlueWater Wave 9.3 Review

84

2017

BlueWater Wave 9.3 Review

The BlueWater Wave is a 9.3mm dynamic single and half climbing rope with an extra thick sheath.

Mammut Infinity 9.5 Review

85

2017

Mammut Infinity 9.5 Review

The Mammut Infinity is a 9.5mm dynamic single climbing rope with a dry treatment that passes the UIAA standard for dry ropes.

Petzl Arial 9.5 Review

85

2017

Petzl Arial 9.5 Review

The Petzl Arial is a 9.5mm dynamic single climbing rope with a Duratec Dry treatment.

Maxim Pinnacle Yellow Jacket 9.5 Review

88

2017

Maxim Pinnacle Yellow Jacket 9.5 Review

The Maxim Pinnacle Yellow Jacket is a 9.5mm dynamic single climbing rope with a high-contrast bi-pattern color scheme.

Sterling Evolution Helix 9.5 Review

87

2017

Sterling Evolution Helix 9.5 Review

The Sterling Evolution Helix is a 9.5mm dynamic single climbing rope with soft, supple handling. 

Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket

86

2017

Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket

The Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket breathes extremely well when working hard in cold environments, yet insulates just as well when activity ceases, eliminating the need to layer up or down during stop and go adventures. 

Brooks-Range Mountaineering Alpha Softshell Jacket

83

2017

Brooks-Range Mountaineering Alpha Softshell Jacket

The Brooks-Range Mountaineering Softshell jacket keeps core temperatures stable in colder environments while allowing unrestricted arm mobility.

Black Diamond Equipment First Light Hoody

83

2017

Black Diamond Equipment First Light Hoody

The Black Diamond Equipment First Light Hoody is a durable workhorse for alpine environments, providing the right combination of breathability and heat retention for moderately active, start and stop pursuits in winter conditions.

Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid

83

2017

Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid

The Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid is an extremely breathable and lightweight layer that prioritizes air permeability and moisture dissipation over anything else. 

Arc’teryx Proton AR Hoody

85

2017

Arc’teryx Proton AR Hoody

The Arc’teryx Proton AR Hoody is a durable, moderately breathable insulating layer with uncompromised construction quality suitable for medium intensity activity in true winter conditions.

Marmot Isotherm Jacket

82

2017

Marmot Isotherm Jacket

The Marmot Isotherm jacket is an abrasion resistant insulating piece that performs best for moderately active pursuits in freezing conditions.

Lowa Mountain Expert GTX Evo

84

2017

Lowa Mountain Expert GTX Evo

The Lowa Mountain Expert GTX Evo is an incredibly comfortable and sound mountain boot with some interesting features at a fantastic value.

Sterling Evolution Velocity 60 meter standard

86

2017

Sterling Evolution Velocity 60 meter standard

The Sterling Evolution Velocity is a 9.8mm dynamic climbing rope for sport and traditional rock climbing. 

BlueWater Lightning Pro 9.7 60 meter standard

84

2017

BlueWater Lightning Pro 9.7 60 meter standard

The BlueWater Lightning Pro is a 9.7mm dynamic single climbing rope. 

Edelrid Boa Eco 60 meter standard

83

2017

Edelrid Boa Eco 60 meter standard

The Edelrid Boa Eco is a 9.8mm dynamic single climbing rope that is made of recycled yarns.

Maxim Glider 70 meter bipattern

82

2017

Maxim Glider 70 meter bipattern

The Maxim Glider is a durable 9.9mm dynamic single climbing rope. 

DMM Zone 60 meter

82

2017

DMM Zone 60 meter

The DMM Zone is a durable 9.8 mm dynamic single climbing rope.

Organic Climbing Simple Pad

92

2017

Organic Climbing Simple Pad

The Organic Simple Pad is the industry standard for custom crash pads made in the US.

Kinetik Newton Deluxe Pad

89

2017

Kinetik Newton Deluxe Pad

The Kinetik Newton Deluxe Pad is the Cadillac of crash pads loaded with bells and whistles.

Asana Hero Highball Pad

89

2017

Asana Hero Highball Pad

The Asana Hero Highball Pad is a workhorse pad that is simple and intuitive.

Metolius Session Crash Pad

85

2017

Metolius Session Crash Pad

The Metolius Session is an economical crash pad for the value conscious consumer.

Salewa Men’s Firetail 3

89

2017

Salewa Men’s Firetail 3

The Salewa Firetail 3 is a comfortable, stable and breathable approach shoe with a flat profile and traction qualities that make it ideal for long, rocky approaches in warmer climates.

La Sportiva Men’s TX2

87

2017

La Sportiva Men’s TX2

The LaSportiva TX2 is a nimble, close fitting and lightweight approach shoe the clings to slabs and begs to be taken on quick jaunts to multi pitch routes.  

Arc'teryx Men’s Acrux FL

87

2017

Arc'teryx Men’s Acrux FL

The Arc'teryx Acrux FL sports a unique design that produces a durable shoe capable of handling rock strewn approaches with heavy loads while providing a friction free fit.

Five Ten Men’s Access

86

2017

Five Ten Men’s Access

The Five Ten Access provide extreme traction on rock and have a technical fit, creating an approach shoe that performs its best on more demanding technical approaches.

Scarpa Men’s Gecko

86

2017

Scarpa Men’s Gecko

The Scarpa Gecko is an approach shoe that is borne of climbing shoe DNA. It provides great overall climbing ability while still being able to tackle the trails and scrambles to the cliff. 

Adidas Outdoor Men’s Terrex Solo

86

2017

Adidas Outdoor Men’s Terrex Solo

The Adidas Outdoor Terex Solo is a light, breathable and sensitive approach shoe with incredible traction on rock slabs and hard packed trails.

The North Face Cragaconda

89

2017

The North Face Cragaconda

The North Face Cragaconda is a suitcase style crag pack with a good suspension system and excellent organizational features.

Patagonia Crag Daddy 45L

87

2017

Patagonia Crag Daddy 45L

The Patagonia Crag Daddy 45L is a duffel style crag pack that carries loads well on the approach and is convenient to use at the cliff. The internal frame effectively harnesses loads while hiking up and the duffle style opening makes accessing and stashing gear a snap.

Trango Crag Pack

85

2017

Trango Crag Pack

Like its name, the Trango Crag Pack is simple in design but the features it does have are functional and practical. This haul bag style pack easily swallows all necessary gear for both sport and trad climbing and has no problem carrying heavy loads.

DMM Flight 45L

85

2017

DMM Flight 45L

The DMM Flight is a well-organized, suitcase style crag pack with a clean design. It transports all your sport climbing essentials to the cliff in a compact package.

Metolius Crag Station

84

2017

Metolius Crag Station

The Metolius Crag Station is the original duffle style crag pack. The simple design and bomber materials make this crag pack a workhorse that can take abuse without complaint.

Black Diamond Equipment Pipe Dream 45 Crash Pad Pack

84

2017

Black Diamond Equipment Pipe Dream 45 Crash Pad Pack

The Black Diamond Equipment Pipe Dream 45 Crash Pad Pack carries sport climbing necessities to the cliff, then deploys into a clean, flat and padded area for both gear and climber.

Petzl Sitta

86

2016

Petzl Sitta

The Petzl Sitta is a lightweight harness for sport, ice and alpine climbing.

Arc’teryx AR-395a

84

2016

Arc’teryx AR-395a

The Arc’teryx AR-395a is a lightweight, compact harness filled with features for all around climbing use.

Singing Rock Onyx

80

2016

Singing Rock Onyx

The Singing Rock Onyx is a lightweight harness for sport and trad climbing.

Mammut Zephir Alpine

80

2016

Mammut Zephir Alpine

The Mammut Zephir Alpine is a lightweight harness for alpine and ice climbing and moderate rock climbing.

C.A.M.P. Air

80

2016

C.A.M.P. Air

The C.A.M.P. Air CR is a lightweight, fully adjustable harness for rock and alpine climbing.

Beal Rebel

79

2016

Beal Rebel

The Beal Rebel is a lightweight harness for sport climbing.

Metolius All-Around

75

2016

Metolius All-Around

The Metolius All-Around is a comfortable harness for rock climbers with SafeTech high strength components throughout. 

Boreal Satori

80

2016

Boreal Satori

The Boreal Satori has a lowered toe box, putting the foot in a very aggressive stance, but some issues with the fit sacrifice performance and comfort.

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