Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

  • Review: Climb Tech Top Anchor Hook

    Jun 3, 18 • 2126 Views • GearNo Comments

    The construction style “Mussy Hook” has always been one of my least favorite pieces of climbing hardware to see at an anchor. They tend to get sharp quite easily from wear and tear, and their gates often stop functioning properly, leaving an open part of...

  • Review: Edelrid Topaz Rope

    May 28, 18 • 809 Views • GearNo Comments

    Doing a gear review Climbing Zine style for a rope is difficult. For starters our method for reviewing gear is simple: we use it in our normal day-to-day climbing, as anyone else would. We pay attention to what we like, and what we don’t. by Luke...

  • Review: Black Diamond Creek 50 Backpack

    Jan 17, 18 • 1603 Views • GearNo Comments

    The Creek 50 from Black Diamond was one of those pieces of gear I just had to check out. Since I climb in Indian Creek more than any other place, a gear review of this pack for The Zine seemed essential. So, for the fall season in Indian Creek I took the...

  • Review: Edelrid Bulletproof Carabiners/Quickdraws

    Dec 1, 17 • 1633 Views • GearNo Comments

    Every once and awhile a climbing product will come along and as a community we’ll collectively be like, “that’s a great idea, why didn’t they think of that sooner”? The Edelrid Bulletproof carabiner is one of those items....

  • Review: Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

    Dec 1, 17 • 1040 Views • GearNo Comments

    There are certain products that come along on every adventure. This past fall, as temps cooled and the stoke rose, the new Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody, was one of those items that was in my pack each and every day. Retail: $299 Before you read any more I was...

  • Review: Mammut Smart Alpine and Petzl GRIGRI + (belay devices)

    Jun 23, 17 • 2981 Views • Gear2 Comments

    With more and more options for a safer belay, The Zine got its hands on two of the most innovative devices, The Mammut Smart Alpine and the Petzl GRIGRI + (Plus). Let’s start with the Smart. Mammut Smart Alpine  Retail: $49.95 I first noticed this...

  • Review: Grivel Stealth Helmet

    May 28, 17 • 3344 Views • GearNo Comments

    Climbing helmets have come a long way in the last few years—mostly by shedding weight and becoming ultralight. I’ve realized that the really light helmets are not for me, they smash and get banged up too easily. Thus when I got my hands on the burly...

  • Review: The North Face Progressor Insulated Hybrid Hoodie

    May 5, 17 • 2289 Views • GearNo Comments

    This spring I got to check out some items from The North Face’s Progressor Collection, and this piece, the Insulated Hybrid Hoodie was my favorite. Retail: $199.00 Essentially this is a layer that is light (less than 12 ounces), keeps you insulated, and...