Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

  • Review: Black Diamond Creek 50 Backpack

    Jan 17, 18 • 91 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 • 649 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 • 275 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 • 1461 Views • GearNo 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 • 2103 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 • 1527 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...

  • Review: Deuter Gravity Haul 50

    Mar 29, 17 • 1637 Views • GearNo Comments

    The Deuter Gravity Haul 50 is advertised as a backpack that can turn into a haul bag. That’s a combination I haven’t come across in my two decades of climbing, which includes a lot of cragging and a few walls here and there. After using this pack for the...

  • Review: Grivel Salamander 2.0 helmet

    Mar 13, 17 • 1430 Views • GearNo Comments

    The Grivel Salamander 2.0, while designed with zero frills to keep operation straight-forward, is a versatile helmet with a few highlights as well as drawbacks. Designed for alpine, rock and ice use, the 2.0 comes in three colors – white, yellow, and black....