Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

  • Review: The North Face Progressor Insulated Hybrid Hoodie

    May 5, 17 • 143 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 • 421 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 Stealth Helmet

    Mar 14, 17 • 603 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: Grivel Salamander 2.0 helmet

    Mar 13, 17 • 308 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....

  • Review: Scarpa Vapor Lace

    Feb 12, 17 • 1548 Views • GearNo Comments

    Scarpa’s Vapor V rock shoe now has an upgraded model. The new Vapor Lace shoe offers a more customizable fit, which provides slightly more comfort and control. This shoe is ideal for vertical to slightly overhanging face climbing and mixed face and crack...

  • DU/ER Jeans – Performance Denim

    Feb 11, 17 • 556 Views • GearNo Comments

    The trend of “stretchy jeans” for men in climbing seems to be gaining traction ever since Outdoor Research introduced the Goldrush jeans a couple years ago. After testing out the Goldrush’s I was definitely sold on the concept of wearing jeans that have...

  • Review: Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Parka

    Dec 23, 16 • 1296 Views • GearNo Comments

    If you’re a climber, you have a puffy coat. That’s a given—the best climbing days usually give way to cold nights and mornings. I tend to run on the cool side, and for years I’ve been trying to find that perfect puffy, one that both keeps me warm, but...

  • Review: Yeti Tundra 50 Cooler

    Oct 4, 16 • 1253 Views • GearNo Comments

    The longer I review gear, the more jaded I become. It’s hard to be impressed. I’ve become more selective about what products I want to review. But when the folks at Yeti Coolers reached out before the summer Outdoor Retailer show I knew I had to check...