Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

  • Review: Lowa Alpine Pro GTX (womens)

    Dec 5, 18 • 273 Views • Climbing Culture, GearNo Comments

    Usually, just the thought of a new pair of mountaineering boots would make my feet ache, but that is not the case with the Lowa Alpine Pro GTX.  These boots were comfortable straight out of the box. Reviewed by: Amy Stevens (banner photo © Cody Tuttle) The...

  • Review: GSI Outdoors water bottle

    Oct 31, 18 • 175 Views • GearNo Comments

    Green, jasmine, earl, chai and black. Tea. I love it all! A day of climbing ice, I pack my thermos with hot herbal tea and honey. by Amy Stevens  For a day of rock climbing I pack my thermos with ice tea and lemon. I had yet to find the perfect vessel for a...

  • Review: Climb Tech Top Anchor Hook

    Jun 3, 18 • 2615 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 • 1262 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 • 2451 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 • 1984 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 • 1372 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 • 4167 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...