Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

  • Gear Review: Petzl Tikka RXP Headlamp

    Dec 12, 13 • 5607 Views • GearNo Comments

    Last year we posted a review of the innovative Petzl NAO headlamp, and loved the Reactive technology, but noted it was a bit heavy, and expensive (retail $175.00). So, after they added two more headlamps to their Performance Series with Reactive technology we...

  • Gear Review: Hydro Flask Water Bottles

    Dec 1, 13 • 6542 Views • GearNo Comments

    Early on after I co-founded The Climbing Zine and started attending the Outdoor Retailer trade show I realized it’s easy to get free gear. Companies need us, the media, to get the word out about their products, and they are willing to give out product if...

  • New Shirts: Spread Your Legs And Trust The Rubber

    Nov 25, 13 • 4715 Views • Gear2 Comments

    “Spread your legs and trust the rubber,” it’s an old climbing saying, I first heard in Joshua Tree many years ago. We aren’t the first to use it, and probably not even the first to put it on a t-shirt, but what the hell, we figured,...

  • Gear Review: Evolv Astroman

    Aug 26, 13 • 7415 Views • Gear1 Comment

    In climbing, maybe thanks in part to the Wide Boyz, off-width climbing is again popular. Now, so are off-width style shoes that offer ankle protection. I’ve been happily wearing Sportiva’s TC Pro for the last few years myself, but when I needed a...

  • Gear Review: The Petzl Ange Finesse Quickdraws

    Jan 3, 13 • 6908 Views • GearNo Comments

    In the grand scheme of things, for my generation, climbing gear has always been rad. Cams have always been around, the Gri-Gri has been a staple, and ropes have been lightweight and performed at a high level. Many breakthroughs occurred before we started...

  • Samson’s Top 5, Winter 2014 Outdoor Retailer

    Jan 2, 13 • 6902 Views • Gear1 Comment

    Samson is back at it again, with his top favorite 5 products from the Winter 2014 Outdoor Retailer Trade Show. The winter show is always second fiddle to the summer show in terms of new climbing products, so we had to dig a little deeper, and even selected...

  • Gear Review: The Petzl NAO Headlamp

    Nov 19, 12 • 5427 Views • GearNo Comments

    The new Petzl NAO hints at the headlamp of the future, but the cost will have to go down before most climbers will want to buy one. I was first introduced to the NAO (Retail: $175.00) at the Winter 2012 Outdoor Retailer show, and it seemed intriguing enough...

  • Samson’s 5 Tips for Entering The World of Trad

    Nov 11, 12 • 11541 Views • Gear2 Comments

    So you wanna start climbing trad- awesome, here are five tips to help you out along the way. 1. Hexes– Don’t get them. You may be tempted – they are cheap (like real cheap, you can get a whole used rack for the price of one new cam) – but...