Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

  • Review: Deuter Gravity Haul 50

    Mar 29, 17 • 2358 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 • 2094 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 • 5142 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 • 2880 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 • 5414 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 • 3239 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...

  • Review: Sterling Velocity Rope

    Jul 29, 16 • 2599 Views • GearNo Comments

    I needed the perfect rope for my project. It had to be an 80 meter rope and it had to withstand a little more abuse than your average skinny line. I know that because I first worked the route, a 39 meter crack climb in Indian Creek, on a 9.2mm rope that...

  • Review: Rinsekit

    Jul 20, 16 • 2083 Views • GearNo Comments

    The RinseKit is one of those outdoor products that at first glance seems a little unnecessary—until you use it. I had one of these sitting on my shelf in the garage for a while before I actually took the time to bring it out on a climbing trip. I used it...