Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

  • Gear Review: Garmont Sticky Rock

    May 6, 16 • 3244 Views • GearNo Comments

    In the process of looking for a new approach shoe that I could also do some running in I came across the Garmont Sticky Rock. Retail: $145.00  Over the last three months I’ve tested these out on the local trail system, and on approaches across the...

  • Review: Mountainsmith Mayhem 45

    Mar 30, 16 • 2343 Views • GearNo Comments

    The Mountainsmith Mayhem 45 is an innovative and creative backpack—perfect for certain uses, but hindering for others. Here’s what I liked about it, when I’ll use it, and when I’ll find another pack in the hopper to take up to the crag. Retail:...

  • Review: Edelweiss Curve 9.8mm

    Mar 30, 16 • 4094 Views • GearNo Comments

    It’s that time again when I need a new cragging rope. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or particularly light, just something durable that my partners and I can take a thousand falls on and never worry about it. There are lots of options out there, and the...

  • Review: Voormi Eleven.9

    Mar 17, 16 • 2102 Views • GearNo Comments

    Wearing something from Voormi—a clothing line based out of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, attracts attention and curiosity. Retail: $149.00 For the last two months I’ve tested out their Eleven.9 hoodie, and almost every day someone makes a comment about it....

  • Review: Arc’teryx Nuclei AR Jacket

    Feb 16, 16 • 10358 Views • GearNo Comments

    The Rockies in winter are known for their cold temperatures and fierce winds. When I’m climbing ice in these mountains I need a belay parka that blocks the wind, has enough loft to keep me warm at a long belay, and compresses enough to carry easily on the...

  • Review: Kahtoola MICROspikes

    Feb 15, 16 • 1533 Views • GearNo Comments

    Every single physical activity I do (or don’t do) is related to climbing – even if there’s no climbing involved. Running is one of those perfect cross-training activities, and living in the mountains the conditions vary from season to season, even...

  • Review: Cypher Codex

    Feb 8, 16 • 2973 Views • GearNo Comments

    I must admit I’d never heard of Cypher rock shoes, and when I brought them to the gym I got constant questions about what I was wearing, especially with the neon green suede. The small company from Sandy, Utah has been quietly making shoes and quickdraws...

  • Review: Beal Cocoon Chalk Bag

    Jan 19, 16 • 2046 Views • GearNo Comments

    How much is there to say about a chalk bag? All it has to do is hang out back there and have that powdery gold ready for your sweaty, trembling fingers…and not fall off mid-way up a route…and not spill all over the tiny ledge you’re belaying on, or the...