• Osprey Mutant 38

      MSRP: $170.00 BEST FOR: Light and fast alpinism   The new Osprey Mutant 38 lives up to its name: this thing is freakishly good for alpine climbing. We’ve taken it out for long days … Continue reading "First Look: Osprey Mutant 38"
  • Mountain Hardwear Women’s EDP Waffle Long Sleeve Shirt

    MSRP: $70   BEST FOR:  Cragging, around town   If you’re a sucker for a soft pullover, read on. New for fall, the Women’s EDP Waffle Long Sleeve Shirt from Mountain Hardwear is soft, flowy … Continue reading "Mountain Hardwear Women’s EDP Waffle Long Sleeve Shirt"
  • PrAna Revere Long Sleeve T-Shirt

      MSRP: $49 BEST FOR: Cragging or gym wear   A friend years ago had a scoop-neck prAna top that she said she used all the time. “It’s in there every wash,” she said. You … Continue reading "PrAna Revere Long Sleeve T-Shirt"
  • Lowa Rocket

      MSRP: $150.00   LOWA made their name in the world of high-end alpine and hiking boots, but they have seriously lagged behind in the rock shoe game—that is, until the Rocket. With this performance … Continue reading "Lowa Rocket"
  • Grivel Stealth Helmet

      MSRP: $99.95   Excuses for not wearing helmets have gotten thin. The argument that a helmet is heavy, restricts your fluidity, or makes you look like you have an unnaturally large brain no longer … Continue reading "Grivel Stealth Helmet"
  • Black Diamond Alpine Start Jacket

      Best For: Light and fast alpine rock climbing MSRP: $149.00   When I’m going multi-pitching—be it for a romp up a moderate in Eldo or a big alpine mission in Rocky Mountain National Park—I … Continue reading "Black Diamond Alpine Start Jacket"
  • The North Face Chalk Bag Pro

      MSRP: $25.00 BEST FOR: Rock climbing   A chalk bag’s a chalk bag’s a chalk bag. 9/10 times you can’t go wrong. That being said, every bag is slightly different, and it’s worth checking … Continue reading "First Look: The North Face Chalk Bag Pro"
  • Blue Ice Choucas Light

      MSRP: $79.95   I was tempted to fall into the trap of cliché and write that the Choucas Light is “butt floss.” Although that would have been an apt visual, I won’t debase myself … Continue reading "Blue Ice Choucas Light"
  • PrAna Super Mojo Pant

    MSRP: $79.00 BEST FOR:  All-around climbing or bouldering    prAna’s Super Mojo pant is the (literal and figurative) extension of the best climbing shorts ever made, the uber-classic Mojo shorts, which now come in a … Continue reading "PrAna Super Mojo Pant"
  • La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube GTX

    MSRP: $550 BEST FOR: Mixed climbing, light and fast alpinism   The La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube GTX is a lightweight alpine boot, perfect for mixed climbing, light and fast missions and Alps-genre mountaineering adventures. … Continue reading "La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube GTX"
  • Kavu Shapiro Rope Bag

    MSRP: $75 BEST FOR: Cragging   Professional climber Jeff Shapiro found himself dreaming of an improved rope bag, and, after some do-it-himself arts and crafts, created a prototype. One of his sponsors, Kavu, improved upon … Continue reading "Kavu Shapiro Rope Bag"
  • PrAna Avril Shorts

    MSRP: $65 BEST FOR: All-around use, warm weather   If you like items that double, well, here you go. These are climbing shorts you can wear, without embarrassment, into the grocery store. Or hike in, … Continue reading "PrAna Avril Shorts"