Mammut Nordwand Flex Jacket
MSRP: $650.00 BEST FOR: Mountains, ice climbing The term “hard-shell” once applied to the type of outwear we climbers used in inclement weather. Those old jackets certainly resembled shells—turtle-shells. They were tough, encapsulating, … Continue reading "Mammut Nordwand Flex Jacket"
MSRP: $160.00 BEST FOR: Cragging or multi-pitch I rarely wear sunglasses when I climb—seeing the rock with an orange or yellow or purple tint feels strange. More importantly, most of the time they rattle … Continue reading "Ombraz Sunglasses"
Smartwool Women’s Hide and Seek No-Show Socks
MSRP: $12.95 BEST FOR: Use under slip-on approach shoes, warm weather Now and then something strikes you as just a plain great idea. Of all places, it was during a checkup at the … Continue reading "Smartwool Women’s Hide and Seek No-Show Socks"
Outdoor Research StormTracker Heated Gloves
MSRP: $264.95 The StormTracker heated gloves, made for all-around winter use, from skiing to ice climbing to bike riding, also beckon to the many of us (often women) who have poor circulation and … Continue reading "Outdoor Research StormTracker Heated Gloves"
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Do They Kill Geese To Get Down?
I have a goose-down jacket, which I really like because it is so light and warm, but I’m wondering if they have to kill the goose to get the feathers. —Jim Neiber, via email … Continue reading "Do They Kill Geese To Get Down?"... Continue readingHow to Choose the Right Ice Tool this Winter
Metolius Belay Glove
MSRP: $39.95 BEST FOR: All-around use, nice for cooler temps Burly. But plush. The Metolius Belay Glove is all-leather, a nice smooth cowhide. It is thicker and costlier than a leather-palm, nylon-back sport/gym glove … Continue reading "Metolius Belay Glove"... Continue readingHow to Choose the Right Ice Tool this Winter
Ben Rueck: Why I Use the Spot X
There was a lot that went wrong on that trip to the wall, but there was even more that went right. I survived and learned an incredible lesson. Solo mission to project a wall for … Continue reading "Ben Rueck: Why I Use the Spot X"... Continue readingHow to Choose the Right Ice Tool this Winter
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 20˚
MSRP: $570 (reg); $600 (long) When it arrived, I thought Mountain Hardwear had sent an empty box. It felt like nothing, but viola, there was a sleeping bag inside. At just 1 pound … Continue reading "Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 20˚"... Continue readingHow to Choose the Right Ice Tool this Winter
Scarpa Furia S
MSRP: $194.95 BEST FOR: Hard sport climbing As a longtime Scarpa Furia fan—I’ve purchased four pairs and had several resoles—for sport climbing and bouldering, I was naturally curious about the introduction of the … Continue reading "Scarpa Furia S"... Continue readingHow to Choose the Right Ice Tool this Winter
Jack Wolfskin Aurora Sky 3N1
MSRP: $299.95 BEST FOR: All-around use, winter German engineering. That has to be good, right? Jack Wolfskin, founded in Frankfurt in 1981 and still headquartered in Germany, aims for customers “who enjoy multiple … Continue reading "Jack Wolfskin Aurora Sky 3N1"... Continue readingHow to Choose the Right Ice Tool this Winter
La Sportiva Gripit Kid’s Shoes
MSRP: $75.00 My shose are awosome becaeus they feal so cumfy and they are my favrot colers! My favrots are green and blue. And thuy stick to the holds very well! Thur very … Continue reading "La Sportiva Gripit Kid’s Shoes"... Continue readingHow to Choose the Right Ice Tool this Winter