• Black Diamond Technician

    MSRP: $135   The Technician is one of four new approach shoes launched from Black Diamond last year, designed for hammering out short approaches. Black Diamond designed it not as your all-day trudging boot, but … Continue reading "Black Diamond Technician"
  • Five Ten Aleon

    MSRP: $190   The new Five Ten Aleons want you to climb harder. How could you not?—you’re wearing a shoe designed by Swiss boulderer Fred Nicole, a legend with more double-digit bouldering FAs than anyone … Continue reading "Five Ten Aleon"
  • Ocun Jett QC

    MSRP: $99   Striking a balance between all-day comfort and high performance, the Czech Republic-based climbing brand, Ocun, has designed a shoe to rival even the most popular of the top-end crushers. My first pitches … Continue reading "Ocun Jett QC"
  • Evolv Kronos

    MSRP: $130   Flat. Yup. I like that. Been there, done that with shoes that hurt. This wearer is into soft, comfortable shoes, and not into having to keep taking them off, say, between problems … Continue reading "Evolv Kronos"
  • Somewear Global Hotspot

    MSRP: $350 BEST FOR: Backcountry travel   There used to be two good reasons not to carry two-way satellite communicators in the backcountry—the darn things were heavy and expensive. But like all technology, these emergency … Continue reading "Somewear Global Hotspot"
  • Black Diamond Distance 8L Pack

      MSRP: $139.95 BEST FOR: Long-haul trail running, scrambling, light-and-fast alpine ascents   If you’re a seeker of Type 2 fun, chances are you’ve dreamed up some pretty wild mountain missions with lots of trail … Continue reading "Black Diamond Distance 8L Pack"
  • La Sportiva Skwama

      MSRP: $170   La Sportiva’s Solution has long been a favorite for hard climbers seeking a pulling and hooking machine for their projects. Climbers working in this wheelhouse, but desiring a bit more versatile … Continue reading "La Sportiva Skwama"
  • Petzl Meteor

    MSRP: $99.95   I appreciate the helmet. I’ve never really needed one, but a couple of years ago a climber I didn’t know thanked me for saying in a podcast interview that you should “never … Continue reading "Petzl Meteor"
  • Black Diamond (New) C4 Camalots

    MSRP: $65 to $125 (depending on size)   BEST FOR: Everything   Black Diamond’s Ultralight Camalots were a game-changer when they came out in 2016: You could carry nearly four pieces for the same weight … Continue reading "Black Diamond (New) C4 Camalots"
  • In the Right Hands: Ice

    Sponsored by Outdoor Research By Owen Clarke Hands are arguably a climber’s most important asset. So when the going gets tough, having a durable, warm and dextrous pair of gloves on hand can mean the … Continue reading "In the Right Hands: Ice"
  • In the Right Hands: Rock

    Sponsored by Outdoor Research By Owen Clarke Hands are a climber’s most important asset. Everyone loves crack climbing (well… except this guy), but no one wants to look like they’ve been spending their spare time … Continue reading "In the Right Hands: Rock"
  • Tendon Master Pro 9.2

    MSRP: $265 (80-meter) BEST FOR: Anything where you want a light rope!   I took the Tendon Master Pro 9.2 to Wyoming for some good old-fashioned summer-time sport climbing. Out of the “box,” the Master … Continue reading "Tendon Master Pro 9.2"