• 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"
  • 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"
  • Send Climbing Wizard Sleeve Knee Pad

      MSRP: $39.00 BEST FOR: Sport Climbing, Bouldering   Not too long ago, circa 2014, Canadian crusher Sean McColl was filmed attempting Hubble—Ben Moon’s masterpiece—with a knee pad.  McColl’s critics were swift and numerous comment threads were … Continue reading "Send Climbing Wizard Sleeve Knee Pad"
  • Mammut Smart 2.0

      MSRP: $34.95 BEST FOR: Cragging, Gym Climbing   There’s something nice about being able to see everything that’s happening inside a belay device—all the bends in the rope, what allows that ever-so-important braking to … Continue reading "Mammut Smart 2.0"
  • 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 Momentum

    This review appeared in Rock and Ice issue 249 (April 2018). The Momentum is Black Diamond’s first foray into rock shoes. Hailed by BD as the “perfect entry-level” shoe and great for “all day comfort,” … Continue reading "Black Diamond Momentum"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Garmont Tower Extreme LX GTX Mountaineering Boots

    MSRP: $419.95 BEST FOR: Mountaineering   A first look at any new pair of mountain boots always consists of the following question: “Are these boots made for walking or climbing?” The hypothesis is that mountain … Continue reading "Garmont Tower Extreme LX GTX Mountaineering Boots"