• Trango Crag Pack 2.0

    MSRP: $120 BEST FOR: Craggin’!   Out at our nearby crag Rifle Mountain Park, I experienced several instances of “pack envy.” As I plopped down the sleek Trango Crag Pack 2.0, nearby belayers looked longingly … Continue reading "Trango Crag Pack 2.0"
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear Prism Pack

      MSRP: $395   BEST FOR: Ice climbing, fast-and-light alpine climbing   High up on a face in Alaska this past May, my fingers were getting cold. My harness was getting a bit twisted. The … Continue reading "Hyperlite Mountain Gear Prism Pack"
  • La Sportiva TX2

      MSRP: $130   BEST FOR: Technical approaches and easy technical climbing   Ahead of trying the Teton Grand Traverse—10 summits, nearly 18 miles and over 12,000 feet of elevation gain—I knew I needed to … Continue reading "La Sportiva TX2"
  • Tulson Tolf California

      MSRP: $115   BEST FOR: Slab climbing   First things first, let’s deal with the sparkly elephant in the room: Depending on who you ask, the California’s two-tone bedazzled upper is either the best … Continue reading "Tulson Tolf California"
  • Five Ten Five Tennie

    MSRP: $125   BEST FOR: Scrambles and around town   The original Five Tennie—dreamed up by Five Ten founder Charles Cole back in the ‘80s—was the first real, modern approach shoe: a hybrid running-hiking-climbing shoe … Continue reading "Five Ten Five Tennie"
  • Edelrid Jayne and Jay III Harness

    MSRP: $59.95 BEST FOR: All-around use   “You need a smaller harness,” my friend said on Saturday, as I reefed the Jayne III harness belt rightwards. “Nope. That’s what I thought at first, too.” In … Continue reading "Edelrid Jayne and Jay III Harness"
  • Mystery Ranch Scepter 35

      MSRP: $199.00 BEST FOR: Alpine approaches   The Scepter, one of Mystery Ranch’s new fall 2019 packs excels on long approaches. Whether you’re going out for an alpine rock climb in late summer or … Continue reading "First Look: Mystery Ranch Scepter 35"
  • Black Diamond 13mm Dynex Rabbit Runner

      MSRP: $17.95    Rabbit Runners—single-strand runners sewn with two little closed loops on either end, rather than into one bigger closed loop—are nothing new. Nonetheless, for some reason you don’t see them all that … Continue reading "Black Diamond 13mm Dynex Rabbit Runner"
  • MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit

    MSRP: $79.95   I’ve had a number of different go-to stoves since I was a kid, but this MSR PocketRocket stove kit might just be my new fave, taking the slot as my go-to solo … Continue reading "MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit"
  • HydraPak Stow H2O Bottle

    MSRP: $14 BEST FOR: Staying hydrated on the wall   While the HydraPark Stow water bottle was by no means built specifically for climbing, it’s exactly what I would have asked for in a water … Continue reading "HydraPak Stow H2O Bottle"
  • Trango Raptor

    MSRP: $174   BEST FOR: Ice, ice, ice   f you’re looking for a solid ice tool, within budget, that swings intuitively, performs on steep ice, and will get you through some low-end scratchy mixed, … Continue reading "Trango Raptor"
  • Evolv General

      MSRP: $170    When I heard of Evolv’s new shoe, “The General,” I wondered whether the name referred to its dominance over other shoes or its ability to do a bit of everything, as … Continue reading "Evolv General"