Black Diamond MomentumThis 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 ProMSRP: $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 LightMSRP: $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 GTXMSRP: $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 BagMSRP: $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"
Sea to Summit Alpha 2.1 CooksetMSRP: $64.95 BEST FOR: Camping and backpacking The new Alpha cookware sets from Sea to Summit are lightweight camping sets for backpacking and camping. Each set nests together into the largest pot and can … Continue reading "Sea to Summit Alpha 2.1 Cookset"
Black Diamond Mission 55MSRP: $219.00 BEST FOR: alpine and winter climbing It’s for ice and winter climbing. Winter travel. Alpine cragging, at the very least. But what if you are a plain rock climber who always overloads … Continue reading "Black Diamond Mission 55"
Metolius Freerider PackMSRP: $139.00 BEST FOR: Trad or sport cragging In design, Occam’s Razor encourages us to eliminate unnecessary elements that would decrease a design’s efficiency and the Metolius Freerider crag pack adheres to this … Continue reading "Metolius Freerider Pack"
Black Diamond LiveWire QuickdrawMSRP: $25.95 BEST FOR: Sport climbing With a lot of new quickdraws these days, we find ourselves trying to fumble the rope through tiny wire gates, or a thin strip of dyneema cutting into … Continue reading "Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw"
TrailKeg GrowlerMSRP: $40-$199 BEST FOR: Drinking Bringing together post-climbing libations and keg-quality beer has long been the goal of civilization, from Babylonia to the Greeks and onto ‘Merica…but, alas, problem solved. TrailKeg has brought … Continue reading "TrailKeg Growler"
Boreal DharmaMSRP: $159.95 BEST FOR: Steep bouldering and sport climbing and edging at your limit Based on first impressions and initial use we’re really impressed by these aggressive and technical Boreal shoes, available in … Continue reading "Boreal Dharma"
Climbing Addicts Colored ChalkMSRP: $16.99 BEST FOR: Any type of climbing We enjoy chalked up holds during onsight attempts: rather than navigating a sea of uninterpreted rock, the clues and hints about which holds are good … Continue reading "Climbing Addicts Colored Chalk"