• Ombraz Sunglasses

    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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Sea to Summit Alpha 2.1 Cookset

    MSRP: $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"
  • TrailKeg Growler

      MSRP: $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"
  • Climbing Addicts Colored Chalk

      MSRP: $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"
  • Wacaco Nanopresso (Portable Espresso Machine)

      MSRP: $64.90 BEST FOR: Camping, backpacking   No more packets of instant coffee; no more bitter, sludgy cowboy coffee. Caffeinating at the campsite just entered a new era with the Nanopresso, by Wacaco. The … Continue reading "Wacaco Nanopresso (Portable Espresso Machine)"
  • Black Diamond Hot Forge Heated Chalk Bag

      MSRP: $59.95 BEST FOR: Duh, cold fingers   About damn time. People who don’t get that cold don’t get it. Read on, though, because this affects all of us, whether we are the sufferers … Continue reading "Black Diamond Hot Forge Heated Chalk Bag"
  • Kailas Clip-Up Stick Clip

      MSRP: $49.00 BEST FOR: Sport climbing   We usually like to take our chances with a high first bolt (so long as our spotter-cum-belayer isn’t a complete dolt), but after testing the Kailas Clip-Up … Continue reading "Kailas Clip-Up Stick Clip"
  • GSI Glacier 1 Liter Bottle

      Having a piping-hot drink outside in winter or an icy cold beverage in the summer is a luxury, a mood lifter. I’m not going to claim that the GSI Glacier bottle will improve your … Continue reading "GSI Glacier 1 Liter Bottle"
  • Black Diamond Ultralight Chalk Bag

      They say the hardest place to lose weight is around your waist, but the BD Ultralight chalk bag is the exception. Buckle it on, and boom, you just shed one to three ounces and … Continue reading "Black Diamond Ultralight Chalk Bag"
  • Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Generator

    Taking a road trip doesn’t necessarily mean leaving technology behind. When I’m traveling, I use a creative combination of products to keep my spaces bright and my devices charged. My go-to is the Goal Zero … Continue reading "Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Generator"