• Mountain Equipment Earthrise Jacket

    MSRP: $190 BEST FOR: All-around mountain use: winter belaying, ski touring, hiking   You have to respect ROOTS. Mountain Equipment was established in the U.K. in 1961 and boasts partnerships with the venerable Plas y … Continue reading "Mountain Equipment Earthrise Jacket"
  • Smartwool Women’s Hide and Seek No-Show Socks

      MSRP: $12.95 BEST FOR: Use under slip-on approach shoes, warm weather   Now and then something strikes you as just a plain great idea. Of all places, it was during a checkup at the … Continue reading "Smartwool Women’s Hide and Seek No-Show Socks"
  • Boulder Denim 2.0

      MSRP: $148.00 BEST FOR: Bouldering   During my early climbing days, I bouldered in jeans: not because of their unparalleled functional benefits on the rock, but rather because they gave that look of nonchalance, … Continue reading "Boulder Denim 2.0"
  • Mountain Hardwear Women’s EDP Waffle Long Sleeve Shirt

    MSRP: $70   BEST FOR:  Cragging, around town   If you’re a sucker for a soft pullover, read on. New for fall, the Women’s EDP Waffle Long Sleeve Shirt from Mountain Hardwear is soft, flowy … Continue reading "Mountain Hardwear Women’s EDP Waffle Long Sleeve Shirt"
  • PrAna Super Mojo Pant

    MSRP: $79.00 BEST FOR:  All-around climbing or bouldering    prAna’s Super Mojo pant is the (literal and figurative) extension of the best climbing shorts ever made, the uber-classic Mojo shorts, which now come in a … Continue reading "PrAna Super Mojo Pant"
  • PrAna Avril Shorts

    MSRP: $65 BEST FOR: All-around use, warm weather   If you like items that double, well, here you go. These are climbing shorts you can wear, without embarrassment, into the grocery store. Or hike in, … Continue reading "PrAna Avril Shorts"
  • Smartwool Merino 150 Underwear

    MSRP: $29.95 – $44.95 BEST FOR: All outdoor activities   When it comes to performance wear we put a lot of thought into what we don before setting off into the mountains. We want moisture … Continue reading "First Look: Smartwool Merino 150 Underwear"
  • Stonewear Designs Drishti Tank and Ascending Tank

      MSRP: $48; $56 BEST FOR: Cragging or gym wear   Truth is, it caught my eye, is all. Same, apparently, for the woman co-owner of Water Stone Sports in Fayetteville, in the heart of … Continue reading "Stonewear Designs Drishti Tank and Ascending Tank"
  • Hippy Tree Crag Shorts

      MSRP: $55.95 BEST FOR: Bouldering both indoors and out   It’s the build quality of these Crag Shorts that really stands out. They’re simple, yet simply well made. Hippy Tree are a California-based company … Continue reading "Hippy Tree Crag Shorts"
  • Kailas 9A Pants

    MSRP: $99.00 BEST FOR: Sport, trad, bouldering—you name it Lightweight sport climbing gear—quickdraws, harnesses, what have you—is about the essentials: stripping away the superfluous features and doohickeys to save grams. Sport climbing clothing should follow … Continue reading "Kailas 9A Pants"
  • Stonewear Designs Dynamic Pant

    MSRP: $94.95 BEST FOR:  All-around climbing, hiking too    When they say stretch, they mean it, as in four-way, a featherlight fabric and real flexibility. The Dynamic Pant, first out in spring 2017 and now … Continue reading "Stonewear Designs Dynamic Pant"
  • La Sportiva Levanto Short

      MSRP: $59.00 BEST FOR: Summer cragging and gym climbing   The La Sportiva Levanto Short trend on the longer side—they seem to flirt with the idea that they should be knickers instead. With that … Continue reading "La Sportiva Levanto Short"