“Stick to the sides of steep sandstone ascents to desert climbs with the Scarpa Men’s Gecko Approach Shoe. Vibram’s reliable Reptilla rubber gives this shoe a good grip on technical moves as hard as fifth-class. The soft suede upper breaks in fast without breaking down over time, and the recycled polyester lining works with the upper’s mesh panels to keep your foot comfortable in warmer temperatures. There’s also a rubber toe cap for rock protection, and a dual-density EVA midsole for plenty of cush on long approaches.” — Backcountry
“Compared to Evolv’s other approach shoes, the Women’s Rebel Approach Shoe is more durable than the Cruzer and more casual than the Zender. It’s ideal for climbers who want to frequent sport crags, climbing gyms, and hangouts in the same shoe. The Rebel’s vegan upper is ruggedly water-resistant to keep clean on a rainy, muddy day.” — BC
“You can never find a chalk bag that comes in a style that really screams “you,” so follow the old adage “if you want it done right then do it yourself” and embroider your own personality on Mammut’s Stitch Boulder Chalk Bag. This bag’s unique Stitch Technology, included needle, and three cards of high-quality yarn let you detail the bag’s exterior for a truly original look—even burly boulderers say that embroidery is best done between burns.” — BC
“Crunching your chalk in your bag before you get on your bouldering project is just one way you focus yourself into send-mode. With the Friction Lab Bam Bam chalk, you’ll have all the chunks you need to meditate for the flash. Made with only the purest magnesium carbonate, Bam Bam is super chunky, so not only is there plenty of crushing to be done, but this chalk will not blow away as easily or escape your bag, so you’ll have plenty of conserved white for plenty of sends.” — BC
“The Scarpa Men’s Vapor Climbing Shoe combines aggressive performance with smooth comfort for boulderers and sport climbers. Its suede and microfiber upper uses minimal stitching to eliminate hot spots, and the padded tongue enhances comfort on long climbs. Scarpa’s Bi-Tension randing keeps the Vapor at a moderate downturn, and the Flexan midsole helps the shoe stay stiff for life. Vibram’s XS Edge rubber gives this shoe a good grip on granite edges, slippery limestone, and soft sandstone alike.” — BC
“La Sportiva calls the Genius Climbing Shoe its highest performing shoe for boulderers, sport climbers, and overhanging aficionados. The Genius gains its high performance through a No-Edge technology rubber overlay over the toe, which grips on edges and make-believe footholds like they were ledges. This remarkable technology lets you place your feet quicker and more efficiently, without having to readjust because No-Edge feels that good on the first step. The Genius also features La Sportiva’s mind-bending P3 technology that made the Solution one of the most popular shoes today. P3 uses a Permanent Power Platform to maintain the Genius’ aggressive downturn for life. Like the Testarossa, the Genius’ heel is surprisingly soft, stretchy, and sensitive for a proper fit as well as solid heel-hooking.” — BC
“Unfortunately, your gym projects aren’t around as long as the problems outside are. Fortunately, you have the So Ill Men’s Free Range Climbing Shoe to help you get your redpoints before the next reset. As So Ill’s most aggressive shoe, the Free Range is your best shot at sticking that greasy, micro foothold while the setter sits behind you with a wrench in hand. Its Dark Matter rubber sole is the same rubber that the Navy Seals use for missions more gripping than your plastic projects.” — BC
“The Butora Sensa Climbing Shoe has all the flexibility and comfort of a slipper, but with a downturned shape and incredibly responsive feel. Butora employed softer rubber at the midfoot to allow your foot to move and flex naturally, which increases comfort, especially on longer climbs, and added a toe cap midsole to prevent your toe from pushing past the front edge of the shoe when you’re really toeing down. The heel cup is slightly rounded, with a cap for better power and durability, while the toe features softer rubber to maintain flexibility without compromising grip.
Perhaps the most unique feature of the Sensa is the upper. It’s constructed from a synthetic woven knit material that is Butora’s solution to the premature wear that you normally see in elastic-upper slippers. This upper is incredibly breathable, and holds its shape over time because it’s woven as opposed to die cut.” — BC
“The Oxi QC Climbing Shoe is one of Ocun’s more versatile pairs of climbing kicks, made for anything from moderate gym routes to challenging boulders. It has a highly asymmetric downturn designed for precision on small footholds, steep overhangs, and technical terrain. The CAT 1.5 sole has a softer feel than Ocun’s other rubbers to provide better traction on slippery stones and greasy plastic, and despite its soft nature, the midsole maintains moderate stiffness for a long-lasting performance. Ocun made the upper out of microfiber for durability that doesn’t stretch much, and the insole is smooth leather to compliments the shoe’s easy, hook-and-loop entrance.” —BC
“Sometimes the gang likes to hit the town after a long day of surfing, and while you could just hope that your swimsuit dries by the time you sit down at a nice restaurant, it’ll be easier to keep all of your wet and dry gear separate in the Patagonia Planing Roll Top 35L Backpack. Designed for long days of surfing, fishing, and swimming, this backpack features dedicated storage for wet and dry clothing, making it no hassle to change into something dry without soaking the rest of your pack. In addition to the spacious roll-top main compartment, which keeps out rain and spray and offers expanded storage when you need it, you’ve got a self-draining mesh pocket in the front that houses all of your wet trunks, tops, and towels without allowing water to pool. A padded back panel, breathable shoulder straps, and a removable waist belt all contribute to a comfortable carry, ensuring that you’ve got the support you need to hike to even the most secluded spots.” — BC
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