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“Instead of having a bulky belt for a chalk bag, the Mammut Ophir Chalk Bag attaches to Mammut’s Ophir harness so you can trim down your waist a bit and have a cleaner, better organized harness. If you don’t have an Ophir harness (yet), then this bag works just as well as most chalk bags with an included large waist belt that slides through two suspension points for a secure fit. Mammut made it out of Nylon Dragon for extreme durability and resistance to abrasion, and the thick fleece lining is sure to give you all the chalk you need for a dry, secure grip on holds. The drawcord closure keeps it tightly closed so chalk doesn’t snow down on your belayer. A handy brush holder makes it easy for you to clean up any over-chalked hold, and the pocket stores your tape so you don’t have to finish the rest of multi-pitches with torn-up fingers for lack of protection.” — Backcountry
“From freeing hard aid lines to sending cutting-edge boulder problems, the La Sportiva Women’s Miura VS Climbing Shoe has been there, done that, and will gladly do it all over again. The aggressive shape and sticky Vibram rubber combine with the Slingshot rand and Powerhinge system to produce a shoe that crushes super steep routes and technical face climbs with equal aplomb. Even better, you can crank down the triple hook-and-loop straps when it’s time to get serious and quickly pop the shoes off after your burn.” — BC
“It’s hard to listen to your friends teaching you how to gym climb when your feet feel scrunched worse than a ballerina’s. Black Diamond’s Momentum Climbing Shoe balances comfort with performance so you can learn how to climb comfortably. Most climbing shoes opt for leather or synthetic leather uppers to keep durable throughout your rocky adventures. Black Diamond, on the other hand, made this shoe’s upper out of a unique knit that enhances breathability without hindering overall durability. This enhanced breathability also decreases the foul smells that standard leather climbing shoes excrete in your car, closet, or wherever you store your climbing shoes. Since this isn’t a leather or synthetic leather climbing shoe, the Momentum shouldn’t stretch as much as usual climbing shoes, and if this is your first pair of climbing shoes, you might want to consider getting this pair in your street shoe size even though your friends are telling you to size down. The NeoFriction rubber sole is also unique in that it’s molded—as opposed to the usual cutting from one sheet of rubber—to the shoe in order to increase longevity and ensure traction on greasy, plastic footholds.” — BC
“Mammut made the Bionic Alpine Belay Device superlight and super convenient for multi-pitch climbs. This auto-blocking device attaches directly to anchors to belay your second securely. Mammut added abrasion-proof steel plates everywhere the rope touches to prevent wear and sharp edges. The Bionic also has V-shaped grooves to add friction to ropes as skinny as 7.5mm, but Mammut made sure this device could hold ropes as large as 10.5mm.” — BC
“When the approach is long and rocky, be it giant granite slabs or loose fields of shale, you need a shoe with traction that’s up to the task. The Five Ten Women’s Guide Tennie Shoes use high-friction soles and soft leather to help you keep your footing and stay comfortable during your approach. EVA in the midsole adds support and fights off fatigue through the long hike in, while the water-resistant nubuck leather upper sheds moisture from passing rainstorms.” — BC
“The Alnasca is Mammut’s lightest climbing harness tailored for sport. It combines Mammut’s most innovative technologies; Split webbing reduces weight without inhibiting durability or pressure distribution, while Mammut’s Frame technology laminates the split webbing to mesh for a breathable, flexible feel. The Alnasca also touts a single self-locking waist buckle with elastic leg loops for easy on-and-off. There are two stiff gear loops that hold plenty of quickdraws, and two flexible gear loops behind hold belay gear as well as a few more draws.” — BC
“The RockLock Screwgate Carabiner is Black Diamond’s biggest biner for belaying, top rope anchors, and long-lasting durability in the climbing world. Black Diamond designed this locker with a keylock nose for snag-free unclipping, a curved spine for a larger gate opening, and a square hinge to hold your belay device in place.” — BC
“Mammut’s Galaxy Protect Climbing Rope is a great choice for beginner to intermediate climbers in gyms or at sport crags. With a 10mm diameter, the Galaxy helps you perfect your belaying habits without hindering your lead climbing performance. It also features Mammut’s Protect Coated Sheath treatment for added abrasion-resistance and a longer lifespan under heavier use.” — BC
“You passed your climbing classes with flying colors, but now that class is over the gym is less keen on giving you free rentals. In lieu of receiving a degree, Black Diamond’s Momentum Package makes a great graduation present. With the Momentum Harness, ATC-XP belay device, and Rocklock Screwgate locking carabiner, this package helps you continue your roped climbing adventures whether you’re top-roping in the gym or leading outside. Black Diamond also included the Mojo chalk bag and White Gold chalk that you can take to the bouldering area, just leave the harness in your pack.” —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
“The Five Ten Dragon Climbing Shoe has likely seen more cutting-edge first ascents than any shoe ever made and has earned its place as the go-to choice for many of the world’s most talented rock climbers. The downturned Stealth HF rubber outsole provides the power and sensitivity for some of the worst footholds imaginable, and the lace closure provides a second-skin fit. Its aggressive profile ensures the utmost precision whether you’re climbing overhungs or extremely technical climbs. Five Ten made the upper out of microfiber to minimize stretching for seasons of use.” — BC
“The Helium 10mm Dyneema Quickdraw is Wild Country’s performance-driven draw for on-sighting and redpointing your hardest climbs yet. Its Helium carabiners are Wild Country’s lightest thanks to their I-Beam construction, and their Clean-Wire noses provide snag-free convenience while unclipping. The durable and skinny Dyneema dogbone features a Vice gripper to stabilize the rope-clipping carabiner for clip-n-go convenience.” — BC
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