Category Archives: Gear Gossip

The Farmer’s Market of Outdoor Goods: An Intro to Hidden Collective

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If you’re looking to diversify your outdoor gear, support local craftsmen (ahem, and women), and connect with how, where, and why your gear is made, then Hidden Collective is your one-stop shop. Launched this year, Hidden Collective brings together unique makers of all kinds of outdoor gear, from skiing, to fishing, and of course rock climbing. It’s like an online farmer’s market of rad outdoor makers whose gear you’ll want and whose missions you’ll want to support. Today we’re giving you the run down on a few of our favorite Hidden Collective makers… and, whatta ya know, we’re just in time for the holidays!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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One for me, one for you. That’s often how my holiday shopping goes. So here are our picks for you and your favorite climber this holiday season!

1. 3rd Rock Eden Trousers: Durable fabric, great colors, and design choices like a gusseted crotch, elastic waistband, and articulated knees make these one of my favorite pants to climb in. If you’d rather opt for a hoodie or tank, 3rd Rock has got tons of great ones for both men and women. To sweeten the deal, all 3rd Rock profit made on Black Friday will be donated to Climbers Against Cancer. AND, you can get free shipping with code GIVEORGANIC. Win, win, win.

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Approach Shoe Review – Fall 2016

Since we probably spend more time in our approach shoes than our actual climbing shoes, it’s worth investing in a pair that can help you scramble up a tough approach, hike off a multipitch, and be comfortable enough to belay in for hours.  Below are our picks for the season:

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Arc’teryx Arakys – What I love about these shoes is that while they may be approach shoes, they are cute and stylish at the same time, coming in a great bright teal color that doesn’t get scuffed too easily. I usually wear a 7.5 when it comes to regular shoes, but for these I had to size down to a 7 since they run a little big. These shoes are designed to be minimalist and so rather than having bulky laces that get tangled, they use a buckle strap to make putting them on quick and efficient. They are super comfortable and have great arch support, so if you are flat footed or require shoes with added support, these shoes will keep your feet happy. The outsole is made of Vibram rubber, a high friction rubber, which makes scrambling up 4th class approaches very secure. Not only are they good for any type of terrain, they are good for almost all types of weather. I wore them in a downpour for a good half an hour and was surprised to find the inside of my shoes only slightly damp. The mesh around the shoe also makes the shoe very breathable making it a perfect hot weather shoe. The heel is collapsible, making it a perfect belay slipper. Arc’teryx is known to be expensive, so $150 may seem steep for a pair of approach shoes, but for the the price, this shoe is definitely worth it. I’ve been wearing them nonstop since I got them!

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Reddy Yeti Giveaway Featuring Kush Climbing

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Today, we’re partnering with ReddyYeti to bring you a giveaway featuring products by Kush Climbing. Their hemp pads earn an A+ in the sustainability department–even the nylon is made from recycled deep sea fishing nets. We’re crushing on their crash pads and products: founded by climber couple Kim & Kyle, inspired by a dirtbagging adventure, and featuring unbeatable options for customized graphics! Check out their Kickstarter video and hear more about their story over on ReddyYeti.

KUSH CLIMBING GIVEAWAY PRIZES:

kush-climbing-crash-pad-gifThe OG Kush Crash Pad

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Kush Climbing Duffel Bag

Crux Crush Kush Climbing Giveaway

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Not Your Average (Chalk) Balls

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With so many chalk balls, how do you choose? Photo by @jiinetiics

For girls who care about which balls they squeeze, we tested a bunch of chalk dispensers that are slightly cooler than average. Does size matter to you? Care for a little friend in your chalk bag? Are the ethics of leave-no-trace high on your priority list? Scented chalk, anyone? There is something for everyone out there, so get comfortable while we give you the run down.

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My Hand Care Routine with Get Giddy + Giveaway!

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From torn pulleys to split tips to flappers, we tear up our hands, inside and out. Today, with the help of Get Giddy and a few other techniques, we’re taking some time to give our hands the care and attention they deserve. While you’ll have to figure out the specifics of your own hand care routine, here’s what I like to do keep my hands happy.

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Summer Crag Essentials

Crag-essentials-20161. Moutainsmith Mayhem 35 WSD – Hands down, this is the most comfortable pack I’ve ever worn. The padded waist straps and women’s specific fit make the heaviest loads float lightly on your hips, and you won’t have any more excuses to complain about a long approach with this pack. The stretchy front mesh panel is great for quickly stowing a chalk bag or jacket, and asymmetrical zipper prevents you from needing to dig through a full pack to get to something in the bottom. The pack is rigid in its size (it can double as carry-on luggage), so it can be difficult to carry a sport rack, rope, shoes, and other gear unless you very carefully coil the rope. I would go for a the 55 L option if you’re going to be carrying more to the crag.

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Guide to Women’s Climbing Shorts – Summer 2016

Welcome to shorts season!

Welcome to shorts season!

The only thing that rivals the difficulty of finding good climbing pants is finding good climbing shorts. We’ve done some “work” for you and tried out a bunch. For the reviews below, Mary is 5’4″ with an athletic build, usually size 2-4 in outdoor brands and Emily is 5’1″ with a small, athletic build and usually size 0-2.

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3 Euro Climbing Companies You Should Know

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In today’s global economy, one continent’s worth of climbing gear, clothing, and shoes is definitely not enough. So today we head across the pond to share a few of our favorite European climbing brands with you.

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Shoe Review: Five Ten Team VXi

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When it comes to climbing shoes, I’m pretty high maintenance about comfort. It’s hard enough to trust my feet, let alone when they are shrieking in pain. I’ve got a low tolerance for long break-in periods, but want the performance of an aggressive shoe. Add to the equation that I’ve got small, flat, and wide feet which makes sizing in women’s shoes (which tend to be narrower) a challenge. Enter the Five Ten Team VXi. Before trying these on, I’d never fallen in love with a climbing shoe a mere week after trying them on. They aren’t an everyday shoe, but are a worthwhile addition to your climbing shoe arsenal for optimal performance on slick indoor holds and slabby routes.

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