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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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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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Must Have Layers for the Changing Season

Spring is here! More accurately, every few weeks those sporadic spring-like days are here! You know the ones where you need everything from a 650 fill down to a great moisture-wicking tank top. To make sure you’re prepared and warm for the changing seasons we’re sharing some of our favorite layers to add to your collection.

Zoa-Hoody-W-Lt-CeruleanArc’teryx Zoa Hoody – Versatile and lightweight, this fleece pullover is good for everything from rock climbing to ice climbing to winter hiking. It’s super soft and stretchy so your movement never feels restricted. The long front zipper makes it easy to pull on and off even when wearing a helmet. Speaking of protecting your noggin, the “ScubaHood” is thin and trim enough to wear underneath your helmet while keeping your head warm. It has great extra features like thumb holes and a flat front pouch pocket with side zippers. I wouldn’t want to get too sweaty in this piece as it is a fleece, but it makes a great warm and flexible addition to your layering system.

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Guide to Women’s Climbing Pants – Fall 2015

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High-steppin’ should be no problem in the right pair. (Amy in the 3rd Rock Skat Pants)

Good, sturdy outdoor climbing pants are seriously hard to find (#firstworldproblems, we know). To help you narrow it down we’ve sifted through the park ranger styles and “I just left yoga class” options and came up with a list of our very favorites this season. Have a look, and don’t forget to share the love and tell us about your favorite pair!

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Gear Review – Arc’teryx R280 Harness

03_12_harnessesIf Missy’s vice is Lululemon, mine’s anything made by Arc’teryx. It’s simple really – they create sleek gear out of high quality materials, but of course they cost you a pretty penny. However, there are some pieces of gear that are worth paying a little extra for. In my opinion this harness is one of them.

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