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2016 Winter Glove Review

We know, we know, gloves? It’s almost March. Mother Nature has been pretty stingy with the winter weather in New England this year, but we got out there when we could and reviewed our favorite choices for keeping our digits warm!

Black Diamond Women’s Mercury Mitt: These mittens are great for winter hiking, and I found that the dexterity of the gloves would also make them ideal for skiing, mountaineering, and ice climbing. The Kevlar goat leather palms allow for durability and dexterity; I have seen them reviewed by others as standing up well to repeated rope work and rappelling. I was able to remove the liner and keep the waterproof outer mitten shell, which was great for keeping my hands dry and well ventilated on warmer days. I’ve also used these with a thin wool glove liner for extra warmth. These mittens are definitely warm-I did not hike the entire time in these gloves, but rather used them when my fingers needed extra wind protection and warmth, especially on the summits of higher mountains above tree line. As for fit, they feature a women’s specific fit in a range of sizes from XS to L. For reference, my middle finger (from knuckle to tip) measures ~10 cm and I got a size S, which fit well without excess fabric.

Consider these if: you need a warm glove with good dexterity and a removable inner liner.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015

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Get your giving face on and your credit cards out because it’s time to show some holiday love to the climber in your life. Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas this season.

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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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Fall Climbing Essentials

Ahhhh, fall. The most wonderful time of the year. Here are a few items we’re loving for this season of sends:

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1. Friction Labs Chalk – Chalk is chalk, right? Not so much. Friction Labs has created a different kind of chalk that truly keeps your hands drier for longer. Still skeptical? Try it for yourself in fine, chunky, or super chunky and use code cruxcrush to get 20% off any order now through October 10th. Really make it worth your while by starting a subscription and get 20% off the first month!

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Quickdraw Comparison: Petzl, DMM, Black Diamond

Making sense of quickdraws can be messy. We're here to help.

Making sense of quickdraws can be messy. We’re here to help.

There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to quickdraws, so today we’re gonna give you the beta on a few of our favorites from Petzl, DMM, and Black Diamond. While the basic components are the same across these draws (1 dogbone + 2 carabiners), the specifics vary. Each draw has its own special features and options, so let’s take a look at each one in turn:

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Gear Review: Black Diamond Aura Harness

 

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Your harness matters tremendously in climbing. Safety trumps all – but comfort and fit are also essential, especially on those days when I seem to spend more time hanging in my harness than climbing. This is why I was stoked to find the Black Diamond Aura harness that allows me to hang, belay, climb, and feel safe.

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Top 5 Reasons to Try Ice Climbing this Season

The author, Beth, ice climbing at Champney Falls, NH

The author, Beth, ice climbing at Champney Falls, NH

If you’re the standard boulderer or climber, you may have heard about ice climbing and then had one of two reactions: 1) “Hell yes! That sounds awesome!” or 2) “Hell no! That sounds awful!” However, as we burrow further into winter and start going a little stir crazy only climbing at the gym, ice climbing might be the perfect yin to climbing/bouldering’s yang. Beth, a seasoned New England ice climber, shares five reasons why you should try ice climbing this season:

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Gear Review: Autumn Bouldering Essentials

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We’re in the height of bouldering season here in New England, so today we’re reviewing a few oft-forgotten but essential items that’ll make your chilly day out a bit cozier. With the help of these items you’ll avoid that painfully cold sensation in your hands and ever having to navigate your way back to the car with a flashlight app again.

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