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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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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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Fall Climbing Essentials

While we’re sad to see the sunny beach days of summer go, we’re pretty psyched for sending temps and lower humidity. Today we’ve got a few of our favorites to keep you looking good and climbing strong this fall!


1. Adidas Swift R Shoes – Fall sending temps mean that flip flops will no longer cut it as approach shoes. Adidas is busting into the climbing scene with a whole line of super cute and functional gear like these approach shoes. I dig how sturdy the entire shoe is, including the stiff tongue designed to not slide around while hiking. You know they had easy on and off between climbing in mind as well – instead of laces that tie, there’s a quick lace release system. On top of that, they come in a great teal color and black if you want something more low-profile.

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Summer Essentials

Summer is finally here in New England, and we couldn’t be more psyched. Today we bring you our recent fave finds to bring on your summer adventures!

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1) La Sportiva Honkey Tank Top – Nothing screams summertime like a halter top, and nothing feels better when climbing in the summer than the sun on your back (lathered in sun screen of course 😉 ). We are psyched that La Sportiva has gotten in touch with their fashion diva side and unveiled a line of cute, funky, bold colored climber designed clothing. Our favorite so far is this halter top – a classic cut that Vs at the chest without dipping down too low, is in-cut at your waist but then flares out at your hips to avoid any hip hugging.

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Beth Rodden’s Coming Back Strong

This video, from Outdoor Research, tells just a little bit of Beth Rodden’s story of success, injury, heartache, and total comeback. We love Beth not only for her incredible list of accomplishments, but because of how much she truly loves climbing. She has an eye for beautiful lines and has proven that female climbers can establish really hard routes and get them done before the boys. Within the next few weeks, we’ll be posting an interview that we had the privilege do to with Beth. We are so excited to share it with you!

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