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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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Pack Review: Patagonia Cragsmith Pack 35L

Patagonia Cragsmith

Today’s review was written by CXC regular contributor Jess. Here’s what she thinks of the Patagonia Cragsmith.

After years of hauling my gear in tiny daypacks or oversized backpacking packs I decided it was time to finally invest in a specialized climbing pack. For me, the essential features of such a pack would include a padded waistband and a U shaped back pocket for easy gear access. I found these features in Patagonia’s fantastic Cragsmith.

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