Hardware

Petzl Sirocco, version II

Petzl Sirocco, version II

When the original Sirocco came out almost four years ago, it came in only one colour — bright orange — and had a unique look that resembled, ah, let’s say wrinkled skin. However, it was also very light, extremely durable and comfortable enough for all-day use, and soon became a […]

Review: Petzl Sum’Tec Mountaineering Axe

Review: Petzl Sum’Tec Mountaineering Axe

There’s a wide range of alpine ice axes or piolets on the market and it can seem confusing or intimidating when trying to choose one.  However, when it comes to a versatile alpine climbing and mountaineering tool the Petzl Sum’tec has no rival.  If you’re in the market for a […]

Review: Petzl Sitta harness

Review: Petzl Sitta harness

The Sitta is Petzl’s newest, lightest and highest-tech harness. It packs a lot of high-end features into little weight, all of which stows down into a tiny package. There are two things that continue to annoy me about the Sitta, but I also find myself using it more than any […]

Review: Cassin X-All Mountain Ice Tools

Review: Cassin X-All Mountain Ice Tools

As a newish ice climber, I spent the first few years renting ice tools from the local outdoor centre and borrowing tools from friends, acquaintances and whomever was willing to lend me a pair. As I live in Calgary, Alberta, with a large population of ice climbers and a short […]

Review: Singing Rock Penta Helmet

Review: Singing Rock Penta Helmet

The arguments and evidence for wearing a climbing helmet are long-documented, both through lab testing and anecdotal evidence. It’s also widely accepted that users are more likely to wear a lighter helmet but even the lightest helmet in the world won’t save your head if you’re not wearing it because […]

Long Term Review: Petzl Laser Speed screws

Long Term Review: Petzl Laser Speed screws

Petzl’s redesigned Laser Speed and Laser Speed Light ice screws debuted last fall, giving me a chance to use them for a whole season. I particularly wanted to compare how the two versions performed across various temperatures and kinds of ice, and was curious about the durability of the aluminum […]

Review: Grivel Twin Gate carabiners

Review: Grivel Twin Gate carabiners

I really appreciate innovation. It doesn’t always result in the lightest, best or most versatile piece of gear but I admire the vision and drive to push the possibilities. Sadly, there aren’t that many truly innovative products these days. Grivel’s Twin Gate carabiner system is firmly in the innovative category. […]

Comparison: Mammut DRY vs PROTECT ropes review

Comparison: Mammut DRY vs PROTECT ropes review

Last winter, the UIAA — finally! — introduced a water-resistance standard for dry ropes.  Previously, manufacturers did all their own testing, and had their own definition of what constitutes a ‘dry’ rope. Now, any rope labelled as a ‘dry’ rope must absorb, at most, 5% of its weight in water. […]

Long Term Review: Cassin X-Dream

Long Term Review: Cassin X-Dream

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of the name. X-Dream. X, really? Dream? A bit grandiose, isn’t it? Not that other tools’ names make much sense, either. And at least it’s consistent with other Cassin products, X-Light, X-Gyro, X-etc. But, then again, names aren’t all that important if the […]

First Look Review: Camp Nano 22

First Look Review: Camp Nano 22

I loved the original Camp Nano Wire. It was small, light and full-strength, with a wonderful, snappy gate action. The perfect accessory biner. Before I continue, let’s address that “accessory biner” bit. We all hang various bits and pieces off our harnesses, be it a knife and some cord, a […]