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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 […]

Long-term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoodie

Long-term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoodie

With the name “Alpine Start” you know this lightweight hoodie from Black Diamond should be good!  And it doesn’t disappoint.  This simple and lightweight layer cuts the wind, sheds light precipitation and keeps the sun and bugs off all while breathing very well.  It’s not waterproof though so any continuous […]

Review: Butora Altura Rock Shoe

Review: Butora Altura Rock Shoe

New to the climbing shoe scene, the Korean company Butora (BOO-TORE-AH) has come out with some great shoes and a unique fitting ideology that is sure to please climbers with hard-to-fit feet.  While it would be fun to test the entire line-up we have to start somewhere and so chose the […]

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Therm

The Therm-a-Rest brand has been a staple for years. I have a BaseCamp mattress going on 13 years of use, but it takes up as much space as a folding chair in my car! When I started looking for something a bit more space friendly, the X-Therm was at the […]

Review: Five Ten Quantum Rock Shoes

Review: Five Ten Quantum Rock Shoes

Five Ten has redeveloped the Quantum and the result is a well designed, featured and finished shoe that’s hard to miss in bright blue suede.  The breathable tongue and lined interior give the shoe a soft feel and soak up the sweat on long days while the always reliable C4 Stealth rubber […]

Women’s Summer Pants Tips

Women’s Summer Pants Tips

So, ice season might be over….sob, sob, sniffle. But, once the snow is gone, it’s time to break out the rock gear! For a typical cragging day, the hardest decision I usually have to make in the morning is what to wear. Ugh. If I end up wearing pants, I […]

Field Tested: Sterling Hollowblock

Field Tested: Sterling Hollowblock

Sewn prusik cords are nothing new, but what makes Sterling Rope’s Hollow Block unique is the use of 100% aramid fiber, in the form of their 6.8mm RIT 900 cord. That sounds like a whole bunch of proprietary gibberish, so let me save you some google time: aramid fiber is […]

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 […]

Review: CiloGear 30L Guide Service pack

Review: CiloGear 30L Guide Service pack

CiloGear’s 30L Guide Service pack is hard to put away. I’m a gear reviewer and a hopeless pack rat, so the selection of 30L-something packs around here is abundant (eight, by last count). Yet, time after time, I find myself reaching for the 30GS more often than not when I’m […]

Field Tested: Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Field Tested: Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Patagonia’s Houdini Jacket is a simple, lightweight, weather resistant shell that almost disappears into its own pocket when it’s not being used.  While advertised as a shell for runners on Patagonia’s website we tested it on some multi-pitch rock climbs where weight and bulk are the enemy.  The Houdini worked […]