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Review: Mammut Wall Rider Climbing Helmet

Review: Mammut Wall Rider Climbing Helmet

Mammut’s innovative new helmet, the Wall Rider, features an Expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam body with a small hard-shell cap on the top.  This hybrid of exposed foam and hard-shell blends the features of two different helmet designs: the traditional lightweight in-mold helmet design and the super-light exposed foam design of […]

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: La Sportiva TX2 Approach Shoe

Review: La Sportiva TX2 Approach Shoe

La Sportiva came out with a new line of technical approach shoes this spring and the lightest of this new trio, the TX2, caught my eye and begged to be looked at in detail.  This new approach shoe was designed to be lightweight and packable with a sticky sole.  A great combination […]

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 choose 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 Test Review: DMM Dragon Cams

Field Test Review: DMM Dragon Cams

It seems like all the various climbing hardware companies decided that this was the year to come out with new or updated cams: BD has the Camalot Ultralights, Metolius the Ultralight Mastercams (actually these came out in late 2015), WildCountry the new Friends, etc.  And while most of these companies have chosen […]

Review: Scarpa Vapor (lace)

Review: Scarpa Vapor (lace)

I’ve been a long-time fan of Scarpa’s Vapor V shoes, both the original and the 2015 updated version, they fit my feet well and really seemed to have found that Goldilocks zone of comfort and performance.  The recently released lace version of the shoe, which is simply called the Vapor, […]

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 […]