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Petzl Grigri +

 The Petzl Grigri has been a staple of climbing for decades. Petzl, never a company to rest on their prior success continues to improve even the most beloved products like the Grigri. Enter the Grigri +. Design On first glace the overall look and design of the Petzl Grigri + appears to be the same Continue Reading...

CAMP Dyon Express KS

We think the new CAMP Dyon Express KS is pretty cool. Read on to find out why. There’s not a lot you can say about quickdraws really. The basic design is there, two carabiners and a sling. Yet, when you have to use a bad one you really curse it, and the joy that comes Continue Reading...

Five Ten Anasazi Blanco Climbing Shoe

Five Ten is constantly coming out with new styles and updating the old ones you love. The Five Ten Anasazi Blanco is the latest model to get updated. Anasazi Blanco Design The new Five Ten Anasazi Blanco is looks much the same as the original did. It is made of a white (blanco) synthetic material Continue Reading...

GSI Outdoors Camping Gear

GSI Outdoors: Glacier Stainless MicroLite 500, Fairshare Mug II, Camp Dish Cloth   GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless MicroLite 500 GSI Outdoors is one of those companies that you know is going to have everything you need for your camping adventure, regardless of whether you like to camp in 5-Star style, or go dirt-bag stealth mode Continue Reading...

Jetboil MicroMo and Hanging Kit Review

Jetboil is no longer a a new upstart in the backpacking stove universe. They have years of development and experience behind them and the MicroMo is one of the newest refined stoves in the Jetboil family. We recently tested the Jetboil MicroMo on El Capitan and some backpacking in the Wasatch mountains. Design The Jetboil Continue Reading...

Arc’teryx Proton LT Hoody Review

It is officially Fall. Cool weather climbing is upon is and soon the bitter cold of Winter will descend on us too; we can’t wait. One of the newest mid-layer jackets on the market is the Arc’teryx Proton LT Hoody. Read on to see what we think of it so far. Design One of the Continue Reading...

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Guide Pro Pants Review

Eddie Bauer First Ascent seems to quietly go about their business making gear and clothing for climber without getting a lot of press. But, their product line probably deserves more attention from avid climbers. We’ve been testing the Eddie Bauer First Ascent Guide Pro Pants this Summer on various trad climbs that are guaranteed to test Continue Reading...

Wild Country Mission Women’s Harness Review

Wild Country has been busy revamping their line of harness this year. We tested the Mission Women’s harness this Spring and Summer, read on to see what our testers think. Design Wild Country has both a Men’s and Women’s version of the Mission harness. It appears that Wild Country set out to make the Mission Continue Reading...

Petzl MYO & TIKKA Headlamp Review

Petzl has updated much of their extensive headlamp line this year. We tested two from opposite (lumen) ends of the spectrum: Petzl Myo and the classic Petzl TIKKA. Petzl MYO The Petzl MYO headlamp has been around for a few years but has been refined to provide even more use when your adventures keep going past Continue Reading...

Adidas Terrex Solo Approach Shoe Review

Adidas has been making waves in the climbing world with their acquisition of Five Ten and sponsoring climbers that are doing some high profile climbs. Adidas Terrex Solo Design We tested the first version of the Terrex solo a couple of years ago and thought it was time to see how Adidas has refined the Continue Reading...