As a lightweight, 8.9mm rope that’s also quite durable, the Metolius Monster 8.9 is an attractive option for long, multi-pitch climbs and redpoint attempts.
The La Sportiva Testarossa is a sport-climbing specialist that excels on everything from steep, powerful routes to climbs that require precise edging and footwork.
The La Sportiva Katana Lace is a good all-around shoe that excels at trad and crack climbing.
The 7.5mm Mammut Twilight is a prime example of a modern, lightweight twin/half rope, making it one of the most effective tools available to alpine climbers.
The Adidas Terrex Solo is a cushy, comfortable shoe that occupies a position between light/breathable and stocky/durable approach shoes.
For bouldering or technical face climbing, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better shoe than the SCARPA Instinct VS.
Joe Mills evaluates the La Sportiva TC Pro in its native environment—technical trad climbing and big days.
La Sportiva has made a “women’s” Solution. It’s very good. But it’s not just a narrower Solution. And it’s also not just for women…
The Patagonia Rover is a versatile hybrid: part minimalist trailer runner, part approach shoe, even part water shoe. But read on to learn where it really shines.
With a unique hinge design and high-quality foam, the Stonelick Gordita crash pad is worth a look for highball and solo bouldering.
If you need an approach shoe to use year-round or to handle alpine conditions in the summer, the Five Ten Guide Tennie is a great choice.
If you’re looking for a packable, minimalist approach shoe that is also great for kicking around town, the Cruzer is very hard to beat.
The Metolius Supercam has an odd, asymmetrical lobe design that’s perfect in certain situations, and certainly not perfect for all.
The CAMP Photon is a lightweight, full-size carabiner versatile enough for everything from alpine draws to building anchors, and it’s cheaper than the competition.
The new Team 5.10 fixes the one issue with the original version, and is a great, well-rounded shoe for boulder problems and sport climbs.
The Selena is very comfortable, and it excels at the sport crag.
Blister’s Iris Neary updates her review of the CAMP Pulse, one of the few combo climbing/skiing helmets on the market.
A climbing harness built into a pair of shorts? We take a look at Mammut’s Realization Short.
The Mammut Nordwand is a great option for hard red-point attempts, as well as mixed and ice climbs.
If you’ve ever complained about a rope or crag bag, you should get in touch with Boulder5.