If you haven’t considered offset cams, we’ll explain why you should. The Metolius Offset TCUs are a great addition to your rack, allowing you to protect sections of rock that would otherwise be unprotectable.
Not every shoe should try to do every thing. The Evolv Astroman is a high-top-style designed with long trad routes in mind, a goal it certainly achieves.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we’ve stopped climbing. Here’s our first look at the Evolv Geshido’s indoor performance.
The Five Ten Dragon is an aggressive shoe designed to excel on high-level boulder problems. It delivers, and then some.
If you’re looking for a bigger pad, we highly recommend the Flashed Shogun Crash Mat. It’s big on the ground, easy to move around, and feels small on your back.
If you’re going to carry a pulley as part of your rescue equipment, it makes sense to integrate that pulley into a carabiner. How much sense? Reviewer Dave Alie takes the DMM Revolver into the lab to find out.
If you’re going to bother to make a belt, you really ought to get it right. Arcade has.
The Metolius Dirt Bag and Porta-Cord rope bags are both solid options to make life at the crag a little easier.
The Five Ten Anasazi LV is a comfortable, all-around shoe designed for low-volume feet, but pay close attention to sizing.
The DMM Demon Cams have a combination of features that may put them high on your “next cam” list. This design is worth a look.
The Asana KJ Signature Higball2 bouldering pad has all the essentials of a highball-specific pad, without superfluous design elements.
The Black Diamond GridLock Screwgate carabiner is effective at eliminating cross-loading while belaying, but there are a few quirks to be aware of.
The DMM Dragon cams bear a striking resemblance to the Black Diamond C4s, but in practice they’re different from anything reviewer Dave Alie has used before. (And that’s a good thing.)
The La Sportiva Futura has less rubber under your foot, more sensitivity, and…no edge. At all. Time for some very creative—and fun—climbing.
While switching rope brands might seem unthinkable, for anyone considering making the jump from single ropes to half ropes, the Sterling Evolution Duetto Half Ropes perform beautifully. Might be time to rethink the unthinkable.
The Evolv Shaman was designed to achieve both high performance and exceptional comfort. Does it deliver?
The Wild Country Helium Friends are touted as being among the lightest and best cams out there. So how do they stack up against the other brands? Dave Alie explains (with logarithmic spirals, to boot).
The La Sportiva TC Pro has a reputation as a shoe for big names on big walls. But how well does it work on everything else, and for everyone else?
If you’re going to use one climbing shoe for damn near everything, or you climb rock that necessitates both “sport” and “trad” techniques, the SCARPA Vapor V is top notch.
The Five Ten Team 5.10 is a great technical sport climbing and bouldering shoe that performs well on just about everything you can throw at it—especially if you have narrow feet.