Climbing
Petzl Sirocco

Best Climbing Helmet

The best climbing helmet for most people is the Petzl Sirocco. We’ve worn this thing on a lot of climbing trips and have been super impressed by its durability, comfort, and light weight. Why we love it Safe There are two...


The Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket.

Best Lightweight Rain Jacket

The best lightweight rain jacket is the Outdoor Research Helium II. We based this pick on lots of field testing and in depth research. We think for most people a lightweight rain jacket is the right rain jacket. There are some ...



Best Beginner Sport Climbing Gear

If you are just getting started in sport climbing you have a decent amount of gear to acquire. Our authors have been climbing for more than a decade and bring that experience to help you choose great gear at an affordable price...


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Best Belay Carabiner

In our extensive field testing we find the Omega Pacific Jake Keylock Quik-lok is the best rock climbing belay carabiner. Some history Back in the day climbers in the US used to belay by wrapping the rope around their hip.  Th...



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Best Beginner Climbing Harness

The Black Diamond Momentum SA (Men) and Black Diamond Primrose SA (Women) are the best beginner and all around climbing harnesses. They offer great affordability, durability, versatility, and comfort. AFFORDABLE The cheapest ha...


Rack of Camalots.

Best Climbing Cams

The Best Climbing Cams are the Black Diamond Camalot C4.  We literally trust our lives to our Black Diamond Camalot C4s.  We have for years. Introduction It is worth starting with a warning.  Rock climbing is dangerous.  Tr...



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Best Large Headlamp

The Fenix HP11 is the best large headlamp for most people based on our long term testing and abuse. Introduction In our best small headlamp review we stated that the Fenix HL21 is the best headlamp for most people.  We stick b...


smartwool crew

Best Merino Wool T-shirt

The Best Merino Wool T-Shirt is the Smartwool Crew Shirt – Short Sleeve.  Women can get the same shirt in a women’s v-neck, our recommendation is identical for both. Cotton T-shirts are fine if you plan to sit indo...



Helium Quickdraws

Best Quickdraws

The Wild Country Helium 2 Ultralight Quickdraw is the best quickdraw for most climbers.  We’ve tested them extensively, including using them on the tallest sport climb in North America. Update Nov 13, 2014 – The He...


Hydroflask climbing

Best Thermos & Insulated Water Bottle

The Hydroflask 40oz widemouth is the best Insulated Water Bottle and also the best Thermos out there for most people.  It has a great combination of durability, performance, and affordability. For most occasions to carry liqui...