The Sterling Evolution Velocity Bi-Color Rope – 9.8mm is a great all-around option that performs well on various types of climbing, providing security and a supple feel during use. Despite some reports of fraying after minimal use and getting dirty, the ability to easily slide through belaying devices, soft catches, and abrasion-resistant material makes this a great choice for climbers who want versatility over a variety of terrain.
The Petzl Volta Dry Climbing Rope – 9.2mm is a lightweight, versatile, and smooth-handling rope that works well for those who transport their ropes on longer hikes, and want a reliable option that can pass quickly through a grigri. The downsides of this option are lack of durability, which may limit some of the routes this rope should be used on, such as those passing over continuous rocky and tough terrain. We recommend this option for climbers who want an easy to use option that provides safe catches.
The Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe is a technical and versatile option that works well on basic mountaineering, hill walking, cutting steps, and digging into snow. There are better axes for continuous ice use and cutting, but for routes up to Grade III, this axe can last a whole career in the mountains.
The Petzl Glacier Ice Axe is a lightweight, aggressively-toothed, and functionally-designed axe. It is not ideal for consistently steep routes or use as a walking aid due to the shaft length. For those who want a lightweight option that is easy to carry and deploy, this is a great choice.
The Misty Mountain Cadillac Harness is an adjustable, functional, and long-lasting option that is best suited for long and trad routes, due to the ample storage and convenience provided. Since it is a heavier option that has multiple gear loops, it wouldn’t be the best option for sport and gym climbing, or climbers who want to travel light. For those who want easy customization of fit, a full range of motion, and functional storage, then this option is great for you.
The Grivel G14 Crampon is a durable, functional, and versatile option. The G14 (with anti-balling plate) effectively resists snow buildup, works well on various terrain, and lets you switch between mono and dual front points easily and quickly. Despite the front points not being long enough for vertical ice climbing and being heavier, for those who don’t solely vertically climb, the high level of compatibility and versatility make this a great choice.
The Edelweiss Energy ARC Climbing Rope – 9.5mm is a functional and lightweight option that is versatile enough to be used as both a sport and alpine rope. The versatility provided makes this a great choice for a work-horse rope, although it is not as durable as some thicker ropes and it also has some sheath-fraying issues. For those climbers who favor a good feel and smooth-gliding through a belay device, and might take a chance on the durability of their rope, then this could be a good choice.
The Blue Water 10.2mm ELIMINATOR Single Rope is a versatile, durable, and easy-to-use rope that is well-suited for those looking for a safe and durable rope. The high UIAA rating provides some confidence while climbing, and makes this a great choice. This rope is a great choice for all climbers.
The Petzl Leopard LLF Crampon is a lightweight, compact, and relatively easy-to-use option that is great for skiers who want versatility with their crampons, and the ability to be compatible with various boots. Despite taking a little bit of time to get used to the crampon adjustment system, after the first few uses, users will appreciate the technically-easy set-up. Overall, these crampons are easy to transport, adjustable, and durable, making them a great option.
The Mammut Wall Rider MIPS Climbing Helmet is protective, breathable, and most importantly, is the first climbing helmet to use MIPS to protect against rotational impacts. The various adjustment points, comfortable fit, and added cushioning all provide a great all-day helmet option. Despite being slightly heavier, more expensive, and a little more tedious to adjust than other options, the addition of the added MIPS technology makes this climbing helmet a one-of-a-kind product that is designed for climbers wanting some extra safety on the wall.