The Grivel Air Tech Light Crampon is a lightweight, durable, and stable option that is well-suited for those who want a reliable and versatile choice for a mixture of terrain. Despite not being the best choice for steep slopes or ice, the ability of the crampon to work with a variety of boots and dig into the snow for ample grip makes it a good choice for any level of alpinist.
The Five Ten Team XVI Climbing Shoe is a sticky, durable, and comfortable option that is well-suited for tough terrain, hooking, and long routes. Despite being expensive and lacking the stiffness needed for vertical edging, the shoes feature extremely-sticky outer rubber that can hold onto any terrain, making these shoes a good choice for sport and bouldering routes.
The Blue Water Icon Double Dry Climbing Rope – 9.1mm is a versatile, lightweight, and functional option that is well-suited for climbers who tackle a variety of routes, and want a rope that can handle various terrain. Despite some reports of handling stiff and getting dirty quicker than other ropes, the dry treatment protects against precipitation, the thinner diameter provides easy use, and the lighter-weight makes it easy to bring along on any excursion.
The Arc’Teryx FL-355 Harness for women is a mobile, spacious, and functional option that is well-suited for those climbers who need ample storage and want a highly-flexible choice. Despite the waist strap being a little short and the leg loops reportedly digging into your legs during prolonged hanging, this harness is very nice for climbers who want to bring a substantial amount of gear without compromising their range of motion.
The Arc’teryx FL-365 Harness is a functional, mobile, and comfortable option that is versatile for a variety of climbing conditions. Despite being expensive and a little heavy for longer approaches, this harness can be compacted to travel easily, distribute weight evenly, and provides safety and security.
The Tenaya RA Climbing Shoe is a secure and comfortable option that is well-suited for climbers who frequently smear and climb on technical faces. Despite the toe-box preventing the best fit for pockets and the construction being too soft for edging, the shoe is designed for proficiency on smearing, a slight down-turn for more aggressive climbs, and medium-stiffness for added versatility.
The Sterling Canyon C-IV Rope – 9mm is a durable, weather-resistant, and lighter-weight rope that is well-suited for those who specialize in canyoneering and want an all-around option. Despite a lack of reviews and the longer break-in time, this rope provides a good feel for beginners, resists wear-and-tear, and is easy to handle.
The Metolius Ultralight Curve Nut Packaged Set #1-10 is a lightweight, functional, and secure set that is great for those who want to save on weight without limiting the functionality. Despite being more expensive than other options, this is a good choice for trad climbers who want versatility due to the various sizing options, and easy placement due to the two grooved sides.
The Evolv X1 Climbing Shoe is a versatile, comfortable, and moderately-aggressive shoe that works well for steep terrain, indoor routes, and slabs. The ability of this shoe to work on various routes makes it a great option for advanced climbers who frequently change between indoor and outdoor climbing. Despite some issues with the heel and the sizing running small, this is well-suited for advanced climbers in need of an all-around shoe.
The Black Diamond Stubby Haul Bag is a durable, functional, and lightweight option that is great for cragging, all-day trips, and various outdoor activities. We recommend using this bag to carry gear for one day, or for transporting awkwardly shaped and heavy items you might not place in a usual backpack. It also can be used as a smaller secondary haul bag for longer trips. Despite not being watertight and not as big for some who need to pack ample gear, this is a great all-day excursion pack.