Sport Climbing

You want: the best gear for summer cragging. You need: this setup.

May 8, 2008
Outside Magazine
Summer Rock Climbing Gear

1. The Shirt Sierra Designs' polyester Glide T wicks sweat and breathes like gauze. $40;

2. The Trainer Supercharge your forearms with Nicros's NexGen 2 Hangboard. $75;

3. The Rope An extra-thick, tightly woven sheath and Petzl's water-and dirt-resistant treatment justify the Nomad 9.8's top-shelf price. $210;

4. The Pack Black Diamond's Speed 30 is ready for whatever you are: easy crag approach or all-day summit push. $120;

5. The Shoes It's all about your feet. With Vibram XS Grip rubber, the Scarpa Feroce lives for smears, delicate edges, and thin cracks. $140;

6. The Pants Move freely. Look good. Verve's nylon-and-organic-cotton Hondo knickers fit the bill. $88;

7. The Belay Device The Edelrid Eddy's auto-locking mechanism can't be sabotaged by operator panic. It's pricey, but your life is worth it. $140;

8. The Carabiner The 73-gram Metolius Element Locking Carabiner uses fat aluminum-rod stock to ensure smooth rope handling. $10;

9. The Draws Mad Rock's 28-gram, wire-gate Ultra Light Quick Draws are easy to clip and won't break the bank. Six for $70;

10. The Harness Arc'teryx's hyperefficient R-320 is comfortable and insanely light (11 ounces), and it will last for years. $125;

11. The Chalk Bag Every one of Krieg's Special-K bags is hand-sewn in the U.S. and features a comfortable waist belt and brush holder. $21;

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