Women's Rock Climbing

May 19, 2009
Outside Magazine
Women's rock climbing gear

   Photo: Photograph by Shana Novak

1. SMARTWOOL SANITAS TANK Ditch the sports bra. SmartWool's first-ever tank with a built-in shelf bra is all you need. $55; smartwool.com

2. BLACK DIAMOND DYNOTRON AND LIVEWIRE CARABINERS Both redesigned, the Dynotron is big and clips easy, while the LiveWire has a hooded nose that helps keep the wire gate from popping open unexpectedly. $12, $11; bdel.com

3. STERLING ROPE NANO At 9.2 mm in diameter, this 60-meter rope is the perfect choice for multi­pitch routes. $202; sterlingrope.com

4. BLACK DIAMOND AURA HARNESS The 11.8-ounce Aura cuts away excess foam by employing the same load-bearing technology found in NASA space suits. $100

5. ARC'TERYX CELERIS JACKET The sub-four-ounce, windproof Celeris should always be in your pack. $119; arcteryx.com

6. MAD ROCK HERA PAD The Hera is built with softer, bouncier foam to better support women's ankles. $140; madrockclimbing.com

7. PATAGONIA BORDERLESS CAPRIS These stretchy, 93-percent-recycled capris didn't rip or lose shape after a week of crack climbing at Indian Creek. $60; patagonia.com

8. MAD ROCK ONSIGHT SHOES With a softer flex and new, ultrasticky Science Friction 2.2 rubber, this year's Onsight is the grippiest iteration yet. $75 madrockclimbing.com

9. DEUTER GUIDE 30SL This 2,200-cubic-inch pack easily strips down to the bare essentials for fast-and-light day trips. $139; deuterusa.com

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