Essentials: Climbing


May 17, 2006
Outside Magazine

Photograph by Jens Mortensen

1. PATAGONIA's fleece DOPPLER TOP takes the chill off of early-morning starts but has good mobility thanks to strategically placed Capilene across the shoulders, arms, and sides, as well as a harness-compatible hem. $75;

2. Call it performance fashion: Made of two types of denim—tough and stretchy—SALOMON's DENIMUTATION is an ideal climbing capri, with gusseted crotch and articulated knees. $85;

3. MOUNTAIN HARDWARE's ARETE T 3/4 SLEEVE is a summer-weight spandex-poly-cotton top that fits close, and its abbreviated sleeves never snag when you're jamming your arms into off-width cracks. $40;

4. With a glovelike fit, sensitive 4.2mm Stealth Onyx rubber, and a torsionally stiff Duraflex midsole, FIVE TEN's versatile SIREN smears, hooks, and points better than most men's shoes. $109;

5. BLURR's LUCY TOP has it all for summer cragging: a built-in shelf bra, unobtrusive shoulder straps, and a cool cotton-and-spandex blend. $36;

6. Think of LA SPORTIVA's WOMEN'S MIURA as the ultimate project shoe. Combining the original Miura's infinitely fine-tunable lacing system with a women-specific last (one tester called the heel cup the best she's ever worn), the shoe offers unsurpassed technical-edging precision and power. $125;

7. With incredible freedom of motion and molded-nylon gear loops big enough for Indian Creek–size racks, TRANGO's DEVI trad harness is ready for the long haul. $50;

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