Climbing Gear Essentials

May 20, 2008
Outside Magazine
Climbing Gear Essentials

   Photo: Terry Heffernan

1. JACKET Rab's Generator is tough enough to stand up to the most abrasive rock. $150;

2. SLIPPERS Sure, this soft, slightly downturned Velcro slipper pulls harder than most other shoes on steep rock. But it's Stealth Green rubber, ground up from leftovers and painted all over the shoe's toe, that sets Five Ten's Jet 7 apart. $125;

3. ROPE BAG Metolius's burly Porta-Cord is a rope tarp that rolls into a backpack big enough to carry everything you need for a day of sport climbing. $55;

4. PROTECTION Employing the company's tested small-cam angle for unmatched holding power, Metolius's Master Cams are narrow for tricky placements and ergonomically perfect in the hand. $55–$60

5. HARNESS Thanks to revolutionary new webbing treatment (bye-bye, vertical strands of webbing), Arc'teryx's R320 is comfier than a traditional padded design (no hot spots!) and crazy light and packable (just 11.2 ounces). $125;

6. BELAY DEVICE Hard to believe, but Petzl's Reverso 3 is even more versatile than its predecessor. It now fits almost every size rope (single and half/twins), meaning you'll need just one belay device. $30;

7. SHOES La Sportiva's popular Miura gets a long-awaited update with Velcro to become the Miura VS. Same edge control, in an easier-on, easier-off package. $140;

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