May 17, 2007
Outside Magazine
womens climbing gear

1. VERVE SABRINA HOODY » The stretchy, abrasion-resistant cotton/Lycra fabric and easy-on, easy-off fit make this the perfect cool-weather climbing top. The heat-trapping hood is a blessing on belays. $68;

2. PATAGONIA SLABSTICK CAPRIS » These organic-cotton knickers have a karate-inspired gusseted crotch for excellent mobility, reinforced fabric at the knees, and a flat, drawcord waistband for a clean fit under a harness. $75;

3. MARMOT WOMEN'S VOGUE TANK » With help from Beth Rodden, this tank was designed to accommodate a climber's well-developed lats. It has a flexy crisscross back for mobility and a built-in shelf bra for support. $40;

4. SCARPA ROCKETTE » The new X-shaped support system in this leather slipper means precise performance without pain on steep projects, and the sticky heel hooks the tiniest holds. $125;

5. OSPREY AURA 50 » The Aura wasn't designed specifically as a climbing pack, but we found it a near-perfect carryall for crag or climbing wall, thanks to its low weight, twin pockets for stashing shoes, and a supportive frame for the inevitable overpacking. $199, 2,800 cu in;

6. PETZL SELENA » This harness is both comfortable—it has a wide, padded hipbelt designed for women—and functional, thanks to well-placed gear loops that can hold any sport or light trad rack. $76;

7. ISIS EMPRESS VEST » When we need a touch more warmth, the slim-fit Empress is our choice. It warms the core, and it's cut short to sit above a harness. $79;

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