Women’s Climbing Gear Essentials

May 21, 2008
Outside Magazine
Women’s Climbing Gear Essentials

1. PATAGONIA STEFKA TOP With a built-in shelf bra and a nylon-and-spandex combination that wicks away moisture, this flexible tank keeps you cool on hot summer days. $40; patagonia.com

2. VAUDE CRYSTAL ROCK 30 This easy-to-adjust pack's supportive frame handles heavy loads and is made with water- and abrasion-resistant Cordura fabric. 2,195 cu in, $115; libertymountain.com

3. FIVE TEN ANASAZI LV SHOE Whether you're roped up or bouldering, the Anasazi's ultrasticky Stealth Onyxx rubber soles will grip even the smoothest granite slabs. Tip: They fit narrow feet best. $138; fiveten.com

4. ARC'TERYX R-280 HARNESS By trading padding for balanced weight distribution, Arc'teryx has crafted the lightest, comfiest harness you'll ever wear. $125; arcteryx.com

5. BLURR DONNA SHORTS The gusseted crotch on these organic-cotton knickers makes high-stepping a breeze, and the durable nylon ripstop keeps you tear-free on cheese-grater rocks. $72; blurrstuff.com

6. PRANA WOMEN'S CHALK BAG Avoid a whiteout with this fleece-lined bag. The drawstring keeps your chalk inside—not all over your backpack. $22; prana.com

7. VERVE SHAKANE The stretchy Lycra-and-rayon jersey slips easily on and off, and the wide-neck jersey is hand-made by a Boulder, Colorado–based seamstress. $46; verveclimbing.com

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