Ice Climbing Gear Essentials

The key to staying warm and stuck to the ice? The right stuff.

Ice Climbing Gear     Photo: Shana Novak

1. PATAGONIA STRETCH ELEMENT LOW BIBS
Finally, a pant that really does have it all: waterproof and stretchy fabric with full side zips, two hip pockets that sit above your harness, an easy-access thigh pocket, and built-in gaiters. $400; patagonia.com

2. MILLET PEUTEREY PACK
The Peuterey has a front-mounted crampon pocket, side ski loops, and lash points that hook newfangled ice-tool heads. $180; 40 or 50 liters; milletusa.com

3. BLACK DIAMOND ENFORCER GLOVE
Thanks to D30, a flexible, Silly­ Putty–like substance that hardens on impact, the Enforcer protects your knuckles. $170; bdel.com

4. MAMMUT STRATUS HYBRID JACKET
The hybrid Stratus has a non-bulky insulated core, soft-shell arms, and shoulders that keep you warm while leaving you with full range of motion. $239; mammut.ch

5. PETZL ALTIOS HELMET
The Altios has nine vents and an inner mesh hammock that keeps the shell off your head, for great air circulation. Included plugs block the vents on cold days. $80; petzl.com

6. KAYLAND M11+
At about four pounds per pair, this ultralight boot conforms to your foot for precision placement on ice or mixed routes. Asymmetrical dual-zone lacing means it won't loosen up when you're high-stepping, and the built-in Schoeller gaiter combats deep snow. $400; kaylandusa.com

7. BLACK DIAMOND CYBORG CLIP CRAMPONS WITH ABS
BD swapped out the Cyborg's toe wires for hard plastic loops, included anti-balling plates, and added a knob on the heel bale for a quick fit. Aggressive secondary points dig into vertical walls, and underfoot points deliver great agility. $200

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