2013 Sport Climbing Essentials

With climbing gyms popping up around the country, and a possible Olympic appearance on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to send. Check out our favorite sport climbing gear from the 2013 Summer Buyer’s Guide.

—Adam Roy
(Inga Hendrickson)
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With climbing gyms popping up around the country, and a possible Olympic appearance on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to send. Check out our favorite sport climbing gear from the 2013 Summer Buyer’s Guide.

—Adam Roy

Millet Cliff.Org 32 Pack

Internal gear loops on the Cliff.Org 32 keep your draws and slings organized, and a strap on the top makes it easy to carry a second rope for long pitches. Three internal pockets provide a safe place to store small valuables. ($100)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Petzl Sirocco Helmet

Yes, the shell-less Sirocco looks a bit like a climbing version of the Green Bay Packers fans’ famous Cheeseheads. But it’s one of the lightest helmets on the planet (under six ounces) and made from the same high-tech foam used in car bumpers. ($110)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


The North Face Verto Pro Jacket

Fend off summer showers with the feather-weight, water-resistant Verto Pro, which packs down to the size of a baseball for easy stowage. ($199)

(Inga Hendrickson)


Mammut 10.0 Sensor Rope

Why didn’t someone think of this before? The Sensor is the first rope to feature both visual and tactile middle markings, to alert your belayer when you reach the halfway point. ($280)

(Inga Hendrickson)


Edelrid Nineteen G Quickdraw

At nearly half the weight of a typical quickdraw, Edelrid’s Nineteen G is one of the lightest on the market, so you can carry more of them without weighing yourself down on long climbs. ($22)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Scarpa Instinct VS Shoes

The downturned toe on the Instinct VS powered us up the gnarliest overhangs, while still maintaining enough sensitivity to keep us in touch with the rock. ($169)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Helly Hansen Odin Shorts

We appreciated the harness-compatible midthigh pockets and stretchy nylon-and-spandex fabric on the Odins almost as much as we appreciated their durability. ($85)

millet cliff 32 pack petzl sirocco helmet north face verto pro jacket mammut sensor rope edelrid nineteen g quickdraw mammut torgir light harness scarpa instinct vs shoes helly hansen odin shorts climbing sport climbing gear rock climbing cliffs
(Inga Hendrickson)

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