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9 Bouldering Essentials of Summer 2012

Five Ten Guide Tennie Canvas

If getting to the bouldering problem requires some scrambling, or if you’re just in the market for a new approach shoe, Five Ten’s Guide Tennie Canvas is a few ounces lighter than the original but every bit as capable on talus and techy trails.

Gramicci Stoney Endurance Tee

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Not only is Gramicci’s Stoney Endurance Tee one of the most durable T-shirts we’ve worn, but its hemp-cotton blend still smelled fresh after a couple days of climbing.

So Ill Crimp Reaper

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Designed by pro boulderer Jason Kehl, the wickedly styled So Ill Crimp Reaper hangboard has four crimps and two pinches for building contact strength, and top jugs for pull-ups.

Organic Lunch Bag

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Organic’s Lunch Bag holds plenty of chalk for your crew, and the stable base and roll-up closure ensure that its contents make it onto your hands, not all over your pad or pack. 

Climb On! Bar

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With a concoction of apricot kernel, beeswax, and aloe vera, Climb On!’s Climb On! Bar helps heal blown tips and scrapes but won’t leave your hands greasy.

Outlier Climbers

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Cut from an ultra-stretchy water-repellent fabric that looks as good as it moves, the slim-fit Outlier Climbers pants have the range of motion for everything from high steps and drop knees to bar time after a day at the crags.

Scarpa Boostic

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With a hyperaggressive, one-piece downturned sole and a formfitting socklike Velcro closure, Scarpa’s Boostic sticks to hairline edges on even the steepest faces.

Stonelick Yose

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The burly foam in Stonelick’s Yose bouldering pad kept us from bottoming out when highballing. But what really sets it apart is the step hinge design: no bending foam means no ankle-wrecking soft spots or gaps.

So Ill Bouldering Brush

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The boar-hair bristles on So Ill’s bouldering brush pull dirt and grime off holds faster than a nylon scrubber.