The Best Sport Climbing Gear of 2018

(Inga Hendrickson)
Photo: Inga Hendrickson gear

Gear up and send it.

climbing
(Courtesy Black Diamond)

Black Diamond Solution Harness ($70)

Whether you’re hanging on a bolt and working out beta or whipping from the crux, padding is premium. The Solution’s waist belt and fixed leg loops have it in spades.

Men's Women's

climbing
(Courtesy Mammut)

Mammut 9.5 Infinity Dry Rope ($270)

Supremely supple and easy to tie from the get-go, the Infinity plays much thinner than its 9.5-millimeter diameter suggests.

Buy Now

climbing
(Courtesy Prana)

Prana Continuum Pants ($99)

A gusseted crotch and seams at the knees lend the Continuum an impressive range of movement for such a tough pair of pants. Made from stretchy canvas, they feature a built-in belt that lies flat under your harness.

Buy Now

climbing
(Courtesy Metolius)

Metolius Bravo Keylock Quickdraw ($20)

The Double Wrap slings in the Keylock are made of, well, double-wrapped webbing that’s slightly stiff, helping you reach far-away bolts.

Buy Now

climbing
(Courtesy Black Diamond)

Black Diamond ATC Pilot Belay Device ($45)

The Pilot is a new take on the ATC. Reminiscent of a joystick, it lets you easily lower the climber at a comfortable speed.

Buy Now

climbing
(Courtesy Five Ten)

Five Ten Anasazi Pro Shoes ($170)

The Anasazi Pro hits the sweet spot between performance and com­fort, with a moderately down-turned toe and medium-stiff sole. The proprietary Stealth rubber sticks like glue on everything from overhangs to slabs.

Buy Now

climbing
(Courtesy Patagonia)

Patagonia Cragsmith 32 Pack ($169)

There are two ways into the Cragsmith’s vast main compartment: top entry and a U-shaped zipper that opens the entire back panel for easy access to all your gear.

Buy Now

climbing
(Courtesy Patagonia)

Patagonia R1 TechFace Hoodie ($169)

The TechFace’s fleecy liner is sewn in a grid pattern, with channels that wick sweat and boost ventilation. The outer fabric, with 150-denier yarn woven in, is burly and wind-resistant.

Men's Women's

climbing
(Courtesy Petzl)

Petzl Boreo Helmet ($65)

This lid features a chunk of dual-density foam and six cooling vents. Four headlamp clips aid your descent when night falls.

Buy Now​​​​​​​

More Gear