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The Best Climbing Gear of 2020

Tools for trying hard on all projects

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Mammut Comfort Knit Fast Adjust ­Harness ($160)

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Testers loved Mammut’s harness for its wide leg loops and seam-free lining, which hugs the lower back without digging in. The 3-D-knit material held up to chimney squeezes in Moab without fraying.

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Livsn Designs Flex Canvas Pants ($99)

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These trousers from Livsn do it all, with zippered security pockets in front, reflective straps at the cuff for commuting, a gusseted crotch, and a mesh liner—all in a burly cotton-polyester blend.

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Black Diamond Camalot Z4 Cams ($70)

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Pull the Camalot Z4’s trigger and the stem stiffens for easy placement. Release it and it bends for safety in horizontal cracks. This also prevents the cam from walking.

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Scarpa Veloce Climbing Shoes ($139)

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The Veloce is a shoe for all climbers. It weds the comfort and price point of a gym shoe with the thin midsole, mild downturn, and ­ultrasensitive toe of a technical model.

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Mystery Ranch Tower 47 Pack ($275)

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The Tower 47’s U-shaped front panel zips open for easy access. There are handles for moving your load between routes, dual daisy chains, and five pockets to keep your rack and sundries organized.

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Mammut 9.0 Alpine Sender Dry Rope ($260)

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Slinky and supple, this lightweight line is ideal for alpine climbs and long-approach days, when cutting weight makes all the difference.

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The North Face North Dome Chalk Bag ($29)

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Drawstrings are a thing of the past. The North Dome’s buckle closure keeps your precious magnesium carbonate from leaking, and when it’s time to send, the cover folds down around the mouth.

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Outdoor Research Astroman Hoodie ($89)

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This quarter-zip shines in light squalls. Its soft, stretchy nylon-spandex blend is the perfect weight for summer and handles rough sandstone with no problem.

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Black Diamond Session Approach Shoes ($120)

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A breathable stretch-mesh upper, snug inner bootie, sticky outsole, and elasticized heel that both stretches wide and collapses in make this the ultimate crag slip-on.

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Correction: In the print edition of the 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide, Outside listed the price of Black Diamond Session approach shoe as $200. We’ve updated this page to reflect that the accurate price is $120. Outside regrets the error.

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