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2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide

The Best Climbing Gear of 2021

Get on track to flash your hardest routes

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
buyer's guide

Mountain Hardwear Crag Wagon 45 Backpack ($230)

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(Photo: Courtesy Mountain Hardwear)

Minimalist looks hide this hauler’s true capabilities. A guidebook sleeve, three external pockets, and a clamshell opening keep you organized. Meanwhile, the expandable cinch top accommodates a 70-meter rope.

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Black Diamond 9.6 Dry Bi-Pattern Rope (from $290)

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At 9.6 millimeters— enough girth to lend durability without too much bulk—this dry-treated rope is our favorite workhorse. The bi-pattern design is key on rappels.

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Black Diamond Onsight 375 Headlamp ($60)

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The Onsight 375 has a distance beam for route finding and a wide one for climbing—switch with just a tap. A rear battery reduces forehead bulk.

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Scarpa Booster Climbing Shoes ($189)

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Scarpa’s beloved all-around shoe got a new last that’s wider up front and narrower in the heel. Increased precision comes from a light, grippy, durable synthetic patch in the toe box.

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Arc’teryx Oriel 28 Leggings ($89)

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We love the Oriel for its durable, breathable nylon and opaque black elastane. This year, a higher rise (8.7 inches) means you won’t moon your belayer.

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Prana Sol Defender Hoodie ($79)

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(Photo: Courtesy Prana)

The Sol Defender looks like a normal hoodie, but it’s packed with technical qualities, like its UPF 30+ rating, durable polyester blend, and wicking grid interior.

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Petzl Corax LT Harness ($60)

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The latest iteration of Petzl’s popular sport harness is even more comfortable, with a wider waist belt and leg loops. The foam kept our legs happy (and awake) during long hangs.

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Wild Country Session Quickdraws Six-Pack ($95)

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At 3.5 ounces apiece, with stiff dogbones and rubber vices that make clipping easy, these are our new favorite quickdraws for projecting.

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Arc’teryx Konseal FL 2 Approach Shoes ($145)

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(Photo: Courtesy Arc‘teryx)

Most approach shoes are either stiff for climbing or supportive for hiking, but the Konseal does both. A layer of TPU lends a springy feel to the thin midsole, which has a beveled edge for support.

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