The Best Climbing Gear of 2021
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Mountain Hardwear Crag Wagon 45 Backpack ($230)
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.
Black Diamond 9.6 Dry Bi-Pattern Rope (from $290)
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.
Black Diamond Onsight 375 Headlamp ($60)
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.
Scarpa Booster Climbing Shoes ($189)
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.
Arc’teryx Oriel 28 Leggings ($89)
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.
Prana Sol Defender Hoodie ($79)
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.
Petzl Corax LT Harness ($60)
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.
Wild Country Session Quickdraws Six-Pack ($95)
At 3.5 ounces apiece, with stiff dogbones and rubber vices that make clipping easy, these are our new favorite quickdraws for projecting.
Arc’teryx Konseal FL 2 Approach Shoes ($145)
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.