9 Bouldering Essentials of Summer 2012
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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The boar-hair bristles on So Ill’s bouldering brush pull dirt and grime off holds faster than a nylon scrubber.