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The TC Pro is the best shoe for big walls and cracks, hands down. “The toe box is pointier than a lot of trad shoes, so it not only fits into small splitters but also holds onto some overhung features, making it uniquely versatile,” wrote our testers.

The Metolius anchor draw held up surprisingly well in our field testing

It breathes and wicks sweat better than any other midlayer I’ve tested

The company sponsors some of the best athletes in the world, from Emily Harrington to Alex Honnold, all of whom are vying for a slice of the brand’s annual budget to support their expeditions. The process can be as competitive as getting into an Ivy League university—except, if approved, the athletes are often taking on death-defying adventures.

Featuring a harness, belay device, and chalk bag, the Momentum package is a killer value bundle for those looking to start climbing. Our Gear Guy, Joe Jackson, reviewed the included Momentum harness in his roundup of beginner climbing gear.

We have yet to find a better starter climbing kit at this price. Mad Rock’s package has the all the essentials for a session at the climbing gym or crag: an adjustable harness with four gear loops, a chalk ball, chalk bag, Wingman belay device, and a locking carabiner.

These rock rings are a solid budget option for training at home. In our roundup of the best fitness accessories of 2018, we wrote, “These portable climbing holds take [pull-ups] to the next level, turning the standard move into a feat of grip strength.” (20 percent off with the…

There are more climbing-shoe companies out there than ever before

Alex Honnold and Black Diamond are out to make climbing iconic areas like El Cap and Devils Tower "a little bit more mellow"

Editor Jeremy Rellosa talks about when it's time to replace your climbing rope, quickdraws, harness, climbing shoes, and helmet

The goal: test Decathlon's budget-friendly beginner climbing gear

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