Spring Shoes

April 5th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.02, Rack | Comments Off on Spring Shoes

For the best performance, climbers should pick from shoes that most closely reflect their climbing style and then purchase the one that best fits their feet.


Hard Ware for Hard Climbs

April 5th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.02, Gear, Hardware, Rack | Comments Off on Hard Ware for Hard Climbs

Here are some top gear choices for anyone building a new rack or updating any existing gear.





Expediton Packs; Big Packs for Heavy Loads

March 11th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.01, Rack | Comments Off on Expediton Packs; Big Packs for Heavy Loads

While traditional cragging packs are ideal for a single day at the local cliff, climbers venturing into the backcountry need something with more volume and greater load-carrying comfort.





Softshells

March 11th, 2011 by gripped | Posted in 2011.01, Apparel, Gear, Rack | Comments Off on Softshells

By blending excellent breathability and solid weather protection, softshell jackets have transformed the way climbers dress in the mountains.





What’s New In Ice

December 14th, 2010 by gripped | Posted in 2010.06, Issues, Rack | Comments Off on What’s New In Ice

The cold temps and shorter daylight hours signal the arrival of winter and the beginning of the ice and mixed climbing season. Rather than suffering through another pitch with those outdate tools and worn out shell, consider updating your winter climbing arsenal with season’s newest kit.





What’s New for Indoor Climbing

December 14th, 2010 by gripped | Posted in 2010.06, Issues, Rack | Comments Off on What’s New for Indoor Climbing

Staying psyched for rock climbing during the long Canadian winter can be difficult, but with a few strategic motivational purchases, climbers can keep their mind off the drifting snow and focus on training for the spring season. Yes, it’s not as inspiring as a trip to Spain, but it is an effective coping strategy while waiting for warm weather to arrive.





Cragging Packs

November 9th, 2010 by gripped | Posted in 2010.05, Accessories, Gear, Rack | Comments Off on Cragging Packs

Very few backpacks are subjected to the regular use and abuse seen by the humble cragging pack. Climbers deploy the these small-to-midsize workhorses almost every weekend expecting them to be durable and carry heavy loads without compromising comfort or carrying efficiency – a challenging job description for any pack.