This versatile training hold allows beginners to practice placing nuts (not load bearing) or can be used as an ice tool camming placement for anyone training for the mixed season.
IceHoldz Six Pack
The Six Pack contains plenty of useful training holds for the aspiring mixed climber. The kit combines three dry tooling holds, two holds that allow climbers to swing their tools and get placements that simulate ice climbing and finally a stein-pull hold for more complex training. Put a few of these sets on a wall and prepare to crush the latest M-desperate.
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Beastmaker 1000 and 2000 Series Training Boards
$99 and $99
These two wooden training boards are ideal for maintaining or improving finger strength over the winter season. Beastmaker offers the 1000 Series board for beginner to intermediate climbers while the 2000 series board, with its smaller holds, is perfect for more advanced climbers. The holds on both boards are smoothly shaped to help prevent finger tweaks while the relatively soft wood texture won’t chew up skin like some aggressively textured plastic boards. Beastmaker includes a complete training program with each board and will soon release an app with approximately 24 training routines.
Organic Climbing Retro Book Bag
This retro-styled bag is perfectly sized for transporting climbing kit to the gym. And during non-training days, the bag’s old-school aesthetic easily blends into any urban environment. Unlike the many similarly styled bags currently in vogue, Organic’s offering is made in a small facility in Pennsylvania with only American fabrics and fittings. With its impeccable construction, exceptional materials and versatile size, the Retro Book Bag is a great choice for urban climbers and boulderers.
New climbers looking for a versatile gym and rock shoe should check out the Scarpa Helix. This lightly tensioned and relatively flat shoe delivers solid edging while remaining sensitive enough for plastic smearing. As with all Scarpa shoes the Helix is built in Italy with same high quality constructing found in Scarpa’s higher end offerings.
Scapa Instinct S
Built with an aggressively downturned last, sophisticated tensioning and soft midsole, the Instinct S is perfect for challenging plastic climbing. But even with this soft construction, the Instinct still offers enough precision for the technical foot work encountered on rock. Scarpa uses Lorica material for the upper which allows the shoe to mold to the foot with bagging out. This ensures consistent performance for the life of the shoe.
Revolution Block Chalk Pot
Built with a large flat base and stable square shape, the Block Chalk Pot is less likely to tip and spill its contents. Revolution adds a zippered side pocket for small essentials while a roomy vertical pocket accommodates multiple brushes. To sweeten the deal, Revolution also includes a medium size brush with the Block Chalk Pot.
Revolution Brush Pack
Packaged in a zippered carrying case, these four brushes are perfect cleaning almost any climbing hold. No more excuses for not sending.
Metolius Super Chalk
Metolius Super Chalk
$12 for a 425 g bag
Metolius adds a drying agent to high-quality magnesium carbonate creating what many climbers believe is the best climbing chalk available. Safe, very effective and now used and endorsed by Chris Sharma. This stuff really works.