Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole 20 Litre Pack

August 16th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear | No Comments »

One of the best lightweight packs of the year


Petzl Hirundos, a lightweight, flexible, indoor and crag harness

August 8th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear | Comments Off on Petzl Hirundos, a lightweight, flexible, indoor and crag harness

This is the third iteration of the Hirundos and Petzl has been improving it in small ways with every new release


The All-Arounder Rope Bag: Edelrid Drone 2

July 16th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear, Special Feature | Comments Off on The All-Arounder Rope Bag: Edelrid Drone 2

If you don’t already have a rope bag, you should get one now. Flaking and dragging rope through the dirt can cause it to wear out 25 per cent sooner than if you keep […]


Great Sling Options: Petzl Anneau and Black Diamond Rabbit Runner

July 10th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on Great Sling Options: Petzl Anneau and Black Diamond Rabbit Runner

Two great sling options for your summer climbing


Fred Nicole with the New Five Ten Aleon

July 10th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Footwear, Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on Fred Nicole with the New Five Ten Aleon

Nicole climbing the world’s first V14 and V15


How to Choose a Baaa-ase Layer: The Merits of Merino

July 2nd, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Apparel, Gear, Gripped Outdoors, Special Feature | Comments Off on How to Choose a Baaa-ase Layer: The Merits of Merino

Wool: The Choice for the Real Backcountry You’re a long way from the trailhead. It’s getting late, you’ve worked up a sweat, the temps are dropping and you can feel the cold air seeping […]


A Multi-Pitch Belay Device: Edelrid GigaJul

June 27th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear, Hardware | Comments Off on A Multi-Pitch Belay Device: Edelrid GigaJul

Following the success of their Jul and GigaJul devices, Edelrid has introduced the GigaJul. The GigaJul offers the unique ability to switch between assisted and unassisted belaying using the same device. To switch, just […]


Watch Factor 2 Fall on Nylon and Dyneema Slings

June 26th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Accessories, Gear | Comments Off on Watch Factor 2 Fall on Nylon and Dyneema Slings

Nylon (polyamide) and Dyneema®/Spectra® (polyethylene) are two synthetic raw materials used in the manufacture of slings and quickdraws. Understanding the properties and differences of these man-made fibres will guide us to best practice at […]


New Black Diamond Performance Footwear for 2020

June 24th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Footwear, Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on New Black Diamond Performance Footwear for 2020

Black Diamond’s new models are the Circuit, Session, Mission LT and Technician


Hot New Rock Shoe: the Unparallel Vega

June 12th, 2019 by Matt Stetson | Posted in Footwear, Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on Hot New Rock Shoe: the Unparallel Vega

Unparallel was started by a group of former Five Ten employees who decided to stay in the warm sun of California and start their own company. Unparallel has been helping brands with their rubber […]