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 […]


Check Out the New Black Diamond Z4 Cams

June 10th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, News | Comments Off on Check Out the New Black Diamond Z4 Cams

The new cams feature an innovative stem


Black Diamond PosiWire Quickpack for All-rounders and New Climbers

June 6th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Gear, Hardware, Profiles | Comments Off on Black Diamond PosiWire Quickpack for All-rounders and New Climbers

A quickdraw that features the best of both carabiner worlds


The New Louis Vuitton “Chalk Bag” Nano is $1,860

June 4th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Accessories, Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on The New Louis Vuitton “Chalk Bag” Nano is $1,860

You know climbing is popular when brands like Louis Vuitton are getting in on the game. They are releasing a new “chalk bag” described as a bag that “showcases the distinctive Louis Vuitton Monogram […]


Watch How to Set Up A Metolius Portaledge

May 30th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware | Comments Off on Watch How to Set Up A Metolius Portaledge

A how to guide to setting up a Portaledge and fly and pack it back up again.


Metolius Upshot Belay Glasses: See Better to Belay Better

May 28th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Accessories, Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on Metolius Upshot Belay Glasses: See Better to Belay Better

Belay glasses won’t win any fashion contests for eyewear. They look a little like the trick “see around the corner” glasses that used to be advertised on the front page of comic books. But […]