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 […]


Edelrid Spoc is a Slick and Efficient Capture Pulley

May 21st, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Hardware, Profiles | Comments Off on Edelrid Spoc is a Slick and Efficient Capture Pulley

The Spoc is a really compact little motion-capture device, (meaning, simply, the rope slides through it in one direction and locks when weighted). It’s beautifully made, fits well in the hand despite its small […]


Climbalytics: Data-Tracking Tech for Climbers, Route Setters and Gym Owners

May 21st, 2019 by Bonnie de Bruijn | Posted in Gear, Indoor Climbing | Comments Off on Climbalytics: Data-Tracking Tech for Climbers, Route Setters and Gym Owners

Climbalytics is a new Fitbit-esque data tracker for climbers. A wristband worn while climbing, at a participating gym, syncs via Bluetooth to an app on your phone and keeps track of a variety of […]


Metolius Magnum Bouldering Crash Pad Review

May 17th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Accessories, Gear, Indoor Climbing, Profiles | Comments Off on Metolius Magnum Bouldering Crash Pad Review

On the surface, it can seem like all crash pads are the same. All you really need is something to pad your fall when you get the beta wrong and save you from landing […]


Rock Star Peter Croft’s Crag Pack is the TNF Cinder 40

May 17th, 2019 by Dave Smart | Posted in Accessories, Gear, Profiles | Comments Off on Rock Star Peter Croft’s Crag Pack is the TNF Cinder 40

It’s an open secret that some manufacturers have not learned: cragging is really hard on backpacks. Lots of packs can carry your load, haul bags can do it without tearing, but even in their […]


Evolution in Climbing Ropes with Sterling Evolution VR9

May 6th, 2019 by gripped | Posted in Gear, Ropes | Comments Off on Evolution in Climbing Ropes with Sterling Evolution VR9

The Sterling Evolution series offers a broad range of ropes, and the Evolution VR9 fits into the category of a great all-rounder for rock climbers. It has a Dry Core treatment to prevent water […]