When it comes to rock climbing, you want to have reliable gear, comfortable clothing, and accessories you can count on. Here are the top five choices for 2010.
prAna is renown for their excellent quality in clothing for the climber. Their selection is full of endless comfort that caters to the moves a rock climber needs to perform. You won’t find yourself being compromised in any position while climbing in prAna apparel. Their tops have always been a favorite and very stylish. Just when you think prAna couldn’t come out with anything to top their previous line, they never fail to impress with new styles and comfort. They definitely know how to make a climber happy.
Salewa is another one of those top quality high-end companies that keep the mountaineer, climber, and outdoor enthusiast in mind. “Blister free” is one of their mottos when it comes to their footwear and they’re not kidding. Blister free is one thing, but blister free shoes right out of the box; are they for real? Salewa is definitely for real as their approach shoes were put through a full day of hiking and climbing on a via ferrata. Walked off the mountain with no blisters and complete comfort.
Rock On has some great climbing accessories for the climber. The founders of Rock On took things on climbers’ wish lists that could be improved and put it into action. Their chalk bag is a great example of them meeting the needs and improvements that climbers wanted to see in a climbing accessory. With its removable nylon belt, you can clip it onto your harness or snap it around your waist for bouldering. It also has a small pocket where you can stash your keys or rings in while you climb.
You can never seem to have enough climbing clothing especially when you’re wearing your clothes out from climbing so much. I/O Bio and their super soft merino wool clothing bring a whole new meaning to cozy. This unbelievably versatile wool will have you wondering if it really truly is wool as we have a tendency to think of itchy when it comes to the shearing off a sheep. You will find that you won’t want to take that I/O Bio apparel off after climbing, because it’s way too comfortable.
Of course you can’t go climbing without a durable, sturdy climbing rope. The New England Apex 10.5 will support you in alpine, sport, and traditional climbing. Some people prefer skinnier ropes, but this beefy dry rope gave a true feeling of stability and strength during all climbing that took place this year whether it was a single route or a multi-pitch.
There’s always new climbing gear, clothing and accessories hitting the shelves that will just be too enticing not to try out. It’ll be great to see what 2011 has in store for us climbers. It wouldn’t hurt to have a few packs with different gear in it just so you know you’re completely prepared for your next climb.
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