Climbing Gear

Find the best climbing and mountaineering gear and essentials right here. We’ve got the beta and price comparisons on climbing gear from cams and carabiners to helmets and harnesses and more. Whether you’re planning a big wall climb, a winter ascent, or a day at the crag, you’ll find the rock, ice, and approach footwear, equipment, and accessories you need for your next climb.

See our top climbing gear picks in any product category below. Or browse thousands of independent equipment reviews and ratings by real rock and ice climbers, alpinists, and mountaineers, to select appropriate, dependable, field-tested gear.

Recent Climbing Product Reviews

Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I am a seasoned boot user, but after reading a number of opinion blogs I thought I would try a hiking shoe. The Salewa Mountain Trainer has turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. While not as comfortable on my foot as my Aslo boots are, they have proven to be a very solid shoe and I really appreciate the lighter footwear compared to my boots. The shoe fits great. While it did require a good deal of time to break in, the shoe is relatively comfortable now. I have about 100 miles on the shoes… Full review

DMM Belay Master 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent product, vey well designed and made—it's perfect for the job (belaying/rappelling carabiner). Bought the Master 2 exclusively for my tube-type belay device and love it. I've used it now for a few weeks and plan to get a second one soon (backup in case of loss or theft). The "pivoting catch" assures me that my 'biner is locked properly and will not cross load whether belaying or rappelling. It's foolproof because of that folding catch and thus provides visual peace-of-mind for me and… Full review

Grivel G10

rated 4 of 5 stars High quality, good fitting steel crampon; excess strap annoying. I use these for hiking and scrambling when there is enough slope that I need the grip. They hold well on ice and hard pack, and give some assurance in deep snow. The antibott works as advertised...I never get snow packing on them. They are a 10 point crampon and designed for regular hiking boots, NOT mountaineering boots. The toe and heel fittings fold down and the length collapses to make them easier to pack. The straps stay tight… Full review

Kong Lift Ascender

rated 4 of 5 stars A pretty good ascender that feels more solid than the Petzl. I borrowed one of these for a couple climbs.  It is more heavy and solid feeling than the Petzl.  I liked it, but I think when the teeth wear down a bit it may slide and catch.  There are no teeth on the outside edges of the cam.   That being said, it may take a long time to wear out one of these; the cam feels like solid steel. Also of note, the cam spring tension is more than a Petzl, so it takes more pressure for the rope to feed. Full review

CMI Ultrascender

rated 5 of 5 stars Review for Short Ultracenders. These are smooth and bombproof. I got a pair of these a long time ago. Wore out the cams around 100,000'. CMI replaced the cams, then after 50,000-70,000' more the cams got replaced again.   I still have them, and they still work, but the rope wells are getting very worn so I don't use them as much as I did.   Super company, awesome product, and made in the USA. Full review

Petzl Ascension

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great ascender. This is my favorite handled ascender.  I own three of them. One is retired, and has over 150,000' of rope work on it. The teeth were starting to get too thin, so I replaced it with a new one. The ascender still bites due to Petzl's great design! Full review

Petzl Simple

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A good device for flexible ropes. The Petzl Simple is a good device. I borrowed a friend's to try it out, and later acquired one of my own. It works well with flexible rope, but not with stiff rope. It handles longer rappels better than a fig. 8. One of the best things about it is that it can be left on the harness between rappels so you don't risk dropping it. Full review