Climbing Gear

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Recent Climbing Product Reviews

La Sportiva Men's Nepal Extreme

rated 5 of 5 stars The standard by which other mountaineering boots are measured. I was surprised by the one-star review for this product, until I read the full review. As a person who has been mountaineering for over 37 years, I felt the need to comment. I have to swallow hard these days when entering an outdoor store. Shops that were once the domain of self-reliant enthusiasts have been replaced by a "new" breed of outdoor consumer. They increasingly shop by online reviews, like this one, or by taking the… Full review

Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Scarpa Zodiac Tech is a near perfect light mountain boot. Great sticky Vibram sole and a perfect fit makes for all day comfort. I’d love to see a toe welt added and the colour possibly tweaked a little. This boot would be best for glacial travel, light scrambling, non technical peaks as well as winter hiking (both with traction devices or snowshoes). OPENING RANT I’m not sure what category these boots fit in. And I don’t say that as a negative, as you can see from the star rating and (if… Full review

Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultras are a really well made product that performs well on icy trails. These type of trail crampons really enable you to enjoy hiking whenever your favorite trails are icy and are really great to have and share with a friend to give them a little greater confidence in following you out on an icy springtime hike. I have had a pair of these Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultras and also a pair of the Hillsound FreeSteps6 and found them a great addition to my pack and have really… Full review

evolv Maximus

rated 4 of 5 stars These have been my favorite approach shoes so far. They're super sturdy and comfortable. I purchased these at a gear sale for $35. I have always had a misconception that approach shoes somehow lacked the stability and support of a hiking shoe. At $35 I wanted to try them out myself. Unlike hiking shoes, they do not provide the same amount of foot support. However, I quickly found my solution in custom orthotics I had lying around, making them the most comfortable boots in the world to me. I'm sure… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Trango Cube GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Much more than your average boot, the Trango Cube GTX Highlander boots are great on more technical trails and rock scrambles, and perform ideally when the weather turns less than ideal. Highlander Model Note: The Trango Cube GTX Highlanders I tested are the same as the Trango Cube GTX mountaineering boots, but in a camo pattern aimed at hunters. I tested them primarily with that use in mind. Conditions: Trekking along the ridges and valleys of the Allegheny and Appalachian mountains, these boots… Full review

Black Diamond Serac Strap

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 12-point stainless steel crampon that does the job. I bought these a couple of years ago and I've used them only in snow ranging from powder to crust with my flexible hunting boots, but never on solid ice.After some mixed rocky trail hike, a fellow hiker advised me to buy a knife sharpening stone to sharpen the edges from time to time. I came to no result since stainless steel is VERY HARD to sharpen. Not that I needed any sharpening because till this day they are as sharp as they were when I first… Full review

Bufo Shark

rated 5 of 5 stars Good quality shoes for a reasonable price. For the budget conscious person that wants to get a quality products with out breaking the savings account check the Bufo products. I bought these climbing shoes back in 2001 and I am still using them today. I have to say that I don't hit the climbing wall very often anymore, but this is a good quality product for a fraction of other fancy brands' prices. Rubber is sticky and it has a good rubber rand in the side. They have a little bit of camber but they… Full review