The 10 Best climbing gear
Whether you’re scaling the heights indoors or out, the right kit with definitely help with those overhangs
Tuesday 03 September 2013
Despite being just a stretchy tube of fabric, Buffs are an incredibly useful accessory for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. The simple piece of kit can be used as a hair band, bandanna, neck warmer, sweatband and everything in between. They are also available in what feels like an infinite number of designs.
A very popular (and tried-and-tested) model of rock shoe perfect for all-round climbers, but still featuring a slight curve and super-sticky heel to help you to tackle overhangs with ease. After a few sessions the shoe stretches out to mould to your feet snugly, leaving no dead space whatsoever.
Most chalk bags do exactly what they say on the tin, which means you don’t need to feel bad choosing one that looks cool too. The Prism bag is not only brightly coloured, but it’s knitted, too, and we imagine would double nicely as a tea cosy.
Anyone who climbs, or is unfortunate enough to live with someone who does, knows the worst consequence of the sport is the post-session rock-shoe stench. Boot Bananas are deodorising moisture absorbers and contain a natural powder to help to dry them out, keeping your feet fresh. When the banana turns brown, you’ll know it’s time to replace it.
One of the best hand exercisers around, the Grip Master is a convenient and pocket-sized way to work on your finger strength. Perfect for the daily commute, the Grip Master also helps to work out muscle tension after a climb.
One of the lightest climbing lids around, the Sirocco can still, as they say, take the hits. Thanks to the expanded polypropylene it’s made from, the well-ventilated helmet saves on weight by doing away with an external hard shell.
The Chaos Harness is popular for a reason. It’s Black Diamond’s high-end, trad-climbing harness and it’s designed to be comfortable for long, all-day climbs. It features four stiffened gear loops and adjustable leg loops and the simple design makes tangling a rarity.
When it’s too hot to climb, pitch up in the park and get the slackline out. A bit like a stretchy tightrope, slacklines can be hard to master, but once you’ve got the hang of them they are an excellent way to work on your balance, build up tiny muscles in your feet, and learn some stylish tricks.
Designed for climbing, but just as suitable for less adventurous endeavours, ABK has gone all out to produce a fashionable pair of active jeans. The denim has 5 per cent elasticity so you won’t be limited by the material, and the waist features straps for a chalk bag and kit.
For anyone planning some outdoor bouldering, a padded crash-mat is essential. The DMM Highball opens up to 99cm x 122cm when open, but folds in half for easy transportation. The triple-layer foam should soak up your falls.
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