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Dream Rock Climbing Gear List


by Luke Lydiard ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab
Monday April 7, 2014 5:49pm
 
Climbing gear is where OutdoorGearLab got its start. This list is a compilation of years of extensive tests of climbing gear all in one place. Our testers have used this gear from Yosemite to the Gunks, J-Tree to the Red, Indian Creek to the Ruth Gorge. This list reflects the best climbing gear on the market today as well as the best buys for your money so you can climb now and work later.

To complete your climbing road trip kit check out our Dream Camping Gear List or if your objectives are farther from the road see our Dream Backpacking Gear List. For ice climbing and mountaineering gear suggestions see our Dream Ice Climbing and Mountaineering Gear List. And also see the Dream Bouldering Gear List

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The 9.2mm Sterling Fusion Nano handles well and offers a soft, safe catch.
Credit: Ali Feinberg

Legend
EC = The Editor's Choice for best overall product regardless of price
BB = The Best Buying offering the most value for the money
TP= Our Top Picks which excel in specific applications

Cams
EC: Black Diamond Camalot C4 or Black Diamond Camalot X4
BB: Metolius Master Cam
TP: Metolius Offset Master Cam
See the complete Climbing Cam Review

Nuts
EC: DMM Offest Nut or DMM Brass Offset
BB: ABC Huevo
TP: Metolius Ultralight Curve Nut or Wild Country Superlight Rocks or DMM Peenut
See the complete Nut and Stopper Review

Rope
EC: Mammut Infinity
BB: Mammut Tusk
TP: Sterling Fusion Nano or the workhorse Sterling Marathon Pro
See the complete Climbing Rope Review

Rope Bag
EC: Metolius Rope Ranger
BB: Black Diamond Super Chute
TP: Metolius Porta Cord which carries like a backpack
See the complete Rope Bag Review

Quickdraws
EC: Wild Country Helium Quickdraw
BB: Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw
TP: Petzl Spirit Express or Black Diamond Oz Quickdraw or Wild Country Astro Quickdraw or the ultralight CAMP Nano 23 Quickdraw
See the complete Quickdraw Review

Slings
EC: Mammut Crocodile Sling
BB: Trango Ultratape or Black Diamond Nylon Runner
TP: Black Diamond Dynex Runner
See the complete Sling and Runner Review

Cordalette
EC: Mammut Pro Cord

Carabiners
EC: Wild Country Helium
BB: Wild Country Nitro or Mad Rock Ultra-Light Straight
TP: Black Diamond Oz or the ultralight CAMP Nano 23 or for clipping bolts thePetzl Spirit
See the complete Carabiner Review

Locking Carabiners
EC: Petzl Attache 3D
BB: Black Diamond Rocklock or Mad Rock Super Tech Keylock Screw
TP: Petzl Attache or Wild Country Neon Keylock Screwgate Carabiner
See the complete Locking Carabiner Review

Harness
EC: Black Diamond Chaos or CAMP Quartz CR3
BB: Black Diamond Momentum AL
TP: Petzl Corax or Metolius Safe Tech All Around or Arc'teryx R300
See the complete Harness Review

Women's Harness
EC: Mammut Ophira
BB: Black Diamond Primrose SA
TP: Arc'teryx R280
See the complete Women's Harness Review

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The gear loops on the Mammut Ophira are coated in rigid plastic, but unlike other harness models, remains flexible at the attachment point. This makes for easy clipping and unclipping, and is still comfortable if you wear a pack over your harness.
Credit: Ali Feinberg

Belay Device
EC: Petzl GriGri 2 or Black Diamond ATC XP
BB: Wild Country VC Pro 2
TP: Trango Cinch or Black Diamond ATC Guide
See the complete Belay Device Review

Belay Glove
EC: Black Diamond Stone Glove or Mad Rock Wall Glove
BB: Wells Lamont Leather Work Glove or Homemade Fingerless Climbing Glove
TP: Metolius Climbing Glove or Black Diamond Transition Glove
See the complete Belay & Rappel Glove Review

Climbing Shoes
EC: La Sportiva Miura for Limestone or the Five Ten Anasazi VCS for sandstone and granite
BB: Mad Rock Flash
TP: Evolv Shaman for steep sport or the La Sportiva Miura VS for edging or the La Sportiva TC Pro for hard multi-pitch trad
See the complete Rock Climbing Shoe Review

Women's Climbing Shoes
EC: La Sportiva Miura - Women's
BB: Evolv Elektra
TP: La Sportiva Katana - Women's or Five Ten Anasazi LV - Women's
See the complete Women's Rock Climbing Shoe Review

Approach Shoe
EC: La Sportiva Ganda
BB: Five Ten Guide Tennie
TP: Five Ten Camp Four or the ultralight Evolv Cruzer
See the complete Climbing Approach Shoe Review

Women's Approach Shoe
EC: Five Ten Guide Tennie - Women's
BB: La Sportiva Boulder X - Women's
TP: Five Ten Camp Four - Women's
See the complete Women's Approach Shoe Review

Helmet
EC: Petzl Meteor III Plus
BB: Petzl Elios
TP: CAMP Armour or extra comfortable Mammut Skywalker or ultralight Petzl Sirocco
See the complete Climbing Helmet Review

Women's Helmet
EC: Black Diamond Vector - Women's
BB: Petzl Elia
See the complete Women's Helmet Review

Gear Sling
EC: Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling

Big Wall Gear Sling
EC: Yates Big Wall Rack
BB: Fish Double Gear Sling
TP: Metolius Big Wall Gear Sling which doubles as a hydration pack
See the complete Big Wall Gear Sling Review

Nut Tool
BB: Wild Country Pro Key
TP: Metolius Freenut
See the complete Nut Tool Review

Headlamp
EC: Coast HL7 or Black Diamond Spot
BB: Energizer Trailfinder 3 LED
TP: Black Diamond Icon or Black Diamond Sprinter or Black Diamond ReVolt or ultralight Petzl e+LITE
See the complete Headlamp Review

Rain Jacket
EC: Marmot Aegis Jacket
BB: Marmot Precip
TP: Montane Minimus or Outdoor Research Helium 2
See the complete Rain Jacket Review

Women's Rain Jacket
EC: Patagonia Torrentshell - Women's
BB: Marmot Precip Jacket - Women's or Columbia Arcadia Rain - Women's
TP: Outdoor Research Helium 2 - Women's
See the complete Women's Rain Jacket Review

Small Climbing Pack
EC: Black Diamond Bullet
BB: REI Flash 18
TP: Petzl Bug or Cilo Gear 20L Worksack
See the complete Small Climbing Daypack Review

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Luke Lydiard
About the Author
Luke Lydiard was born and raised in the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent most of his days finding ways to ride a snowboard. He quickly moved west seeking larger mountains and deeper snow. In the Eastern Sierra, Luke fell in love with climbing as much as snowboarding. He currently lives and works in Mammoth Lakes, California where he balances a full time job as a Paramedic Firefighter with traveling the world seeking inspiring lines for both ascending and descending. Luke has climbed rock, snow, and ice in France, Canada, Chile, Argentina, and Alaska.

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