Dream Rock Climbing Gear List

The 9.2mm Sterling Fusion Nano handles well and offers a soft  safe catch.
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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

Legend


EC = The Editors' 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


DMM Alloy Offset Nuts or DMM Brass Offsets
ABC Huevo
Metolius Ultralight Curve Nut or Wild Country Super Light Rocks or DMM Peenut

Rope


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

Rope Bag


Here are some recommendations from the OutdoorGearLab review team:
Petzl Kab
Metolius Dirt Bag II
Metolius Speedster which carries like a backpack

Quickdraws


Here are some recommendations from the OutdoorGearLab review team:
Petzl Spirit Express
Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw
Wild Country Helium Quickdraw or Black Diamond Oz Quickdraw or Wild Country Astro Quickdraw

Slings


Here are some recommendations for the OutdoorGearLab review team:
Black Diamond Nylon Runner
Black Diamond Dynex Runner

Carabiners


EC: Wild Country Helium
BB: Mad Rock UltraLight Bent Gate
TP: Black Diamond Oz
See the complete Carabiner Review

Locking Carabiners


EC: Petzl Attache
BB: Black Diamond Rocklock Screwgate
TP: DMM Belay Master 2
See the complete Locking Carabiner Review

Men's Harness


EC: Arc'teryx AR-395a
BB: Petzl Corax
TP: Black Diamond Chaos
See The Best Climbing Harness Review

Women's Harness


EC: CAMP Supernova
BB: Black Diamond Primrose
TP: Black Diamond Lotus
See the complete Women's Harness Review

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.
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.

Belay Device


EC: Petzl GriGri 2 or
BB: Black Diamond ATC XP
TP: Black Diamond ATC Guide
See the complete Belay Device Review

Belay Glove


Here are some recommendations from the OutdoorGearLab review team:
Black Diamond Stone Glove
Metolius Climbing Glove
Black Diamond Transition Glove

Men's Climbing Shoes


EC: La Sportiva Genius
BB: Mad Rock Flash 2.0
TP: La Sportiva TC Pro and La Sportiva Katana Lace for high-end sport and bouldering
See the complete Rock Climbing Shoe Review

Women's Climbing Shoes


EC: La Sportiva Miura - Women's
BB: La Sportiva Tarantulace - Women's
TP: Scarpa Techno X - Women's or La Sportiva Solution - Women's
See the complete The Best Climbing Shoe For Women Review

Men's Approach Shoe


EC: Five Ten Guide Tennie
BB: La Sportiva Boulder X
TP: La Sportiva Ganda or the ultralight Evolv Cruzer
See the complete Climbing Approach Shoes for Men Review

Women's Approach Shoe


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

Men's Helmet


EC: Petzl Meteor
BB: Black Diamond Half Dome
TP: Petzl Sirocco the lightest option available
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


Here are some recommendations from the OutdoorGearLab review team:
Yates Big Wall Rack
Fish Double Gear Sling

Nut Tool


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

Headlamp


EC: Coast HL7 or Black Diamond ReVolt
BB: Petzl Tikkina Headlamp
TP: Black Diamond Sprinter, Fenix HP25 or ultralight Petzl e+LITE
See the complete Headlamp Review

Men's Rain Jacket


EC: Marmot Essence
BB: Marmot Precip
TP: Outdoor Research Foray
See our complete Rain Jacket Review

Women's Rain Jacket


EC: Outdoor Research Aspire - Women's
BB: Marmot Precip Jacket - Women's
TP: Outdoor Research Helium II - Women's
See our complete Rain Jacket for Women Review

Small Climbing Pack


EC: Patagonia Linked Pack 16L
BB: REI Flash 18
See the complete Small Climbing Day Pack Review

Luke Lydiard
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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