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Steven Tata

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Steven has been seeking out outdoor adventures across the US for the last 20 years. He has climbed Yosemite's El Capitan more than 10 times and climbed extensively throughout the Sierra Nevada, Spain and Alaska. When not rock climbing, Steven can be found on big backcountry ski links-ups and mountaineering adventures. In his tenure at Gear Lab he has reviewed over 200 individual products.

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Best Climbing Gloves of 2022

Best Climbing Gloves of 2022

Want to keep your hands safe while climbing? Whether you're rappelling, belaying, jamming cracks, or aid climbing, gloves are a critical tool that can leave your hands unscathed.
Best Rope Bags for Climbing of 2022

Best Rope Bags for Climbing of 2022

Looking to keep your rope safe while you climb and travel? We bought and tested 9 of the best rope bags available to help you find the best one for your needs.
Best Bouldering Crash Pad of 2022

Best Bouldering Crash Pad of 2022

Looking for a new pad? This review examines the best 12 models on the market to help you find the right model for your needs and environment. Our expert testers carried, climbed, and...
Best Cargo Boxes of 2022

Best Cargo Boxes of 2022

Have more cargo than your car can carry? We bought the 11 best cargo boxes available today and tested them head-to-head to see which one is truly the best of the best.
Best Ascenders for Big Walls and Rescue

Best Ascenders for Big Walls and Rescue

Whether you're on a big wall, traveling over glaciated terrain, or even rappelling at the crag, ascenders can be an incredibly useful tool. We tested a few models to help you choose the...
Petzl GriGri+
Editors' Choice

Petzl GriGri+

This upgraded device combines a familiar feel with a new set of unique features to increase the safety and compatibility of this tried-and-true design.
How to Choose a Climbing Rope Bag

How to Choose a Climbing Rope Bag

Are you baffled by the variety of rope bags available? If deciding which model to get feels as hard as your 5.14 project we can help you choose the best bag for your needs.
Metolius Dirt Bag II
Best Buy

Metolius Dirt Bag II

A vast improvement over the original, this rope bag is our favorite option for value-driven climbers. It fulfills basic rope bag needs without breaking the bank.
Black Diamond Full Rope Burrito
Top Pick

Black Diamond Full Rope Burrito

The Full Rope Burrito works well as a lightweight and minimal option for those that pack their rope into their crag bags. The full rope burrito has a huge tarp, easy packing system...
Petzl Kab
Top Pick

Petzl Kab

The KAB earns a Top Pick Award for its standout performance as a gym climbing model. With a laptop compartment, sleek design, and removable tarp, our testers were impressed with its...
Zeiss Victory HT 10x42

Zeiss Victory HT 10x42

With top notch optical quality the Zeiss Victory HT has everything you'd want form high-end bins, though the Swarovski EL is just a bit better.
Leica Noctivid 10x42

Leica Noctivid 10x42

Leica offers top-of-the-line optical quality in the Noctivid, but slightly misses the mark on a couple of design points when compared to other high-end models
Nikon Monarch 5 8x42

Nikon Monarch 5 8x42

Combing great optical quality and exceptional brightness with a mid-tier price, these bins are among the best pair we've found in this price range
Thule Force XT XL

Thule Force XT XL

This is a solid cargo box that stands out for its durable construction, spacious design, simple mounting system, and subtle appearance.
Trango Antidote

Trango Antidote

The Antidote features a large tarp at 48"x 60" (121cm x 152cm) and a tarp window to see what cord you have within...
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