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Climbing Gear Reviews
We put all of these shoes to the test through all types of climbing routes.
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Looking for climbing gear? Whether your goal is the gym, the crag, the mountains, or a big wall, we've got your covered. Let our team of climbing experts help you find the best climbing shoes, top climbing harnesses, and the best climbing ropes for your needs and budget. No one tests climbing gear as extensively and thoughtfully as we do, and our review ratings make it easy for you to make smarter, more informed, purchase decisions every time.

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