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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 exactly the right shoes, harness, and rope 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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