Get Out! Doorway Review
Cons: Few pockets, holds not very diverse, low progression potential
Manufacturer: Get Out!
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Get Out! board is one of the best-priced hangboards on the market. We found this board geared towards 5.10-5.11 climbers but found it had one of the smallest ranges of difficulty and offered a pretty minimal amount of room to progress on.
Edges and Pockets
Most people should look for a nice progression of increasingly difficult pockets and edges that match their current strength level with the ability to continue to grow as you get stronger. While the Get Out! board has a lot going for it, it lacks a good progression of subtly more challenging holds. After using this board for a few weeks, we quickly found its holds offered a very narrow range in difficulty.
This model offers three 4-finger edges. One is a sloped 1.5-inch edge that most climbers will find nice to warm up on or help finish a workout with a pump but is too big for building strength. Then it offers two tapered diagonal 4-finger edge that both go from 1-inch to 1/2-inches in depth. One of these is diagonally tilted on the board and the other which is tapered in the opposite direction (1/2-inch deep where your index finger is) is slightly positive.
For most people, 4-finger edges are the foundation of training. These are the holds the majority of climbers will use most of the time. This is why we were disappointed that two of this model's edges were nearly the same depth. This takes away from this model's ability to provide a progression of subtly more challenging holds and a distinct point against.
This model has three total pockets which are among the fewest of any board we tested. The 1.5-inch three-fingered pocket and 2.25-inch deep two-finger pockets are great for beginners or newer hangboarders looking to move into grips that don't allow them to use all four fingers. While we think this depth provides a nice stepping stone most people will get move through these depths pretty quickly and then this board offers no other two or three-finger depths. This is why we are slightly surprised that Get Out! opted for a 5/8-inch depth mono pocket for their third and final pocket. The depths of there 2 and 3 finger pockets are good for 5.10-5.11 climbers as well as the majority of holds on this board, but the 5/8-inch mono-digit pocket is burly and will only generally be used by 5.13 climbers.
Slopers and Jugs
In general slopers and jugs are used to warm up with or to finish a workout off with a deep pump. This model offers one pair of nicely shaped jugs as well as long single rounded sloper in the middle of the board. The single rounded sloper was just barely big enough for us to get both our hands-on but our thumbs still touched. As a result, lock-offs where are arms where bent tighter than 90-degrees weren't as comfortable but we could perform hangs for the purposes stated above.
This model's jugs and diagonal 4-finger pocket are set up to be used as pinches as well as holds. While not as nice as models with dedicated pinches, you can work whole hand strength by engaging your thumb on these holds. As these holds are pretty big on their own, the pinch training isn't the best but can be beneficial especially if users add weight, use one arm, etc.
When shopping for hangboards, we often look for a texture that strikes a nice balance of not being so slippery but not so grippy that it tears your skin up or makes hanging too much easier. This model is constructed with plain old polyester resin and has a moderately fine-grained finish. We found this board slightly on the more grippy side of models on the market and more-or-less identical to Metolious's non-wooden models.
This model is on the narrower side. A narrower board puts a little more strain on people's shoulders and elbows. Several of the grips that climbers are likely to use the most are located in the middle of the board. If people know they have had shoulder or elbow issues in the past, we recommend a wider board and think it would be well worth the cost.
Ease of Mounting
This model is among the easiest to mount. It onIy uses five screws to hang and at 19-inches wide is the narrowest product we tested. It isn't the shortest though and its 8-inch height didn't fit above some doorways in our basement with 7-foot ceilings where the Metolius Project and Wood Grips Compact II did fit. Regardless its smaller-than-average dimensions give it the possibility to be mounted in more places than full-sized boards and that it will be less of an eyesore in more heavily used places in your house.
This board is designed to be a good deal and is one of the lower-priced boards currently available. While it is a great price for a hangboard, we don't necessarily think it's an amazing value. The narrow range of holds from a difficulty perspective limit how much people can progress on this board before they outgrow it. The price tag is alluring, but even within this price range, there are better options.
Unquestionably a nice price on a hangboard and fine for occasional use, the low number of holds and their poor-progression of difficulty keeps the Get Out! Doorway garnering our full support. There are certainly things to like about this board with the price being the biggest. However, for the same amount of money, it is easy to buy a board with a more holds that have a better progression of difficulty to make it easier to train and will last most people longer.
— Ian Nicholson
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