The “official” start of summer is still a few weeks away, but most folks agree that when school is over, summer has begun! For many, that also means it’s the start of the climbing season. There is perhaps no other pastime that creates as much excitement when it comes to gear shopping. If you’re looking to freshen up some of your gear for the summer, have a look at our list of some of the hottest new products hitting the market.
The Belay Device
When it comes to climbing safety, your belay device is one of the most important investments you can make. And for the money, there is no better belay device on the market than the Petzl Grigri. While you can’t use the device to rappel, it’s the absolute best when it comes to control and its self-locking ability. From beginner to expert, it has a place on the gear rack of every serious climber.
This 60-meter rope is one of the toughest on the market, so it will hold up to some serious abuse. It’s perfect for the trad or sport climber, and it has a low impact force rating. That means that when you fall, the catch is going to feel gentler than it would with other similar ropes because of the extra stretch. Plus, at just over $200, it has a lower price point than ropes that aren’t nearly as sturdy.
Black Diamond Solution
In the category of “Value For Money,” nothing beats this harness from Black Diamond. This thing usually goes for about half of what you can expect to pay for other harnesses of the same caliber. The Black Diamond Solution is perfect for sport climbers, as it’s one of the most comfortable harnesses you’ll ever wear. You won’t find much room for racking gear, so it’s not a big hit with trad climbers, but if you only need a dozen or so quickdraws, it’s perfect.
If you plan on spending some significant time making approach hikes to your favorite routes this summer, you’re going to need a good pack to haul your gear. The Osprey Mutant 38 is a perfect pack for climbers. The 38-liter capacity is a perfect size for hauling the gear you need for a day of sport climbing, including ropes and helmets. External gear loops make it easy to attach additional gear or ice tools if you plan to do a little glacier work next winter.