Climbing gear needs quality to perform

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A low price is only a great deal when it provides better safety, comfort, and performance.

If you’ve ever used climbing gear before, then you know that not all products are created equal, and that you need to be able to rely on the high quality of the equipment to keep you safe and able to enjoy your favorite sport.

Sacrificing quality for low price can not only make it unpleasant, but also dangerous.

When you climb, you need to be able to concentrate on your position and holds and not have to worry about the integrity of your climbing gear. If you have concerns regarding whether or not the product can keep you safe or perform properly, then you have chosen the wrong one.

There are many types of climbing gear and each should be of the best quality.

There is nothing wrong with finding a great sale or a discount opportunity to save, as long as you are buying a product that is worth the money in the first place. Starting with your shoes, all the way to your helmet and the smaller items such as your carabiners, each one plays a vital role in allowing you to safely enjoy your sport.

Keep in mind that as important as recommendations from other friends who climb may be, you need to make the decisions for your equipment based on your own preferences and experiences. For example, you may research a number of different types of shoes, and a friend may have had great luck with a certain brand, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the right one for you. Take important note of recommendations, but pay attention to the way that a product works for you and fits your size before you make your choice.

It should be durable, but also comfortable, or you won’t be able to achieve the performance that you need. Quality and specific fit for your unique shape and size can make the difference between a pleasant, challenging climb, and one that is frustrating and possibly dangerous.

You also need to keep your experience level in mind as you choose your climbing gear. Remember that just because you are a beginner, it doesn’t mean that you need less quality. It only means that you need to buy products that are designed for someone with less experience. Sacrificing quality in your first climb is just as hazardous as doing so in your fiftieth or one hundredth. If you want to get the most out of this sport and do so safely, pick the right high quality products that will let you do so.

Top clothing choices for rock climbers

Womens Climbing PantsMens Climbing ClothesIf you want to perform your best as a rock climber and get the most enjoyment out of the experience, then you’ll want to make sure that you have the right gear and you wear the right clothes. The clothes that you need will depend on the type of rock climbing that you intend to do. For example, there are different types of clothes for rock climbing outdoors, bouldering indoors, or ice climbing. The following are some of the top products for rock climbing from some of the most well reputed outfitters.

You’ll want to start with a windbreaker jacket. Two of the best reviewed by rock climbers include the Patagonia Men’s Alpine Wind Jacket and the Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Tech Jacket. Both are lightweight and designed for outdoor climbing. They allow you to ignore the wind and focus on the sport. The first is small enough that it can be stuffed into a pocket if you become too warm. It can be worn as a jacket or an outer shell depending on the amount of warmth needed. The latter is made of micro-fleece and is both windproof and breathable. It has hand-warmer pockets and fits the majority of climbing gear and harnesses.

Next, you’ll want rock climbing pants. For men, the Mens Patagonia Rock Guide Pants are attractive and highly functional. You can roll them up to cool down, or keep them full-length to stay warm. The fly is two-way in case they need to be unzipped while wearing a harness. Hand-warmers are included in the right thigh of the pant leg. For women, the Mountain Hardwear Ellinor Women’s Capri Pants come with top reviews for comfort and function. They are nylon and stretchy, with splitting protection through its full-length inseam gusset.

 

Climbing Harness Maintenance 101

Climbing Harness Article

A climbing harness is an essential part of climbing gear. It
aids in the climb and provides security and protection when ascending or
rappelling. Proper harness care is important to keep it in good condition
because the last thing you want is for your harness to malfunction while you’re
half way up the rock face.

There are a few things you can do to ensure the harness is
in working order:

 

  • Visually inspect the harness to see if there are
    any signs of wear and tear. Any signs of abrasion or advanced deterioration are
    what you’re looking for. Inspecting is a good way to prevent further damage and
    keep you away from unnecessary risk.
  • Properly clean the harness. Wash in warm water
    to remove dirt and grime using mild hand soap. Hang to dry away from sunlight –
    sunlight can weaken the fibers in the straps – and inspect the harness again
    for signs of fraying.
  • Do not use chemicals or liquids containing
    bleach or acids when cleaning the harness as this can severely weaken its
    integrity.
  • If there are any signs of wearing, be sure to
    replace the harness as soon as possible. Avoid climbing with a damaged harness.

 

Harnesses are quite resilient. It
is recommended that you replace your harness after two years of regular use. If
you have had frequent falls, it is a good idea to replace the harness sooner.
Falling puts a lot of strain on the harness and will contribute to weakening
the harness sooner.

Making sure all your climbing
gear is well maintained and cared for is important for a safe and successful
climb. All gear can be damaged and keeping track of this will keep you out of
harm’s way.