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.