Winter doesn’t have to be dreary after the holidays. The new products and services this season will help you enjoy going after your new year’s resolutions―for your work and climbing. Up your routesetting game, shake up your training or coaching routine, make eco-friendlier purchases, get a head start on the “have-tos” for your business…Kickstart you and your team’s goals with these new arrivals from industry brands and experts.
BRANDS INCLUDED BELOW:
– Awesome Woodies – Benky – Beta Climbing – Climb Manager – EP Climbing – Furnace Industries – Grasshopper – Highball Coffee – Jacky Godoffe – Kilter – Revival – So iLL – Tenaya – Tension – Vertical-Life – Warrior’s Way –
The Twin Point auto belay, imported to E.U. by Benky, has a double safety system with both brake and locking mechanisms. The brake reacts immediately and allows for a smooth descent. The lock acts as a backup, and reacts when the descent exceeds 2m/s. The system is designed for maximum weight of 150kg and requires annual recertification with brake pad replacement. $2,000 with annual maintenance of $250.
Chalk Technologies recently launched BETA, a full service gym management software platform supported in English and French. BETA has diverse functionality including point of sale, route management, waiver repository, event booking, coaching, engagement, and more. The software also boasts integrations with other popular tools such as email marketing software, calendar management systems, and payment processors. The app is free for users and with basic functions, €1/taptag/mo for routesetting functions, and volume-based 0.3-1.5% of revenue for full “power your gym” functionality, with no minimums, setup, support fees, or hidden charges.
EP Climbing offers comprehensive wall and safety inspection services. It’s recommended for any climbing wall to be inspected every 2-3yrs, and some insurance companies and risk management programs require this annually. EP Climbing’s team are experts in the field, trained in current industry best practices, and provide a detailed report and Certificate of Inspection after completion. Costs vary, call 541-388-5463 or email email@example.com for pricing.
Furnace Industries recently launched several new drytooling training products. Made from 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, the Taijitu ($59) trains advanced precision placements, while the Sweet Spot ($49) is more accommodating, designed to guide your pick into an incut spot for a more solid placement. Their RE-PLY Little Boy Drytooling Volume ($99) has a stainless steel plate with assorted holes for pick placements. For all three, the difficulty can be adjusted based on rotation and the wall angle.
The newly launched Pro Series Upgrades fit between the standard Grasshopper hold layouts, or also works as a standalone board. Focused on harder climbing, these upgrades add Hueco-like “biter” crimps for more complexity and depth. There is a Pro Series Upgrade for each of the sizes – 8×10, 8×12, and 12×12 (pictured below). Price starts at $1750.
Highball Coffee is a new small batch coffee roaster that uses ethically sourced beans to produce blends specifically for climbers. Their Big Bend Steeped Coffee is a medium roast with a mild brown sugar aroma and a hint of citrus. The small, lightweight packaging offers a full immersion single-serve brew, convenient for crag days. Available in 5, 8, 10, 15 and 20 packs, with prices starting at $10.99 for 5 packs.
Kilter just released a 16’x12′ Kilter Board, an expansion of their original 12’x12′ or 8’x12′ boards. The additional 2′ on either side include 119 newly shaped grips. The Kilter Board earned the 2022 CBJ Grip List award for Favorite Board System for both commercial facilities and homewalls. Pricing for the expansion starts at $4,315 for users who are adding to their 12’x12′.
The self-supporting Campus Board is Revival Climbing’s latest product, with an aesthetic that matches their adjustable climbing walls. Combining engineered lumber and steel, the base can anchor to a concrete slab, avoiding wall attachment, or has optional freestanding legs to avoid any anchors. Floor mats or Tension products are available as add-ons. $2,075 – $6,955
So iLL’s vegan Crash Pads were recently updated with 1680D recycled polyester material (RPET), a lighter canvas-like 900D recycled polyester outer shell, and a full harness system. Each Crash Pad includes a main 47.50″x39.50″x4.25″ hinged/taco pad and a 39.50″x22.00″x2.50″ gap pad that fit together perfectly with aluminum buckles. $329
Tenaya / Trango
Tenaya just announced their entire Step Up product line is now produced with an ICEA-certified recycled outsole, including the Tanta ($109.95), Tanta Lace ($99.95) and new Arai ($124.95) shoe models. The Instituto Certificazione Etica e Ambientale (ICEA) awarded Tenaya with a Global Recycled Standard certification for the use of 96% reclaimed pre-consumer materials and chemical recycling. Tenaya is distributed in the U.S. by Trango.
The new Cliff Board Petite™ from Awesome Woodies is a 20×9.5cm pocket-sized portable hand board weighing only 280g. It features 30mm, 20mm, 12mm edges and two 1.5 pad pockets. $60
Climb Manager recently added digital waiver functionality that integrates with their full gym management software solution. The waivers can be completed on their touch-screen self-service kiosks. Free for all customers.
Legendary routesetter Jacky Godoffe just released More Keys To Route Setting, his second book on the topic and a sequel to his My Keys Of Route Setting. The new book includes essays from other industry figures and professional setters, and features more tips and topics such as mental process, injury prevention, para setting. €30
The long-awaited Tension Board 2 was recently launched. The holds are a combination of wood and plastic, and can be installed in either mirrored or spray layouts on 8×10, 8×12, 10×12, and 12×12 boards. The TB2 also is 100% screw-on with no kickboard. Hold and LED options range from $1,725 to $11,250.
Route Setter Magazine #5 was released this season from Vertical-Life. Featuring informative articles, interviews with routesetters, stories from climbing gyms, and a section highlighting products and services from top climbing manufacturers and brands. €8
The latest training course from Warrior’s Way, Mental Training for Climbing Professionals, is designed for guides and gym employees. Through an experiential curriculum the course develops career resilience and self-assessment, with a focus on building supportive communities and sharing skills.
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