The new gear items this season bring to mind the importance of the little things: a fresh cup of coffee in the morning; climbing shoes that fit like a glove; pure chalk, snazzy buckets and slick brushes; skin that’s well cared for mid-sesh; and a good climbing film to kick back and relax to with friends. Well-crafted accessories are like small rays of sunshine, and climbers will be looking for plenty of both this spring.
BRANDS INCLUDED BELOW:
– Asana – Atomik – Chalk Cartel – Climb Manager – Essential Climbing – Evolv – Head Rush – Highball Coffee – Ino’Holds – Kaya – Mad Rock – PhysiVāntage – REEL Rock – Slap Chalks – So iLL – Strength Climbing – The Power Company – Trango – Wild Country –
The new Huckit Bucket from Asana is a chalk bucket loaded with features, including a clip to keep it open, magnets to keep it closed, tabs to open easily, pockets and brush loops. Available in three colors and made in USA. $38
Atomik has recently launched a full line of Dry Tooling Holds, both in metal and plastic, with over 180 shapes currently available. Their metal line ($32.37 to $48.78 each) include Hex and Smooth Rods, Knurled and Smooth Spools, and Bore Barrels. Their resin line includes shapes with or without a backplate, and both bolt-on and screw-on options.
Chalk Cartel is now exclusively distributing the new CRUX TACO Skin Sander in North America. The TACO has a variety of curves and flat planes, is available in four colors, and uses refillable sandpaper in both “hard” and “soft” grits. $15 for the sander, $5 for 4-pack of refills.
Essential Climbing is now exclusively distributing Vezi Holds in North America. The Slovenian brand founded by Gregor Vezonik is manufactured at Aragon and offers 82 dual-tex polyurethane shapes from XS to XL. Sets start at $104.
Flash has just introduced two new products. Their Mg2+ Chunky Chalk ($13.18) uses solar seawater magnesium, a by-product of the salt industry, and is precipitated with a 20-day process resulting in 99% purity. Their Lobster Claw ($60) is a swiveling brush adapter that clamps onto any stick or pole.
Head Rush // TRUBLUE
Head Rush Technologies launched their Rectangular XL Belay Gate, an extra-large rectangular belay gate that can cover a larger area of starting holds. Built with premium core foam and containing two carbon fiber rods, it retains its shape whether it is hanging upright or laying on the floor. Graphical use instructions are printed on the front and back, along with a reminder to always clip in. $140
The Space Suit Medium Roast from Highball Coffee is a whole bean medium roast made of Peruvian beans that has a mild brown sugar aroma and a smooth maple syrup mixed with bittersweet chocolate flavor. $15.99
Ino’Holds has launched a line of holds using their proprietary GreenMix material, which uses hemp and recycled PET. The holds feature 11% recycled materials, 25% from natural materials, with equivalent of 1 recycled plastic bottle per 1 liter of GreenMix. Sets start at €45.50.
Mad Rock recently added several new products to their lineup. Their upgraded Mad Pad ($219) is now built with removable, adjustable backpack straps, as well as additional hook-loop strips to facilitate connecting multiple pads. Their Drone CS LV ($149) is a soft downturned shoe made with their new XF rubber and available in men’s sizes 3 to 13. Their Rover Black ($79) is a medium stiffness shoe with their standard rubber and available in men’s sizes 3 to 16. Both shoes are vegan-friendly with hook-loop closure, synthetic upper, and compression-molded toe box.
The new Greens superfood from PhysiVāntage is a nutrient-rich organic greens powder and blends with water or your smoothie. Their unique vegan formula contains 15 organic greens, as well as pro- and post-biotics, 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. $43.95
On March 4, REEL Rock 17 launched with screenings across the world, and on April 20 it’s available online. This season includes Five films: DNA, where Seb Bouin tackles what may be the world’s hardest sport climb in the Verdon Gorge; Burning the Flame, where Babsi and Jacopo attempt a free ascent of Pakistan’s The Nameless Tower; Resistance Climbing, which follows a diverse group of climbs in conflict-torn Palestine; The Hurt, where Alex Honnold pushes through 35 miles, 24,000ft elevation gain and hundreds of pitches; Supreme Jumbo Love, where Seb Bouin adds a direct start to the hardest climb in the U.S. Individual tickets from $30, or included with REEL Rock Unlimited for $99/year.
So iLL recently added the new Tokyo Powder Pure to their lineup as exclusive North American distributors for the brand, which features super fine texture and uses food grade magnesium carbonate. 135g for $15, 330g for $25.
Trango has just released a bunch of new products. Their Radiance harness ($64.95) is designed for women using floating waist and leg loops, available in XS to L sizes. Their Superfly Evo Auto ($16.95) features a wide rope-bearing surface and snag-free keylock. Their Physic Pink Screwlock ($13.95) allows full-size HMS functionality using an I-beam construction. The Tenaya Indalo ($209.95) is designed for the highest levels of performance, with features that offer sensitivity and powerful edging. Their Cumulus Crashpad ($229) is their smaller pad that features a 45-degree hinge, height and width adjustable shoulder straps, and 3 layers of foam. Their Icon Brush ($14.75) features an angled head, 12,700 bristles per cm3, and uses biodegradable materials.
Climb Manager now features an intergrated CRM, available for free to customers with their Club (179€/mo) or Automate (349€/mo) plans.
Evolv’s new Shaman Pro is softer and more sensitive but with the same fit as their other Shaman models. $205
KAYA recently added digital bouldering guidebooks to Red Rocks, Bishop, Chattanooga and more for PRO subscribers. $60/year or $10/month.
SlapChalks is a newly launched brand that makes shorts and pants with mid-thigh mesh pockets designed to hold a chalkball, putting your chalk just a slap away. Shorts $75, pants $95.
Strength Climb recently added Premium Membership Articles with 1-2 new monthly articles for $6.99/month.
The Power Company
Wild Country is now offering their new keylock Session Quickdraw with 12cm ($18.95) or 17cm ($19.95) slings, and available in a 6-pack ($109.95).
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