Grip Report Winter 2020

Joey Jansen shaping the Motivators line of Elevation Volumes. Photo courtesy of Elevation Volumes
Grip Report Winter 2020 - Joey Jansen shaping for Elevation Volumes.
Joey Jansen shaping the Motivators of Elevation Volumes. All photos courtesy of the respective hold company.

By Noah Rezentes

While the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed things down, there has a been a plethora of fresh holds, volumes, and macros released, as well as new brands and shapers joining the scene since the beginning of this year. In case you missed some of these, here’s your Grip Report Winter 2020.

New Releases

Grip Report 2020 - Blowjugs of Euro Holds
Fiberglass macros in the new Blowjugs line of Euro Holds.
Grip Report Winter 2020 - So iLL, Menagerie, eGrips
Top: new Chunks (left) and Fungus (right) holds of So iLL. Bottom: a fiberglass addition to the Torso line of Menagerie (left) and eGrips’ dual tex holds shaped by Ryan Spence (right).



  • Elevation Volumes, a new fiberglass-exclusive company, debuted their initial lineup of macros with three sets shaped by Joey Jansen (Metolius Climbing). They also teased an upcoming series from Ty Foose (eGrips). Elevation’s macros are produced by Tack Composites, manufacturer of Thrive Climbing’s PolyFiber technology (polyurethane-coated fiberglass).
  • In Australia, Rubber Holds launched with two complete hold families to be poured by Composite-X. On board are shapers Cory Cook and Will Watkins (of Unleashed Climbing).
Grip Report Winter 2020 - Rubber Holds
Holds of newly launched Rubber Holds in Australia.
  • Portuguese newcomers Upah Holds showed off their first few shapes in January, including slopers, huecos, and edges.
  • Ben Hanna recently joined the hold shaping game with Sugarhouse Holds, a relatively new project by Kegan Minock based around real rock shapes found in the areas surrounding Salt Lake City, Utah.
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