MAMMUT CLIME JACKET
For chilly, windy days at the crag Mammut makes a high-performance lightweight sofshell that has an elastic stretch for easy movment, so you won’t be inhibited when you’re reaching for that next ledge. $179.
PETZL ZEPHYR ROPE
The Zephyr is Petzl’s most durable rope—a 10.33mm monster that is perfect for new climbers and those looking for a long lasting rope to go the distance. $210.
MISTY MOUNTAIN CADILLAC HARNESS
A small operation in the North Carolina High Country that makes limited product every year, so they can pay close attention to detail, Misty Mountain is high quality gear made by local climbers. The Cadillac is Misty’s signature piece—a consistent favorite around the region and beyond for its versatility. It can handle sport climbs, but it’s best used on trad routes, as it is equipped with a wide, padded inner waistbelt and tapered leg loops for comfortable belays. Our tester appreciated the six big gear loops. $95.
BLACK DIAMOND ATC GUIDE
We sent this one out to the New River Gorge, where our testers appreciated the versatility. The ATC can be used as a typical belay plate/rappel device, an ascender, and an auto locking belay device when attached directly to the anchor. It also allows you to belay two people at once when belaying from the top. $19.
MISTY MOUNTAIN HIGHLANDER CRASH PAD
Be ready to fall when you lose that crimp. The Highlander has a 3’ X 4’ landing zone and 3.4” thick dual density foam padding, so you can count on it to take a hit. It’s also triple-stitched in the corners, so it won’t rip when the big dogs eat it. $180.