BEST CLIMBING BACKPACKS

Arc'teryx Alpha FL 30 Backpack

ALPINE; FAST APPROACHES

Created for climbers and alpinists who want a light, durable and highly weather resistant pack that is pared down to be as simple as possible. No extraneous straps or parts. To save weight and provide the climber with easy access to contents, the traditional top lid has been replaced with Arc'teryx RollTop closure and an external security pocket. 

Trango Crag Pack 48L

SPORT CLIMBING; TRAD

The Trango Crag Pack’s 48L capacity combined with its stout suspension system, handles both sport and trad climbing loads. This haul bag style pack stands up on its own, making packing and unpacking quick and easy.  These aspects, combined with the price, make the Trango Crag Pack extremely attractive. 

Patagonia Ascensionist Backpack 30L

SPORT CLIMBING; TRAD; ALPINE

The Ascensionist 30 is properly light at just 710g, but Patagonia has tweaked it for 2017 with tougher fabrics and a foam-reinforced base which adds durability and structure. It's a minimalist but versatile pack with a neat 'lid' system that can be tweaked to carry a rope.

Black Diamond Speed 50 Backpack

SPORT CLIMBING; TRAD; ALPINE 

The Black Diamond Speed 50 is a popular alpine pack that offers solid features and versatility. It is a logical choice for almost any alpine climb, and can even carry skis in an A frame, and pack down small to carry on long ice climbs. It is durable enough we didn't feel bad taking it cragging.

Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 OutDry Backpack

SPORT CLIMBING

A traditional style with OutDry™ waterproofing technology on its main compartment for getting after it year round. Built with versatility in mind, the Scrambler™ 30 OutDry™ protects against the elements, easily carrying everything from rock shoes and a rack of cams, to extra layers and avalanche tools.

Mammut Neon Gear 45L Backpack

SPORT CLIMBING; TRAD; ALPINE

The Mammut Neon 45 rectangular top panel unzips on three sides and folds open away from you. This wide opening accounts for the easy packing and unpacking, especially with a rope bag, which you can squash right down in there. Two unique functional zipper accessed entry point: Top panel for normal loading. Wide back panel makes it easy to access contents at the bottom of bag without unpacking everything.

Black Diamond Creek 35

SPORT CLIMBING; TRAD; ALPINE

The Black Diamond Creek 35 is built from durable, waterproof haul-bag fabric. It has a stand-up bottom and full-length side zip for easy loading and access to your gear. A large zippered front flap stashes your flip-flops, lunch and layers, while internal zippered organizer pockets accommodate your keys, phone and other small essentials. A tuck-away rope strap secures your cord, and the stowable rain hood doubles as a helmet holder.

Metolius Freerider Rock Climbing Backpack

SPORT CLIMBING; BIG WALL

Metolius Freerider Rock Climbing Backpack - The Metolius Freerider Rock Climbing Backpack is great for a day at the crag. The perfect blend between a backpack and a haul bag. The haul bag style adds durability and stands up for easy access and loading your gear. An additional compression strap for attaching extra cargo such as a rope or clothing.

Patagonia Cragsmith 45L Pack 

SPORT CLIMBING

The gear dumpster. Our largest workhorse for the crag with plenty of room for all hardware. Top or back panel access makes this beast easy to load and unload.

Black Diamond Stone 45 Backpack

SPORT CLIMBING; TRAD, ALPINE

The Black Diamond Stone 45’s removable top lid and full-length side zip marry easy access with usability. A 45-liter capacity allows for organization in the alpine or at the crag, tuck-away ice-axe loops and rope strap keep your gear sorted and compression straps lock down extra equipment.

Black Diamond Creek 50

SPORT CLIMBING ;TRAD; ALPINE

The Black Diamond Creek 50 features gaping top-loader capabilities, eliminating the need for push-and-shove gear packing. With ultra-durable, waterproof shell fabric protecting your equipment and a thermoformed backpanel safeguarding your bod, the Creek's haul bag-style bottom, full-length side zip and rain hood that doubles as a helmet/rope holder round it out as a crag pack to rule all crag packs.

Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 35 OutDry Backpack

SPORT CLIMBING; ALPINE

The Mountain Hardwear Scrambler RT35 Outdry Backpack is waterproof and is outstanding for sport climbing or even light alpinism, complete with ice-axe holders. There's an outer mesh sleeve you can stash a water bottle or your dry stinky clothes. You can also stick a water bladder in behind the spine.

BEST CLIMBING HAUL BAGS

Metolius El Capitan Haul Bag - 9600cu in

BIG WALL CLIMBING

The Metolius El Cap Rock Climbing Haul Bag, the largest haul bag from Metolius. This bag is well padded, with an ergonomically-cut suspension system that tucks away in seconds for hauling. The El Cap has dual top compression straps, offset haul points, a drain hole, and easy access for on the go.

Metolius Half Dome Haul Bag

SPORT CLIMBING; BIG WALL

The Metolius Half Dome Haul Bag Smaller version of the El Cap The SPECS Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. / 3.4 kg Volume: 7600 cubic inches / 125 L Dimensions: 31" tall x 18" plus 15" collar / 787 mm x 457 mm plus 381 mm 

Black Diamond Touchstone Haul Bag

BIG WALL CLIMBING

The Black Diamond Touchstone Haul bag is a mid sized haul bag ideal for 2 day trips and is made from super-tough, vinyl-laminated nylon for prolonged abuse on big walls the world over. The EVA foam padded straps and hipbelt stow away when you're ready to haul, and an internal zippered pouch keeps your small items easy to access.

La Sportiva TC PRO

La Sportiva TC Pro defies categorization. The mid-height ankle protection and comfort features lets you excel at all-day trad climbs and off-widths. However, the powerful PD55 last and medium/high asymmetry will offer you precision on your favorite sport climb of marathon dime edges.

Evolve Astroman Climbing Shoe

Evolve Astroman Climbing Shoe is an all-day trad master, designed with the help of Peter Croft and Matt Sagel.  Built with a thin profile for better placement in small cracks and a mid-high ankle cuff for added protection. Durable leather uppers with a microfiber lining create a long lasting barrier between you and the rock.

Five Ten Anasazi Guide Climbing Shoe

Five Ten designed its Anasazi Guide Climbing Shoe for multipitch trad climbs with thin cracks and technical edging throughout. Its flat profile brings all-day comfort for long days in the vertical world, and its moderate curvature uses a flat toe to help you toe-jam in finger cracks without a problem. 

BEST GYM CLIMBING SHOE

Five Ten Men's Gym Master Neutral

The FIVE TEN Gym Master is designed specifically for gym rental fleets. Based off of the Wall Master, it has the same fit but with exterior size icons for easy fitting and a machine-washable canvas upper, which won't stretch out with use. The delamination-proof, one-piece molded outsole makes this one of the most durable shoes in the line.

BEST BEGINNER

CLIMBING SHOE

La Sportiva Men's Tarantula Beginner

La Sportiva Tarantula  Beginner Climbing Shoe is the all-around beginner's shoe for men and women who want to learn to climb and advance with speed.  The low asymmetry of the Tarantula helps beginning climbers push the grades at a faster pace without compromising comfort. A rounded shape with higher volume won't strangle feet and offers just enough tactical performance for the novice to master new skills.

BEST KID CLIMBING SHOES

Mad Rock Kid's Mad Monkey

Mad Rock Kid's Mad Monkey. 

When your junior climber is rarin' to go, outfit them in Mad Rock's Mad Monkey rock shoe. Its hook-and-loop closure and adjustable heel provide a flexible fit for the growing foot, while its slightly pointed toe and gently curved sole allow them to get a grip on the terrain.

Butora Brava Kid Climbing Shoe

Although extremely comfortable, the Butora Kids' Brava Climbing Shoe crushes climbs like the best of them, and it's suitable for your tot whether he's in an after school program or she's training to be a professional in less than a decade.

Five Ten Mini Mocc Climbing Shoe 

Designed with input from kids, parents, and gym owners, FiveTen's Mini Mocc features a soft, unlined leather upper and a single Velcro brand closure for a secure fit. A back loop makes pull-on a breeze, while its sticky Stealth C4 sole provides supreme traction for beginning climbers.