Review: The Top Climbing Gear for Kids

7 essentials for raising a little crusher
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7 essentials for raising a little crusher

This story originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of our print edition.

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Review: Deuter Kid Comfort Air

Deuter Kid Comfort Air backpack

If your kiddo’s little legs can’t carry him along fast enough to maximize crag time or the terrain is too rough or steep, give him a luxurious, complaint-free ride in the Kid Comfort Air. Read full review.

Review: Edelrid Kids’ Shield

Edelrid Kids’ Shield Rock climbing helmet

A fun helmet means kids love to rock it, making it more effective than one they never want to wear. Read full review.

Review: La Sportiva Stickit

La Sportiva Stickit kids childrens rock climbing shoe

The Stickits, a bona fide climbing shoe with sticky rubber, have a nifty heel adjustment that enables parents to dial in fit across two full sizes. Read full review.

Review: Petzl Macchu and Body Harness

Petzl Macchu Body harness kids rock climbing gear

Couple the Macchu with the Body chest harness to ensure that tiny climbers taking little whippers stay upright. Read full review.

Review: Petzl Picchu

Petzl Picchu kids childrens rock climbing helmet

Parents loved that it meets safety standards for both climbing and cycling, so it’s essentially two helmets in one. Read full review.

Review: Edelrid Fraggle

Edelrid fraggle rock climbing kids childrens full body harness

Get two-in-one protection for kids up to 88 pounds with the Fraggle full-body harness. Read full review.

Review: Crimp Chimps Chalkbag

Crimp Chimps Chalkbag kids rock climbing

The hardest part for our test crew was choosing which “power animal” they wanted. Read full review.