Women’s Climbing Gear Hall of Fame

Ten pieces of perfect gear with smart, female-friendly designs.
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Ten pieces of perfect gear with smart, female-friendly designs.
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While “pink it and shrink it” was the predominant credo when women’s-specific gear first entered the scene a few decades ago, many companies in the climbing industry have caught on that—gasp—not all ladies are the same. Skittles-inspired colors, wonky sizing and cuts, and floral patterns are (mostly) a thing of the past. To celebrate the companies who have made it a priority to give female crushers appropriate, proper-fitting, and thoughtfully designed gear, we’ve rounded up our 10 favorites into this Women’s Gear Hall of Fame. From climbing shoes to a pee funnel, these awesome products work for women.

Petzl Elia Helmet Rock Climbing Gear

Review: Petzl Elia Helmet
While the ponytail slot might seem a little gimmicky, our testers actually love it and use it all the time. The smaller size range fits petite women better. Read the full review.

Osprey Kyte 36 backpack rock climbing gear

Review: Osprey Kyte 36 Backpack
The torso length adjustability is crucial, and the comfortable carry allowed lightweight women to carry up to one-third of their bodyweight comfortably. Read the full review.

Arc’teryx AR-385a Harness rock climbing gear

Review: Arc’teryx AR-385a Harness
The waistbelt has a slightly higher rise so it sits above a woman’s hips, not directly on them. A big, easy-to-use hook on the back allows for quick release of the leg loops for peeing with a harness on, and majorly adjustable leg loops fit ladies with all sorts of thigh sizes. Read the full review.

Mountain Hardwear Dynama Pant rock climbing apparel

Review: Mountain Hardwear Dynama Pant
Super-comfy wide waistband, smart design, and flattering fit, with multiple inseam lengths and color options. These look and feel great on curvy women and straight-hipped ladies alike. Read the full review.

Lucy Perfect Core Bra rock climbing apparel

Review: Lucy Perfect Core Bra
Women have boobs. Boobs need support. This bra offers maximum support without squashing the girls down, looks great as a stand-alone top, and has a ton of adjustability for broad-shouldered climber chicks. Read the full review.

La Sportiva Women's Miura Lace Rock Climbing Shoes

Review: La Sportiva Women's Miura Lace-Ups
A narrower last combined with a padded heel that reduces the overall volume of the shoe make these perfect for a small foot. Plus, the padding makes them easier to wear for long days. Read the full review.

La Sportiva Women’s Solutions Rock Climbing Shoe

Review: La Sportiva Women’s Solutions
A women’s-specific shape with a lower volume overall and a skinnier heel makes these top-notch kicks damn good for everything from vertical to overhanging. Read the full review.

Patagonia Houdini Jacket Rock climbing apparel

Review: Patagonia Houdini Jacket
The fit is athletic and trim without being tight or restrictive, thanks to a slight taper in the waist. “This is the only wind jacket that didn’t make me feel like I was just wearing a big black garbage bag.” Read the full review.

pstyle pee funnel rock climbing gear

Review: The pStyle
It means women can pee standing up. Enough said. Read the full review.

Evolv Cruzer Psyche Approach Shoe rock climbing

Review: Evolv Cruzer Psyche Approach Shoe
Lightweight shoes reduce leg fatigue on big mileage days, and a women’s-specific last has a narrower volume for cranking down the shoe when you need increased stability on scrambles. Read the full review.