Women’s Climbing Gear Hall of Fame

Ten pieces of perfect gear with smart, female-friendly designs.
By Drew Higgins ,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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