Gear Guide 2020: Multi-Pitch and Trad Climbing Kit

Our top seven choices for the best multi-pitch and trad gear of 2020.

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It’s time to get trad-ical with these 7 must-have performance trad and multi-pitch items.

Mountain Equipment Dihedral Pant

Mountain Equipment Dihedral Pant. 

“The Stretch Ascender fabric provided full range of motion when highstepping on climbs like Don’t Mess with My Thing, a modern slab in the South Platte, Colorado.” Read full review

Outdoor Research Women’s Optimist Sun Hoody 

The Outdoor Research Women’s Optimist Sun Hoody. 

“This lightweight sun hoody is ideal for hot, rugged trad and cragging adventures in the sun.” Read full review

Sterling Quest 9.6mm (70m)

The Sterling Quest 9.6mm (70m) climbing rope. 

“Sterling’s new Quest 9.6mm provides that workhorse durability yet still handles like a smaller-bore redpoint rope.” Read full review.

Wild Country Zero Friends

Wild Country Zero Friends cams. 

“If Snoop Dog went trad climbing, his cam of choice would be Wild Country’s new Zero Friends, because they’re so sticky-icky.” Read full review.  

Edelrid Salathe Helmet

The Edelrid Salathe Helmet. 

“The wraparound protection gave our tester peace of mind during awkward crack/corner moves where it was difficult to keep feet away from the rope.” Read full review.

Mad Rock Phoenix 

The Mad Rock Phoenix climbing shoe.

“The mustard-and-yellow leather upper and green R2 rand give it a nice 1970s vibe. But it doesn’t just look groovy; it performs well, too.” Read full review

Arc’teryx Alpha AR 20 Backpack

The Arc’teryx Alpha AR 20 Backpack. 

“On Geronimo, a fun three-pitch 5.6 in Red Rock, the 20L pack provided room for approach shoes, a water bottle, and snacks.” Read full review.

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Kevin Riley, Climbing’s associate publisher, began climbing in college almost two decades ago. He has always gravitated toward tall, moderate climbs where he gets high off the deck. Kevin also enjoys ski touring, alpine running, and backpacking.