Gear Guide 2020: Alpine Climbing Kit

Our top eight choices for the best alpine gear of 2020.

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Take off the sufferfest edge and focus on what matters—the climbing—with these 8 new pieces.

Outdoor Research Inception Aerogel Gloves

The Outdoor Research Inception Aerogel Gloves. 

“Made with PrimaLoft Aerogel insulation, OR’s Inception Aerogel Gloves threaded the needle between warmth and performance.” Read full review.

Trango Kestrel Ice Tools

Trango Kestrel Ice Tools. 

“Weighing only 16.4 oz each, the carbon fiber/kevlar tools are light in hand, yet perfectly balanced for a confident swing.” Read full review

The North Face Futurelight Summit L6 Down Belay Parka

The North Face Futurelight Summit L6 Down Belay Parka.

“The spare-no-expenses piece features high pockets lined with soft Tricot, a helmet-compatible hood, and internal drop pockets to warm cold shoes.” Read full review

Edelrid Autana Harness

The Edelrid Autana Harness. 

“While technically a light (11.2 oz S) alpine rig, the bluesign-certified Autana felt like a ‘high-end sending harness.'” Read full review

Petzl Dart Crampons

The Petzl Dart Crampons. 

“During my trip up Colorado’s Dragontail Couloir, the Antisnow plate was a dream, and the dual points were locked in when I had to make a few moves over exposed rock.” Read full review.

Mountain Equipment Aerofoil Jacket 

The Mountain Equipment Aerofoil Jacket. 

“Weighing only 3.5 oz, the Aerofoil is tissue-light and takes up minimal space in the pack—stuffed into its chest pocket, it’s the size of a pint of ice cream.” Read full review

Deuter Guide Lite 24

The Deuter Guide Lite 24 backpack. 

“The Guide Lite 24 is a compact, versatile performer perfectly crafted for alpine climbing, rugged approaches, and high-test mountain sports.” Read full review

Black Diamond Vision MIPS Helmet 

The Black Diamond Vision MIPS Helmet. 

“This light helmet allows the head to move, reducing the harmful rotational motion transferred to the brain during angled impacts, such as with rockfall.” Read full review.

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Levi Harrell is an adventure climber and photographer. Gifted in the arts of suffering, sandbagging, and swinging sharp objects, he has gravitated to alpinism where these are mandatory character traits.