Gear Guide 2020: Bouldering Kit - Climbing Magazine

Gear Guide 2020: Bouldering Kit

Our top eight choices for the best bouldering gear of 2020.
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Bouldering is difficulty distilled—you need to bring your A game. These 8 items have you covered, from fingertips to landing zone.

Friction Labs Alcohol Free Secret Stuff

Liquid chalk sans alcohol

Liquid chalk sans alcohol

"A quarter-sized dollop of Friction Labs’ new alcohol-free gel spread easily, allowing full-hand coverage, perfect for the 20-move crimp traverse of Orange Top Blue Sky (V8)." Read full review

Metolius Finger Tape

Sticky tape, zero residue

Sticky tape, zero residue

"Metolius’s wide tape was perfect for wrapping my split tip. Its one-sided stickiness translated to minimal rolling." Read full review

Patagonia Women’s Hampi Rock Pants

Super-comfy & light

Super-comfy & light

"Our tester wore the Women's Hampi Rock Pants climbing in the MegaRoof zone of Roy, New Mexico, kneebarring out the ceiling of Batman." Read full review

Penguin Fingers

Frosty or warm relief

Frosty or warm relief

"To prevent injury and alleviate swelling, I used the latex-free, nontoxic (filled with polypropylene glycol) Penguin Fingers compresses." Read full review

 Butora Icarus Approach Shoes

Bomber approacher, après style

Bomber approacher, après style

"Our tester talus-hopped in Eldorado, kicked snow steps in the high peaks, and bouldered along a crag base." Read full review.  

Makita Jobsite Fan

A breeze you can carry

A breeze you can carry

"Getting perfect conditions is tough. Fortunately, there are fans to cool the body, dry the holds, and make it easier to breathe in a stagnant bouldering zone." Read full review

Organic Dual Zip Backpack

Roll-top closure

Roll-top closure

"I tossed my new Organic pack into my truck and watched it roll down a hill (whoops) out bouldering, all without a ding." Read full review.  

Edelrid Herkules Boulder Bag

Deluxe, Bluesign chalk pot

Deluxe, Bluesign chalk pot

"Winning features were the paired drag/carry handles, zippered stash pocket, and five vari-sized brush holders." Read full review.

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James_Lucas

Formerly a thick-legged trad dad, senior associate editor James Lucas suffered a midlife crisis and has transformed into a boulderer. These days, the crux of his projects is keeping his knees off the ground.