Editors' Choice 2020: Metolius Light Rail Review

Our top climbing gear picks for 2020.

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The Metolius Light Rail hangboard. 

I first saw a Light Rail prototype while putting together our 6 Weeks to Stronger Fingers course with Jonathan Siegrist, its designer. As Jonathan, the crimp master, demo’ed the board, it struck me just how much was being done with so little for this reversible, portable (18” x 3” x 1.5”) hangboard, which boasts a 38mm rounded incut, a 38mm sloper, an 18mm crimp, and a 13mm micro-edge. At the crag to warm up, I did deadhangs and pull-ups—the smooth texture was spot-on (no wasting precious skin), and I was warm by go-time. The Light Rail has all the holds you need to train fierce/warm up and none you don’t—perfection! MSRP: $30

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