This story originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of our print edition.
As the smallest board in the test with the most adjustability, the brand-new bäm! board stood out with its feature-rich design, innovation, and ease on skin. Testers loved that this board had something for every level of climber and training, as you could change the depth of each edge and pocket while at the same time changing the angle of the board. Each edge ranges from 0.5 cm to 3.5 cm, and the angle goes from 15° to 50° in 5° increments. The angle change was particularly useful for sloper training; whereas other boards usually have one sloper hold, this board has two slopers which can be used at any of those angles, thus increasing its utility. “It’s a compact board that doesn’t sacrifice hold types or sizes,” one tester said, “and it changes with you, since it’s really easy to make everything slightly harder.” Adjusting the edge depth with the screws on the bottom proved to be finicky, especially when trying to get the exact same depth on both. The outer pocket holds have a smart design, with a recessed middle section that gives you slightly more room for your longer middle finger. Large-pawed testers even found that they could train pinches by using the slopers and wrapping a thumb underneath the bottom. Bonus: This small board fits pretty much everywhere.
If you have a small amount of space and/or want one board that will serve you well as you get stronger, this is the tool for you. It’s ideal for training slopers and edges, and anyone with thin or damaged skin will love the wood’s smooth and comfortable feel.
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