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Gear Every Boulderer Needs

From knee pads to bouldering pads, chalk to packs, there’s something here for every boulderer.

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1. Metolius Basic Pad

A stripped-down version of the Session II Crash Pad that makes a great entry level pad or is a great addition to the quiver. Suitcase-style carry handles, waist belt and padded shoulder straps. 4″ sandwich foam design for maximum impact absorption and angled hinge eliminates the gutter. Single aluminum closure buckle­guaranteed for life! Open size: 36″ x 48″ x 4″, Folded size: 36″ x 26″ x 8″, 7.4 lbs.

2. Chalk Cartel $3 to $15.95

Highest quality and purity rock-climbing chalk on the market. Keeps your hands dry on rock, plastic, trees, buildings, bridges or anywhere else you find yourself needing a reliable grip while maintaining healthy skin.

3. Trango Rock Prodigy Pivot

The Rock Prodigy Pivot is the new standard for state of the art training systems. Featuring the Quad Cleat mount, the board can rotate into multiple orientations, increasing hold density and offering tool free adjustment, customizing each grip to your individual ergonomics. The future of training has arrived, and it’s more efficient and adjustable than ever.

4. Mini Classic SI Knee Pad

The Mini is the smaller cousin of our tried­and-true Classic you know and love, now with even better grip! Featuring thick 4.3mm rubber for ultimate comfort and grabbing power. Has 3mm of double-sided airprene with NEW super sticky silicone printing for enhanced grabbing power on skin and clothing, providing better durability  and enhanced performance. (Also available in a Slim.)

5. Scarpa Drago LV $189

The Drago LV offers a brand-new fit option to one the most iconic shoes in the SCARPA line. The LV features a modified last which significantly reduces volume in both the forefoot and heel cup. An incorporated PAF heel system reduces pressure on the Achilles tendon. Aggressively downturned and highly asymmetric with a forefoot wrapped in sticky rubber, the Drago LV represents the pinnacle of rock-shoe construction.

6. Metolius Recon Crash Pad $279.95

5½ sq. ft. more landing area than standard-sized pads but almost 4″
(narrower when folded for a cleaner carry and easier storage. 900d body fabric for maximum durability and cross-clipper logo rug for cleaning shoes. Sandwich foam design for maximum impact absorption: 1″ closed-cell top layer, 2½” open-cell center, and ½” closed-cell base layer. Angle cut hinges eliminate the gutter found in other designs. Small external stash pocket and larger inner pocket for shoes, chalk bag, etc., plush padded shoulder straps, dual sets of drag handles, and aluminum buckles that are guaranteed for life. Closure flap reverses to cover shoulder straps while the pad is on the ground. Open size: 42″ x 60″ x 4″. Folded size: 42″ x 22″ x 13″, 14 lbs. 5.1 oz.

7. Free Range Equipment Canvas Series Pack $169

Free Range Equipment designs and manufactures aesthetic, hand-sewn packs at the foot of the Cascades in Bend, Oregon. The Canvas Series is a Free Range collaboration with artists who live to get lost in the mountains. The goal … to bring their unique designs to a fun and functional product while adding  a splash of color and stoke to the world. A portion of each sale goes directly back to the artist who painted/illustrated/imagined the print. -25 liter. Photo artist credit: Sheila Dunn/Smith Rock.