Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In


Training Equipment

Concept Climbing Solution Hangboard

Lock Icon

Unlock this article and more benefits with 25% off.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

25% Off Outside+.
$4.99/month $3.75/month*

Get the one subscription to fuel all your adventures.

  • Map your next adventure with our premium GPS apps: Gaia GPS Premium and Trailforks Pro.
  • Read unlimited digital content from 15+ brands, including Outside Magazine, Triathlete, Ski, Trail Runner, and VeloNews.
  • Watch 600+ hours of endurance challenges, cycling and skiing action, and travel documentaries.
  • Learn from the pros with expert-led online courses.
Join Outside+

*Outside memberships are billed annually. Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

This review appeared in Rock and Ice issue 249 (April 2018).

When I first felt the Concept Climbing Solution hangboard, I thought I had been sent a manufacturing dud—the holds were asymmetrical. The outer pockets in a given row had different depths, same with the inner pockets. Only after going back and forth did I realize the “screw up” was on purpose. A left outer hold matched a right inner hold, and vice versa, on every row. While most hangboards require wider or narrower hand positions for different holds, the Solution maintains a constant distance between paired holds so your shoulders and wrists are always the same distance apart.

Machine routed from a single piece of plantation-grown mahogany, this Australian-made woody is beautiful and body friendly. The fine and uniform grain of the hardwood paired with the board’s gently rounded edges make it easy on the skin, yet it doesn’t feel overly slick. I’ve used many plastic hangboards over the years—never with much consistency since I find hangboarding miserable—but the Solution’s texture is so tolerable, even for worn fingertips, that I actually use it.

From jugs to monos, the Solution has enough variety of hand positions, 15 in all, to please both the beginner and experienced climber. It has one set of incut jugs, three sets of slopers (30, 37.5 and 42.5 degree), four sets of edges (.27, .39, .71 and 1.1 inches), three sets of two-finger pockets (.75, .94 and 1.38 inches), two sets of mono pockets (.83 and .98 inches), a one-arm edge of .87 inches, and a one arm two-finger pocket of 1.38 inches.

My only qualm with the hold design—besides having no desire to pull on monos—is that you need gecko feet to stick the 42.5 degree slopers. I can’t hold them for a second, but maybe I just need to get stronger. Mounting is easy, same as any hangboard, although you will need plywood backing to attach it to drywall since the board’s screw holes are only 12 inches apart and won’t span the standard 16 or 24 inches between wall studs.

Price is a mark against the Solution. At $167.36 plus $29.55 for international shipping, the Solution is one of the priciest hangboards out there. But the Solution’s high-quality wood, design and craftsmanship make hangboarding a little less torturous, and that alone makes it worth the price.


• Skin-friendly texture and rounded edges

• Asymmetrical design for comfortable shoulder and wrist alignment

• 15 different holds, compact size


• No pinches

• Expensive