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Stoneage Manta Hangboard

This is the coolest-looking board, resembling an H.R. Geiger prop from Alien.

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STONEAGE MANTA ($90) | Stoneageclimbing.com

This is the coolest-looking board, resembling an H.R. Geiger prop from Alien. Since a big part of training is getting amped, the Manta earns points even before you flog it. Mental gyrations aside, the board has the largest compliment of unique holds. There are two center pinch rails that you can grip in three different ways, and a Cyclopean sloper that’s impossible to hang on its own, but ideal and perfectly positioned as a helper hold for one-arm work. The top sloper is positive enough to clamp one armed even if you’re a lard-assed desk jockey, and comfortable half- and full-pad edges round out the package. The paw-print three-finger pockets are too tweaky, as are most of the other pockets. For specialized pocket training, however, they do orient your fingers in realistic positions.

BEEFS: Jugs are too thin.

BEST FOR: Power and one-arm training.

IF ONLY IT HAD: A slightly smoother texture.