With fall looming, it’s time to plan the last big trips before the winter season. After a solid spring and summer of climbing, however, you may need to swap out a few pieces of gear before heading back to the rock. Here are a few great items to consider.
SCARPA Force X Women’s Shoes
This is a very comfortable shoe with two large straps, suede leather that molds to your foot and a padded mesh tongue. It provides good performance without sacrificing comfort, making it a great choice for both sport and multi-pitch climbs. Buy them here for $129.
Evolv Shaman Shoes
For more aggressive sport climbing, these shoes are a solid option (and surprisingly comfortable, thanks to the “knuckle box” on top!). Developed my Chris Sharma, this shoe performs well on difficult, technical climbs, helping you stick to tiniest edges. Buy them here for $150.
Big Agnes Lithia Spring Sleeping Bag
The weather is cooler in the fall, but doesn’t reach the bone-chilling winter lows. For this reason, having a sleeping bag designed for the season will make sure you stay comfortable throughout the night. With extra insulation at the bottom, your feet are less likely to get chilly and the water-repellent down in these bags makes sure you’ll stay warm even if you get a little damp in a surprise fall thunder storm. Buy one here for $349.
Mammut Rock Rider
Extremely lightweight and comfortable, this helmet is easy to love. It has four headlamp clips, great ventilation and plenty of padding. This is a great option for short climbs, as well as multi-day trips. Buy it here for $79.95.
Black Diamond Lotus Harness
Even though there’s plenty of padding in this extremely comfortable design (say goodbye to those pressure points!), it's still lightweight and provides plenty of space for gear. Plus, the red and dark purple color combination looks awesome. Buy it here for $59.96.
3-Season Anjan GT Hilleberg Tent
When you’re climbing, you need enough sleeping space for you and your partner, as well as a great place to store all your gear. The Anjan, with its extended vestibule, can provide exactly that. And, despite the extra storage space, the tent is still quite lightweight at 4 pounds, 3 ounces. While it will stand up well to fall wind storms, make sure to set it up in mostly protected terrain. Buy it here for $598.
Mammut Climax Classic Climbing Rope
Great for sport climbing, this 9.6mm rope is an affordable and solid option for your fall trips (and can be used in the gym, too). It’s easy to handle, slides smoothly, packs down for easy transport and has obvious marks at the midsection so you can keep track of how much rope is left. Buy it here for $150.