Staff Fall 2009 Product Picks – Rockin’ Gear for Rocktober

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Lapis Boar Bristle Bouldering Brush.  “The best $6.50 you’ll ever spend.  The natural bristles suck the chalk off the rock leaving it dry, sticky and positive.”

Patagonia Cap 4 Zip-Neck.  $85  “If you could only own one piece of outdoor gear, this would be it.” Multi-functional, multi-seasonal, it gets it all done, every day.

Team 5.10le Rock Shoe.  $145. Only 15 stores in the country have this limited edition shoe.  “It is 5.10’s most technical, responsive shoe.”

Rock Exotica Pirate Twistlock Carabiner.  $16. This company makes Petzl’s biners.  The gate of this biner is off-set to the left allowing for a wider gate opening.  Love the auto lock feature.


prAna Legend Lined Jean. $100.  “If you like your bouldering pants to fit like sweats, this jean is your pick for sending in cold weather.”   Extra style points for the snazzy red plaid lining.

Evolv Predator.  $100. “Evolv’s best shoe just got better with a burlier heel cup and Evolv’s super-flashy “green” rubber on the sole.”

5.10 Camp 4 approach shoe.  $115. “From sheets of Yosemite granite to fall Appalachian mud, this shoe hooks up.”

Arcteryx Caco 3 Chalk Bucket.  $40.  “Super-techy design features a double compartment–one for chalk and the other complete with zippered pockets for paraphenalia.”


Gauley Tee by Dave Bradford.  $16.  “Dave is an old ACE guide, gone to the big apple and making it big.  This is the best graphic in the shop, featuring the Statue of Liberty brandishing a kayak paddle:  life, liberty and the pursuit of whitewater.  Killer!”

Arcteryx Rho AR top.  $125. “Power stretch fleece has never looked this sexy.  Fits like a glove.  Grab it in Jadeite for a fun color.”

Verve Loleda Capri.  $64 “New from the design freak head of Verve’s Christian Griffith.  A perfect weight for fall climbing, this is another example of the smart, subtle funtional pieces we have come to expect from this stalwart and visionary company.”

Patterned Smart Wool Socks.  $17-$20.  “Nothing but fun here:  polka dots, stripes, argyle and color to die for.  Guaranteed to spice up any look you are working.” 


Outdoor Research Odd Job Hat.  $40 The stylinest, pimpinest hat for the man searching for a little flair in his life.

Petzl’s full line of redesigned head lamps.  The new line features more intuitive functions, better packaging, and, of course, more light.  Check out our new Tower of Power display.

Vibram Five Fingers Sprint.  $80  In red.  To go with your Odd Job Hat.   Add a pair of Smartwool Margarita socks and no one will ever look at you the same again.

Black Diamond Apollo Lantern.  $50 the ultimate in hassle free reliable lighting.  Don’t leave home without it.

LeviClif Shot Bloks.  $2.50.  ”They are like gummy bears, but good for you.  95% organic!  Black Cherry is the flavor.”

Mammut Ultimate Hoody.  $235. “One of the most versatile and functional jackets for alpine pursuits and multi-pitch climbing.  The full length side zips allow for efficient temperature management.”  Getting over the sticker shock may cause you to break a sweat but it will be worth it.

Arcteryx Miura 50.  $225.  “The best cragging pack in the shop hand’s down.  Integrated draw slings, the drawbridge opening system and the roll top design combine for the best feature set in the business.  Another $60 will get you the rope bag that is designed to fit snugly in the bottom.”

Petzl Sama Harness.  $66.  “The price is the cherry on top for this harness.  From the Black Canyon to Indian Creek and Yosemite, this harness is equally at home on big walls, multi pitch or cragging.

Eagles Nest Outfitter Hammocks.  “Set up a hammock to relax anywhere.  This company makes singles, doubles, rain flys, and offers a lightweight line that will appeal to thru hikers and the weight conscious.  Really versatile!”  Don’t forget kids love ’em. 


Mountain Hardwear Dakota Jacket. $150.  “A stylish hooded jacket that feels like a warm fuzzy blanket when you put it on.

Acopa Merlin. $146. “The Merlin is the only shoe I’ve worn that will perform perfectly on any terrain and is also comfortable enough to wear all day.”

Sterling Kosmos VR10 60m rope.  $155.  “Sterling makes the most durable ropes hands down.  This workhorse rope gives you 60 meters of badass rope with a dry core for the low low price of $155.”

Stone Crusades by John Sherman.  $30. An interesting spin on the history of bouldering in the USA.  Sherman tells the tales of bouldering pioneers from all over the country.  He also gives a small list of classics for each area he covers and beta on where to camp and how to get to the boulders, effectively turning this into a basic guide to historical bouldering across the country.”


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