Climbing Gear Reviews

Take a look at all of our reviews, best of lists, and buying guides written for new, intermediate and elite climbers.

Finding new climbing gear can be an overwhelming process. If you’re looking for shoes, cams, ropes, nuts, or even a new podcast, we got you covered. Outdoor Rack Builder is here to help you sort through the nonsense and find the best climbing gear at the lowest price. We take gear seriously and pass along the benefits of our obsession to you.

Climbing Equipment Reviews

Rock Climbing Gift Ideas

Searching for rock climbing gifts for the climber in your life? It’s easy to smile and nod when you listen to rock climbers talk about …

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Three Best Nuts for Trad Climbing

Climbing nuts are one of the first pieces of trad protection climbers will purchase. Placing nuts are intuitive, they are inexpensive, and will last you …

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Best Climbing Gear of 2024

This is your one stop shop for the best of climbing gear lists. You’ll find our top recommendations for a variety of categories here. We …

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The Six Best Crash Pads for Bouldering in 2024

Mad Rock Duo Black Diamond Mondo Mad Rock Mad Pad Bouldering high above the best crash pads always makes me feel a little bit better. …

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Best Climbing Shoes: Top 13 Picks of 2024

It’s a great time to be a rock climber. There are so many different options of climbing shoes to choose from. In fact, there are …

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The 11 Best Climbing Ropes in 2024

Climbing ropes are probably the most important gear any rock climber will keep in their arsenal. It’s important that you pick a rope that fits …

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The 7 Best Climbing Cams for Rock Climbing

Black Diamond C4 Black Diamond Z4 Wild Country Friends We took a look at all of the available rock climbing cams that are on the …

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In Depth Climbing Gear Reviews

Rock Climbing Gift Ideas

Searching for rock climbing gifts for the climber in your life? It’s easy to smile and nod when you listen to rock climbers talk about …

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Metolius Magnum Crash Pad Review

The Metolius Magnum crash pad is a large tri fold pad that has a landing zone of over 20 feet. Despite the large nature of …

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Black Diamond Mondo Crash Pad Review

The Black Diamond Mondo crash pad is one of the largest pads on the market today. It doesn’t have a lot of features like other …

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Unparallel Up Lace Review

One of the newest climbing shoe brands on the market, Unparallel, has a lot of climbers talking about their new offering the Up Lace. But …

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Black Diamond Camalot C4 Review: The Most Popular Camming Device

Buying new cams can be a stressful experience because you’re paying a lot of money for a critical piece of climbing gear. Cams are some …

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The 16 Best Climbing Podcasts You Should Listen To

Queuing up the best climbing podcast is a fantastic way to start a road trip or help keep your psyche high when you’re commuting into …

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La Sportiva Katana Lace Review

One of the best climbing shoes on the market today is the La Sportiva Katana Laces. I have never found a climbing shoe that is …

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La Sportiva Miura Lace Review

If you’re looking for the best climbing shoe to rule them all, then versatility is key. An all around climbing shoe means that the shoe …

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Edelrid Boa Eco Review: A Sustainably Made Climbing Rope

The Edelrid Boa Eco 9.8mm is one of the best climbing ropes and it is also sustainably made. It provides a supple feel and is …

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La Sportiva Mythos Eco Review: Ultra Classic and Now Sustainable

The La Sportiva Mythos Eco is a sustainable upgrade to the very popular La Sportiva Mythos. The original Mythos has been a consistent option in …

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The Best Books on Climbing

Rock climbing books and climbing literature can be enjoyed by anyone in the climbing world and everyone outside of it. The dream of standing on …

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Black Diamond Circuit Crash Pad Review

Our favorite best budget crash pad is the Black Diamond Circuit Crash Pad. The BD circuit delivers excellent value and it’s the perfect crash pad …

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