Compare the latest climbing gear with expert advice from Backpacker's climbing gear reviews. Our gear experts test the best harnesses, ropes, helmuts, slings, cams, and more to help you choose the best gear for your next rock climbing trip.
Get high with the best gear for going vertical.
The new Force V maintains the same cush but ratchets up performance.
This is the end-all, be-all harness
The Grigri+ takes “assisted braking” to a new level.
Product designers combined old and new in the Wall Rider.
We liked this standard tube-style belay device's auto-blocking mode.
This climbing rope offers top-notch durability, handling, and versatility.
This durable rock shoe is comfortable all day long.
It’s the perfect entry-level climbing harness.
This helmet is so lightweight and sleek you’ll actually want to wear it.
The Ultras fill the void between technical crampons and simple, dog-walking spikes, making them ideal for low-angle snowfields and variable mountain conditions.
This classic, durable rope now has an added safety feature, which will help prevent accidents and teach good climbing practices.
With larger and more numerous vents than its older brother, this time-tested climber’s favorite gets a “cool” upgrade.
This versatile, easy-to-use carabiner is now even simpler to operate in all conditions.
This personal clip-in point is light enough to carry for extra safety on long mountaineering routes.
Crag-tested picks from the editors of Climbing magazine
Don't break the bank or yourself with this affordable crashpad from Stonelick.
Stay comfortable without sacrificing performance with the Scarpa Force X Rock Shoe.
Stay protected without being weighed down wearing this ultralight helmet from Black Diamond Equipment.
Feel secure with this Mammut rope with built-in safety features.
Crampons that switch between automatic and semi-automatic, for all boots and situations.
A high-performance axe for an unbeatable price.
An hip and multifunctional helmet for all uses.