Because unless you're bouldering or your name is Alex Honnold, you can't really climb without one.

Back in the 1970s, climbing harnesses were nothing more than a few straps. Now, buyers consider the weight, material, number of gear loops, durability, and so on. Our friends at Climbing Magazine put together a little history on the essential piece of gear.

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Poll | Who makes the best climbing shoes?

Whether you hit the rock climbing gym every once in a while or you're constantly rushing out of work to get in as many routes at the local crag before the sun goes down, we know you have a favorite pair of shoes. Some brands have been cobbling for decades and others are new to ...read more

Shot of approach shoes from Climbing Magazine 2017 review

Poll | Who makes the approach shoes?

An approach to a crag could be walking across a road or scrambling straight up scree, but either way, you want to feel safe and secure on asphalt or while traversing rocks. And you also don't want to be left lugging heavy, leather hiking boots up a route. These 11 brands seek to ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best headlamps?

When the sun goes down and the stars come out, a headlamp is essential to your camping and backpacking kit. These nine brands have come out with new and improved versions that are brighter, lighter, and more battery efficient, helping you either wash dishes and clean up camp or ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best daypacks?

Now that it's officially spring, we're itching to get on a trail that's not covered by snow. Not far from our office in Boulder, the Flatirons and foothills beckon us to trek up its peaks and valleys on our lunch breaks or after work. A daypack is essential to hold our water, ...read more

Red Hestra gloves

Poll | Who makes the best winter gloves/mittens?

Cold, wet paws can ruin even a powder day, which is why gloves are lauded as one of the most important pieces of gear. Gloves or mittens, skinning or snowshoeing or just braving the bitter air, these brands are all trying to keep you from thinking about frostbite. Which brand ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best hammocks?

Hang a few straps around some stable trees and hammocks can elevate—literally and figuratively—your park visit or camping trip. Vote now for the brand making the best. Speaking of getting cozy outside, you can also vote for the best sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and tents. ...read more

The North Face tent in Iceland with ski gear

Poll | Who makes the best tent?

As one of the biggest ticket items in your kit, a good tent is a serious investment. And, it’s your home-away-from-home, so it's also a wicked important decision. There are a ton of great brands out there, but we want to know: Which tent brand is your favorite? Vote now to see ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best lanterns?

You've probably found that while headlamps are the best for navigating in the dark, lanterns are best for lighting up camp. Whether you prioritize lumen strength, longevity, weight, or versatility, we want to know which brand shines brighter the rest. Take our other poll: Who ...read more

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Who makes the best baselayers?

Every layering system starts at skin level. And whether it’s wool, synthetic, or a little bit of both, there’s no shortage of brands who make great baselayers. But that doesn’t mean we can’t chime in on our favorites. So tell us, who do you think makes the most killer baselayers? ...read more