The best climbing gear of 2021

Mountain Hardwear Crag Wagon 45 backpack ($ 230)

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Minimalist looks hide the true capabilities of this tractor. A travel guide cover, three outside pockets and a clamshell opening keep things tidy. The expandable cinch top offers space for a 70 meter rope.

Black Diamond 9.6 Bi-Pattern Dry Rope (from $ 290)

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At 9.6 millimeters – enough circumference to add durability without adding too much bulk – this dry treated rope is our favorite workhorse. The bi-pattern design is the key to abseiling.

Black Diamond Onsight 375 headlight ($ 60)

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The Onsight 375 has a distance beam for route finding and a wide beam for climbing – switch with just one tap. A rear battery reduces the forehead volume.

Scarpa Booster climbing shoes ($ 189)

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Scarpa’s beloved all-round shoe has got a new last that is wider at the front and narrower at the heel. Increased precision is achieved through a light, easy-to-grip and durable synthetic plaster in the toe box.

Arc’teryx Oriel 28 leggings ($ 89)

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We love the bay window because of its durable, breathable nylon and opaque black elastane. This year, a higher rise (8.7 inches) means you won’t moon your belayer.

Prana Sol Defender Hoodie ($ 79)

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The Sol Defender looks like a normal hoodie, but is full of technical qualities such as UPF 30+, a hard-wearing polyester blend and a moisture-regulating grid.

Petzl Corax LT Harness ($ 60)

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The latest version of Petzl’s popular sports harness is even more comfortable with a wider hip belt and leg loops. The foam kept our legs happy (and awake) during long slopes.

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Wild Country Session Quickdraws Six-Pack ($ 95)

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At 3.5 ounces each, with stiff dog bones and rubber vices to make it easy to cut off, these are our new favorite quickdraws for projection.

Arc’teryx Konseal FL 2 approach shoes ($ 145)

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Most approach shoes are either stiff for climbing or supportive for hiking, but the Konseal does both. A layer of TPU gives the thin midsole, which has a beveled edge for support, a springy feel.

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