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Metolius Alpine Aider
 Metolius Alpine Aider
The Metolius Alpine Aider is surprisingly comfortable considering how light and non-bulky it is. The Biothane step-stiffeners keep your feet relative comfortable despite the thin (0.80") webbi...


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Nov 23, 2009; 12:00pm
Yates Speed Wall Ladder
 Yates Speed Wall Ladder
The Yates Speedwall Ladder is a lighter and thinner version of the our Editors' Choice winner, the Yates Big Wall Ladder. The steps are 1" wide compared to the Big Wall Ladder's 1.75" steps. That mean...


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Nov 27, 2009; 4:03pm
Fish Smart Aider
 Fish Smart Aider
Fish's Smart Aider uses the a simple design that has led to thousands of successful big wall ascents. Chris McNamara used these for his first 10 big walls and loved them. Fish Smart is the most durabl...


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100% recommend it (2/2)
Jan 30, 2010; 3:02pm
Metolius Bomb Shelter Double Fly
 Metolius Bomb Shelter Double Fly
This is the only rain fly made for the Metolius Bomb Shelter Double Ledge. It has all the key features of a standard fly that the Black Diamond and the Fish have: tent pole, reinforcements at the wear...


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Feb 08, 2010; 10:35pm
Finding the Perfect Big Wall Aider
 Finding the Perfect Big Wall Aider
We reviewed eight of our favorite big wall aiders and used them on more than 100 walls, from El Capitan to Baffin Island. We evaluated the contenders using five main criteria: comfort, ease of walking...


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Best Aider

Feb 12, 2010; 12:00pm
Metolius 5 Step Aider
 Metolius 5 Step Aider
The Metolius 5 Step Aider is the best etrier-style aider we have tested. Chris McNamara has used this aider on more walls than any other aider and says it is comfortable and easy to walk up in due to ...


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Feb 12, 2010; 12:00pm
Petzl Wall Step Etrier
 Petzl Wall Step Etrier
*This product has been discontinued. Check out our review of the Petzl GradiStep Etrier for going ultralight on free climbs that have short sections of aid climbing. For burly big wall aid climbing go...


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Feb 15, 2010; 12:00pm
Black Diamond Etrier
 Black Diamond Etrier
The Black Diamond Etrier offers a classic etrier design with no frills. It gets the job done and is relatively light. It does not have sub-steps up high, which limits your options when top-stepping. T...


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Mar 08, 2010; 12:00pm
CCH Hybrid Alien
 CCH Hybrid Alien
The CCH Hybrid Alien used to be the best cam for pin scars, especially in Yosemite and Zion. Now the Black Diamond Camalot X4 gives it some stiff competition. This used to be my hands down my favorite...


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100% recommend it (2/2)
Mar 10, 2010; 1:51am
Black Diamond Padded Gear Sling
 Black Diamond Padded Gear Sling
This is a solid gear sling that will last forever. Overall, we prefer the comfort and ease of clipping of the Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling. That said, the simplicity, durability and bomberness of th...


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Mar 11, 2010; 1:26pm
Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling
 Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling
The Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling is currently my favorite gear sling. It is comfortable, the plastic-encased webbing is easy to clip biners to and the price is right. If you want a slightly lig...


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Mar 11, 2010; 11:04pm
Gregory Alpaca Duffel
 Gregory Alpaca Duffel
The Gregory Alpaca Duffel is one of the most fully-featured duffel bags we tested and has the most carrying options. Used as a backpack, briefcase or over the shoulder, this duffel is the only model w...


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Mar 21, 2010; 12:00pm
Petzl Spirit Bent Gate
 Petzl Spirit Bent Gate
The Petzl Spirit is maybe the oldest and most popular sport climbing carabiner in the world. More than a decade ago, Petzl's innovative keylock design of the gate was the first to eliminate the probl...


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Apr 10, 2010; 12:00pm
Black Diamond LiveWire
 Black Diamond LiveWire
The Black Diamond HotWire and Black Diamond Livewire were some of first carabiners with the once revolutionary "wiregate" design. At first glance, the wiregate looks weak and fragile but after reading...


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Apr 11, 2010; 12:00pm
Black Diamond Talon
 Black Diamond Talon
The Black Diamond Talon is probably the most useful hook made for hard granite (sandstone edges small edges are generally too weak for it). It gives three different options including the somet...


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Apr 14, 2010; 12:00pm
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