Climbing Gear Guide: PETZL: GRIGRI 2, ANGE S, METEOR III, XION ROPE & CORE

GRIGRI 2 – Editor’s Choice
“Smaller, lighter, and easier to use — Version 2.0 is a great device for beginning sport climbers and seasoned pros alike. Be sure to watch the how-to-use-it video at Petzl’s website.”

ANGE S Carabiner – Most Innovative
“It will be interesting, over the long haul, to compare the mono-gate’s endurance to that of double wires; I suspect it will be bomber, and I’d use the Ange biners in every situation, from sport cragging to alpine burl.”

METEOR III Helmet – Best in Show
“Best of all, this helmet is rated not only to take the impact of an object hitting you (like a rock whizzing down from above) — it’s also built to absorb the impact of your head hitting something (like smashing into a wall in a fall.) That means not just better protection for you when climbing, but also protection for your wallet — you can use the same helmet for biking and white-water sports, according to European standards.”

XION Rope – Flexible Flyer
“This rope proved itself again and again as solid for everything from topping vertical pitches to projecting overhanging sport routes.”

TIKKA XP2 CORE – Green Light
“Petzl’s Tikka is a lightweight, easy to use headlamp that first came out in 2000. Now, not only has this LED lamp gotten brighter, with a longer life, but it also comes with a rechargeable, programmable lithium ion polymer Core battery.”

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