Knowledge Articles

Headlamps for Climbers
Watch your local Petzl rep Ross Mailloux break down the lineup of Petzl headlamps. With a huge array of headlamps available on the market today it can be confusing to select which one is best suited to you and your...
Climbing Shoe Fit Guide
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned rock jock, climbing shoes have the biggest impact on your performance and enjoyment on the rock. It’s the only thing you can pay for that can automatically make you a better climber.
The Progressor 200 - Track Your Finger Strength
  The Progressor 200 is a portable training tool designed to track climbers' finger strength.This new sleek device, scientifically known as a dynamometer, calculates your muscular strength with precise force readings while training. It is lightweight, robust and seamlessly connects...
Crash Pad Gear Guide
Crash pads are for landing on. Once upon a time, hardcore boulderers just used a dirty rag as a landing zone. After a few hectic falls and broken hips, the climbers of lore realized that padding might be nice to have on the ground. Things have advanced a bit since then.
Elements of a Bouldering Shoe
Watch product manager and renowned route developer Tyrone Brett break down the key elements of a bouldering shoe. We stock shoes for traditional climbing, sport climbing and specifically for both indoor and outdoor bouldering. If you are looking for the...
Portable Training Products
Watch product Manager Yuki Kuroda break down the selection of portable training products we have available.
Unrivalled Excellence: Why Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags Are Worth the Investment
In the realm of outdoor gear, where high-quality choices are common amongst outdoor equipment brands, Western Mountaineering stands out as a beacon of excellence, going above and beyond what many consider high quality. The brand's sleeping bags, renowned for their exceptional craftsmanship and performance, have become a favourite among a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts and professionals.
Skin Care For Indoor Climbers
Rhino Skin Solutions has developed products that help prepare, heal and recover your skin for both indoor training and outdoor climbing. Climber's skin is one of the key tools that can limit performance and reduce the ability to train.
Gifts For Climbers
Do you have a climber in your life and want to buy them a thoughtful gift this Christmas but don't know where to start? Do you listen to their climbing conversations filled with jargon and terminology with bewilderment? Don’t worry, we can help you make a perfect gift decision this holiday season with our gift for climbers guide.
Gloves For Ice Climbing & Mixed Climbing
Ice climbing is tough on the hands, from frozen fingers to smashing your knuckles on ice mushrooms. Just trying to stay warm after sweating your way up to a freezing top belay is difficult so ice climbers always own a...
Climbing Cam Gear Guide
Due to the ease and convenience of quickly selecting, placing, and removing cams, and with their superior performance in parallel cracks, cams are the staple of the modern day crack climbing rack.
Skin Care Guide

The issue that troubles the majority of sport climbers and boulderers is tip skin. It can kill the psyche immediately if when you pull off the ground for the first move your tips are screaming in pain. So let's talk about how to best deal with that as well as touch on a few techniques for dealing with pockets, cracks and some other skin ruining monsters.

Helmet Buying Guide
Whether you need help deciding on your first one or if that old hand-me-down bucket of yours needs replacing, we break down everything you need to know about helmets for the 2023 climbing season from how to fit, what materials go into protecting your head, what helmets are (and aren’t) certified for and what we’ve got in shop.
La Sportiva G-Tech Mountaineering Boot Review

The evolution of ice climbing and mountaineering gear has been focused on light weight ice screws and technical tools that can handle steep terrain. The demand for technical boots that can perform in highly technical terrain has increased and La Sportiva has responded with the G-tech.

Tent Gear Guide
Since the Golden Age in The Valley, manufacturers have been refining their products and are now offering a wide range of tent options for a spectrum of activities from car camping to high altitude climbing. The abundance of options can make the buying process complicated, so we wanted to offer some insights into the world of tents.
Climbing Harness Review 2022
All the harnesses in this review will perform beyond your expectations which is why they were selected; however, we will look at the differences and explain their unique features.
Carabiner Gear Guide
Carabiners come in a variety of shapes and sizes, are designed for different purposes and have become very specialized over recent years. This guide is designed to help the reader understand which carabiner is best suited to which application and to help them make an informed purchase. 
Mountain Boots Gear Guide

So you're looking for a pair of mountain boots. Maybe you want to summit Denali or maybe you want to tackle the famous WI5+ La Pomme d'Or. Maybe you just want to have a shot at Garibaldi next summer. If you have already started shopping, you've likely noticed the numerous designs available on today's market, but might be confused by the abundance of options.

Sport Climbing Rope Review 2021
Sport climbing only requires a few key pieces of gear;  shoes, harness, belay device, draws, chalk and most essentially a rope. This review focuses on six of the best available for the 2021 season.
Bouldering Shoe Review
Every spring the latest bouldering shoes hit the shelves with claims of better performance, new technologies and amazing designs. We have hand selected six of the best new products to arrive in 2021 and have headed out bouldering to test these shoes.
Best Hangboards for Training
Looking to improve your finger strength? Hangboards have become a fixture at every gym across the world. This simple tool can be mounted at home to allow easy access to training when you are strapped for time to go to your nearest gym.