Climbing - - ESSENTIALS -

TAILWIND NU­TRI­TION We see lots of sports drinks, but the En­durance Fuel and Re­cov­ery Drinks stood out. The for­mer is like a low- key, way- less- sug­ary Ga­torade and of­fered sus­tained en­ergy and hy­dra­tion, while the lat­ter was a de­li­cious, co­conut- milk- based elec­trolyte and mus­cle re­builder per­fect for après. $ 2.50– 3/ packet, tail­wind­nu­tri­tion. com

MERIDIAN LINE STRETCH JEANS Meridian Line makes killer climb­ing jeans, blend­ing or­ganic cot­ton, Ly­cra, and polyester into flexy pants with Jeremy Collins’s “Fal­con- Salmon- Com­pass” art inside— roll up the cuffs or check out the kick­er­plate liner. The jeans come in stan­dard and skinny fit for women, and slim and stan­dard for men. $ 99, the­merid­i­an­line. com

KAVU SHAPIRO If you’re of the “look good, climb good” mind­set, check out this 600D polyester back­pack- style rope/ crag bag. A draw­cord cinch and three burly straps keep the rope flaked, and the zip- off tarp made it easy to route- hop without lug­ging the whole kit. The padded back panel made for comfy haul­ing, and turned any sub- op­ti­mal cliff base into a rope plat­form fit for an IFSC- cer­ti­fied speed be­layer. $ 75, kavu. com

HONEY STINGER SNACK BAR Honey Stinger joins the nut- but­ter trend with their three Or­ganic Cracker N’ Nut But­ter Snack Bars. Boast­ing 5g of pro­tein and sweet­ened with True Source honey, th­ese bars brought yummy, re­li­able en­ergy at the rocks. $ 26.40 ( box of 12), hon­eystinger. com

BEAL JAMMY Th­ese 5.5mm pre­sewn prusiks/ slings ( 50 or 60 cm) were per­fect for rig­ging au­to­block rap­pel back­ups. When rap­ping, the Jammy had smooth ac­tion, which al­lowed the prusik both to slide and lock off eas­ily. This proved true no mat­ter how many wraps were used, with fewer wraps (≤ 3) pro­vid­ing equally ef­fec­tive grip. $ 13– 15, lib­er­ty­moun­tain. com

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