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All the newest belay devices coming to the US Market in 2017 from Black Diamond, Edelrid, Petzl and Wild Country.


1 of 3 new belay devices for 2015, the DMM Pivot takes a uniquely simple approach to solving a problem that has plagued “guide mode” belay devices since they were invented. No more backup prusiks or other shenanigans necessary with this beauty.

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Wild Country continues to deliver beautifully crafted climbing hardware with the new line of screw-gate locking carabiners, the EOS, Ascent, and Ascent Lite. These three beauties show-off WC’s design skills and forging capabilities.

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The Mammut Crag HMS Slidelock is a new entry into the auto-locking carabiner market. Similar in action to the Black Diamond Magnetron, the Crag Slidelock requires a pinch of the button on both sides of the gate, then a pulling action to slide the button down the gate. Super safe and secure auto-locker for those wanting to get away from the traditional twist lockers.

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Grivel releases their unique Twin Gate auto-locking carabiners to the US market. Although we were skeptical at first sight, with a little practice the twin gate design is actually quick simple to manipulate. The wire gate versions being significantly more friendly for small hands. Don’t discount the merits of this odd looking design before you give a go.

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Petzl updates their high-end harness line with a completely redesigned Hirundos and an all-new Aquila. The new Hirundos was designed with minimal interior seams, dyneema tie-in points for durability, new buckles, and a new leg loop and swami design. The Aquila is essentially the adjustable leg loop version of the Hirundos but also sports a slightly wider swami and leg loops.

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CAMP continues to push into the fringes of lightweight geardom with their update of the ever popular Nano carabiner. As the name suggests, the Nano 22 is 1 gram lighter than the 23 gram Nano 23. In addition to subtracting a gram, CAMP also managed to increase the strength by 1 kN and, in our opinion, dramatically improve the gate action compared to the previous version.

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New England Ropes introduces their latest innovation – Platinum Technology, which creates a permanent connection between the core and sheath by weaving extra fibers through the sheath and core every 60cm. This eliminates sheath slippage and creates a stronger rope. Only available for static ropes in 2015 (stay tuned for dynamic ropes). Read our blog post for more details and photos.

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BlueWater has been making quality climbing ropes in the US for years. They’re now focussed on making skinny and highly versatile ropes in diameters that are usable by most of us mortals. The 9.1mm Icon and the 9.3mm Wave are the latest incarnations of skinny singles in the lineup. Learn more about the Icon and Wave with our in-depth blog post that goes over all the details.

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Edelrid is releasing the 9.2mm Topaz, a triple-rated bipattern rope in spring 2015. This rope is the first rope based on a new technology that can speed up the manufacturing of bicolor and bipattern ropes which will in-turn lower the price. Inexpensive bipattern ropes? Yes please! And like all of Edelrid ropes the Topaz 9.2 is BlueSign certified. Find out more details of the Topaz with our in-depth blog review of the specs.

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Edelrid is continuing to push climbing rope technology and this time they’re integrating it into their new 6.5mm static/dynamic Rap Line II. It’s a Line that acts static, unless there’s a heavy fall, and then it can “break” and turn dynamic (and will stay dynamic for the rest of it’s life). Super helpful if you ever need to lead on your rapline in an un-planned event. Read our blog post for even more details going over how this technology works.

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Mammut has revamped their entire rope line for 2015 to make it easier to choose the right cord for the right job.

In addition to making a clearer price structure, they are also one of the few companies to have ropes currently certified “Dry” by the new UIAA Water Repellent standard and you’ll hear how this has influenced the reorganization of their rope line.

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Pro Climber and climbing industry insider JP “Peewee” Ouellet chooses to climb on Sterling ropes for one reason. In this video he explains why he contacted Sterling to buy ropes before he was one of their athletes. His go-to ropes include the Fusion Ion 9.4 for the majority of his rock climbing, the Fusion Nano and/or Fusion Photon for alpine, mixed, and ice climbing, and the Evolution Velocity 9.8 for a workhorse TR or hard working a route. Read more details of how JP uses each rope on our exclusive blog post.

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Sterling Ropes is releasing a handful of great new products and updating a few of their classics. Completely new for 2015 are the Evolution Helix 9.5mm and the Evolution Aero 9.2mm ropes.

The Fusion Nano gets upgraded and downsized by dropping from 9.2mm to 9.0mm and the Nano’s big brother, the Fusion Ion also gets upgraded to the Fusion Ion R. Sterling is also releasing a new bi-color version of the Evolution Velocity 9.8mm – their best selling rope.

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 The 8.5mm Opera is one of Beal’s new 2015 offerings. It has a coveted UIAA dry certification, is the lightest single at 48g/m, and it’s triple rated so it can be used as a single, twin, or half. Expect an exceptionally low impact force and high dynamic elongation. Read all the stats on our in-depth Beal Opera blog post.

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Check out the 2015 harness coming from Black Diamond, CAMP, DMM, Edelrid, Grivel, Mammut, Misty Mountain, Petzl, and Singing Rock.

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Watch highlights of the newest belay devices and ascenders to be released for the 2015 climbing season. Belay devices include the CAMP Matik brake assist device, the DMM Pivot, Mantis, and Grip devices, and the Edelrid Jul 2. Read an overview post that compares these new belay devices.

The newest ascenders are being released by the big guns: Petzl and Black Diamond. Read a full post going over all the details of the ascenders.


 

Watch highlights of the latest carabiners to be released for the 2015 climbing season from CAMP, DMM, Edelrid, Grivel, Mammut, Metolius, Omega Pacific, and Wild Country. Want to see these details and more in written form? Check out our 2015 carabiner blog post.

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See the latest trends in ropes to be released in 2015 from Beal, BlueWater, Edelrid, New England, So ill, Sterling, and Tendon. You’ll notice much skinnier ropes and new technology adding safety and cutting costs. Check out our list of in-depth rope posts available on the blog.

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Edelrid’s 2014 rope line has 14 ropes (available in the US) including:
The Flycatcher 6.9: the thinnest and lightest half rope
The Corbie 8.9: triple rated – single, half, and twin): the thinnest and lightest single rope
The Python TouchTec 10.0: has a tactile and visible change at the ends of the rope to warn when you’re getting close to the end.
The Boa DuoTec 9.8 and the Anniversary DuoTec 9.7: the DuoTec ropes do not actually change the weave of sheath, eliminating any air pockets or inconsistency within the sheath at the location of the change.

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Edelrid released a series of auto locking carabiners to give the trusted screw gates a run for their money. Super fast and easy to open, the Slider series of ‘biners have several advantages over traditional screw gates and auto-lockers. Learn about the pros/cons and the design from Edelrid’s Head of Product Development. To help you learn the differences we’ve also created an in-depth blog post featuring all Edelrid’s sliding carabiners.

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This video may look long but it’s chock full of all the design details that went into creating the “first women’s specific harness.” The Solaris took over 2 years to develop to perfectly fit all women (not just the women who have “guy shaped” hips) as it automatically adjusts to the angle of of the wearer’s hips. The Solaris is worth checking out if you’re interested in a super versatile and comfortable harness that actually fits. See more detailed photos embedded in our in-depth review.

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Edelrid released the lightest certified carabiner, the Nineteen G, in 2013 to much amazement and amusement. Learn what Edelrid was thinking when they decided to mass produce such a specialized product. See more pictures and stats via our in-depth product review.

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Mammut’s Fritz Schäfer, Climbing Equipment Product Manager, explains how the award-winning Smart and Smart Alpine belay device was developed and how to use it.

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Mammut’s 2014 ropes explained: Here the head of climbing products walks through each rope and their differences and why you might choose a SuperDry rope over a Classic or Coating Finish rope.

In 2013 when the video was shot, the Mammut rope line included the 7.5mm Twilight which was the thinnest half rope on the market.

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Mammut has made a few updates to compliment recent technology in their harnesses. Updates include: a softer material for the tie-in protector, making snag-free gear loops, and generally updating the aesthetics. See every harness available today on WeighMyRack.

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Mammut revamped it’s carabiner series for 2014, splitting them into 3 separate lines: the previously available Bionic line, and 2 new lines – the Wall line for alpine climbing, and the Crag line for sport climbing. They have developed a specialized range of carabiners within each line.

Compare these carabiners to the rest of the carabiners available on WeighMyRack.

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Petzl’s new bouldering pad line consists of 3 pads: the Cirro, a large highball pad, the Alto, a standard sized everyday pad, and the Nimbo, designed for spotting or as a sit-start pad. The Petzl designers set out to solve many (all?) of the issues that are found with other pads, and they’ve incorporated a long line of features (all explained in the video by Justin Roth from The Stone Mind).

See more pictures and feature explanations of all the Petzl pads via our in-depth review.

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Brett Merlin from CAMP USA explains the relationship between the CAMP and Cassin brands and how that relationship was developed.

Check out the stories behind more CAMP/Cassin Gear here on the Blog:
Warden: blog.weighmyrack.com/cassin-camp-warden-big-wall-climbing-harness/
Daisy Twist: blog.weighmyrack.com/cassin-camp-daisy-twist-daisy-chain/
Corsa Nanotech: blog.weighmyrack.com/camp-corsa-nanotech-ice-axe-review/
Photon: blog.weighmyrack.com/camp-photon-carabiner-review/
Blitz: blog.weighmyrack.com/camp-blitz-harness-guides-choice-award-winner/

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CAMP’s X-Light technical ice axe is a lightweight workhorse. Light enough for the long glacier slogs, burly enough to pound pickets, and with a bent shaft and adjustable pommel for climbing moderate ice. Perhaps a contender for the throne currently held by the Petzl Sum’Tec. Read More about the X-Light uses via our blog post.

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Cassin/CAMP’s Daisy Twist daisy chain is a unique take on the traditional daisy with simple and elegant solutions to the biggest problems with typical daisy chains (read: No More Misclips and a more ergonomic tie-in). See even more details and specs on the Daisy Twists blog post.

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Cassin’s Warden harness was designed for big wall climbers blurring the lines between aid and free climbing. The harness features 2 additional tie-in loops to clean up your daisy chains, their patented anti-rotation belay loop to eliminate cross-loading, and in Cassin/CAMP style, lightweight materials and technologies to make the harness comfortable, light, and versatile. Read how this harness was designed and get all the specs.

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Black Diamond’s 2014 Fuel ice tool was developed by blending the climbing ability of the Cobra ice tool with the form of the mixed climbing specific Fusion. Read more about it on this blog post.

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Grivel updated their 360 ice screws for 2014. They’ve made the hanger larger for easier racking and cleaning. They also increased the tooth depth for faster starting.

All of Grivel’s screws also utilize their “reverse thread” which is intended to dissipate the force of a fall into the ice more than the traditional thread design. Read more about the merits of reverse threading (and more details of the screws).

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Grivel is releasing 3 new tools: the Machine 3.0, the Tech Machine, and the Light Machine. This video explains exactly what each one is designed for. Read more details about the newest ice tool on this blog post.

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Grivel’s 2014 Ascenders include an integrated belay plate in addition to all of the expected functionality of a normal ascender, potentially a huge time saver.

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Daniel Gebel, Head of Product Development at Edelrid, shows what makes the Mega Jul and Micro Jul belay devices so unique. If you’re curious how the two Jul belay devices stack up with more details and pros/cons read our in-depth review.

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Who doesn’t dream of clean-nose wiregate carabiners? We can assure you, the Alpha Trad ‘biner from DMM does not disappoint. Here’s the design details of the Alpha Trad right from DMM’s mouth.

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It’s easy to be impressed when you hear the new stats of the Thor carabiner from DMM. With a 11kN open gate strength and 24 kN major axis, this is one of the burliest wiregate ‘biners on the market. DMM tells the story behind the Thor in this video. Read more details about the Thor on our blog post.

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DMM’s Rhino carabiner looks to be a simplistically beautiful solution to the locking ‘biner cross-loading issue when using a GriGri-like device or pulleys. The bottom of the biner is also angled to fit perfectly into the belay loop of a harness. Read more details about this carabiner in our Rhino blog post.

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DMM’s Alpha Light carabiner was over a year late to the market because they wanted to spend the time making it perfect. Hear the story behind the design from DMM in this video or read about it on our blog post.

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Beal is releasing a new line of carabiners in 2014, this is the first time they’re carrying carabiners–and they’re starting with a full lineup. The video showcases the full line and the blog post goes into even more details of each of these carabiners and what the best use is.

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Beal is releasing the thinnest and lightest half rope to the market in 2014, the Beal Gully. Hear the story behind the stats from Beal’s US Distributer Liberty Mountain in this video or read even more details in our in-depth post about this crazy half rope.

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Beal is known for their climbing ropes but in 2014 they’re releasing a new set of rock climbing harnesses. Hear about their debut designs in this video from Beal’s US distributer Liberty Mountain or read even more harness details on our Beal Harness blog post.

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Millet’s 2014 Opposite 9/10 climbing rope is actually 2 diameters! There’s 30m of 10mm rope and 50m of 9mm rope. The video talks about the design and it’s uses. You can also read a blog post going over even more details of this innovative rope.

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See snapshots of all the newest rock climbing gear coming out in 2014. Shot at 2013 Summer Outdoor Retailer Trade Show in Salt Lake City, UT.

Brands include: DMM, Tendon, Millet, Misty Mountain, Omega Pacific, SMC, Sterling, Wild Country, Mammut, Black Diamond, Liberty Mountain, Beal, Trango, and Edelrid.

Read our blog post to see photos and more details of these new products.

 


 

Learn why the CAMP Blitz mountaineering harness won an American Alpine Institute Guides Choice Award from the Guides Choice Program Director Jeff Voigt. Read about how AAI’s Guide Choice Program works (how gear wins).

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Learn why the CAMP Corsa Nanotech mountaineering ice axe won an American Alpine Institute Guides Choice Award from the Guides Choice Program Director Jeff Voigt. Read about how AAI’s Guide Choice Program works (how gear wins).

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Learn why the Black Diamond ATC Guide rock climbing belay device won an American Alpine Institute Guides Choice Award we sat down with Jeff Voigt, the award program manager. Read about how AAI’s Guide Choice Program works (how gear wins).

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Learn why the CAMP Photon Carabiner won an American Alpine Institute Guides Choice Award from the Guides Choice Program Director Jeff Voigt. Read about how AAI’s Guide Choice Program works (how gear wins).

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Learn why the Petzl Attache 3D Carabiner won an American Alpine Institute Guides Choice Award from the Guides Choice Program Director Jeff Voigt. Read about how AAI’s Guide Choice Program works (how gear wins).

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Hear Jeff Voigt, the manager of the Guides Choice International Gear Testing Program explain the American Alpine Institute’s Guides Choice Award. Or read more details about it on our blog post featuring the story of why (and how) gear can win a Guide’s Choice Award.

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