Over the past two years, innovations in climbing shoe technology have been at an overall high and shoe companies across the globe have been tasked with keeping up if they want to stay on top of the market. The team at Evolv is no exception to this rule, with new models coming out at a rapid pace in order to keep current in the competing shoe market.
The Agro is Evolv’s answer to the ever changing market of high performance climbing shoes. The Evolv Agro’s downturned one strap design is built for steep overhanging climbing that demands power in your feet. It features 4.2 mm TRAX SAS high friction rubber, Evolv’s new TPS (Tension Power System) technology and a thick toe rubber upper for optimal toe hooking performance. The Agro is a much more streamlined design that previous Evolv models and is a good step forward in the Evolv high performance line.
I f***ing hate The Stovelegs,” Brad panted as he clipped a sling to our anchor and dropped off the far side of Dolt Tower. “So brutal.” “They’re pretty fun if you clip gear,” Mike joked, to an abbreviated chuckle. Four minutes later Brad was almost two pitches up climbing 5.9 fists faster than I’ve ever seen someone crack climb. He was clearly in the zone, and he still hadn’t placed any gear since clipping our anchor 150 feet earlier.
Fantastic competition put on by the crew and volunteers at Boulder House in Victoria, BC. Riding high off a podium win at Bolder Climbing in Calgary a few weeks ago, Eric Sethna takes first place followed by Jesse Tapin and Guy MacNamee who are having a great start to the season. On the women’s side, Alyssa Weber continues to climb stronger than ever, beating out friend and competitor Allison Vest.
1. Eric Sethna
2. Jesse Taplin
3. Guy McNamee
4. Ivan Luo (FN)
5. Aidan Doyle
6. Ryder Hoy
7. Evan Waugh
8. Kin Wah Lai
1. – Alyssa Weber
2. – Allison Vest
3. – Sally Kim (FN)
4. – Becca Frangos
5. – Mika Hosoi
6. – Jani Zoraj
7. – Gill Haigh
8. – Christy Spurrell
Awesome feature by the crew at Louder than 11 featuring Heather Weidner battling the route China Doll (5.14R).
China Doll is a provocative exploration of gender stereotypes, romance, and rock climbing. Witness Heather Weidner battle personal demons in the world of hard traditional climbing. With her ascent of China Doll, a 5.14- R traditional route in Upper Dream Canyon, Colorado, U.S.A., Heather Weidner nabs the first female ascent, and becomes the fourth woman in the world to climb a 5.14 traditional route. In the process, she discovers that loving herself is the ultimate project.
For those looking for a robust quickdraw that never wears out, the Edelrid Bulletproof Quickdraw is a no brainer. Thanks to the innovation over at Edelrid, the Ederid Bulletproof Quickdraw features a steel inset that sits inside the biner that makes contact with the rope while climbing, drastically reducing wear and increasing the life of your quickdraw. Placed within an aluminum biner, the steel inset of this draw packs a punch. Over our six week field test of these draws, they showed no signs of wear after being used in some very sandy conditions.
A project I recently completed which is a short high paced sport climbing flick showcasing how incredibly rad and absolutely bad ass the Canadian Rockies are. Not necessarily an inspirational narrative story being told in the first person or second for that matter but, plain and simple clips with mind blowing scenery that will undoubtedly speak to the psyche of those climbers out there that generate their stoke from visually stimulating climbing.
We are very psyched to announce that Dan Beland sent Southern Smoke (5.14c) today, marking his fourth of the grade. Dan has also sent two 5.14a’s this trip, including Transworld Deprevity (5.14a) and God’s Own Stone (5.14a) as well as Super Charger (5.13d). Congratulations Dan!