CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR CLIMBERS
Know someone who loves to scale heights? Then we’ve got the perfect gift. Whether you’re after a stocking filler or something for under the Christmas tree, we’ll help you seek the peak of equipment for the epic climber in your life.
Whether scaling rockfaces or tackling an indoor wall, a harness is a must-have for anyone staring out. The way a harness fits is dictated by the manufacturer, but every harness has a high, padded waist belt with two leg loops connected by reinforced pieces of webbing or elastic.
Getting the right fit is essential for safety and comfort, so we recommend getting the intended recipient to try them on in-store. Sure, it means you have to return later without them to keep it a surprise, but trust us, it's well worth investing in the best fit.
Check our harness buying guide to get the full lowdown on all the options.
Unlike many extreme sports, when climbing, you don't have to wear a helmet, but it’s something we strongly recommend. A helmet provides vital protection in the event of a fall and helps protect belayers who are at risk of rockfall - even the smallest rocks, dropped from high enough, can inflict fatal injuries.
Like with a harness, it’s important to get the right fit, so you may need to get the recipient into a store to try a few helmets before making your purchase.
At Snow+Rock we stock all three main climbing helmet styles; hard-shell, expanded foam and hybrid. What’s more, you’ll discover helmets offering the pinnacle of protection without sacrificing key elements such as breathability, comfort and weight. comfort and weight.
Help the climber in your life take on more epic challenges. Climbing packs are designed to be lightweight and durable, while offering the space needed to pack in everything they need on their ascent. So take a load off them this Christmas, with a pack that let's them climb higher and explore further.
Check our full range of climbing packs from some of the most wanted brands, including Mammut, Mountain Hardwear and Arc'teryx.
A carabiner makes a great stocking filler for the trad climber, who let’s face it, will never have too many. Carabiners can broadly be divided into two categories; non-locking and locking, and serious climbers will use both kinds.
Non-locking carabiners have a sprung gate that snaps back into place once the climbing equipment has been pushed through it, and there are many types of gates available, from straight gates, bent gates and lightweight wire gates.
Locking carabiners have a sleeve around the gate, which means the gate will only open when correctly positioned.
Just like carabiners, a climber can’t have too many quickdraws- they’re just an essential piece of climbing gear.
Quickdraws attach a climbers rope to protection in the rock and are an integral part of the system that catches a climber in the event of a fall. With safety of paramount importance, our experts hand-pick quickdraws of the highest standards of workmanship, durability and quality from the biggest brands in the climbing industry like DMM and Mammut.
And just like carabiners they make the perfect stocking filler too!
A belay device is a mechanical piece of climbing gear used to control a rope during belaying. It’s a small but vital piece of climbing gear that improves the safety of climbers while allowing the belayer to manage their duties with minimal physical effort – which in practice means a small climber can easily arrest the fall of a larger, heavier partner.
Belays can be categorised as manual or assisted devices. Manual devices have no moving parts, are lighter and also tend to be cheaper. Assisted belays use a device to bite the rope when it’s weighted, which can make things easier, and for this reason, they are favoured by sport climbers as falls are more likely.
When it comes to buying a belay as a gift, rest assured that you can’t get it wrong as any device you get will be put to good use.
Every climber uses chalk to help them grip the rock or wall better. And, no matter how much chalk a climber has, they’ll inevitably run out, so chalk makes a great gift.
Having the right chalk can make or break an ascent by fighting sweat build-up on hands which helps increase friction for enhanced grip.
We stock a wide range of options from fine to coarse loose chalk, chalk blocks for those who prefer to break it up themselves and liquid chalk for longer-lasting effects with less mess, so whatever their preference, you’re sure to find the right option at Snow+Rock.
Most serious climbers will already have a chalk bag, but for those starting out, a chalk bag is essential. Choose between draw fast bags, which keep chalk safe until it's needed, or open bags that are easily accessible and ideal for finger dipping.
Finger strength is a crucial part of improving at climbing, but it’s not necessary for a climber to spend all their time outdoors or at a climbing wall to do this.
With the Gripmaster finger and hand exerciser, they can train individual fingers, from the comfort of home, so they grip tighter and hang longer on their next ascent.
Climbing is tough on hands, and while rough, peeling hands are often seen as a badge of honour amongst climbers, if not properly cared for, they can limit performance.
For those out climbing every weekend, specialist gloves can help protect their hands while providing the friction needed for secure handholds. But if gloves aren’t their thing or they need more tailored support, finger tape is a good option.
To help them improve the general condition of their hands, choose a balm made from natural oils which will help repair the skin and soothe any sores.
If you want further inspiration, check out all our climbing equipment.
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