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The Essential Rock Climbing Gear

Oct 31, 2007
What catches your attention when you take a look at a photograph of a rock climber or when you visit a neighborhood fitness center are the shoes. Shoes happen to be one of the most essential gears in rock climbing. There is no doubt that a harness and a helmet are extremely important as well. Have you ever thought about the reason why there are special shoes for rock climbing? Well, basically they offer a mixture of both, good control and "adhesiveness".

Shoes

As a novice the one thing you have to understand is that your shoes are going to get messed up to a great extent. This is mainly because you keep tripping and losing your balance constantly. You could also go online and carry out as much of research as you wish to. If you go to a good store, they could provide you with great guides on the various types of products, the purpose and what is ideal for you. You must choose shoes that are of good quality, do not make the mistake of buying the cheapest one.

There are a few things that you must keep in mind at the time of buying your shoes. Pricing is one thing you must take into consideration. You need not buy the most expensive pair of shoes. If this is the first pair, you could spend a reasonable amount; something between $40 and $65 all depending on your shoe budget.

Being comfortable the whole day is another thing you must take into consideration. When you advance and begin to climb more technically, you will have to wear special shoes, which would obviously cost more money and would not be very comfortable till you get used to the fit. However, at present even as your feet are learning the method and getting into the habit of the shoes, all you have to bother about is a shoe that offers you comfort the whole day.

Harness

When you choose a harness, you must be on the look out for a harness that is not very costly. You could buy a fantastic Singing Rock Rhythm Harness by paying only $45. A common rule is that at any time you put something on, a rope or a harness, you must have 6 inches to spare. You must understand that when you initially begin your climbing expeditions, you most likely would be spending a great deal of time 'being seated' in that harness, therefore it has to feel comfortable. As the harness gets more and more technical, the leg straps tend to be thinner. You must always try out the harness before you make your purchase.

Helmet

All helmets generally have to be of a particular standard and they fit in the same manner. A number of them have insides made of foam, while others have straps and deciding between them totally depends on what you prefer. While you try on a helmet choose one that is most comfortable. A helmet has guarded and saved a lot of climbers. When you begin to get better and begin to take up larger risks it simply is more practical to wear a helmet.
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