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  • Wednesday, 18 December 2019 11:15:09 Europe/London

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    Posted By William Eccles

    I got some new shoes! Always a joyous day, but particularly exciting when the brand is an unknown entity with a bunch of solid reviews early on. I don't boulder too hard but hold my own, so I got a shoe to suit. If you are in the market for a new technical model, without being aggressively toe down or even an all-day comfy fit work horse, then the Up Lace could be both (with a little size adjustment) and well worth getting down to the shop to try on.

     

    I've not been this excited about shoes in a long while and I may have just found a new favourite brand.

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  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:23:20 Europe/London

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    Posted By William Eccles

    The Organic Boulder buckets are well suited to harnessing the untapped power of Friction Labs chalk, being at the top of the price tree and very desirable.

     

    The bag is made from recycled offcuts from the manufacturing of the bouldering mats so ticks the eco green box nicely. This also means each bag is pretty much unique in patterning and colour combination.

     

    It is a very sturdy bag that sits well on the ground and doesn’t blow over in a light breeze. It features grab handles, a generous zip compartment for skin care items and several brush holders as we all know that one meagre brush will not suffice when having to remove the excessive build-up of chalk, dead skin, grime and nastiness from the grips.

     

    The solid velcro strip closure is ideal as I’ve always found drawcord closures fail either from snapping or de-threading and blocking in the eyelets making it impossible to close the bags properly.

     

    The other obvious bonus of having a garishly vibrant and unique oversized bucket, is that it won’t get lost at the wall in the sea of generic Moon Boulder chalk bags* or DMM Edge buckets of the great unwashed.

     

    *Check out Jack’s review of the Moon Boulder bag here..

     

    - Rich

  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019 16:10:07 Europe/London

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    Posted By William Eccles

    FrictionLabs chalk: Costing more per gram than a city banker’s recreational habits, is this dust more magical than anything Philip Pulman dreamt up or simply the Emperor’s new chalk?!

     

    What’s purer than pure.. err ground Unicorn horn? With it being by far the most pricey chalk pound for pound, is Friction Labs worth selling organs for?

     

    Hyperbole and faux science aside, it is without doubt a step up in performance in terms of keeping fingers drier for longer. I won’t let any other chalk near my main chalk bucket as contaminating it with sub-standard fare would undermine its effectiveness.

     

    I’ve found that it prevents my tips sweating out as fast and that less re-chalking is required. This has been a legitimate game changer for wrestling up marginal greasy volumes and slopers indoors as well as on pumpy outdoor climbs where there is no opportunity to chalk up mid climb (i.e. Parisella’s Cave).

     

    If you don’t possess your own money tree, I would recommend having a separate chalk bag with cheaper chalk for warming up purposes and saving the good stuff for redpointing projects. It is available in 3 flavours; Unicorn (Fine), Gorilla (Medium) and Bam Bam (Chunky), so just pick whichever grain size floats your boat. Fortunately, it is available in a sample size to give it a test before having to commit to a big bag!

     

    If the price is still just a bit too high, I would recommend giving the Beta Bloc double density chalk bloc a go. It has a very good value per gram and is probably the next best thing I have used after Friction Labs.

     

    - Rich

  • Tuesday, 17 December 2019 10:13:05 Europe/London

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    Posted By William Eccles

    Jack can talk the back legs off a dog. I've seen it first hand and it's not pretty. You didn't think there was much to say about a Moon Bouldering bucket did you? How wrong you were!

     

    He has been using them for as long as they have existed, in his defence. So come on in, maybe grab a brew (there will be time to drink it) and check out why we sell a bajillion of these a year.

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  • Monday, 16 December 2019 15:05:36 Europe/London

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    Posted By William Eccles

    Rhino Skin Repair is a non-greasy skin conditioner designed to heal dry, swollen and abused hands and feet. The instructions state to wash and dry hands immediately after climbing, then apply pea sized amounts and rub in until dry.

     

    The active ingredients are as follows:

    Magnesium for tendon and connective tissue health.

    Honey as an antibacterial and for moisturising.

    Menthol for pain relief.

    Willow Bark as an anti-inflammatory.

    Salicylic Acid for skin regeneration.

    A full list of ingredients can be found on the product page.

     

    It may seem that all that’s missing is eye of newt and pube of Gaskin but this might just be the best skin repair product I have ever used. I have tried most of the market (I haven’t tested the other products from Rhino Skin yet but now I will be). It may seem like a bold claim, but I haven’t spoken to anyone that has said a bad thing about Rhino Skin, and judging by the speed at which this is leaving the store, more and more people are catching on to the fact that whatever skin type you have, Rhino Skin have a product for you. In fact they probably have 2 or 3! I haven’t fully figured out which other products I will use alongside the repair regularly, but the Performance seems like the perfect accompaniment.

     

    I apply the Repair after most sessions, intensive or not, but also slather it on deeper cuts and flappers to keep them moist and clean. I’m adamant there is a benefit to skin repair. Whether it’s a placebo or not the science is there and I’m a big fan.

     

    If and when I decide to step things up again on the smaller and slopier holds (yes, I’m making up words) across my many unfinished projects, I think the Rhino Dry and Tip Juice will come in really handy. Which also means I can avoid ordering antihydral which I vowed to try and never use again.

     

    - Jack

  • Thursday, 12 December 2019 16:46:23 Europe/London

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    Posted By William Eccles

    Conditions might not be perfect for bouldering alfresco but if you cannot get out and use a pad you may as well read a review about one, right?

     

    Part-time punter Jack falls off more than most and with the gippy knee of a man twice his age +7 he ought to know a thing or two about a comfy landing. We asked him to write a few words on the DMM Highball he's been lugging around most of Europe for the last decade.

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  • Saturday, 7 December 2019 12:01:59 Europe/London

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    Posted By William Eccles

    He may not crank like Megos but he treats his feet to the same tools of the trade. Bertie has been scaling in a pair of Tenaya Iatis for the last 12 months and wants to tell the world what he thinks. With minimal editing it is now coherent and fit for public consumption.

     

    If you are after a soft, technical toe down then the entire Tenaya range is worth a look!

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  • Tuesday, 3 December 2019 16:20:41 Europe/London

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    Posted By William Eccles

    Bouldering connies have not been great these last two months but Rich managed to get out of North Wales and put the newest Snap Wham to the test alongside his faithful old Wrap and P'tit Wrap. Anybody who has landed on a Snap pad knows they are a reassuring spot to plant your derriere.

     

    The build quality, reputation and general design of the Snap pads are on point but do they deserve the market topping price tags? Rich seems to think so..

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  • Tuesday, 3 December 2019 13:28:20 Europe/London

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    Posted By William Eccles

    Richard doesn't often speak if he can help it but when he does it's usually an indecipherable scouse drawl. We managed to sit him down long enough to put pen to paper and explain properly what it is he likes so much about his new Unparallel Sirius!

     

    Very new to us and fairly new to the world, Unparallel are actually seasoned vets of the shoe building world with a guilded history at Five Ten. Californian shoe sages. You need to get down to Llanberis and try some on!

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