The rainy winter and spring have given way to a beautiful summer. All of a sudden things started getting warm, which means more time outside for Lizzy and I. This also means we have more opportunities to play with gear!
I was excited when I heard La Sportiva was making a new approach shoe, the Boulder X. I had previously used the B5 but it had been too stiff for my liking. The Boulder X, which is meant as a replacement for the Cirque Pro, features super sticky rubber and a slightly redesigned body. Lizzy and I have been playing with the Boulder X and I have been impressed with the new Idro-Grip sole. Expect a full gear review in a the next months.
Lizzy has been really enjoying the Patagonia Rock Guide Pants and will be reviewing them shortly.
I’ve been interested in the new Sanuk Base Camp and I just got a pair in for review. I just took them on their first multipitch (as “approach” shoes) and I was psyched at their weight and performance on a steep slab descent. Expect a review coming out once I take them up a few more climbs! Lizzy will also be reviewing the Sanuk Laurel which she took for three weeks of geology in South Africa!
Also in the footwear department, Lizzy and I will be reviewing the new La Sportiva Katana Lace. We both currently use the (original) velcro Katanas and are looking forward to comparing the performance of the new shoe.
Finally, Lizzy has been using the Black Diamond Women’s Innova 50 backpack over the last couple months and will be writing a review considering the pack’s pros and cons for cragging and for more alpine-y adventures.
Let us know if you have any gear questions!
For past Sweet Gear reviews from Luke and Lizzy check out our Gear Reviews page.