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The Flash: Rock+Run Blog

The Siurana rope is a keenly priced rope that I’ve been testing for the last few months. I’ve used it mainly sport climbing in the UK, with the occasional trad outing and a bit of top roping and indoor training thrown in. In a nutshell, the Siurana is a medium-diameter sport climbing rope that is suited to a wide variety of climbs. It clocks in at 9.6mm diameter, and comes in lengths of 30, 40, 50, 60 and 80 metres – a good range with something for everyone.
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Sustainable excellence in a comfortable, breathable package - the Red Chili Ventic Air Lace is without a doubt the nicest climbing shoe experience I’ve ever had.

Like much of the competition, Red Chili have opted to make their latest all-rounder shoe with a knitted upper. Plucked from the big branded world of trainers, these softer knit fabrics have become synonymous with the comfy shoe in any brand’s line up. Promising a more forgiving fit on top of the foot and offering more breathability than the classic climbing shoe uppers, the benefits of this new material’s climbing shoe infiltration are clear. But, how will it affect performance and how will it stand up to the rigours of regular climbing? More on this below.

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It’s that time of year again. The nights have drawn in, mince pies are back on sale and we’re all hoping for some climbing goodies under the Christmas tree. Buying for a climber can be hard work, especially if they’re already experienced with copious amounts of kit. So, we’ve narrowed down our Gift Ideas into a top 5 list for each category to help you out.
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This week's video comes from Verzasca Dam in Switzerland, the site of Red Bull's recently held multi pitch climbing competition, the Dual Ascent. Our video pick follows Bouldering Bobat as they take on this insane challenge alongside a host of other professional climbers. At a daunting 220 metres in height, the dam is massive and consists of 6 pitches. During Red Bull's event, two teams of professional climbers race side by side up identical routes from bottom to top. Here, Bobat are on the warm up route and even this looks incredibly tough, check it out!
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In an age where climbing styles and disciplines are growing further apart, that old moniker of the ‘all-rounder’ is becoming increasingly obsolete, pushing climbing shoe manufacturers to produce more specialist models designed for a particular purpose. Up steps the Mantra, quite possibly the most extreme version of this refinement we’ve ever seen. Is this a good thing? Keep reading to find out.
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This week's video comes from the Frankenjura where Moon climber Buster Martin is working the Wolfgang Güllich route, Action Directe 9a. First climbed by Wolfgang in 1991, the pocket pulling test piece was awarded the grade of 8c+ which, like Ben Moon's route Hubble which was climbed the year before, marked a serious step up in sport climbing standards around the world. Now some years later, both routes have been given 9a and Moon athlete Buster Martin is vying to become only the second climber after Alex Megos to have climbed both legendary routes. Can he stick Action Directe's famous mono dyno move? Watch below to find out!
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