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The Flash: Rock+Run Blog

Purchasing rock shoes online can be a tricky undertaking, the following short article outlines our “suggested” rock shoe fit formula. This system offers the customer between 2 and 4 sizing options – in accordance with their pre-measured foot size – for each of the rock shoe models we stock, with each sizing option offered being appropriate to varying levels of performance.
  • 17 min read
Knowing which climbing rope to buy can have you tied up in knots with an abundance of choice and so many confusing factors that determine a ropes use and suitability for you. But, don’t worry, by the end of this article you should have all the information you need to make the correct climbing rope purchase.
  • 5 min read
All the harnesses we sell will be suitable for use both indoors and out but, in this guide, we’ll take a specific look at a harness’ suitability for the outdoor disciplines, sport and trad climbing. Below we’ll suggest our top 5 picks for your first outdoor climbing harness, we’re going to keep our recommendations sensible (no minimalist, skimpy string alpine climbing models) and set an £80 price cap, this is your first harness, so it needs to have some degree of multi-functionality and comfort for prolonged use.
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With summer and the outdoor climbing season fast approaching, you might be planning to make your debut on real rock, taking the skills you’ve learnt at an indoor wall to your local crags or boulders. In this mini-series we’ll be looking at some of the kit you’ll need to get started climbing outside. This week it’s the turn of bouldering pads, the portable blocks of foam that you’ll be taking with you on a bouldering trip to protect you in the case of a fall. Below we’ll suggest our top 5 picks (in no particular order) for your first bouldering pad, taking price and quality into account.
  • 5 min read
With summer and the outdoor climbing season fast approaching, you might be planning to make your debut on real rock, taking the skills you’ve learnt at the gym to your local crags or boulders. In this mini-series we’ll be looking at some of the kit you’ll need to get started climbing outside. First up is sport climbing quickdraws, the things you’ll be relying on to protect you in the case of a fall at a pre-bolted crag or wall. Below we’ll suggest our top 5 picks (in no particular order) for your first set of sport climbing quickdraws, taking price and quality into account. 
  • 3 min read
As climbers, our skin is our most important tool, sensitively connecting us to the vertical world and creating the essential friction that keeps us on the wall. But, knowing how to maintain your skin and deal with its specific needs both whilst climbing and between climbing sessions can be tricky. Put simply, most of our climbing skin troubles will come as a result of skin that is either too wet or too dry, we’ll take a look at some of the specifics of each below and some of the products that can help you maintain superb skin.
  • 6 min read