The Metolius Wood Grip Compact is a smaller version of the Deluxe. It is very similar in its design, though it is missing some of the smaller holds. Combined with the slot nature of most of the holds, higher levels of ability may prefer to look elsewhere. Other wise for beginners to intermediates this board is perfectly suited to those who want to be able to use the fingerboard for long periods, or combined with regular climbing. The super skin friendly wood enables you to do this as it is much nicer to hold wood than resin with thin skinned fingertips.
There is ample hold options on this mid sized board The steps in difficulty between the holds provide a good indication to your improvement as you make steady gains. It is worth pointing out that at first the board will be quite slick, but as you begin to use it, the board will get better to use as chalk begins to become embedded and provides a better grip and more pleasant to use.
2 large jugs
1 central large flat hold with rounded edge
2 medium sized 2-finger pockets
2 medium sized 4-finger slot
2 medium sized 3-finger pockets
2 large 3-finger slots
2 large 4-finger slots
The Metolius Wood Grips Deluxe is quite an expensive board, but for a board that will see at lot of use going for wood will be good choice. Occasional fingerboard users may still prefer a resin board though. The Wood Grip Deluxe has plenty of holds which range in difficulty so all ability levels are catered for.