Wood is perhaps the best medium to train on as it is super skin friendly yet provides plenty of grip. This means that you are still are still able to train even if your skin is giving up from multiple days climbing, or maybe after a particularly abusive day on the rocks.
The Wood Grips Deluxe offers more holds than the compact version, including a series of smaller holds. This means the Deluxe will be better suited to all levels, whereas the Compact is a little more biased towards the mid/lower ability levels.
Like many of the Metolius fingerboards the holds are pretty much just simple slots. On the wooden fingerboards they are flat with rounded edges. While you do not get as many different hold types compared to something like the Beastmaker fingerboards, the large number of similar style holds is a really good tool for making positive incremental gains. When you are ready to increase the difficulty you can choose slightly smaller holds and still maintain a good routine. A large jump in difficulty can sometimes throw you a bit too much. Whilst the holds are predominantly slots, they have enough clearance on some of them to be able to fully open hand, half crimp and on the smaller holds full crimp. This means you can still work on different hand grips/positions.
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 3-finger pockets
- 2 medium sized 2-finger pockets
- 2 large 3-finger pockets
- 2 deep 3-finger slots
- 2 large 4-finger slots
- 2 medium 3-finger pockets
- 2 medium 4-finger slots
- 2 small 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.
Aimed at all levels