It's here. The one you've been waiting for. The "Moon Board" Episode. And that's not all. We recorded the conversation, sent it to the man himself, Ben Moon, and then Skyped him in to get his opinions. Legend.
The facts, the myths, what you're doing right, and where you're going wrong.
Is the "Moon Board" the best training tool out there? Listen and decide for yourselves. Then stop clogging my Instagram feed, and get off my lawn, ya damn kids!
You can find Ben, the "Moon Board," and Moon Climbing at: www.moonclimbing.com
Tension Climbing makes wood climbing holds. Why wood? That's exactly what I wanted to know. I've long known that I'm a fan of climbing on wood, and I have my reasons, but I've never put even remotely close to as much thought into it as the guys at Tension have.
We all like to call climbing an art form, but very few of us take it to the high degree that Jason Kehl does. From his haircut to his hold lines, his videos to his gym designs, Jason is anything but conventional, and that's exactly why he's so compelling.
Let's face it, there are some really bad ideas out there. Myths that people cling to. New methods of "training" that just aren't thought through. Trends that are fun to jump into, but really aren't helping you.
This fall and winter as I've traveled, I've heard the same question over and over while I'm foam rolling in the evening: "Whoa! Why didn't I think of that?"
It's here. The one you've been waiting for. The Moon Board Episode. And that's not all. We recorded the conversation, sent it to the man himself, Ben Moon, and then Skyped him in to get his opinions. Legend.
When it comes to training, and training for climbing in particular, it's incredibly rare that a product hits the market that I really feel is a game changer. On average, most products are just a reshaping of another, equally useful (or useless) product. Many of these "NEW!", "AMAZING!!", "GUARANTEED!!!" products quickly end up as toys for circus tricks or drunken contests.
When it comes to climbing holds, I'm currently singing the praises of Kilter Climbing Grips. Kilter offered to send me a few sets of holds for review, and shortly after, a box arrived containing some of the nicest, simplest shapes I've seen in some time.
My first visit back to The Engine Room was with the goal of finding new max boulder problems. I needed bad holds. BAD holds. And so, the Bumper Pads from Vision Climbing.
The Transgression Hangboard by Eva Lopez, and it's little brother, the Progression, are the first commercially available hangboards in some time to depart from the "little bit of every grip type" design.
James and Lynette from Vision Climbing were nice enough to send over a set of their Acid Rain Pinches for our reviewing pleasure. Shaped by Chris Neal, the set comes with 5 small pinches, all pockmarked with “erosion” dimples.
But a dual textured hangboard? Since you only use specific parts of the grips anyway, is there really a point to having the dual texture?