America’s climbing gyms have more people top-roping than ever before, but daily climbing fees are expensive. Without your own gear, the cost of continually renting becomes ridiculous, especially for a sport that regularly requires specific pieces. And deciphering which shoes or ropes are best for a beginner can result in crude climbing equipment you wouldn’t want to put to the test. Here are six affordable, high-quality products that will take an entry-level climber from his first gym route to pro-level lines.
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