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The Best American Made Rock Climbing Gear

By Matt Mullins  updated July 31, 2019

If you’re searching for the top climbing gear made in the USA then you’ve come to the right place. Nearly all of my personal climbing gear is American made and I love it so I thought I may as well spread the love for local gear. There’s tons of great gear made here including most of Black Diamond’s climbing hardware, which is manufactured right in my hometown of Salt Lake City, UT.

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Misty Mountain Harnesses

Misty Mountain has a full range of bomber harnesses, from the very burly and heavily cushioned Titan to the lighter weight and versatile Intrepid, even lighter Bolt, and more. Misty Mountain’s Cadillac harness is the most comfortable harness I’ve ever used. The Cadillac has tons of gear loop real estate, and lots of cushioning. It’s available in both Men’s and Women’s versions.

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Five Ten Climbing Shoes

Five Ten crafts many of the world’s best climbing shoes. They’re renowned for the sticky grip of their Stealth C4 and Hf rubber. Five Ten climbing shoes aren’t 100% made in the USA but are assembled in the USA. Note that Adidas recently bought Five Ten and future shoes will be made overseas.

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​Sterling Ropes

Sterling Ropes produces excellent dynamic and static ropes. I personally own and love my 9.8mm Evolution Velocity rope. Their dynamic ropes are durable yet supple, provide a light impact catch, and can take plenty of ugly falls. The dry coated versions extend durability even further.

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Black Diamond Camalot Ultralight

Ask any experienced trad climber whose cams are the best and I bet you they’ll say BD Camalot Cams. BD Camalots are light, reliable, easy to use, hold well, and take stress from falls in a variety of directions (unlike many competitors). One of the greatest cams of all time, the C4, got even lighter with the Camalot Ultralight. The Camalot Ultralight shaves approximately 25% of the weight from its similarly sized C4 cam counterpart by replacing the steel cable with a dyneema core stem. Note, their climbing hardware such as cams and carabiners were made in the USA, but manufacturing recently moved to Taiwan (as of Summer 2019). You can still find mostly US made hardware on the shelves at the moment but that will soon change.
Price depends on size of cam. 

Camalot Ultralight
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Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Ice Backpack

Hyperlite Mountain Gear packs are constructed of Dyneema (formerly known as cuben fiber) fabric. Along with fully taped seams, this translates into HMG packs being impressively weatherproof, more abrasion resistant, ultra lightweight, and earning our Editor’s Choice Award. HMG packs come in a wide variety of volumes and configurations, with some geared towards ultralight backpacking and some towards climbing with external attachment points for crampons, and ice axes. I find that their 2400 size with 40 L capacity hits the sweet spot for ultralight trips. For those wanting more volume, take a look at the larger 3400 and 4400 packs. HMG packs are specialized ultralight minimalist packs using latest tech fabrics and with that comes a higher price tag.

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Metolius Safe Tech All-Around Improved Harness

The comfortable Safe Tech All-Around is overbuilt with supreme safety in mind. This harness includes 4 heavy-duty load bearing gear loops plus 2 front pop-out loops for racking. It has dual belay loops for aid climbing and a full strength haul loop for lifting up a tag line. Check out all the positive reviews at Backcountry.

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BlueWater Ropes

BlueWater makes fantastic dynamic and static ropes, and are well known for their canyoneering ropes which I have used extensively. I highly recommend their ropes for climbing and canyoneering.

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BlueWater Ropes Webbing & Sterling Rope Webbing

Bluewater and Sterling make strong 1″ webbing ​with comparable specs. Both manufacturer’s webbing has a tensile strength of 4000 lbf and come in various colors, 30′ discs, and larger spools.
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Bluewater Webbing
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Sterling Webbing

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Black Diamond Vaporlock & Mangnetron Carabiners

Black Diamond brought their carabiner and cam manufacturing back to the USA for quality improvement! As most veterans would know, BD’s carabiners are top quality. The Vaporlock Screwgate is an extremely light 1.8 oz carabiner with a screw lock, perfect for alpine climbing and setting up anchors. Their top of the line biner is the Vaporlock Magnetron which, as you might guess, uses magnets to automatically lock.

Vaporlock Screwgate
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Vaporlock Magnetron
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Omega Pacific Nuts

Omega Pacific Wedgie Nuts are excellent options for passive protection. 

Omega Pacific Wedgie Nuts
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Omega Pacific SBGII Belay Device

The SBGII is an extremely versatile belay device that works as an ATC and a figure 8 device. This belay device handles both single and double rope rappels and can adjust friction to safely control a wide range of thin and thick rope diameters from 8mm – 11mm.

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Black Diamond Quickdraws

​Black Diamond Quickdraws are the draws by which others are judged. They’re perfectly sized for easy clipping, light, and reliable. For great function, reliability, and affordability the BD PosiWire (pictured) and FreeWire Quickdraws are hard to beat. Note, their climbing hardware such as cams and carabiners were made in the USA, but manufacturing recently moved to Taiwan (as of Summer 2019). You can still find mostly US made hardware on the shelves at the moment but that will soon change.

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Organic Climbing Crash Pads

​Organic Climbing is a fairly small company making some of the best pads in the business. They’ve achieved this status by combining extremely high quality foam and ​durable fabrics with no nonsense (looking at you Mad Rock R3) design.

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Organic Climbing Chalk Bags

All Organic Climbing chalk bags are unique since they’re thoughtfully made of recycled 1000d cordura nylon cutting scraps leftover from their crash pad manufacturing. They have a stiff rim for easy access and a plush fleece liner. 

FrictionLabs Chalk

Frictionlabs provides high performance chalk including Unicorn Dust (fine), Gorilla Grip (chunky), and Bam Bam(super chunky). I personally use Unicorn Dust and love the stuff.

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