Whether you’re joining a bouldering gym or just trying one out for the first time, it’s important to have the right indoor rock climbing outfitfor both comfort and safety. Not sure where to start or need help rounding out your indoor climbing gym wear in the USA? We have everything you need to know.
Loose or baggy clothes can pose a risk when climbing. The ideal outfit for indoor rock climbing is slim fitting, especially at the hands and feet. You don’t want baggy clothes to get in the way of your footing or to bunch up around your harness in the process. For a comfortable and safe climb, opt for close fitting clothes.
While it can be tempting to wear shorts in the summer to keep cool, it’s important to note that any exposed skin is open to abrasion while climbing. Consider a pair of long pants to keep your legs covered and protected from the rock, wall or elements, whether you’re climbing inside or outside.
Rock climbing and bouldering are physically strenuous activities, which means you’ll undoubtedly work up a sweat during your climb. Wear a breathable t-shirt or tank top to keep as cool as possible on the wall, and to help you cool down ASAP once you’re finished. Both menand women can find a variety of rock climbing t-shirtsand tank tops available to suit their climbing—and personal—style.
Many climbers carry chalk with them for when their hands get sweaty and they need a better grip. The chalk acts as an absorbent, getting rid of the sweat and moisture on the palms. If you plan on using chalk during your climb, consider getting a chalk bag.
This is a pretty universal rule for climbers. Gloves may protect your skin, but they’ll interfere with getting a good grip on the holds, putting you at a higher risk of a fall. You may be wondering—how can you protect your hands? A simple balmcan help keep them moisturized, although you can expect to develop calluses over time. An exception would be when belaying outdoors, in some weather it can be nice to have belay gloves to protect your hands from the cooler temps.
Carrying an extra layer is never a bad idea, even if you’re climbing indoors. Indoor climbing wear should be temperate and allow you to easily throw on or take off a layer for comfort.
At Crimpin, our goal is to provide interesting, comfortable, everyday apparel that you can climb and live in. Whether you’re an avid climber or are looking for the perfect wardrobe piece for a climber in your life, we’ve got you covered. Shop now or contact us to learn more about our selection of rock climbing gym wear in the USA.