Climbing Hold Review: Core Geometric Range
The Geometric range from core is the newest to join the Core hold family. This range is for the modern indoor climber or route setter who is not interested in recreating a rock type or outdoor style problem. The range is designed around simple geometric shapes creating atheistic lines and great problems to climb.
This season core have expanded their Geometric screw-on range giving more options for poor foot holds or handholds that work really well with volumes. My setters have really appreciated the new set of screws-on’s commenting that they have found it easier to add foot holds they know strong climbers won’t be able to crimp and cheat their problems.
Equally despite their small size the holds are extremely durable and we haven’t managed to break one yet, touch wood!
The Geometric Wedges and Mini Wedges are a personal favourite of mine, they are Cores’ hassle free offering of the mini volume style hold. The additional lumps and bumps that sit on the pyramid faces are fixed unlike other manufactures that use a screw on system. Having set with both I find this style a lot more setter friendly. The holds are great for setting tricky to on-sight comp problems as the best part of the holds is often hidden, great for devious setting!
The trend for super massive holds in climbing walls and competitions means every climbing wall manager who wants their wall to look the part has to have at least a few sets of these beasts.
At £200 RRP a set of 4 Super Pinches doesn’t come cheap, however keeping up with latest trend never is!
The lasting friction and durability make these holds a wise investment, inevitability as everyone will want to try these problems they will receive heavy traffic this is an important factor. We have found that our Core Font Super Slopers are lasting really well at over 2 years old.
Great setting possibilities, good variation particularly with the new screw-ons from a UK Manufacturer – excellent colour choices – good duribility – both with regard to breakage and loss of friction – a bit pricey but you get what you pay for.
Reviewed by: Ben Humphris