Paul Robinson's Climber Wish List

Editor’s Note: Have you ever wondered what items professional athletes and outdoor adventurers put on their wish lists? Because these folks know their stuff, we asked a handful of experts in different fields to tell us what they want for the holidays.

Born in New Jersey, Paul Robinson is a rock climber and boulderer who only uses the best gear out on his vertical journeys. 

Courtesy of Paul Robinson
Courtesy of Paul Robinson

1. Evolv Shaman

I climb five days a week, and having a pair of shoes for the long haul is what I need! The Evolv Shamans are my go-to shoes for the gym and outside. They’re great for all angles, from slab to super-steep roofs!

2. FrictionLabs Gorilla Grip Chalk

Most people just buy the cheapest chalk out there. I used to do the same, until I found out how much better performing FrictionLabs’ stuff is. The Gorilla Grip is a great combination of chunky chalk and a nice powder. It lasts so much longer than regular chalk and creates the best grip between you and the rock.

3. Black Diamond Mojo Zip Chalk Bag

You need to have a chalk bag, so why not have one with a zipper to hold some accessories and your keys? For these features, try the BD Mojo. Finding out you left your keys at the crag when you get back to the car at the end of the day is the worst!

4. Black Diamond Ozone Climbing Harness

Black Diamond’s Ozone Harness is super comfortable and durable. It’s lightweight and great for those send attempts, but also gives you enough to work a route with. 

5. prAna Men’s Barringer Hoodie

Winter is coming, and we need to stay warm out at the crag. The prAna Barringer Hoodie is lightweight but warm, so you can take it off easily before a climb or leave it on and climb in it!

6. prAna Men’s Stretch Zion Pants

Flexibility is key when climbing. PrAna makes the absolute best pants for that, including the Stretch Zion. They’re super durable and will last for years. These are the pair I wear almost daily and come on every trip with me.

7. prAna Men’s Keller Long-Sleeve Crew

The Keller Crew is a great top for climbing when it’s cold outside and a T-shirt is not enough.

8. prAna Men’s Mateo Crew

If it gets sunny and warm this holiday season while you’re out climbing, you still need to have a base layer, so why not pick a cool-looking one that photographs well? For all of these needs, check out the Mateo Crew. After all, everyone needs a good Instagram photo!

9. Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

Super bright and lightweight, the BD Spot Headlamp is something I always have in my bag. As the days get shorter, you never know when you are going to be hiking out after dark, so it’s always good to make sure you have a light to get you out.

10. EMS Wheeled Camp Duffel, Large

The EMS Wheeled Camp Duffel is the perfect travel bag, as it’s lightweight and super durable. Pack this thing up, and go on a trip for a week or six months—the options are limitless.

11. Spot Global Phone

I travel to far off places frequently, so having a satellite phone like the Spot Global is essential for getting help if necessary. In the backcountry, it is always nice to have that extra sense of security.

Courtesy of Paul Robinson
Courtesy of Paul Robinson