Last updated: August 10, 2021

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Welcome to our big climbing holds test 2021. Here we present all the climbing holds that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best climbing holds for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy climbing holds.




Summary

  • Climbing holds are needed on climbing walls to be able to set routes. Single holds can be bought for less than five euros. The price of a set can be at least 20 euros, depending on the size.
  • Climbing holds should be comfortable to hold and simulate the ascent of a climbing wall well. You can also train your skills and endurance.
  • Climbing holds are available in many different colours, shapes and difficulty levels, depending on your preference, and can be bought individually or in a practical set.

Climbing Holds: Our Selection

Guide: Questions you should deal with before you buy a climbing hold

You need climbing holds and don't know what to look for when buying them? This guide gives you answers to your questions.

What are climbing holds used for?

Climbing holds are attached to walls to simulate a rock face. You can use them to practise climbing and develop your skills or learn new ones.

They are used for children's climbing walls, outdoor or indoor climbing walls. Their uses range from hobby to sport climbers to therapy purposes.

What properties should climbing holds have?

Good climbing holds feel neither too rough nor too smooth against the skin. They should be shaped in such a way that you do not slip off but have a good grip.

There are various shapes such as animals, stars, other motifs or simply round or angular handles. The colours are also very diverse. This helps you if you want to create several routes on your wall. Some climbing holds are ergonomically shaped so that they can also be used for therapy purposes.

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Climbing holds can be used to simulate rock faces and practice climbing. They should be shaped so that you do not slip off.

How much do climbing holds cost?

You can get individual climbing holds for as little as two euros. However, you can usually get a complete set of climbing holds for less. For example, you can get a set of 40 holds for 45 euros.

The sets come in different sizes, from half a dozen to packs of 40 or 50. Some also come with the necessary screws, which offers you another opportunity to save money.

Decision: What types of climbing holds are there and which is the right one for you?

Climbing holds come in countless colours, shapes and textures. Basically, you can distinguish between four different types of climbing holds:

  • Handle / Jug
  • Bar
  • Tong
  • Sloper / Outrigger

Because of the different areas of application, a certain type is best suited for your climbing wall. Because not every climbing ring has the same use, they all have their special features. We would like to compare them in the following table:

Climbing grip type Special feature
Handle, Jug These grips give a good grip to all fingers. They are suitable for beginners. You can mount holds of this type on steep or overhanging walls.
Ledge Ledge holds are not gripped with the whole hand, but only with the fingers. With these holds you need a lot of strength, especially in the fingers. These holds are suitable for experienced climbers.
Pliers These holds must be grasped with the thumb and at least one finger, like pliers. In this way you grip the entire handle. With pincer holds you can train your grip and hand strength well.
Sloper, overhang holds in this category are large, round and have no notches for the fingers. Climbing with these holds is gentler on the fingers than with the other holds, but requires practice.

In the following section we would like to explain the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of holds and help you to find out which climbing hold is the right one for you. To do this, we will present the above-mentioned types in more detail and clearly show you exactly what their advantages and disadvantages are.

What distinguishes a handle and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Jugs are climbing holds that offer a large and good grip for all fingers. You can mount them on steep walls, overhangs or even on roofs.

Jug climbing holds come in many sizes and shapes. From the mini jug to the classic beer handle to extremely large roof climbing holds, you can find everything here. Depending on how they are mounted, these climbing holds can be used in very different ways and thus offer very different holding options.

Advantages
  • Ideal for children and beginners
  • Available in very many variants
  • Different holding options on the individual holds
  • Good grip for all fingers
Disadvantages
  • Too easy for experienced climbers

Handles have an undercut. This means that the climbing holds are easy to grip, both from above or below. The further you can reach into the gap between the wall and the climbing hold, the better your grip.

In any case, the Climbing Handle Handle is always a great addition to your climbing wall or bouldering room. They are particularly suitable for children and beginners. For advanced climbers and professionals, they are usually too undemanding.

What are the characteristics of a ledge and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Strips are only gripped with the fingers and not with the whole hand. Depending on the type, they are even gripped only with the first or even the second phalanx. They are very narrow and gripping them requires a lot of strength. Climbing ledges puts a lot of strain on your hands and fingers. For untrained people, this can quickly lead to pain and injuries, which is why you should increase the training in this area rather slowly.

Advantages
  • Ideal for improving your climbing skills
Disadvantages
  • Requires a lot of strength and training
  • Heavy strain on fingers
  • No room for all fingers

However, these types of climbing holds are often very demanding and only recommended for advanced climbers or professionals. Smaller holds in particular require good technique. You quickly reach your limits here with strength alone. But through targeted training on finger strength, grip and kicking technique, you will be able to master these holds very quickly.

What are pliers and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

There are many different types of pliers. The thumb is used for active squeezing. The handle is gripped with the thumb and one or more fingers. In this way, the climbing hold is completely grasped by the hand. When climbing and bouldering on the plastic, you often come across this type of grip.

Advantages
  • Ideal for improving your climbing skills
  • can also be used as a step rest
Disadvantages
  • Requires a lot of strength
  • heavy strain on fingers

Tongs are very similar to ledges in many ways. Since finger strength is also heavily stressed here, you should only use them if you have already been able to gain some climbing experience. Because of their comparatively small size, these holds are often used as additional footholds to take some of the strain off your fingers.

What is a sloper and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Slopers are large, round climbing holds. They have no undercuts, edges or indentations. With these holds, you have no possibility of hooking your fingers.

As the name "overhang" suggests, you can only place your hand on the grip and hold on by the pressure of your hand alone. So you try to exert pressure on the surface with the largest possible finger surface. For this reason, climbing on overhangs is particularly easy on the fingers, but also requires some skill and technique.

Advantages
  • Very gentle on the fingers
  • Improves gripping strength
Disadvantages
  • Great strain on the tendons
  • Fingers cannot be hooked in
  • Not suitable for beginners

Climbing slopers also has a lot to do with flexibility and body tension. The strain on the tendons and ring ligaments is higher than with normal, angular holds. Beginners and children in particular tend to find this type of climbing more difficult. Nevertheless, the hangers are very popular, especially among boulderers.

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate climbing helmets based on these factors

What should you pay particular attention to when buying climbing holds? Here we present the most important criteria.

Use

What do you want to use the climbing holds for? Do you want to attach them to an outdoor wall? Then they must be weatherproof. Or are they only intended for indoor use? Then you don't need specially coated holds.

Are you using them for therapy purposes? Then they need to be specially shaped and possibly made of material that is easier on the joints.

If your wall has an overhang, you need handles that are specially made for such passages.

Number

Think about how many grips you need beforehand. If you buy them in sets they are usually cheaper. In addition, sets are more recommendable because you can create complete climbs with them and they can be distinguished by different colours.

However, if you only need individual handholds as replacements or additions, we advise you to buy individual handholds, as in these cases whole sets are usually not worthwhile.

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