Picked by the pro – climbing kit from our weekend with Steve McClure

If you’ve been following the story of the Marmot + SportPursuit Climbing Camp-Out, you’ll have seen that we had a great weekend climbing in the Peak District with Steve McClure, one of the best climbers in the world. The event was also a chance for SportPursuit members to get hands-on with the latest kit from Marmot and put it to the test on the crags.

Steve has been at the forefront of UK climbing for twenty years and has worked closely with Marmot for a significant amount of his climbing career, joining their pro climbing team in 2009. Through sessions out on the gritstone at Stanage Edge and an evening talk and Q&A SportPursuit members got great insight to Marmot’s high performance kit from the perspective of a pro climber. You can check out the highlights of the Marmot collection and kit out your next adventure as well.

It’ll be interesting to put good stuff on climbers out in the peak and get them to realise just how important it is.

Steve McClure

Baselayers & Midlayers

Staying comfortable on the crag in variable conditions relies on an effective layering system. Next to your skin you want clothing that is constructed to move well and breathe well to keep you dry and cool as you generate heat climbing.


Especially with a dynamic activity like climbing your kit should support the sport, not restrict your movement. Marmot’s designs incorporate articulated fit and technical fabrics to give you the very best performance on the crag or wherever you choose to wear them.

Jackets and insulation

We worked with Blackbox Adventures to fine-tune every detail of our weekend but you can never guarantee good weather. Be prepared for any conditions with a high-quality protective shell jacket and appropriate insulation and avoid a cold shift on belay.

Shoes and equipment

To make the most of our weekend in the Peak District we also had Red Chili climbing shoes and Edelrid equipment to play around with. Especially as you transition into a specific style of climbing, like trad climbing, more specialist equipment can help you reach your best performance in a safe and comfortable way.

All photos credit to Dom Garton (@domgarton).

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