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Everything you need to get climbing.
Mad Rock's Mars Deluxe Men's Climbing Package won't actually help you send it all the way to space, but it is the perfect setup for beginning climbers who don't want to cut corners. The Mars Harness is legendarily comfortable, with sculpted air pockets that provide serious cushion for long days full of pulling down, dual gear loops for plenty of cams and draws, and adjustable leg loops for comfort and safety.
You can't climb without belaying and rappelling, so Mad Rock included its Ultra-Tech HMS screwgate carabiner and Wingman belay device. The Ultra-Tech's screwgate helps ensure reliable and safe belaying, and the Wingman's spring-loaded design helps make sure that it doesn't lock up when you're feeding out rope. Finally, just so you're fully equipped, the Mars Deluxe package also includes a chalkbag so you don't have to fight through sweaty and slippery hands in the gym or at the crag.
- Mars harness with sculpted air pockets
- Adjustable leg loops
- Dual gear loops
- Ultra-Tech HMS screwgate locking carabiner
- Wingman belay device
- Chalkbag with drawcord and buckled belt
- Item #MRC000M
- Q & A
No chalk sock
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The package overall seemed like a pretty good deal. Like the other reviewers, my Mars package arrived without a chalk sock. I emailed customer service, but instead of offering me a replacement, customer service simply informed me that the listing was incorrect.
Edit: A second phone call to customer service resulted in an offer to send me a generic chalk sock, or refund a few dollars. I appreciated this.
I have since climbed a lot with this gear. I don't like the Wingman belay device. I prefer the Black Diamond ATC for ease of use. The chalk bag and biner both work fine. The harness is also holding up well. All in all, this is a good entry level package for the price.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
You can't go wrong with picking up everything you need to start climbing with this kit; you'll save a lot of money. The harness and belay device are really nice quality and do the job nicely. The chalk bag is really just a chalk bag. Nothing too special.
My only complaint is that it did not come with a chalk sock like it said which isn't too big of a deal but I would have liked to save myself the time and money and just had it included. What they lacked for there was made up by a pretty cheap yet convenient bag which holds shoes, harness, and chalk bag with some room for snacks leftover.