Did you know that all of our climbing holds are made from a special resin that has been developed over many years?
Climbing holds of the highest quality - Climbing holds in a multitude of colors and shapes
Throughout our many years in the climbing world, we at Gubbies, have seen a lot of different quality levels of climbing holds. There is a huge difference between the friction of the climbing holds, how long the friction lasts, how strong the holds are, and last but not least the durability. Every year we visit trade fairs in Europe and have an ongoing dialogue with those who design and produce the holds. This way, we have both the finger on the pulse in relation to the latest climbing holds on the market and we have the opportunity to give feedback to the manufacturer if we have specific wishes.
Climbing holds from ArtLine and eXpression
We have found two suppliers, ArtLine and eXpression, who both deliver climbing holds with the highest quality in Europe and constantly develop new climbing holds, new shapes and new types. At ArtLine and eXpression, the climbing holds are produced in collaboration with some of the most skilled climbers around the world. This collaboration is your guarantee that the shapes are both challenging and exciting to climb.
Types of climbing holds and how to hold them
If you are not quite sure of the difference between the many different types of climbing holds, it can feel very confusing to choose the right ones. Here is a list of examples with a short description:
Jugs are cup-shaped climbing holds that can be held with the whole hand. It provides a good grip and feels safe when moving your hands from one hold to another. Jugs climbing holds are super suitable for beginners and for children.
Slopers are large climbing holds that must be held with the palm of your hand open. There are no pockets or recesses that the fingers can grip. Sloper climbing holds can only be held through the friction between the hold and the palm. Slopers are quite advanced climbing holds and require a lot of experience in climbing.
Pinch climbing holds you have to squeeze to hold. It takes a little technique to grip the hold. Pinches can vary in size from small holds, where you only have to squeeze with your thumb and indexfinger to larger holds that fill the entire palm.
Pocket climbing holds only have room for a finger or two. The small pockets place great demands on finger strength and technique, and they are not recommended for beginners. Some pocket climbing holds have two pockets so they can be helds with two hands.
Crimps are very small climbing holds that are held with an almost closed hand and the fingertips pointing downwards. Crimps are tough !! Crimps are essentially just small edges that you can only just hold with your fingertips.
Edges can be seen as a cross between jugs and crimps. They are, unlike jugs, pretty much completely flat. On the other hand, they can be so large that there is room to get all the fingers of both hands on the holding surface.
If you want to know more about the different climbing grips and how to hold them, you can read more on our blog HERE!!!
Putting up climbing holds
When you need to set up your new climbing holds on your climbing wall, use bolts and screws. Climbing holds are mounted with a bolt, both witha bolt and screw or only with screws. The holds must of course also be fixed to something, it can be brick, concrete or wooden boards. Exactly how to mount the holds depends on the material you mount it on, but wooden boards is the most normal. On wooden boards, a t-nut is inserted from the back in which you can you can screw in bolts. If a hold is mounted with screws, they can be screwed directly into the wooden board.
If you want to know more about how to mount climbing holds, you can read more in our FAQ "Putting up climbing holds".
Are climbing holds bad for the fingers and children?
In a nutshell no, climbing holds are not bad, harmful or negative. On the other hand climbing can help strengthen finger muscles and tendons, as well as muscles and bones in the upper body and arms.
However, it must be said that it is possible to overload muscles and tendons and damage joints IF you push yourself far beyond your limits. In the brief descriptions of the different types of climbing holds above, it can also be seen that some of them are not recommended for beginners.
For children and new climbers, we recommend using holds with room for five fingers such as jugs, large edges or bridges.
We have many climbing holds for children in our range. They are all designed so that they are friendly for the fingers. They have no sharp edges or sharp angles and are easy to get a good grip on. You can find them in the category "Climbing holds for kids"
Climbing holds in large colour assortment
Climbing holds from ArtLine and eXpression can be delivered in 12 different colours. The reproduction of the colours on the screen can not be guaranteed 100% but the images should give a good impression of the colour options. If we do not have the required colour in stock, you can easily find a similar package of holds that hopefully has the desired colour.
If you're in doubt about which climbing holds will suit you and your needs best, take a look at our blog post about all of the different holds and how to hold them. Still in doubt? Please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're always ready to help.