MEET JOE KINDER
Black Diamond and La Sportiva athlete Joe Kinder literally lives to climb, citing it as his "largest and most vital outlet." He first discovered climbing at 13, and, being a Colorado native surrounded by great climbers and amazing lines, was an established pro by 20. While Kinder's traveled the world, bouldering multiple V13s and regularly sending in the high 5.14s--including Child of the Storm (V13) and Living Astro Glide (5.14d)--he's just as passionate about preserving climbing routes as he is at crushing them. From the Northeast regions of Rumney and Pawtuckaway heading west to St. George and Rocky Mountain National Park, Kinder has actively worked to develop exciting new climbs across the U.S. and often teams up with the Access Fund.
COLD FORGE HOODY
Is the perfect lightweight down/blended jacket. This is something that stays in my pack and can act as a coat or a simple hoodie between burns on my project. It looks great and fits well. It is long enough to stay under a harness and has a close to the body type of fit so you can climb in it. There are little restrictions with this thing and in my opinion stands as one of the strongest pieces in the BD apparel line-up.
COLD FORGE PARKA
Is the real deal down coat for those freezing days you still go for it. I think this is another staple piece. I really enjoy climbing when it’s cold and have to have the proper apparel to maintain. This parka is long and covers my butt, but also has the zipper from the bottom so I can belay. This doubled up with another layer underneath is the jam for the hardcore cold days. It packs down to nothing so keeping it in my pack is nbd.
Another item I live in, travel in, climb in and do it all with. This is a stylish and super functional piece. It’s wool so it never stinks and is classy looking so its good for the all encompassed climbing life. I love it so much I have almost all of the colors now!
LA SPORTIVA CLIMBING SHOES
My favorite shoes have always been the ones that shape my foot the best, perform the best and last the longest. La Sportiva has become my top choice in these regards. My main choice when I choose a shoe is usually the shape. Every shoe in the Sportiva line-up is different and can do something different. My go-to’s are the Miura VS, Solution, Testarossa and the Futura. All of these are slightly downturned or extremely hook shaped. Comfort is not my concern, as I can’t really think of climbing shoes as ever being comfortable when I consider how tight I fit them. I am interested in performance and what each shoe brings to the table for my projects in Spain as well as training in the gym. The Miura VS is amazing for its edging capability and shape. This shoe is honestly nothing like the normal Miura (the famous yellow jam with laces) It’s another shoe all together. The shape is based on the P3 last so it stays very curved and downturned which gives you a lot of ability in the point of the shoe for
pulling as well as applying pressure on the tinniest feet. This shoe when it breaks in can do anything well… except toe hooking. This is where the Solution comes in. This has been a serious contender for years. It is always in my back pack and usually the first shoe I wear up a project. The shape is super comfortable actually depending how you size them. The toe-hook rand makes it an essential tool for steep climbing which I love and the heel is bomber for just clapping onto a spot and trusting that it stays. The closure system is very intelligent and the shape of the toe box is genius. The toe box is fairly low volume so your toes aren’t super hammered. This gives you the ability to grab with your foot on a hold and clutch it towards you as well as stand straight down on an edge and rise up on your foot giving you more toe power. The concept is actually one of the best and has been copied (or attempted) many times since this shoe hit the crags. The Testarossa is probably the
highest-performance in the entire line of Sportiva shoes. This thing RUNS the game. It is a “super hook”, edges like a fiend, and shapes your foot into a perfect talon of pulling-power. The toe box is high-volume so you are pretty crunched up which gives you a lot of toe power and the heel fits like a suction cup. When you hear that SHHHHOOOP! As you pull on a shoe… you know it fits well. The material is leather and synthetic in all the right spots to it stretches to a perfect fit. I suggest fitting these tight as they get better after you do a few routes and break them in. The laces give you the option to tighten them as you desire as we all have a different preference. This is a KEY player for me. The last in my pack is the Futura. The No Edge technology hit the world with a lot of questions. The idea is to have less of a corner on your shoe and more of a rounded shape all around for more surface contact and less precision. This can help in some cases and work against you. It surely takes a getting used
to, but once you are accustomed it can change your whole climbing style. The closure is exactly like the Solution and pulls the arch of the shoe upward and at the same time yards the heel closer to your foot and the front of the shoe in which creates a perfect cinch of a closure. The Futura is super soft and allows for grabbing, feeling, and gives you a little less support for edging on vertical terrain. This is good for building foot strength or simple and fun climbing. I use these for warm-ups, large feature climbing, and in the gym. This is the sort of shoe I use on a roof with intricate foot moves and wrapping your toes around features. The toe rubber KILLS it for toe hooks and the heel is very similar to the Miura VS, which is one of the most chosen for its shape and size.
LONG-SLEEVE MODERNIST SHIRT
I enjoy going out to dinner, parties and any sort of social event and I also like to surround myself with climbers. This is a stylish piece from BD that I have fallen in love with. You can rock the top button for a hipster look or keep it casual and keep it unbuttoned. Its clean, hip, and classy.
CASUAL ROUTE SHIRT
This is a sweet combination of an insulated button up shirt. This goes with pretty much everything I wear and looks tight. It’s not exactly your climbing type of jacket as the fit is meant for style as opposed to function, but I rock this around town frequently.
STRETCH FONT PANT
They look cool, have stretch and feel great to climb in. I am a person that chooses a couple pairs of pants and live in them! HA! Gross I know, but you know when something works and these are my favorites. It’s the kind of pants I wear from the cliff to the dinner in the city.
MODERNIST ROCK JEAN
These are my other pair of pants I live in. I climb, do yoga, and rock these around town. They are stretchy, look cool, and are impossible to get dirty. The material is Shoeller and repells every kind of stain or dust.
MAX LOGO TEE
I booming logo right in the middle! I love the black one as you have black on black for a way subtle but cool look. A cotton T will always be the first thing I pick out in the morning.
FULL ZIP LOGO HOODY
I am a fan of hooded sweatshirts and consider this sort of hoody a necessity. I warm up in this daily and on the cold days climb with the hood up. Its cotton so it is super comfy and soft and makes for a great layer under a down jacket.
SHARP END SHELL
Is another item I travel with wherever I go. You never know when it will rain and this is a solid choice for a Gore-Tex jacket. It’s even got a little fleece comfort around the face and neck on the colar.
"Progression is the key to everything I do."Joe Kinder
The Black Diamond Mondo pad for sure. This thing is massive, soft and is ALWAYS appreciated once you have it at the boulders. The thing is big, but worth it. It also makes for an ideal make-shift bed while crashing at a friends house at a road-trip bivy.
DROP ZONE CRASH PAD
The Drop Zone Crash Pad is probably the standard pad I use as the size is usually appropriate for any boulder probem. The thing is built super solidly and carries well. It is your standard crash pad in most senses but for its life-span and price I would say its a deal.
I use So-Ill Chalk. I have sampled with all brands and find the chunky stuff to be best. The So Ill chalk is simple chunky, white chalk with no drying agent or additives. It’s also cheap so a bunch can go a long way.
I use the Black Diamond Vapor Helmet for the usual reasons of weight and size. You also want something that breathes well and doesn’t roll around on your head and this thing stays put. The adjustable sizing allows you to still wear a beanie if it’s cold as well.
I use the Petzl Gri-Gri like most folks. It’s the go-to belay device of almost everyone I know. The auto locking system is a bit of back up and makes for those long belays a lot comfier as you don’t have to clutch the rope as hard.
BLACK DIAMOND LIVEWIRE
The Black Diamond Live Wire. I use the Live Wire Quick draw set up and LOVE this draw. It has a n awesome feel for clipping and is super light for racking up your harness. The dogbone is nice and fat for when you are freaking out and grab the draw and the key-lock design makes it super easy for cleaning routes without anything getting hung up on the bolt hangers.
The Black Diamond Ozone is my main harness. I’ve always used the lightweight, thinner harnesses and prefer this as I barely know I am wearing it. Usually the harnesses designed for Sport Climbing are the ones I prefer. The Ozone is super comfortable and built in a sport-climber concept, but is a lot comfier than the normal thin jams. You have 4 gear loops and a super simple closure with no need to double back. I have bolted routes in this, climbed multi-pitch long routes and sent 9a with it. It’s actually an awesome design.
STONE 45 PACK
I have designed packs and had a lot of experience with packs in general. From designing, fixing flaws, testing, selling them to even fitting them on people. I put packs in the forefront of my climbing gear. You have to carry your stuff to the cliff whether it’s a light load or a diesel heavy load of bolts and a drill. I prefer having one or two packs to choose from. My main pack is the Stone 45 pack. This thing is designed for climbers by climbers. It is a pack made to open up and allow total access to everything. The zipper closer us great as you have an option to unzip from the top down or from the bottom up. The top lid is the only complex part of the pack with pockets and even detaches. The harness is super comfortable and carries heavy loads super well. It is a 45 liter so you can fit everything from 4 pairs of shoes, draws, water, harness, food and even a rope. Or of course you could drape the rope on top of the pack under the top lid. You have options and that is what makes this pack so key.
BLACK DIAMOND MAGNETRON VAPORLOCK
I have really been into the Magnetron jams. Specifically the Magnetron Vaporlock. They are super easy and fast which makes for convenience and simplicity. As well the shape and weight is dynamite.
"ALWAYS PSYCHED!!!"Joe Kinder
THE ROLL RECOVERY
This might be a little gimmicky but this thing works. Its called the Roll Recovery and it’s designed for massaging muscles on tri-athletes and runners. For climbers this is an amazing tool for de-pumping and working out the kinks in our arms and elbows. It’s not cheap, but when you have it after you have just gotten pumped out of your mind on your project it all makes sense. It is also great for recovery.
Also for recovery Mike Papciak has hooked me up with some of his special lacross balls to roll out the sore muscles and balance my body. This has thoroughly changed my recovery and body maintenance.
GOAL ZERO FLIP 10
Goal Zero’s Flip 10 Recharger stays in my pack as well. It charges my phone one whole charge And is small and weighs nothing.
NEOSPORIN & BAND-AIDS
Normally I use Neosporin and band-aids. HA! I have skin issues all of the time and have tried all of the products out there that are made for climbers, but at the end of the day… Neosporin and band-aids has stayed my personal remedy. It works and always has.