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How much does a pair of Gstrings weigh?

Pocket Rocks - 1.5 lb      Gstring PROs - 2.75 lb

What’s the size of a pair of Gstrings?

Pocket Rocks 5.5” x 3.5” x 2.25” each. Nested as a pair for travel, they require a space of 5.5” x 6.5” x 2.5”. For the Gstring PROs, nested for travel they require and 9” x 6” x 4”.

Why are they made of aluminum  or wood instead of urethane resin like climbing holds?

Aluminum is lighter making them more portable and allows unique shapes that would be difficult or impossible with resin. They are fabricated from the same type of aluminum used in aircraft, climbing hexes and some cam lobes. Wood is a renewable resource and offers a skin friendly surface. While resin is good for climbing holds on routes, when doing a “hangboard” workout with repeaters, the StikGrip surface of the PROs or the wood of Pocket Rocks is much easier on the skin.

What is the grip surface like?

Gstrings come standard with a medium-fine grained friction surface. It can be changed to either a fine-grain surface providing less friction or a courser sandstone-like surface providing additional friction. The optional surfaces can by purchased here. The StikGrip surface can also be completely removed to provide the smoothest and most difficult surface. Wood provide a skin friendly surface with even less friction but that can be compensated for because of the adjustable angle of the grips.

What happens if the grip surface wears out?

The StikGrip surface is fairly durable, but when it wears out it can easily be replaced. Instructions for replacing it are found here and it can be ordered here.

Is there a maximum user weight

Gstrings have been designed for users weighing up to 250 lb. For Pocket Rocks 200 lb. is the suggested limit because of the variability in wood structure.

Is it difficult to learn to use Gstrings or Pocket Rocks?

No! Once you know how to adjust Gstrings for different grip positions, it’s a breeze. For Pocket Rocks see here.

Do you have an instructional video?

Yes, they can now be found on the Grip-Positions page and the Training Basics page. They can also be found on YouTube if you do a search on ‘Gstring Climbing Grips’.

How do I use Gstrings PROs on the road?

Gstring PROs can be used for travel but the adjustment system is less travel friendly than Pocket Rocks. See some possible different options here.

Are Gstrings  and Pocket Rocks available in different colors?

Currently, they’re only available in natural aluminum/stone color with blue 3D-Slings (Classic) and black  or multi-color 3D-Slings (PRO). Pocket Rocks come in various different solid color cords.

Gstrings seem expensive. Why?

Gstring PROs are not outsourced to China like many products by major climbing manufactures. They are hand made one-by-one is the U.S  Cost is relative: How much does a new large cam cost? What are the materials used in it and how often is it used? Gstrings are competitively priced in relation to a large hangboard but has the added versatility of portability and adjustability.

Why aren’t Gstrings available at major outdoor and climbing stores?

Our high cost of production makes it difficult for stores to buy wholesale, then turn around and sell at suggested retail price and still make their normal profit margin. Also, we just enjoy dealing directly with users and being able to give good customer service and receive valuable feedback from them.

Are Gstrings or Pocket Rocks OK for kids to use too?

Definitely, but they should observe the cautions regarding adding weight while training, using crimpers and finger pockets.

Why did you name them Gstrings?

The cross-section of a Gstring looks like a “G” and they are hung from cords (“strings”). Also, the double meaning of Gstrings with its lingerie counterpart is humorous and makes the name memorable - both have “strings” and display beautiful curves!

How are Gstrings and Pocket Rocks different from Rock Rings?

Rock Ring type training holds offer two primary grip positions: a jug and a couple different size of pockets/edges. The pocket/edge variations are all redundant because they could easily be accomplished by using a single edge and varying the number of fingers and/or reach of each finger on the hold. By eliminating this redundancy, Gstrings are able to add a sloper, pinch, and crimp, and other positions. Additionally, the angle of each position can also be adjusted for comfort or level of difficulty. The friction surface can also be varied to alter the degree of difficulty or comfort which is not possible on Rock Rings.

What advantage do Gstrings and Pocket Rocks offer over a hangboards which have many more holds?

There are five primary advantages. First, they offer 7-8 major grip positions including a full-hand sloper (Gstring PRO). Most holds on a hangboard are a variations of a pocket or edge. Secondly, as you get stronger you can increase the difficulty of each grip position. On a hangboard everything is fixed - what you see is what you get. Thirdly, the surface friction can be changed to modify the difficulty and can be replaced if necessary. Fourthly, Gstrings can be mounted so they don’t damage walls or mounting surfaces. Lastly, Gstrings are versatile, small, lightweight and portable...and they are beautiful to look at - like a piece of sculpture!

Are there any shortcomings of Gstring Climbing Grips and Pocket Rocks?

They can’t offer everything in such a compact package. Currently they don’t offer any training for crack climbing (finger, hand, fist, off-width) or side-pulls...but neither do any of the other training aids on the market. Stay tuned...SICgrips has more creative training ideas in the works!

What else don’t Gstrings prepare you for?

Any type of climbing moves (like knee bars and full body jams) that rely primarily on the use of other body appendages!