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Helpful Tips

Fingertip dimple

There is a “indentation” for the finger pad of the middle finger at the top of the sloper This is used as a position marker to make it easy to consistently place your hand back in the same position on the sloper.

Accessory loops

Besides their use for travel and hanging the grips from a closed doorway, they can also be used to girth hitch a weight for use with either a pulley reduction system or for adding weight by clipping to belay loop on your harness.

How to consistently set Pocket Rocks back to the same angle

When changing to different grip positions, it can be a challenge getting them back to a previously used angle (grip position). There are two simple methods that can be used to facilitate this. The first method uses a small dab of colored nail polish or acrylic paint to mark the cord (don’t use Sharpie marker type products as the ink will “bleed” and spread, thus becoming less functional). Place the mark on the cord where it slides into the grip. This become the reference point for resetting the angle of the grips (shown by the green mark in photo below).

       

Alternatively, a small piece of teflon dental tape can be threaded through a large sewing needle and pushed through the center of the cord then the ends trimmed so they stick out ~1/2”. It is easy to remove these and place to new positions when changing focus for a new training cycle.

        

Before setting position markers on your grips, use them for a while to become familiar with what positions you would like to train. Keep the number of marks to a minimum to keep it simple and uncluttered. If using the dental floss marker method it is easy to pull them out and change when you want to train a new set of positions. Different colored paints make it easy to differentiate the positions but are difficult to remove in order to mark a new set of positions.  

Radius of Edges

The radius of edges can also be increased if you desire. Because everyone's preferences are different, the finger pocket and crimp edges have purposely been left with smaller radius edges. If you want to increase the radius for more comfort and/or permanently decrease the depth of the edges, sand a little at a time. Once material is removed, it can’t be restored. The general rule is the smaller edge depth, the smaller radius of the edge you’ll want. However your fingers will tell you what’s most comfortable and practical. Everyone’s personal preferences are different.

Grip friction

Your grips come with a smooth finished surface which is extremely skin friendly for intense training and one of the prime features of your grips. However because conditions (temperature/humidity) and personal desires vary, there are different ways to modify surface friction. The following is a list of potential ways to modify grip friction:

  1. chalk - the standard for climbing outside and in the gym may help when conditions are humid. Many people will use this out of habit and it may be the first place to start.  The type and grain size of the chalk can also affect performance. Many people claim that designer chalk like that produced by Friction Labs is superior.

  2. dampen grips - with with a wet cloth then let them dry. This can raise the grain slightly.

  3. sanding - with 50-80 grit sandpaper can roughen the surface. However if done frequently it will eventually wear down your grips.

  4. rosin bag - like used by baseball pitchers is cheap and one of the best ways to increase friction on wood. Use sparingly and make sure that it does not build up on your grips, which it has a tendency to do. Once used a time or too you may find after that chalk is enough. DO NOT USE IN THE GYM OR ON THE ROCKS!  Using rosin is frowned upon and prohibited at most climbing venues because it gets caked on and is difficult to impossible to get off. However, it is probably one of the best ways to increase friction on your own personal set of grips while maintaining their skin friendly nature. Using rosin increases the friction while allowing you to train long session without taring up your skin.