Metolius Wood Grips Training Board Hangboard
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- Dimensions: Deluxe 28.25" x 6.9" (718 mm x 175 mm), Compact 24.5" x 5.125" (622 mm x 130 mm)
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|Color||Dark Finish, Compact|
|Package Height||3.5 x 5.98 x 24.02 inches|
|Shipping Weight||7.55 pounds|
Color: Dark Finish, Compact
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Before digging into the details, heads up: The wood (for mine, at least) isn't naturally very smoothed out and can chew your skin up faster than resin would. The edges of the holds are also fairly sharp, contributing to the same. You may want to grab some 60- or 100- grit sandpaper and file things down.
This is the first hangboard I've bought; it's probably fairly good for someone just starting out, but won't remain useful for very long unless you're really, really new (i.e. new enough that you'll progress faster and more safely by just climbing more). This is a little odd, because there's a lot of blank space that could be used to make it usable for a lot longer.
For that (very) beginner level, the range of depths and holds should be pretty good. The jugs are fine for warming up, there's a variety of 3-finger edges, and some decent 4-finger stuff. The pockets on the side seem pretty superfluous unless, again, you're very new and think you'll progress slowly enough to need the extra range of depths.. The shallowest 3-finger edge is also pretty deep; there's one four-finger that's shallower, but by the time you're ready to 3-finger that you'll need something harder for practicing 4-finger grips, and that means a new board. This seems very strange given that there's room for shallower edges under the jugs.
The 2-finger pocket is a little odd; it's easily the hardest thing on the board - but by the time you're strong enough to use it for any real length of time, you'll be strong enough to need harder holds for 3- and 4-finger work. I'm mixing the 2-finger and 3-finger for training while my next board ships, but that's a pretty temporary measure.
The "sloper" is the most confusing part for me (besides the unused space under the jugs; see above). This isn't a sloper, it's a rounded 90-degree corner. Trango and Beastmaker boards both have places for training slopers: they're slopes on the top of the board (1-3 per board, ranging from 20 degrees for the easiest, up to 45 degrees for the superhuman). Again, it's very confusing why this one doesn't have those - there's more than enough space on the top to get at least two in, and you could even start with 10 or 15 degree angles to fit with the "beginner" theme. Metolius also clearly know how to make boards for this - they got it right with the Project (https://www.amazon.com/Metolius-Project-Training-Board/dp/B002N56X8I?th=1&psc=1).
This is one of the cheaper large hangboards on the market, so it makes sense to target towards beginners...but if you're dedicated enough to buy one in the first place, you may prefer something you won't outgrow in 6 months. Many of the more intermediate-level boards (Beastmaker 1000, Trango Rock Prodigy Training Center - throwing out my two favorites from the gym) have holds that can accommodate newer climbers, so why buy this one now when you'll be replacing it in 6 months?
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