Friday, July 20, 2018

Sport Climbing / Bouldering Equipment & Gear Shops in Singapore

Now that I have passed my Singapore National Climbing Standards {SNCS} Level 1 cert, I really wanted to make sport-climbing {or rock-climbing as most laymen call it} a regular thing.

And if I was going to do it regularly, I might as well invest in proper equipment to do it properly. My plan was to just get the bare essentials first, then continue to rent other gear from climbing gyms as I slowly build up my arsenal of necessary climbing equipment as I get more experience and exposure.

For your info, most climbers would recommend the following as necessary climbing equipment for sport-climbing beginners:
  • climbing shoes
  • climbing harness
  • chalk
  • chalk-bag
  • carabiners
  • belay device
Knowing what to get isn't difficult. There are many different brands and models out there, so deciding what type and where to get them can be difficult though.

As I get more proficient in sport-climbing I may do more reviews on the equipment & gear I get to help you decide on what type to get for each essential item, but for now I can help you with where to purchase them with this list of  Sport Climbing / Bouldering Equipment & Gear Shops.

It includes brick-and-mortar shops in Singapore, and online shops that deliver to Singapore. I've also included some of the brands each shop carries, especially for harnesses and shoes as those are the bare essentials to get starting out.

I don't think this list is exhaustive, and if you know of any good shops that I should add into my list, feel free to contact me.

1. All Sports Equipment
Add: 52 Ubi Avenue 3 #04-44 Singapore 408867
Tel: +65 6337 7728 / +65 6848 9489
Open: Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Brands: Five Ten, Butora Petzl, Petzi

2. Backcountry {online, based in USA}
Brands: Petzl, Cypher, La Sportiva, Black Diamond, Maxim, North Face, Blue Water, Five Ten

3. Campers’ Corner
Add: 51 Waterloo Street, #01-01, Singapore 187969
Tel: 6337 4743
Open: Mon – Sat, 12pm – 8pm. Closed on Eves, CNY, Christmas & New Year
Brands: Arc’teryx, Singing Rock, La Sportiva, Mad Rock

4. Crank Factory {online, based in Singapore, aka Climb Asia on IG}
Add: Frontier Building, 52 Ubi Ave 3 #05-31, Singapore 408867 {visit by appointment only}
Tel: 6747 5473
Brands: Ocun, Roca, Bluewater, Trango, Metolius, La Sportiva, EB, Evolv, So iLL
*Self-collection available at Frontier Building

5. Gear Express {online, based in USA}
Brands: DMM, Edelweiss, CAMP, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Beal, Blue Water, Five Ten

6. Gorilla Gym Shop {mini All Sports Equipment}
Add: 750B Chai Chee Road Viva Business Park, #01-02 Singapore 469002
Tel: +65 6243 0386
Open: Mon closed, Tue – Fri 2pm – 8pm, Weekends 11pm – 6pm
Brands: Five Ten, Butora Petzl, Petzi
*beside the multi-storey carpark and behind Harvey Norman

7. Ground Up Climbing Gym Shop {NOT former Climb Asia shop}
Add: 60 Tessensohn Rd C/o Civil Service Club, Singapore 217664
Open: Mon 5pm – 11pm, Tue – Sun 12pm – 9pm
Brands: La Sportiva, Ocun, Evolv
8. Kinetics Climbing Gym Shop
Add: 511 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218153
Tel: 6291 5045
Open: Mon 4pm-10pm, Tue – Fri 1pm – 10pm, Weekends 10-7pm
Brands: Edelweiss, La Sportiva, Red Chilli, Scarpa, Wild Country

9. Mountain Equipment Co-op {online, based in Canada}
Brands: Edelrid, Black Diamond, Arc'teryx, Mammut, Petzl, Beal, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Evolv

10. Outdoor Kaki
Add: 11 Woodlands Close, #05-27, Woodlands 11, Singapore 737853
Tel: 9181 2893
Open:  Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm {contact them to visit at other times}
Brands: ClimbX, Salewa, Kailas

11. Outdoor Life
Add: Novena Square #02-60/67, 238 Thomson Rd / Plaza Singapura #04-18B/30/31
Tel: 6255 4814 / 6904 4726
Open: Sun – Thu 11am – 9pm, Fri – Sat 11am – 9.30pm {Novena} / Daily 10am – 10pm {Plaza Singapura}
Brands: Black Diamond

12. REI Co-op {online only, based in USA}
Brands: Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Evolv, Five Ten, So iLL, Scarpa, Tenaya, Petzl

13. Rock, Stock and Barrel {online, based in Singapore, also Onsight Climbing Gym Shop}
Add: Onsight Climbing Gym, 100 Guillemard Road, Guillemard Village, Singapore 399718
Tel: 6348 8272
Open: Mon – Fri 11am – 10.30pm, Weekends 10am – 9pm
Brands: Ocun, Ophir, Zephir, Tenaya
*Self-collection available at Onsight Climbing Gym

14. Sierra Trading Post {online, based in USA}
Brands:  CAMP, Black Diamond, Mad Rock, Edelrid, So iLL, Evolv, Five Ten, Scarpa, Cypher

15. Steep and Cheap {online, based in USA}
Brands: Black Diamond, Wild Country, La Sportiva, Mammut, Salewa, Metolius, Blue Water 

16. Trekkinn {online, based in Spain}
Brands: Arc'teryx, Salewa, Black Diamond, Mammut, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Ocun, Wild Country 


As with all sports, it's important to build up your strength and endurance levels to perform better, so gym time is definitely needed. Do check out my list of Home Gym & Fitness Equipment Shops in Singapore if you want to work out at home, and follow my Fitness Diary posts here or on Instagram {#AiFitnessDiary}.

If you need someone who can help you to plan your exercise program according to whatever equipment you have and your individual needs, motivate you and make sure that you're keeping to proper forms and techniques, I'd of course recommend my personal trainer, Superman, whom I've been training with for 2+ years.

*Note: This is not a paid review or advertorial. All opinions are my own. 


An Apel a Day said...

My boys do love to climb! They'd like to do this kind of shopping.

We did a ton of trail mountain climbing earlier this week in Arizona. It was nice to get away for a bit.

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Theresa Mahoney said...

It's good to find a local store that sells quality sporting gear for at home use. I don't have much of a home gym myself, but I do like to keep essentials on hand like hand weights, yoga mats, and medicine balls and bought it all locally.

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