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Category: Athletics

Polyurethane Helps Climbers Rise Above

When you’re suspended 30 feet above the ground by nothing but your fingertips, you need to have confidence in the material you’re holding on to. Luckily, polyurethane has been the industry standard for climbing holds (the shaped grips on climbing walls) for the past decade.

Polyurethane has enabled rock wall climbing holds to become lighter and longer lasting. Today, climbing holds are stronger than ever before and – thanks to polyurethane’s flexibility – can be molded to many sizes, shapes and colors. Size and shape differences are used to help simulate real-world rocks and boulders, while color is important because it is used to help climbers identify climbing routes.

Polyurethane climbing holds can be designed specifically for beginners or made to simulate the texture of real rock for the more experienced climber. Additionally, polyurethane grips are comfortable, allowing climbers to spend more time doing what they love. And, because polyurethane holds are durable, climbing wall operators are able to keep the maintenance costs in check – which helps keep the facilities’ operating costs down.