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Arctic Grips
Handcrafted, Norwegian design climbing holds.

Sparked in Trondheim, Norway, as an Australian, a Nordlending and a Trønder, (with a dash of Stavanger in there also), were having a well deserved coffee break from their weekly route setting session; impatient creativity, and an ambition to spice up their boulder problems inspired a conversation leading up to the launch of Arctic Grips.

Aiming to be a local, yet global provider of handcrafted, inspiring new school climbing holds, we are excited to see the launch of our little company fitting timely into the boasting movement of the climbing community both locally and abroad. Using our years of experience as both route setters and climbers, with a slightly odd and mixed background from carpentry, bike repair and audio/visual arts, we hope to meet the demand for progressive and inspiring new climbing holds. Keeping our northern roots alive whilst converting our inspirations, lead by the spectacularity of nature, into indoor climbing holds can -and should be a daunting task- and we do it in awe.

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In order to meet the industry standards for quality and making the most durable holds, we find it paramount to use the highest quality possible concerning materials and production. Sharing factory facilities with brands such as Kilter and Flat Holds, with moulded holds in the renowned CompositeX plastic, and shapes made from the most up to date types of texture foam sets for a long term branding, with production quality as one of our core values. Metal inserts for both set screws and bolt holes on all holds and chips, adding to texture of holds, and the ergonomics of every single pinch, crimp, chip and jug is something we hope will catch the eye of coffee drinking route setters and chalk heads around the globe! Launching our first series in december 2019, the Flatanger Range is bound to be a smash hit!

All our best,
Thomas, Dylan & Erlend
Trondheim, Norway -December 2019

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Climbing indoors means climbing on plastics. There is no suger coating it: we are making a plastic product. Along with almost all other climbing hold companies (though exceptions like Metolius and and Thilo Schröters “Woodies” represent small scale alternatives worth supporting) we are in a position of cognitive dissonance, and it makes us feel sad. One day we might have the authority to push for alternatives, but in the meantime we justify our production by making the most durable product possible, with the least amount of transport we can get, and with the use of as little plastic wrapping, boxing and packaging as possible, and we aim to outshine the disposable and irresponsible companies that are out there. Better still would, off course, be to climb outdoors, rooting for the most sustainable alternative! We also encourage all our customers to recycle old holds wherever possible, and to find ways to minimize our shared ecological footprint.

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