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Us

Effective, versatile and sustainable is what we call our wooden climbing holds!

Handfest stands for efficient climbing training, motivation and sustainability. Achieving your goals, facing challenges and minimising the risk of injury are the basic building blocks of the company. All these factors are the result of personal experience and a close connection to climbing, which is reflected in all products.

We convince with our technical know-how in the field of wood technology and use native wood species to meet the striving for sustainability. The design, the processing and the resulting diversity of the products lead to an efficient training result.

 

Handfest was created by passionate climbers and wood workers with the goal to produce climbing holds and trainings equipment for those who wish to get even stronger. Round and smoothly sanded edges are the key essentials for efficient training which is also friendly to your skin to have even longer and harder sessions.

All shapes are based on geometry which allows a huge variety of options during your training. Variety is a main topic in terms of effective training and comes along with different shapes and multiple applications for each hold. Get creative and use them in any way you can imagine, they are made for that!

design + sustainability

The selection of wood is crucial in terms of safety, efficient training, skin abrasion and friction. Each wood species has individual properties and therefore different applications where they can develop their full potential. The wood which is used for climbing holds by Handfest is based on wood science and the knowledge from experts. The most important features materials for climbing holds have to offer is the ratio between the density and the modular of elasticity. Also the homogeneity and the origin of wood species contribute to the decision which material is used. All those factors garuantee the best choice in terms of shapes, processability and sustainability.

Climbing holds made of wood are a great alternative that offers many advantages compared to commercial climbing holds made of plastic. Sustainability is a topic why many people prefer wooden climbing equipment. A serious amount of wood is coming from the US and therefore the carbon footprint of each hold is huge. One of those wood species is “American Tulipwood” which has great features for climbing holds but has to be imported from the US. In Europe, beech, alder and birch are local alternatives which have similar properties to “American Tulipwood”. That makes them the main material for climbing holds used by Handfest.

In order to truly and honestly live up to the value of sustainability, HandFest climbing holds are designed according to various principles of circular design. Many grips currently on the market are designed in a way that requires complex processing, painting and gluing. This intensifies the manufacturing effort and makes them extremely difficult to discard. Furthermore, the focus of many climbing holds is more on fancy styling, and less on sensible and far-sighted design.
These two factors are the reason why we look for mono-materiality for easier disposal and smaller handles with multiple functions to get the most out of the material we use.

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