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About

Us

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

Why we do,
What we do

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!

Integrity

Industrialization has allowed humanity to offer a large quantity of products at a low price. Consumers enjoy this effect and drive producers more and more into a corner to produce even more and even cheaper. Small and medium sized companies find themselves in a dilemma and are forced to work day and night to even be able to compete with an industrial company. 

We as Handfest have consciously decided against this trend, because 60 working hours per week, take away any chance of a private life. And why develop products for the climbing sport even though you don't get to practice it anymore?

For this reason, we have specialized exclusively in the production of climbing holds and mobile hangboards made of local wood, because we see a lot of potential in this area to advance the sport of climbing. In addition, we do not sell any accessories such as brushes, chalk, T-shirts, etc. and concentrate on optimizing our products in every detail to offer you the training success you desire!

Sustainability is a topic that few industries in the world want to deal with, because the implementation only costs money, but does not bring sales. Unfortunately, many companies have become specialists in positioning themselves as sustainable even though they do nothing like this.

Let’s be honest. Importing cheap accessories from all over the world, putting their own logo on them and then selling them as sustainable products is the biggest bullshit we've heard in a long time, but unfortunately, it's only one of many!

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.

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. That is the reason why we look for mono-materiality for easier disposal and smaller holds with multiple functions to get the most out of the material we use.