Although climbing is really the best training for climbing, having a training program at home for your off days is a great way to boost your climbing skills.

Cue the hangboard.

Hangboards (if used correctly) are a great piece of training equipment that can help develop your finger strength to ape-like levels. However, finger strength will not come without a little bit of patience first. Developing good finger strength takes months and even years of dedicated practice. That’s what differentiates the good climbers from the GREAT climbers!

You know what side you want to be on, so lets make things happen!

Hangboards are great for climbers who don’t have has much time to get out climbing or for climbers that have had a lot of climbing time and have developed good technique but are looking for more finger strength.

Below I’ve listed 4 awesome hangboards that I’ve given 10 strong fingers up to. (Or just 2 thumbs up if you’re lame like my hubby and didn’t get it). šŸ˜‰

So, select your favorite board below and let the training begin!

Metolius Contact Board

Metolius Contact HangboardPros

  • Great variety of holds including jugs, slopers, edges, pockets and pinches.
  • Most holds come in several levels of difficulty.
  • Edges and pockets have variable depths, slopers come both rounded and flat, and pinches have variable widths.
  • You have more than enough options to change up your training and keep things fresh.
  • Slight curve design reduces stress on joints.

ConsMetolius Project Hangboard

  • It’s pricy.
  • It’s big. There are smaller and less pricey options if you have less space. Their smaller project board has no pinching options, but still has enough variety in edges, pockets and slopers to keep you entertained.
  • Resin material can be a bit rough on the skin.

Metolius Wood Grips

Metolius Wood Grips Compact HangboardMetolius Wood Grips Deluxe HangboardPros

  • Smooth texture is easy on the skin so you can train harder and longer.
  • Although it may seem frustrating at first, the smooth texture also helps you get stronger because you have to rely less on friction and more on your contact strength.
  • It looks beautiful.
  • You have jugs, slopers and a variety of edges and pockets to play with.
  • Good price.


  • No pinches.
  • Sloper on the deluxe training board could be more slopey. However, that being said these wood boards are more slick and the slopers (or all holds for that matter) are harder than they look.

Metolius Rock Rings

Metolius Rock RingsPros

  • Super affordable.
  • Small and portable.
  • You can hang them anywhere, which means you can put them somewhere where you’ll actually use it. Just find some studs in your ceiling and your good to go.
  • The swinging gives you an extra core workout as you work to keep yourself stabilized.
  • The single point suspension allows you to perform pull ups with a neutral grip (palms facing each other). This position is much safer on your elbows and shoulders than having your grip fixed in a pronated position (inward rotation of shoulders). You’ll notice that when you perform pull ups on rock rings your arms will naturally rotate to this neutral and safer position.
  • Comes with jugs/slopers (jugs if you wrap your fingers all the way around the top, slopers if you don’t) and a variety of edges.


  • No pinches, although you could work toward pinching the sides of each rock ring. That would be beastly. (If you can do that, please, send me a picture)

So Ill Palm Training Board

So Ill HangboardPros

  • Sleek and simple.
  • Good size.
  • Has pinches, edges and bomb slopers.
  • Can double as a mini campus board (I’ll note here that campus training is extremely demanding for your fingers and should only be used in training once you’ve developed sufficient finger strength)


  • Pretty pricey and offers less variety compared to other hangboards
  • Quite gritty and rough on the hands and skin (I know friction should never be a con, but too much friction will make your training too easy)


Are you ready for some serious training? Well then, get on your hangboard because it’s time to CRUSH!

Oh! But first maybe check out these 5 Common Hangboard Mistakes!