Topo Designs Taps So iLL for Bold Collab Climbing Collection

Two of the most fun outdoor brands team up on a line of climbing shoes, chalk and rope bags, and more

Topo Designs Taps So iLL for Bold Collab Climbing Collection

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Bob Myaing

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Topo Designs

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Bob Myaing is a Philadelphia-based mountain biker, climber, and writer with an unhealthy gear obsession.

Two of the outdoor industry's most fun-loving brands come together to create a collection of collaborative pieces that are equal parts bright, bold, and functional. Officially out today, the Topo Designs x So iLL climbing collection leans on what each brand does best with eyecatching results.

Included in the capsule are four co-branded pieces—the synch top Cosmos Bag, a classic Accessory Bag, Chalk Bucket, and of course, a pair of So iLL Climbing Shoes—with prices ranging from $19 to $149. Put all these pieces together and you've got a solid kit of bomber gear for climbing indoor or out. Just add chalk and beef up on your climbing jargon.

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The crown jewel of this collaboration is a climbing shoe that has no issue with standing out at the gym or crag thanks to its red color treatment. Sporting a flat last and highly tensioned heel—with So iLL's legendarily grippy Dark Matter Rubber—the So iLL staple would be a fine all-around shoe for climbers of all abilities.

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Topo Designs brings their bag making prowess into the ring offering a unique colorway of their infinitely useful Accessory Bag and Cosmos Bag. Whether for hauling ropes and gear to the crag or groceries home from the market, the Cosmos Bag is a solid option. Plus, it appears to be new to the Topo lineup (perhaps a holdover from Topo’s OYO days...real heads know) so don't miss your chance if you're a fan of this simple-yet-spacious pack.

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A fresh re-skin of one of our favorite chalk buckets, especially for indoor boulder sessions (whenever those return, sad face). Pop your new shoes into the designated storage pockets and throw on the detachable shoulder strap for a stroll down to the gym.

All in all, if looking good is as important as climbing well, then you’re in the right place, and this collab is for you.

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Published 05-28-2020

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