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BoulderDude


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Metolius Wood Grips vs. Beastmaker Hangboard
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I originally posted this in the gear forum, but decided I might get feedback here since hang boards are a popular topic.

Hello All,

I'm somewhat new to hang board training, looking to invest in one as the Fall and winter season approaches the Eastern U.S.

I've read great reviews regarding the Beastmaker, although I'm hoping some of you might be able to tell me the major differences between it and the Metolius Wood Grip Hang Board besides the Beastmaker offering more finger options. I'm attaching both hangboards side by side for your comparison.

Thanks for your help!


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BoulderDude wrote:
I originally posted this in the gear forum, but decided I might get feedback here since hang boards are a popular topic.

Hello All,

I'm somewhat new to hang board training, looking to invest in one as the Fall and winter season approaches the Eastern U.S.

I've read great reviews regarding the Beastmaker, although I'm hoping some of you might be able to tell me the major differences between it and the Metolius Wood Grip Hang Board besides the Beastmaker offering more finger options. I'm attaching both hangboards side by side for your comparison.

Thanks for your help!

I've heard nothing but the Beastmaker being an EXCELLENT board, but the holds are MUCH harder to utilize than the Metloius (that may be a good thing).


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I have the Metolius wood and hate it, it looks great but the wood gets really greasy. Don't buy one!


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pmccarthy wrote:
I have the Metolius wood and hate it, it looks great but the wood gets really greasy. Don't buy one!


I Must ask, have you cleaned it with grease removing cleaners?


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The gym where I climb has a few of the wood grip holds, and I agree that they are only good for aesthetics. I have never climbed any rocks with a texture similar to polished wood, so I fail to see how they could be an effective training tool.


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darkgift06 wrote:
pmccarthy wrote:
I have the Metolius wood and hate it, it looks great but the wood gets really greasy. Don't buy one!


I Must ask, have you cleaned it with grease removing cleaners?

I've never gone so far as using chemical cleaners on the board, but after brushing and trying to rough up the surface with coarse sandpaper, it still only takes a couple uses to get slick with sweat and chalk. The rough texture of synthetic boards is much more user friendly.


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I think its more the paint they put on the holds. I've heard of people using sand in the paint to give it some abrasiveness.


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I have the beastmaker 2000 (looks like you are looking at the 1000) and have looked at the wood grips in the store.

I mostly use the slopers and the smallest (10mm?) crimps on the beastmaker and the metolius board just doesn't have anything that compares, all of the holds are pretty big, the solts are poorly finished at the back and the texture is kind of gross... if you want to save some money I would be more tempted by a pusher tolerance (pusher is back) or a moon board or just some metolius campus rungs.

I'd also say go with the 2000 over the 1000 provided you don't need the jugs to warm up or do pull ups on (we have a bar for this). I don't use the monos much but the harder slopers are fun.


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I'm interested to see if you ever got one of these, and what you think about it now.

Personally I think the Beastmaker 2000 is superior to all other hangboards I've tried. I just got my own finally. The Metolious wood grips doesn't feel at all the same and I don't think they reflect in any way what the 2000 feels like. You shouldn't really be chalking up for wood. It's not the same as resin boards. The Metolious may be an exception due to a slick finish though. Not sure.

I'm new to serious training, but so far, I really like wood. You don't need chalk, and it's far better on the skin. After all we hang to get strong, not to wear off valuable skin. Chalk and sweat don't mix with wood well. Look at the difference between a chalk covered campus board, and a mostly clean one. Totally different.

That said though, no board is perfect, and the best crimps I've seen were on a resin board, and the best piches I've seen were hanging by a chord.


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pmccarthy wrote:
darkgift06 wrote:
pmccarthy wrote:
I have the Metolius wood and hate it, it looks great but the wood gets really greasy. Don't buy one!


I Must ask, have you cleaned it with grease removing cleaners?

I've never gone so far as using chemical cleaners on the board, but after brushing and trying to rough up the surface with coarse sandpaper, it still only takes a couple uses to get slick with sweat and chalk. The rough texture of synthetic boards is much more user friendly.

I've been training on the beastmaker quite much.. (it's in the gym, so it sees a lot of use) And it has way less friction than a plastic board.. but that is a good thing right? I mean, the idea behind using wooden holds and fingerboards is that they eat less skin.. (and are a more intensive training tool)

anyway.. I also found out that it's not effective at all to use chalk on a wooden board.. it's even contra effective.. moist hands (not sweaty ones) are the most effective, so I always clean the board with a damp cloth before beginning. And Then I wash my hands. After a while it might get sweaty, and you could use a tiny little bit of chalk on your hands, just to dry em up, but that's it.

I'm thinking now.. what kind of wood is the metolius board? maybe it's harder wood than the beastmaker, which would make it too smooth.


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i think the metolius is made from Alder thats finished with some sort of urethane. The campus rungs are made from unfinished alder at least.


spacemonkey07


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Ah, the beast maker is made from unfinished tulipwood.. That would make a difference in friction..


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how strong are you?
Beastmaker has harder holds like you already know, but is hella more expensive.
However, the beastmaker is the shit and if I could afford it i would totally go for the beastmaker.

I still can't hang the damn 2 finger sloper pockets. Those things are ridiculous, and that's after being able to do a set of repeaters with middle 2 without nestle on the bottom outside open hand holds.

Anyone else having any luck with those sloper 2 finger pockets?

One thing the beastmaker is lacking is really small holds (i'm talking v9 and up style crimps/open handed draggers), so I got some thin hobby wood 1/2" 3/8" and 1/4", rounded off the edges and mounted them to the piece of wood I mounted the beastmaker on.


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