Which Pullboard should I buy?
If you’re new to hangboarding as part of your climbing training program we’d recommend having a wall-mount board because it provides good stability and a good progression of edge depths for beginners to more advanced finger exercises.
Buy the Pullboard Original if you have training goals to climb 5.13 / V7 or higher. If you don’t have this training goal but have the space, the smallest edge is good for party tricks so you might as well go for it.
Buy the Pullboard 0.5 if you have training goals to climb 5.11 / V3. If your goal is a higher grade but space is tight, then this board is a good fit.
Buy the Pullboard Travel if you need to warm-up fingers at the crag or you want to train on the road. If you don’t have space for a wall-mount board then this board is a good alternative. If climbing-is-your-life then we’d definitely recommend a travel AND a wall-mount board.
Why are there no pockets or slopers on the Pullboards?
Our favourite question. We based our design on biomechanical principles and various studies on effective hangboard training that focused solely on finger strength. We found the endless variations of pocket sizes to be confusing and wanted our tool to be simple. Effective, but simple. Therefore we designed and tested (and tested) our design with a few offset edges.
Some travel boards out there have a lot of edges. But when we discovered one of the most bad-ass climbers in Canada didn’t use some of the edges of our travel prototype because they were “way too hard” we knew which edges we didn’t need. We apologize to those that need a smaller edge.
What type of wood do you use?
We make our Pullboard Original and 0.5 models from Canadian red oak. We choose this wood as it is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, it has a great texture and we think it just makes a beautiful, solid board with a rich hue to mount in your home or gym.
Our Pullboard Travel is made from Canadian maple. It’s lightweight with a creamy white colouration and oh-so-smooth. This wood is also Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
In all models you’ll see a natural variation in the wood in colour, density and texture. What’s consistent in our boards is the special attention to the finishing. We’ve tried other wood boards and some have edges that feel sharp to us. Every one of our boards is hand-sanded and what our customers love is the smoothness of every edge. We love it too.
Can I use chalk on my Pullboard?
Yes, you can. If you’ve trained on polyresin boards before, you’re in for a treat. The wood is friendly on your fingers and most importantly, if your strength begins to fail, you won’t be able to keep hanging on based on pure friction. That’s one of the things that can lead to injury.
You’ll find the right amount of chalk to use per session. The wood will absorb some moisture, so it’s not necessary to use excessive amounts of chalk. After you’ve trained on your board for a few sessions you’ll be able to gauge when to chalk up. And remember to brush your board after training!
No, they’re in their natural state. They are not designed to be mounted outside in the elements. So make sure you have a warm safe home for them.
Are your Pullboards varnished?
How do I clean my Pullboard?To keep your board in prime condition you can use a boars hair brush, or any soft natural brush to clean off the excess chalk between training sessions. Regular brushing should be all you need to do.
It’s not very common to see chalk buildup on home boards, but boards mounted at the climbing gym will see greater wear. If the hang area feels quite a bit different than the other areas of the board and the brushing isn't working then you can gently sand it with 220 grit sandpaper. Gently. We’d hate for you to lose the beautifully smooth edges we obsessed about in production.
How do I mount the Pullboard?
Most of our Pullboards are mounted above a door frame or entranceway but it's not the only spot. The hangboard needs to be mounted on a vertical surface because even a few degrees will make it silly hard. Make sure it's totally level too of course. We had a friend mount it upside down (he shall not be named) which made us laugh hard for months, but that’s pretty hard to do now that we have the wordmark engraved on the board. Sorry Shaun.
Do you have an app?
No, we don’t. We’re a bit old school still. We use a good old fashioned timer on our phones or we’ve been exploring with some of the interval timers on the app stores to pre-build our workouts. We’ll never say never.
The one caution with timers is not listening to your body. If you feel like you’re starting to push it too far, then pause. Stretch. Give yourself more time. It’s not worth injury to push into the next set because the timer is going.