I have 40 bucks to spend and need a quality hangboard for training. I am a 5.12 climber that is broke and busy with grad school prep training. I need something to keep me in shape/improve my climbing(want to break 5.13/climb it regularly) but not be over priced. Would love a moon board or nicros but they are just too pricey. What do you think about a drcc v3 or just a simple HIT strip? any suggestions for quality and reasonably priced hangboards?
By Zach Kling From Indianapolis, Indiana Sep 11, 2012
I would look at finding a better used one. The v3 does not have the greatest variety, the central sloped holds are too small forcing your hands too close together, and my biggest gripe is that the small edges for the left hand are bigger than the right. They may have fixed that last problem (hopefully), but there are better boards that new cost maybe only 15 more.
Save/spend $40 more and get the V5.12. Mountaingear has free shipping on it. If you plan to train/climb on it a lot, you will run out of things to do on the V3 very quickly. I use V5.12 and I use all the holds and wish I had more varieties.
I have a V3 and V5.12 mounted side by side. It is a good arrangement for avoiding the too narrow sloper issue because you can use one sloper on each board and have plenty of room. The slopers on the V3 seem a bit harder than the ones on the V5.12 so I have the V3 mounted on the left side where I am slightly stronger.
As a stand alone, I think the V3 is a bit limited. No pinches to speak of and only one small/medium edge. I do really like the two smallest edges on the V3. They are much harder than any holds on the V5.12 but I'd be a lot happier using the v5.12 as my sole training board.
As other folks have suggested, I'd probably start building my own board from scrap wood if financial constraints were an issue. You could really tweak the hold design to what you want with some basic tools and a little creativity.