About Kilter's Team
Kilter is not a “normal” climbing grip company. Because this industry is so young there has never been a company started by people who have so much experience. We are a bit obsessed and have the years to prove it. We know climbing gyms, climbing grips, and what professional route setters demand.
Kilter's first sets were released in 2013 and now the line is one of the largest in the industry. Kilter has won the Climbing Business Journal Grips List 4 times: we took first in the inaugural list in 2014, then won again in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2018 we also won All Time Favorite Brand.
The Kilter line was designed by Ian Powell, a veteran shaper and fine artist with decades of climbing, setting, and shaping experience. Ian has shaped thousands of grips for some of the biggest companies in the game and is widely regarded to be one of the best shapers in the world. If you have climbed in a gym, most likely you have already enjoyed his designs. Since his return to the climbing industry in 2013 he has continued to push new ideas and has built one of the largest hold lines in the world in a few short years with Kilter.
Kilter’s marketing, publicity, and sales are guided by Jackie Hueftle, nationally-certified level 4 setter with over 20 years of experience. Jackie is the Director of Setting Education at The Spot, has set major pro events and multiple junior nationals, contributes writing to national magazines, commentates on World Cup Bouldering events in collaboration with Chalk Talk, and has traveled to climb across North America and Europe. She learned to boulder in Bishop, is a guide in Hueco, loves sport climbing at Smith, and has sent V-double digits and put up new problems on a variety of rock types. Reach Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to have Griffin Whiteside on the Kilter team. Griff is a trained accountant, long time route setter, and one of the strongest underground boulderers in the world. When he's not at Kilter he's either fitting all the biggest features on the curviest walls at Earth Treks Golden or seeking out and sending boulder problems all over Colorado. Griff helps with pretty much everything and has saved us more times than we can count. He's available for all questions, accounting or otherwise, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Kilter has an extra asset in business development consultant Scott Rennak, veteran comp organizer, route setter, screw-on pioneer behind the award-winning Crater Holds, and original founder of the American Bouldering Series. These days he works with the Boulder Climbing Community on local stewardship and The Spot on the coolest climbing events in the US.
Want to buy some Kilter and Haptic? Have questions about your wall or gym, colors, shapes, comps, or anything else? Our reps are all respected and experienced commercial and competition setters and they are here to help you with your project, whatever the size. Kilter reps are here for your questions, to help with orders, and can keep track of all your past orders and your color palette to make orders easy on you and keep you up to date with all the best grips.
USA - Our new US Sales Reps are our in house team of Sarah Filler and TJ Sanford. Sarah is the head setter of The Spot in Boulder, CO. TJ is a longtime setter who has worked at many gyms and events. Recently he managed the opening set for The Longmont Climbing Collective. Sarah and TJ are working closely with Jackie and Griffin to make sure all your hold and consulting needs are met. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keith - To our great sadness, friend, shaper, and US Sales Rep Keith Dickey recently passed away after a battle with cancer. Kilter will continue to sell Keith's hold lines - Stella and Moses - and will continue to pay his royalty to his family for every set sold.
Kaleb Thomas - Canada. Kaleb is a Canadian Route-Setter and climber, originally from St. John's Newfoundland and is now based in Vancouver British Columbia. Kaleb has been setting for over ten years and began his career at the age of 14 at Wallnuts Climbing Centre in his hometown. At the age of 18 he took over the Head-Setting role at this gym and ran the crew there for 3 years. He then flew 9000 kilometres to Victoria B.C. and assumed the same role at Crag X Climbing Gym. After 2.5 years at that facility and 8 months living in his van, climbing in Squamish, Kaleb became the Head Route-Setter at Climb Base5, a growing facility just outside of Vancouver in Coquitlam B.C. He has since gone on to consult, set, and teach all over Canada. Kaleb travels often and has set over 30 competitions and worked with almost 20 different climbing gyms in North America. In 2016 he became the first Canadian setter to set an International Lead World Cup event. Reach him at email@example.com
Other countries - We are proud to work with some of the world's foremost reps and distributors. To find out how to get Kilter in your country, please see Kilter International
About Our Material
Our grips are not poured from buckets in someone’s garage. Instead they are produced by some of the foremost climbing hold factories in the world. Kilter US and Kilter Europe are unique sets of holds made to go together stylistically, so you can set by combining Kilter US and Kilter Europe holds and have lines that look and feel right together.
US - Kilter US are produced by Aragon Elastomers in Louisville, Colorado. They have been producing grips for many popular climbing grip brands since 2006, utilizing the most modern manufacturing techniques in the industry.
Ian originally began working with Aragon to develop material for e-Grips in the 90s and now, almost 20 years later, we pour Kilter at Aragon because we believe it is hands down the best material for climbing holds. No other material combines feel, flexibility, and longevity the way that Aragon's mix does.
Every Kilter US grip comes with a 5 year manufacturer warranty from Aragon. If they break in that time, we will replace them. But they won’t.
Europe - Kilter Europe are poured in Bulgaria at Composite-X. They are made of the proprietory Dannomond material which is a super strong and light polyurethane developed by chemist (and Comp-X owner) Daniel French. Dannomond is his best mix after years of development, and so far it has performed extremely well in testing. We are confident that Kilter Europe holds in Dannomond will deliver our customers the quality and longevity they expect from Kilter Grips.