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. 



 

 

 

Owners

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 19 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 sales@kiltergrips.com

Kilter is kept in line by Stephanie Lazewski who also handles all our books. Steph has an extensive background managing high-level accounting for a variety of companies within the climbing industry including the Boulder Rock Club, the AMGA, Louder Than 11, the Spot Bouldering Gym, and 3 Strings Productions.  Steph keeps us on track and lets us know when we can buy more foam, tools, and all the other things Kilter needs to keep growing. Reach her at accounting@kiltergrips.com.

Administration

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 griffin@kiltergrips.com.

Industry Partners

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.

Sales Representatives

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 - 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.

Our new US Sales Rep is Roy Quanstrom. Roy is the head setter of Ascent Studios in Fort Collins, CO. He is a seasoned setter and has worked in many different gyms and for many competitions. Roy is available to help with orders big and small, consulting, setting, clinics, and more! Email him at roy@kiltergrips.com.

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 kaleb@kiltergrips.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 Aragon Elastomers, the foremost climbing grip production facility in North America. Aragon is located in nearby Louisville, Colorado, and has 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 grip comes with a 5 year manufacturer warranty. If they break in that time, we will replace them. But they won’t.

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