Setter Closet Team

ABOUT SETTER CLOSET

Setter Closet was formed to provide holds, setting, and consulting services all in one place. Setter Closet brands include Kilter, Haptic, Urban Plastix, F-Bloc, and Union and together there are over 6,000 shapes to choose from. We also have the Kilter Board--a light-up, adjustable training board available in several sizes with both gym and home options.

Kilter Board

The Setter Closet Team is made up of professional routesetters who are here to help you succeed. Working in conjunction with the Routesetting Institute we can help you organize your setting program and budget and select holds for any size of project.

As of 2019 Kilter is a USA Climbing Partner and an IFSC Authorized Holds Producer. A selection of our holds were chosen to be part of the IFSC T20 Catalogue for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. The Olympic Selection is available here: IFSC T20

Ian Powell

Ian Powell - CEO and founder of Kilter and Setter Closet, Ian is 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. Ian was recently featured on the BBC Outlook Radio Program, which you can listen to here: Ian Powell BBC Radio
Email: ian@kiltergrips.com

Jackie Hueftle

Jackie Hueftle - COO and co-founder of Kilter and Setter Closet, Jackie is also co-founder of the Routesetting Institute, CWA Routsetting Board member, and USAC Nationally-certified level 4 setter. She has over 22 years of setting and climbing industry experience including several years as Head Setter of The Spot Gym in Boulder until she transitioned to Kilter full time. Jackie currently teaches clinics and sets with the Routesetting Institute. She has set, written about, and commentated on major competitions for magazines and podcasts. 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. Check out her article on the History of Climbing Holds for Vertical Life's Routesetter Magazine Issue 2.
Email: sales@kiltergrips.com

Griffin Whiteside Griffin Whiteside - Setter Closet CFO Griffin is a route setter, prominent outdoor first ascentionist, and one of the strongest underground boulderers in the world. Since he started with Kilter in 2015, Griffin has been an integral part of the company and now he manages many aspects of the business. When he's not at the office he's usually seeking out and sending boulder problems all over Colorado. Griff does anything and everything and is available for all questions, accounting or otherwise.
Email: griffin@kiltergrips.com.
Kiel Mahar

Kiel Mahar - Our US Sales rep and Kilter Board expert who also manages special projects and partnerships. Kiel created the annual Kilter Board Festival and contributed significantly to development and layout of the original Kilter Board and the new Home Board. Kiel has been climbing for over 20 years, is a guide in Hueco, and has traveled all over the world to climb and do social projects. He also comes with Grimwig, who is the tiniest employee and manages the mailman, dropped snacks, and sunny spots.
Email: holds@kiltergrips.com.

IN MEMORY

Keith Dickey Keith Dickey - To our great sadness, friend, shaper, and US Sales Rep Keith Dickey passed away in 2018 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.

INTERNATIONAL SALES

Kaleb Thomas CANADA - Kaleb Thomas - Kaleb is a sought after competition setter and for the past 10 years has been one of the most active traveling setters in North America. His high energy approach has helped elevate events around the world including IFSC World Cups, Nationals, International Pro Events, and Continental Championships. Kaleb is currently the Director of Setting at Allez Up! in Montreal, one of North America's most respected climbing facilities known for it's high level routesetting. He has lived all across Canada and worked at many well known facilities where he gained knowledge and experience as his career has progressed. Kaleb has been working with Kilter and Urban Plastix since 2015 and is available for consultations on all things setting and holds.
Email: kaleb@kiltergrips.com
the world OTHER COUNTRIES - We are proud to work with some of the world's foremost reps and distributors. To find out how to get Kilter and Urban Plastix in your country, please see: International Orders

SHAPING / R&D / DESIGN

Peter Juhl URBAN PLASTIX - Peter Juhl - Urban Plastix head designer and sculpture artist who is also in new product and technique development. When he's not out exploring Colorado's great outdoors he's usually in the workshop, but if you have questions about his grips or want to talk to him he's around. Try him on instagram @urbanplastix or mail sales@kiltergrips.com and we'll make sure he gets it.
More about Urban Plastix 
Anders Rasker Anders Rasker - Anders is capable of nearly any mechanical task, and from delicately numbering board holds to all manner of r&d. He's worked with us for years when he's not setting or traveling around the world taking photos and trying exotic beers. A Colorado native, Ders can walk up a hill carrying a lot of stuff much faster than you'd expect and can often be found in the backcountry on his days off.
Nick Diederich Nick Diederich - We met Nick Diederich when he approached us with his Element Earth 3D scanned climbing holds. We helped him, he helped us, and now Nick is a huge part of our technology development team. He also does photo and website stuff and works on various projects of his own including Rock Tags. His canine companion, Ziggs, is about the sweetest dog we've ever met. He's also shockingly agile at times and would be great in a circus.
More about Element Earth 3D
Email: tech@kiltergrips.com

HAPTIC SHAPING TEAM

Haptic Shaping Team Haptic is a line of holds from Ian and Peter as well as other professional climbers, shapers, and setters. Learn more and see holds from the team shapers here: Our Shaping Team

SPECIAL TEAM

Ryan Needles Ryan Needles - Ryan is a Kilter Board specialist and he can do it all when it comes to board installs. He's handy in other ways as well and at Kilter he does a different job nearly every day. He's been a setter for several years after starting out at The Spot and spending several months on invitation setting at Urban Climb in Australia he returned home to set at Evo Louisville and help us out at Kilter. Ryan was such a good gymnast as a child he attended a special gymnastics high school, but injuries forced him to retire. He used to base jump and teach sky diving in Moab, he's climbed all over the west, and he's stronger than he'll ever let on. If he makes something look easy, make sure to try it before guessing at the grade.
Scott Rennak Scott Rennak - Setter Closet has an extra asset in Scott Rennak, veteran comp organizer, route setter, screw-on pioneer behind the award-winning Crater Holds, marketing master, and original founder of the American Bouldering Series. His accolades are too numerous to count and in addition to helping out at Kilter, working with The Spot Gyms (Boulder/Denver), and running various other projects in the climbing industry, Scott has taken over Climbing Business Journal and is hard at working making it the best source for industry news.
Alton Richardson Alton Richardson - Alton Richardson (aka AGR Photo) is our good friend who has worked with Kilter in various ways including shooting and editing the Night Sessions videos and taking many amazing photos of our shop and shaping team. He's a photographer, videographer, routesetter, climber, skateboarder, and skier, and he's always open to cool projects. @agrphoto on instagram.

 

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 and Urban Plastix US and Kilter and Urban Plastix Europe are unique sets of holds made to go together stylistically, so you can set by combining Kilter US and Kilter Europe holds or Urban Plastix US with Urban Plastix Europe and have lines that look and feel right together.

Aragon Elastomers

US - Kilter and Urban Plastix 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 and Urban Plastix 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.

Composite-X Dannomond

EUROPE - Kilter and Urban Plastix 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 and Urban Plastix Europe holds in Dannomond will deliver our customers the quality and longevity they expect.

Walltopia

FIBERGLASS - Kilter and Urban Plastix Fiberglass are made in Bulgaria at Walltopia. We were impressed by their quality when we visited in 2019 and decided to finally launch our fiberglass line with them.

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