New climbing packs, full La Sportiva climbing range, new blog articles and more.

Bogong Newsletter

Welcome to the Bogong Newsletter

Hello, everyone. We have loads of new goodies in store, with more due to arrive in the coming weeks. In the mix is a brand-new climbing shoe from La Sportiva – the Theory. For the hikers, we have Mont's new, modular ultralight tent system. For the trail runners, we have news from the trail via our supported athlete Matt Crehan, who ran the Surf Coast Century late last year (right after Melbourne's ring of steel was lifted) and more recently the Cradle Mountain Run, which he won for the second year in a row. Below we also highlight new gear from DMM, Salomon, Exped, Rab, SAXX and more. Plus, we introduce La Sportiva Australia's very own podcast, which appears in both a video format on YouTube and on your regular podcast platforms.

Happy reading, and PS we are now open as usual.

—The Bogong Team

Mont Batwing/Batcave

Modular Ultralight Tent Setup

Mont batcave

Our latest ultralight offering in our tent range is the Mont Batwing/Batcave. This is a modular system comprised of two products. Get them both, or just one – the choice is yours.

The Batwing Tarp comes in two sizes (medium and large). Both sizes are made from ultralight 20-denier ripstop nylon siliconised on both sides. Both versions come with tent pegs and guy lines.

The Batcave is a mesh tent designed for one or two people. It's effectively a bug shelter, with a waterproof floor rated to 5000mm. Combines with the Batwing Tarp to form a three-season shelter system.

See the Mont Batwing Tarp >>

See the Mont Batcave Tent >>

La Sportiva Theory

New climbing shoe

La sportiva theory

It’s no secret that La Sportiva has been a favourite of Bogong customers and staff, for many years. Their range of mountain footwear is truly world-leading, whether it’s climbing shoes, mountaineering boots, mountain running shoes or hiking footwear. But did you know that La Sportiva is now making a full range of technical apparel for the outdoor pursuits all designed at their headquarters in the Dolomites, Italy?

The Theory is a brand-new shoe from La Sportiva. Designed to suit modern gyms and the modernday climber and boulderer, the Theory is an extremely lightweight, and sensitive yet powerful climbing shoe. Its ability to provide stiffness when needed and softness where required is a product of its unique design. The 'wing' construction of the rubber stiffens the midsole when engaged.

Read more about the La Sportiva Theory in our staff member Will's blog post here, or on its product page here.

Bogong Blog

Matt Crehan Runs the Overland Track in under 8 hours

Bogong supported athlete Matt Crehan recently participated in the annual Cradle Mountain Run: an ultra, running the length of the Overland Track from Waldheim Cabins near Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.

Matt not only crossed the line in first place, but completed the course in the highly respectable time of 7 hours and 49 minutes.

Read about his race (which occurred a day after the region got 90mm of rainfall!) in his blog post, here.

New In


training device



Sense Ride 4

trail shoe

Typhoon 15

waterproof pack

Skratch Labs

Energy Chews
orange flavour

Muztag women's

rain jacket

Head Toque

Boxer Brief

new prints!


hiking socks


High FriXion Max TraXion

Have you listened to La Sportiva Australia's podcast, High FriXion Max TraXion? You can either watch it on YouTube, or listen to it on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Hosts Matt Adams and Aaron Knight have different guests on each episode. So, whether it's climbing or running that you're into, you might enjoy listening to this on your morning commute (or whenever).

We recommend Episode #6 Ninja Andrea Hah and Episode #8 The Gardener Matt Crehan, which also features February's La Sportiva Local Legend Steph Gooden from Sport Climbing Victoria.

Check it out!

YouTube >>

Spotify >>

Apple Podcasts >>


Surf Coast Century

The Matt Image at the Surf Coast Century

We couldn't get down to the Surf Coast Century trail running event held in Anglesea this year, thanks to COVID. However, the race went ahead with some changes (e.g. staggered starts).

Bogong Equipment supported athlete Matt Crehan ran this race with training somewhat stimied by the COVID lockdown 2.0 in Melbourne.

Read about Matt's training and race day in his blog series >>

Makak Climbing

Training boards and holds

The Matt Image at the Surf Coast Century

New climbing holds and hangboards! We have two styles of fingerboards in from Makak – a brand with more than 20 years of experience in making and developing holds. The Makak Training Board Nº2 is a best-selling board for advanced climbers, and the Nº4 is ideal if you want something less intense.

There are also heaps of hold sets for your home woody.

See our Makak range >>

We are open as normal:

Monday – Wednesday: 9am – 5.30pm
Thursday – Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

We are closed on Labour Day, Monday 8 March.

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Bogong Instagram screenshot - front window trail running

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About Us

Bogong Equipment was founded in 1989. Everyone who works at Bogong Equipment is a climber, hiker, mountaineer or runner. We have first-hand experience in cragging, multiday bushwalking, alpine climbing and trail running. We use the gear we sell. That means, we can tell you how a product truly performs in the field. That's how we only select the best gear to stock our shelves.

Our stock room in our brick-and-mortar store on Little Bourke Street, in Melbourne, is filled with purpose-designed, technical equipment. With our vast selection of gear, it can be tricky to know where to begin. Especially if you don't know exactly what you're looking for. That's why we employ knowledgeable, experienced staff. We can help you get equipped for your remote trekking expedition, your ice-cap crossing, climbing your first peak or simply your next wander in the hills.

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