La Sportiva Solution COMP, Karacal, SNAP climbing and what's new.

Bogong Newsletter


Welcome to the Bogong Newsletter

Lots of new gear has landed at Bogong, including the much anticipated La Sportiva Solution COMP and La Sportiva Karacal. New colours have arrived for Outdoor Research favourites. Plus, we have several new brands: SNAP, which makes a big range of durable boulder pads for the eco-minded climber; COROS, a brand of GPS watches that offer the best battery life of any sport watches we've seen.

We also recap what Bogong supported athlete Matt Crehan has been up to (a lot!). And, we share a bunch of photos from the recent North Walls Redpoint Series, which we were a major sponsor for. Also, look out for Bogong staff member Will's latest climbing shoe review (the Testarossa) and some sneaky industrial gear and climbing rope specials. You're welcome!

—The Bogong Team

SNAP Climbing

New Brand


SNAP is a new brand for us at Bogong. We've brought in a range of their boulder pads, plus a selection of their packs (designed to take you from work to gym) and a couple of chalk bags and buckets.

The boulder pad range is quite extensive, with 8 mats to choose from! They range from light and easy-to-carry (e.g. SNAP Hip Boulder Mat) to beasts that will give you courage on the highest boulders (e.g. SNAP Grand Wham Boulder Mat).

Here's a 2-minute guide to our mats:

Model Size Style Foot Mat Good for
SNAP Hip Small Taco Lightness
SNAP Hop Small Folding Lightness
SNAP Stamina Small Taco Durability
SNAP Rebound Small Fold Durability
SNAP Grand Stamina Big Taco Big landing zone; Durability
SNAP Grand Rebound Big Fold Big landing zone; Durability
SNAP Wham Big Taco Highballs
SNAP Grand Rebound Even bigger! Taco Highballs; Durability

See the SNAP range here >>

La Sportiva Karacal

New Trail Running Shoe


The Karacal is our newest La Sportiva trail running shoe. It's designed for medium- to long-distance training sessions. Comparable to the Salomon Sense Ride 3, the Karacal is comfortable, breathable and light.

Some features: performance-like collar; double-eyelet enabling runner's loop to alleviate pressure points and lock your heel in; highly breathable mesh upper; stability EVA heel; Rock Shield midsole layer; shank structure to avoid torsion; FriXion® Blue highly abrasion-resistant outsole compound.

See more features and specifications at our website. Links below.

La Sportiva Karacal Men's >>

La Sportiva Karacal Women's >>

La Sportiva Solution Comp

New Climbing Shoe!

The much-anticipated La Sportiva Solution Comp is here! This is a brand-new shoe from La Sportiva, built on the bones of the perennial favourite La Sportiva Solution. For those of you who have been praying to the Solution gods, you have been heard: the Solution Comp has a different heel – it's more traditional and lower volume, with thinner rubber than the original Solution.

Other changes culminate in a version of the Solution that is generally lighter and softer. The toe rubber is thinner (although it covers a larger surface area for greater contact when toe-hooking).

For more specs and details, check out the Solution Comp at the link below.

See the La Sportiva Solution Comp here >>

New In

Ultimate Direction
For aid stations
Learn more >>

Inferno Jacket
Winter-weight fleece
Men's >> Women's >>

La Sportiva Roots
Climbing pants
Organic cotton
Learn more >>

Trailblazer Women’s
Size D (more sizes)
Learn more >>

Apex 42mm Blacks
Sports watch
Learn more >>

Versa Quilt Duo
Liner sleeping bag
Learn more >>

Industrials Specials

Air Lounge L
Work seat
Now $100 off >>

Vertic Triple Lock
Now $200 off >>

Rock Empire
Cargo 55L/35L
55L now $149.95 >>
35L now $139.95 >>

Climbing Rope Specials

Velocity 9.8mm
60-metre rope
Now $150 off >>

Evolution VR9 9.8mm
60-metre rope
Now $100 off >>

Velocity 9.8mm DRY
60-metre rope
Now $150 off >>

Bogong Supported Athlete Update

Matt Crehan

Bogong supported athlete Matt Crehan has been on form lately. In our last eNewsletter we reported that he'd just won the Cradle Mountain Run in under 8 hours.

Since then, Matt has come 1st in the 44K at the Mt Baw Baw Trail Fest, 1st in the 64K at the Razorback Run in March, 1st in the 45K at the Mt Buller Skyrun also in March and 1st in the Alpine Challenge 100-Miler.

The latter goes up and down Victoria's highest peaks, including Mt Feathertop, Mt Hotham, Mt McKay, Spion Kopje and Mt Bogong with a total elevation of over 7600m. It's regarded as one of the hardest (if not the hardest) mountain runs in Australia. Matt set a course record in 22:26:21.

As if that isn't impressive enough, just two weeks after his 100-miler, Matt backed it up by crossing the line 1st at the Margaret River Ultra Marathon. Respect!

Gear Review

La Sportiva Testarossa

Our resident climbing shoe reviewer Will has reviewed the La Sportiva Testarossa, which was updated in 2019. Here's what he has to say about it: how it compares to the La Sportiva Solution, how it fits, how it performs, what's been updated and what type of climbing the shoe is designed for.

Read the blog post here >>


North Walls Redpoint Series

We were glad to be part of North Walls' social competition in March. North Walls ran a social series during the month, culminating in a 'finals night' where there were finals routes and prizes. Bogong supported this local event by becoming the event's official shoe sponsor, giving away three pairs of high-end La Sportiva climbing shoes. Great to see that everyone had a good time!

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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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