Entre-Prises Climbing Holds
Entre-Prises, the French climbing wall manufacturers is one of the largest climbing wall manufacturers in the world. A clever French word play and so rather than just meaning ‘entreprises’, French for business, it translates ‘entre’ between and ‘prises’ holds, somewhere we all find ourselves whilst climbing.
Originally establish back in 1985, Entre-Prises has been at the forefront of professional and commercial climbing wall installation.
Although Rockcity has never had anything built by Entre-Prises we do have some of their climbing holds or bolt-on holds as they are often called.
Now originally all bolt-on holds were pretty poor. Especially back 25+ years ago and Entre-Prises was no exception. At this time it was pretty common for climbing holds to have pretty unfriendly on the tendons with sharp edges on the middle pads of your fingers.
Thankfully this has all changed and all climbing holds have got way better. Entre-Prises has some pretty cool stuff too.
We particularly like the Entre-Prises Polyurethane holds. As a climbing centre we are at the rough end of climbing hold use and with all the traffic and route setting we are pretty good at knowing what makes a good climbing hold after 20years.
Our favourite set is the Comp Slopers. We like the simplicity of these combined with the hollow back making them very light weight for their size. This is one of the main benefits of PU over Polyester Resin as a material.
Others that stand out and get used all the time are The Beast, which is a kind of large sloping jug, very useful.
Also we like the Limestone XL and the Scarred cobble, both make for good setting on routes and boulder problems.
The Erosion Edges are pretty comfy rounded edges, great set of holds. We We are also fans of both the Bomber Jugs 2 and the Dot Jugs. These are brilliant for simple routes for beginners and are good value for money too.
Lastly, but by no means leastly, are the Super Tweeks. These are only possible because of the use of PU as no Polyester Resin hold can be made this small. Holds this size have made the use for screw-ons reduced, which is good news for the surface of the wall. Holds this small have revolutionized route setting as a small ‘foot chip’ is now able to be added almost anywhere.
Polyurethane has one drawback, it doesn’t last as long as PE holds in terms or wear. PU polishes a lot quicker than PE but careful choice of holds will help.
Even taking this into consideration we don’t buy PE holds much any more as they chip and crack regularly.
Entre-Prises does have a brilliant little insert for their cast Polyester Resin holds which reinforces the bolt-on hold around the bolt hole so if it breaks then it is still all held together.
There is one thing very odd about the Entre-Prises climbing holds range, there isn’t much of one. Don’t get us wrong, they make hundreds of holds but there is no continuity throughout. The Beast sits there on its own, possibly a distant relative of the Comp Slopers but nothing in between to tie they all together.
We think that for Entre-Prises the range of climbing holds they produce is more of a by-product of their massive global climbing wall building empire and that so long as these new walls have a load of grips on them then their job is done. It is a shame really because they have the customer base and the know-how to have dominated the market with large ranges. The US range is all Polyurethane and is a lot better than the EP European offerings. Hand pick your Entre-Prise holds carefully and you cant go wrong.
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Written by: RockcityPublished: June 14, 2015