We've been there. Only the perfect shape will do. You need the hold that fits the movement, is comfortable, and fulfills your vision. The story of Trango’s hold program begins in 1996, in a windowless
garage in North Boulder. After experiences with disappointing,
fragile, and slick polyethylene climbing holds, Ty Foose and Ian
Powell looked to a revolutionary new material derived from the
nose cone coatings of nuclear submarines: polyurethane. Offering
unheard of levels of durability and new ways to create, the duo
began to revolutionize the shaping world. The development of new
shaping techniques applied to this new material created a strong
underground following, but the small company struggled to survive,
and the original shapes were laid to rest under a trampoline behind
the legendary CATS Gymnastics in Boulder.
In 2001, Trango acquired these shapes and committed once again
bringing the PU revolution to the climbing world. Trango sought out
new manufacturers, expanded the shaping program, and began to
share innovative PU shapes with gyms around the US. As climbing
gyms boomed around the world, so too did the PU revolution,
and Trango was right there to share their shapes with gyms across
the globe. As climbers progress and gyms continue to seek out
creative shapes to craft routes that inspire their members, Trango
holds will continue to Set The Standard around the globe.
In 2022 the decision was made to continue to pursue and set the Standard by unifying the brand under Trango, which represents our desire to continue to create innovative equipment that climbers trust. We recognize the history of eGrips and want to embrace our past as we look towards our future.
Climbing is art. From shaping, to setting, to climbing, we craft shapes that weave the climbing experience together. Every shape includes subtle artistic details that you won't find anywhere else. We take our craft seriously and seeing our art become a part of yours is our greatest reward.
From the first holds with geometric patterns to our proprietary finishing process, innovation is in our DNA and we are creating more every day.
Trango has been continuously refined, reinvented, and shared for over two decades. Each fresh block of foam inspires us to create shapes for the ultimate climbing experience. Our artistic shapes have landed in the hands of the most creative setters around the globe and won a reputation for industry-leading artistry, functional excellence, and durability.