Forged to perfection.
Your Rock Prodigy Training Center took your climbing prowess to a whole new level. It's time to step up your game, yet again, with Trango's Rock Prodigy Forge. An excellent addition to the Training Center, the Forge brings new difficulties to your hangboard regimen. New features include shallower pockets, smoother slopers, steeper pinches, and a unique closed-crimp grip with a thumb support that drastically reduces potential injuries. A smoother texture and all-new edge profiles not only increase the challenge, but they also eliminate flappers.
- Dedicated closed-crimp grip with thumb support
- All-new edge profiles
- Drafted pockets
- Steeper slopers
- Smoother texture throughout
- Q & A
Great hangboard for 5.11 and beyond
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This board is too good to not have a good review! I am a 5.11/12 climber that just started training with the Rock Climber's Training Manual after climbing for 4-5 years. I had become interested in training after hitting a plateau where I couldn't "just climb a lot" to improve anymore.
This is the only hangboard I have owned, but I have used others in gyms. The holds on this are significantly more difficult than any other board I have encountered. This difficulty is great as long as you are climbing 5.11 or above and set up a pulley system with free weights to reduce the weight on your fingers. After one 7 session, 2.5 week cycle on this board, I am only dead-hanging or adding weight on the larger/easier holds like the 40 deg sloper, 3F pocket, and the inner var. edge. Most others I am taking 15 to 50 pounds off. There are holds on this board that are just too small and difficult to train unless you are an expert climbing 5.13 and above. For example, the small half pad 2F pockets, outer var. edge, and the really nifty closed crimp holds are unusable for me now. I definitely was concerned this board would be too difficult for me when I bought it. However, I have 10 unique holds I can train at my level on this board, and it leaves a lot of runway for improvement. This is a review of other hang boards, but Siegrist makes great points about looking for a board with bad holds because hang boards are not meant for pull-ups: https://www.trainingbeta.com/jonathan-siegrist-review-3-hangboards/
I really like the set up on this board, and especially the pinches. I have a weakness with pinches and this board is great for strengthening wide, medium and narrow pinches. I have noticed that almost all other boards either don't have a pinch or its set in a way that doesn't seem to isolate the actual pinching power. The texture, layout, and drafted pockets all make for as comfortable of a workout as hangboarding can be.