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Rock Sport Protection Products Market

Rock Sport Protection Products Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report, by Type, by Accessories, by Distribution channel, by Buyer type : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031

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Rock Sport Protection Products Market Research, 2031

The global rock sport protection products market was valued at $981.8 million in 2021, and is projected to reach $2.1 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2022 to 2031. Increased emphasis on safety is one of the key trends in the rock sport protection product market. This trend is being driven by growing awareness about the importance of safety in rock climbing and mountaineering as well as by advancements in rock sport protection products that enhance the safety of these activities. Rock sport protection products comprises of various equipment and gears that are designed to protect and safeguard the life of mountaineers, climbers, and other sports enthusiasts during their rock climbing and mountaineering activities.

Rock Sport Protection Products Market

Increased emphasis on safety is one of the key trends in the rock sport protection products market. This trend is being driven by growing awareness about the importance of safety in rock climbing and mountaineering as well as by advancements in rock sport protection products that enhance the safety of these activities. Manufacturers are responding to this trend by developing new products with advanced safety features and materials. For example, many climbing helmets now feature multi-directional impact protection systems (MIPS) that can reduce the risk of injury in the event of a fall or impact. Moreover, climbing ropes are being made with stronger, more durable materials that can better withstand wear and tear over time. In addition to these product innovations, there is a greater emphasis on education and training in the rock sport community. Many climbers are now taking courses on proper safety techniques and equipment use, and organizations such as the American Alpine Club and the Access Fund are working to promote safe and responsible climbing practices. These factors are predicted to boost the rock sport protection products market size in the coming years.

The global rock sport protection products industry is majorly impacted by price sensitivity. As consumers become more price-sensitive, they may be less willing to pay a premium for high-quality protection products, which can impact sales. Another disadvantage of rock sport protection products is the limited lifespan of some products. Protective gear such as helmets and harnesses need to be replaced regularly, which can add to the overall cost, thus impacting the rock sport protection products sales.

Rise in preference for eco-friendly products is another trend in the rock sport protection product market. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the impact of their purchases on the environment. In response, producers are creating goods made of environmentally friendly materials or with less of an impact on the environment. For instance, some harnesses and climbing ropes are now made with organic cotton or other environmentally friendly materials. Furthermore, some producers are now utilizing methods of production that use less energy and leave a smaller carbon footprint. Both consumer demand and manufacturers' desire to have minimal impact on the environment are promoting sustainability. Enterprises will probably continue to innovate and create new eco-friendly products as more consumers become aware of the value of sustainable products. These factors are anticipated to boost the rock sport protection products market demand in the coming years.

The key players profiled in this report include SINGING ROCK s.r.o., Kailas Sports Products Co., Ltd., Mammut Sports Group AG, Petzl Distribution, Ober Alp SPA, Mad Rock Climbing, Great Trango Holdings, Inc., Metolius Climbing, Anta Sports Products Limited, and EDELRID GmbH & Co. KG.

The global rock sport protection products market is segmented into type, accessories, distribution channel, buyer type, and region. By type, the market is classified into climbing harness, specialized clothing, climbing carabiners, and others. By accessories, the market is segmented into belay devices, nuts, hexes, helmets, camming devices, and others. By distribution channel, the market is divided into online and offline. By buyer type, the market is classified into individual and institutional. The market Is Analyzed Across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

The rock sport protection products market is segmented into Buyer type, Type, Accessories and Distribution channel.

Rock Sport Protection Products Market by Buyer type

By buyer type, the institutional subsegment was the major shareholder in 2021. Institutional buyers include organizations such as schools, colleges, universities, climbing gyms, adventure parks, and outdoor education programs, which purchase protective gear in bulk for their students and customers. For institutional buyers, the primary concern is safety. They need to ensure that the protective gear they purchase is of the highest quality and can withstand heavy use over time. Institutional buyers may also be more likely to purchase products that are certified by industry organizations and meet certain safety standards.

Rock Sport Protection Products Market by Type

By type, the climbing harnesses subsegment dominated the market in 2021. This is attributed to surge in demand for climbing harnesses products such as haul loop, gear loops, and detachable leg loops, which help trekkers and mountaineers during their glacier travel or mountaineering goals. In addition, these products make climbing much safer, provide flexibility to climbers, strengthen muscles, and improve cardiovascular fitness & overall health. Majority of the commercial climbing harnesses adhere to the rules and production requirements of bodies such as the European Committee for Standardization (ECS) or Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme (UiAA). These factors are predicted to boost the rock sport protection products market share in the coming years. 

Rock Sport Protection Products Market by Accessories

By accessories, the belay devices subsegment led the market in 2021. This is attributed to the fact that climbers benefit from belays in a variety of ways. For instance, belays work as a management tool to help a smaller, lighter belayer control the fall of a heavier climbing partner with least physical effort. In addition, it enables the belayer to bring the climber safely to the ground sport.

Rock Sport Protection Products Market by Distribution channel

By distribution channel, the offline subsegment exhibited the highest growth in 2021. This is attributed to the fact that in offline shopping, customers have advantages to scan the products of different brands, thus resulting in higher consumer satisfaction. Conversely, the online stores segment is presently witnessing prominent growth owing to higher internet penetration and increase in the number of tech-savvy customers sport.

Rock Sport Protection Products Market by Region

By region, North America dominated the global market in 2021, and is projected to continue this trend during the forecast period. This is attributed to the fact that the region is home to some of the most popular rock climbing and mountaineering destinations in the world, and there is a strong culture of outdoor adventure and exploration. In addition, increase in the number of people participating in rock climbing and other outdoor activities has led to surge in demand for high-quality protective gear, including helmets, harnesses, ropes, and other equipment, thus propelling the market growth.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Rock Sport Protection Products Market

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the rock sport protection products market in several ways. Owing to the closure of gyms and climbing centers, the demand for rock sport protection products decreased significantly. With fewer opportunities for indoor and outdoor rock sport, consumers have less need for protective gear, which led to decline in sales
  • The COVID-19 pandemic further resulted in supply chain disruptions, which impacted the production and distribution of rock sport protection products. Delays in manufacturing and shipping have led to shortages of some products, which has further impacted sales
  • Furthermore, restrictions on outdoor activities limited the opportunities for rock sport. With fewer opportunities to engage in rock sport, consumers have less need for protective gear, thereby limiting the sales

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  • The report provides an exclusive and comprehensive analysis of the global rock sport protection products market trends along with market forecast
  • The report elucidates the market opportunity in terms of rock sport protection products market forecast along with key drivers and restraints of the market. It is a compilation of detailed information, inputs from industry participants and industry experts across the value chain, and quantitative and qualitative assessment by industry analysts
  • The Porter’s five forces analysis helps to analyze the potential of buyers & suppliers and the competitive scenario of the market for strategy building
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Rock Sport Protection Products Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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Market Size By 2031

USD 2.1 billion

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Growth Rate

CAGR of 8.1%

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Forecast period

2021 - 2031

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Report Pages

260

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By Buyer type
  • Individual
  • Institutional
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By Type
  • Climbing Harness
  • Specialized Clothing
  • Climbing Carabiners
  • Others
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By Accessories
  • Belay devices
  • Nuts
  • Hexes
  • Helmets
  • Camming Devices
  • Others
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By Distribution channel
  • Online
  • Offline
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
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Key Market Players

edelrid gmbh & co. kg, singing rock s.r.o., Ober Alp SPA, Mad Rock Climbing, Petzl Distribution, Metolius Climbing, Kailas Sports Products Co., Ltd., anta sports products limited, Great Trango Holdings, Inc., mammut sports group ag

Analyst Review

Outdoor adventure sports are expected to become more popular as people seek new experiences, connect with nature, and engage in physical activities. This is boosting the demand for rock sport protection products among mountaineers and climbers to protect them against falls during their expedition activities such as rock climbing and bouldering. Climbing rope is one of the widely used rock sport protection products, which is used to absorb the impact of fall. Similarly, nuts and hexes are used as passive protection devices that are wedged into the cracks to prevent falls during expedition activities. The demand for premium protective gear is likely to increase, which is expected to further fuel the growth of the market during the forecast period. However, high initial investments and environmental concerns associated with rock sport protection products are the key factors expected to hamper market growth during the forecast period. The focus on inclusivity is an important trend in the rock sport protection product market. By developing products that cater to the needs of a wider range of people, manufacturers design gears that are effective and comfortable for everyone, regardless of their body type or ability.

Among the analyzed regions, North America is expected to account for the highest revenue by the end of 2031, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. Rise in trend of mountain climbing activities and the ease of availability of a wide range of rock sport protection products that offer excellent protection against falls are anticipated to drive the demand for rock sport protection products in North America.

Author Name(s) : Surya Sanka | Surya Sanka
Frequently Asked Questions?

The growing popularity of adventure sports, rise in disposable income, and growing importance regarding safety measures during outdoor activities are the latest trends in the rock sport protection products market.

The growth of the rock sport protection products market is driven by an increase in the number of people participating in bouldering, rock climbing, and similar activities. These activities demand the use of rock sport protection products to protect climbers against fall and to keep them safe and protected. In addition, rise in awareness regarding safety during outdoor activities is expected to offer remunerative opportunities for the market expansion.

North America is the largest regional market for rock sport protection products.

The rock sport protection products is anticipated to reach $2070.1 million by 2031.

Singing Rock S.r.o, Kailas Sports Products Co., Ltd., and Mammut Sports Group AG are the leading companies to hold the major share in the market.

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Rock Sport Protection Products Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031