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13 Apr 2015

The MSR WindBoiler is a small, lightweight cooking system. UKC have had it for several months and tested it in the Alps in winter, as well as general cragging/camping trips.

Overall we really liked the stove but did find a few issues, mainly with the plastic parts... Read more

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Announcements direct from the manufacturers

17 Apr 2015

thumb The groundbreaking ÔWarp Strength Technology,Õ developed by Canadian innovator ArcÕteryx, revolutionized the construction of the... Read more

17 Apr 2015

thumb New guidebook from Vertebrate Publishing covering low to mid-grade rock routes in the Mont Blanc and Aiguilles Rouges areas. Read more

16 Apr 2015

thumb The Minimus Sleeping Bag is revolutionary in its fabrication.  A waterproof, super light and hyper breathable piece of equipment,... Read more

9 Apr 2015

In 1862 a skilled rope maker, Kaspar Tanner founded a business creating ropes for agricultural use. Over the years, his business... Read more

8 Apr 2015

thumb Brand new guidebook from Vertebrate Publishing combining the best scrambles, easy climbs and walking loops in the Lakes.  Read more

3 Apr 2015

thumb At Marmot we have been working on our climbing trouser collection for a few years now and the time has finally come when we are... Read more

2 Apr 2015

thumb Montane's Terra range of legwear is known for its durability, dependability and all-round ruggedness. Catering for... Read more

25 Mar 2015

thumb The next edition of the Country's most popular guidebook, the Eastern Grit Rockfax, will be published in mid April. It is going... Read more

24 Mar 2015

thumb This spring will see the NEW Primus Lite entry-level stove: a simplified version of the Lite+ yet offering the same level of... Read more

20 Mar 2015

thumb After a very successful first season the Wild Country apparel line is expanded. Designed for real climbers this is true,... Read more

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Gear Reviews

Independent reviews from the UKC gear testers

10 Apr 2015

thumb Walking poles are great opinion dividers. There are those who think they are cumbersome wastes of time, and those who swear by... Read more

7 Apr 2015

thumb Smock-style jackets - you might love them or hate them. But with the lightweight, very breathable Hymir smock, particularly... Read more

3 Apr 2015

thumb The Y & Y belay glasses offer a well-priced option in a decent package. The initial impression when you see a pair is that it... Read more

1 Apr 2015

thumb It is said that you can't buy style, but here – for the sum of £50 – I would say that you very much can Read more

Mar 2015

thumb Things have come a long way from the battered old heavy plastic lid with which Heather Swift started her climbing career, as Wild... Read more

Mar 2015

thumb Deep down every climber, hill-walker and mountaineer wants a van... However the reality of the situation, more often than not, is... Read more

Feb 2015

thumb Dan Bailey takes the top spec shell kit from The North Face on a long-term test spanning two winter seasons. He finds some... Read more

Feb 2015

thumb The absolutely brilliant new Tech Machine Ice Axes from Grivel are, well, brilliant. We've passed them round 5 different testers... Read more

Feb 2015

thumb Dominic Green takes a look through the fantastic new guidebook to Irish climbing from David Flanagan... "This book is... Read more

Feb 2015

thumb Alex Lowe famously said “the best climber is the one having the most fun”. Over the years I have come to agree with this... Read more

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