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19 Sep 2016

The Elixir 4 backpacking tent is light for its size, and easy to pitch. But is it roomy enough for the advertised four adults, plus kit? And is the design flawless? We're not sure. Read more

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22 Sep 2016

thumb Designed using a unique fusion of natural merino and synthetic fibres with 37.5 Technology, Rab's new  Merino +™ range offers... Read more

20 Sep 2016

thumb The SALEWA Raven 2 and Vultur GTX have been designed and egineered in the Italian Dolomites to be the ultimate Alpine and UK... Read more

15 Sep 2016

thumb The new Alpha Direct Jacket is Rab's most versatile and breathable insulated jacket, offering the highest levels of freedom of... Read more

14 Sep 2016

thumb A good night's sleep whilst camping is essential to having a good day in the outdoors. The range of Sea To Summit sleeping mats... Read more

8 Sep 2016

thumb The first arrivals of the @jottnar 2016/17 winter range are here! Read more

2 Sep 2016

thumb This season's hottest news for climbers in the north-west is the release of the latest BMC definitive guidebook, Lancashire Rock.... Read more

1 Sep 2016

thumb The Chamonix Rockfax is now available for pre-ordering at a special offer price of £25.95 (RRP £34.95). Read more

Aug 2016

thumb Mr Fancati Domenico, (1913-2013), founded Fizan in 1947. A man of vision, he was the first to produce ski poles in aluminium when... Read more

Aug 2016

thumb A lifetime of climbing the great mountains of the world with Chris Bonington Read more

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Independent reviews from the UKC gear testers

27 Sep 2016

thumb Becky Coles and Simon Verspeak take these top-of-the-range men's and women's sunglasses from the UK, to the Alps, to the Himalaya Read more

23 Sep 2016

thumb 3rd Rock are a Derbyshire based climbing apparel company that design practical and fashionable clothing using organic cotton and... Read more

16 Sep 2016

thumb In one of our longest-running ever tests, Rob Greenwood compares three different models from Scarpa's Instinct range: the... Read more

13 Sep 2016

thumb No matter what you might think, even for experienced climbers a VF set is an essential purchase if attempting a via ferrata.... Read more

9 Sep 2016

thumb A camping stove that burns wood seems a niche product for the treeless British hills. But despite its limitations, Alex Roddie... Read more

6 Sep 2016

thumb A bouldering mat that feels harder or softer, depending how high your fall, the Wrap is also comfy to carry. It's a winning... Read more

2 Sep 2016

thumb This well-cut hard shell is up for anything from hillwalking and scrambling to winter and alpine mountaineering. It is very... Read more

30 Aug 2016

thumb Arc'teryx's new Arakys is an ultra-light approach shoe with an interesting set of features. So how does UKC's Ellie Fuller get on... Read more

Aug 2016

thumb Since most climbers do a bit of everything, there's a lot to be said for a harness that does too. Over spring and summer 2016 the... Read more

Aug 2016

thumb This is a well designed walker's rucksack, reckons Toby Archer, with an airflow back system that's particularly good for those of... Read more

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