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These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Suede upper, high all-round rand and a decent chunky sole  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

Now in its seventh version, the Manta remains a benchmark mountain boot in the B2 category, and should equally appeal to mountaineers and...

Dartmoor granite is a rough rock type that benefits both from an ability to edge on the feldspar and smear on the faces  © UKC Gear
Dartmoor granite is a rough rock type that benefits both from an ability to edge on the feldspar and smear on the faces  © UKC Gear

Tenaya Mastia

The Mastia is a good all-round performance rock shoe with a varied focus, says Rob Greenwood, ranging from overhanging sport to bouldering on rock types which require that little bit of extra sensitivity.

Testing the Hornstrandir on a wintry Striding Edge   © Toby Archer
Testing the Hornstrandir on a wintry Striding Edge   © Toby Archer

66°North Hornstrandir Shell

Named after Iceland's northernmost peninsula, and made from top-of-the range Gore Pro, the Hornstrandir is 66°North's premier shell jacket. It's a good tough all-rounder, says Toby Archer, but with a few design tweaks it could be further improved for climbing...

Montane X BMC Men's and Women's range  © UKC Gear
Montane X BMC Men's and Women's range  © UKC Gear

Montane X BMC Clothing line

Montane's X BMC range of climbing clothing balances casual comfort and technical cuts, making it equally suited to use at the wall or out on the crags. Made in collaboration with the BMC, 5% of all UK sales of the range will be donated to the Access & Conservation...

Microlight Alpine montage  © Rob Greenwood
Microlight Alpine montage  © Rob Greenwood

Rab Microlight Alpine jacket - Men's and Women's

Made using recycled fabrics and P.U.R.E recycled hydrophobic down, the new Microlight Alpine is an ethically sound upgrade to an established class act. Rob Greenwood and Penny Orr conduct a his-n-hers review.

Crawe 1  © UKC Gear

Five Ten Crawe - a performance all-rounder

The stream test - glad Nikwax products contain no solvents or PFCs that would otherwise end up in the water  © Dan Bailey

Nikwax Footwear Care Products

A perfect chuck-on warm layer for a chilly pizza break  © Ben Bishop

Arc'teryx Nuclei FL - lightweight insulated jacket

Sendero montage  © Toby Archer

Edelrid Sendero Harness - quietly competent


Comp 3x2  © Summit Financial Services

Open Comp Win a Montane Alpine Spirit GORE-TEX Jacket with Summit Financial Services

For over 22 years Summit Financial Services has provided life insurance, income protection and critical illness cover for climbers & mountaineers

Lifestyle 2  © Sprayway
Lifestyle 2  © Sprayway

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Sprayway women's Vista or men's Kenmore Jacket

Waterproof jackets are our bread and butter, it's where it all began. From our first long PU sailing cagoules of the 70's to the co-development of HydroDRY® one of the first machine taped waterproof fabrics and the start of...

Guide 3x2  © Deuter
Guide 3x2  © Deuter

Winners announced WINNERS - Win 1 of 3 Deuter Guide 34+ packs

Just in time for winter - when you'll need an alpine pack to be carrying all your extra kit - Deuter are giving you the chance to win a Guide 34+ pack.

Phantom 3x2  © Beal
Phantom 3x2  © Beal

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Beal PHANTOM climbing harness featuring Recycled Polyester

Beal are giving you the chance to win one PHANTOM climbing harness, now...

Microlight Alpine Action 1  © Rab
Microlight Alpine Action 1  © Rab

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket

As part of our drive towards sustainable production, we're always looking for ways to make our kit...

Winner announced WINNER - Mountain Equipment Xeros Competition

Win a Mountain Equipment Xeros or Xeros Women's Jacket.

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Gibbon Slack Line

Your chance to win a Gibbon Classic Slack Line


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

The Munros  © SMC

The Munros (SMC)

This fully revised edition of the Scottish Mountaineering Club's original and best-selling guidebook The Munros describes the best walking routes on Scotland's 282 mountains above 3000ft.

Rehaused by Dirtbags chalk bags  © Berghaus
Rehaused by Dirtbags chalk bags  © Berghaus

Berghaus products find a second life with Rehaused by Dirtbags

Berghaus has teamed up with Cumbrian climbing company Dirtbags to launch a new product range made out of repurposed materials. Rehaused by Dirtbags is a collaboration that takes Berghaus products that have reached the end...

Nikwax Tech Wash® and TX.Direct® proven to be the highest performing care system f

Don't treat your waterproof gear to anything less than the best. Nikwax Tech Wash® has been independently proven to be the best performing product for cleaning waterproof gear in a washing machine....

Point 5 Thumbnail  © Point 5 Clothing
Point 5 Thumbnail  © Point 5 Clothing

Point 5 Technical Down Jacket

A well thought out, practical active wear jacket. Perfect for walking, belaying, climbing and skiing.

Fixe  © Fixe
Fixe  © Fixe

Fixe redesigns its anchor line launching 75 new references

Fixe Climbing S.L. has recently worked hard to end this year 2020 with a very special line....

Khroma Range  © Rab
Khroma Range  © Rab

Masters of Exploration – The new Rab Khroma ski mountaineering collection

British outdoor expert Rab has just launched its brand new...

Swift Protect Pro Dry Action  © Edelrid
Swift Protect Pro Dry Action  © Edelrid

EDELRID's 2020 highlights

Despite 2020 being a rather odd year, Edelrid as always released some stand out products. These are our highlights!

Tract Up  © Beal
Tract Up  © Beal

Beal TRACT UP is a compact micro rope clamp

Snaefell Landscape  © 66 North
Snaefell Landscape  © 66 North

66°North Snæfell jacket

South Wales Rock  © Climbers' Club
South Wales Rock  © Climbers' Club

South Wales Rock

Apex 8000 logo  © Montane
Apex 8000 logo  © Montane

Montane Apex 8000 Down Suit, Jacket and Salopettes


Christmas presents for outdoors people

Pick up the perfect outdoor gift this Christmas. We've got great presents for everyone who enjoys the outdoors, from climbers and mountaineers, to walkers and runners.


Latest Group Tests

These feature many different product ranges, reviewed by the UKC editorial team

Comfy rock shoe group test  © UKC Gear

Comfy All-Day Rock Shoes

For beginners taking their first steps on the rock, or more experienced climbers looking for a foot-friendly rock shoe for long routes and lower-grade days, a flatter and more neutral model may be preferable to the toe-cramping asymmetry of a d...

Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting
Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise unprotectable sections of rock can make the difference between arriving at the top of your route... or at the bottom. However their tiny size...

Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton
Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton

Large Bouldering Mats

Biggest isn't always best, but in bouldering it certainly has its place. Larger pads are ideal for higher problems, awkward landings, or anyone with lower limb niggles - but on the other hand they're less ideal when it comes to storing or carrying them. Here we...


Trade Show Reports

ISPO 2020

Trade Show Reports from the UKC editorial team

ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear

Best in Show

The first major trade show of the new decade brought the world's outdoor industry to Munich in an annual pageant of product fondling and hobnobbing. Here are some of our highlights...

ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC

New Footwear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below is a roundup of the most...

ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC

New Clothing

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below is a roundup of the most...

ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC

New Climbing Gear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this...

ISPO 2020 FINAL ROUNDUP  © UKC
ISPO 2020 FINAL ROUNDUP  © UKC

Final Report

We spent the start of the month catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this...


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