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These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Sprayway kid's jackets - Bianca and Belle

If you take your kids outdoors a lot, they deserve clothing that's up to the job, says Dan Bailey, but of course it's...

Beal Phantom Harness

Whilst it's pitched as a lightweight harness for high level sport climbing, the Phantom isn't actually mega-light by modern standards. But what you get instead is a great all rounder, says Rob Greenwood, with a clean and functional design that makes it ideal for both...

Scarpa Cyclone GTX Walking Boot

The Scarpa Cyclone GTX is a solid 3-season walking boot featuring a distinctive exoskeleton to give support and stability. It's been brilliant for rough moorland walks over the last few months, says Theo Moore, and feels like it will last another 10 years (or...

Black Diamond Punisher and Terminator gloves - spot the difference

For the winter season of 2020-21, Black Diamond brought out upgraded versions of their Punisher and Terminator gloves. They are so similar that it's hard to tell them apart, says Dave Saunders, but with improved dexterity and...

Montane Alpine Spirit Shell

A midweight shell jacket with a sensible balance of lightness and toughness, the Alpine Spirit's key selling point is its versatility, says Victoria de Ga, with features friendly to both climbing and hillwalking. If you're only going to buy one shell to do it...

A Feeling for Rock - Front Cover  © Sarah-Jane Dobner

A Feeling for Rock, by Sarah-Jane Dobner

Wearing Tupilak head to toe on a cold, windy Beinn Dearg  © Dan Bailey

Mountain Equipment's new Tupilak Jacket and Pants

The Hiangle are an excellent all-rounder, balancing edging power + support with smearing sensitivity  © UKC Gear

Five Ten Hiangle, Hiangle LV and Hiangle Pro


Open Comp Win a Black Diamond Zone Harness

Designed for the lightweight sport climbing redpoint, ice route or alpine mission, the Black Diamond Zone Harness is a versatile powerhouse.

Open Comp Win a pair of Dolomite Velocissima

Velocissima, an Italian-made shoe that ably combines over a century of artisanal skills at Dolomite with the very latest construction technology, striking the perfect balance between climbing and trekking, tradition and innovation, performance and...

Open Comp Win a Grangers bundle worth over £80

For over 80 years, Grangers has pushed to enhance your outdoor experience and keep you outdoors for longer. Whatever you're into you, you can rely on Grangers to take care of you and your gear by restoring it to like-new performance....

Open Comp Win a Montane Azote Rucksack with Summit Financial Services

For over 22 years Summit Financial Services has provided life insurance, income protection and...

Open Comp Win a Mammut 4 Slide harness

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Open Comp Mountain Equipment Rock Climbing Competition

Win £150 of Clothing from the Mountain Equipment Summer Rock Climbing Collection

Open Comp Win 1 of 5 Nikwax Sports Kits

Enter the competition to be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 new Nikwax Sports Kits!


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Rab launches Down Collect and Recycle Scheme

British outdoor brand Rab (owned by Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd.) has recently started its own down collect and recycle scheme. The scheme is part of Equip's long-term sustainability strategy, with Equip being certified as climate ne...

Peak Limestone update for Rockfax Digital

The recent good weather has left the limestone crags of the Peak District in good condition and we are delighted to annouce an update to the Peak Limestone package on Rockfax Digital.

DOLOMITE Crodarossa Lite GTX 2.0

The Crodarossa Lite GTX 2.0 is a lightweight mountain approach shoe, meant for those who looks for the maximum freedom of movement while accessing climbing.

BOREAL Crux performance climbing shoe

The new BOREAL Crux is a stunning technical all-rounder for those who want high level performance with more...

Huge Ariège update for Rockfax Digital

A huge update to the Ariège is now available on Rockfax Digital. The area is packed with high quality...

Sweatproofing and the ever-changing UK weather

Now is the perfect time to give your valued baselayers some TLC with our range of Nikwax Sweatproofing...

New Sicily guide added to Rockfax Digital

The brand new guide to Sicily is now available on Rockfax Digital. Sicily is about to become the new...

New Additions to the Home Wall Range from Interface Climbing

HK - Climbing Clothing made in Sheffield

Beal JOKER 9.1mm UNICORE triple rated climbing rope


Evolv rock shoe reviews and bargains at Outside

After a frankly miserable winter stuck indoors, we've been out playing with Evolv's Zenist rock shoes.


Latest Group Tests

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

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

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 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

Spotlight '21

Trade Show Reports from the UKC editorial team

Spotlight '21 New Footwear Spring/Summer '21

In the absence of any trade show this year, we've created our own. Normally, shows tend to focus on products hitting the market in 6 months to a year, but we've asked brands to talk about the new kit available now. In this first round up, we're showing off...

Spotlight '21 New Clothing Spring/Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight Trade Show is the clothing category. Once again, we've asked brands to tell us about their products that are hitting the market now and they've shown us their best new jackets, crag and casual clothing, running wear and everything...

Spotlight '21 New Climbing Gear Spring/Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight gear round-ups is climbing gear. We've chatted with brands about the latest hardware, ropes, harnesses, helmets and every other form of gear. Plus, everything is hitting the shops imminently...

Spotlight '21 Final Spring/Summer '21 Gear Roundup

In the final roundup of new gear for spring/summer 2021, we've got an eclectic mix of packs, headtorches, water purifiers, clothing treatments and more - all in shops near you now.


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