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These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

The Alpine Light Jacket on the alpine-lite terrain of An Garbhanach   © Dan Bailey

Rab's New Vapour-Rise Range

Combining a weather-resisting outer with a wicking/insulating lining, for many years Rab's Vapour-Rise system has been one of the...

Using the Addsfit Portable Massage Gun as an aid to warming-up at the wall  © UKC Gear
Using the Addsfit Portable Massage Gun as an aid to warming-up at the wall  © UKC Gear

Addsfit Portable Massage Gun

Walk into any climbing wall and you'll probably see people using an assortment of therabands, foam rollers, and massage balls. This massage gun brings something different to the mix - but is it better than the existing cheaper options for warming up and down,...

TN Pro montage  © Nick Brown
TN Pro montage  © Nick Brown

Unparallel TN (Tomoa Narasaki) Pro

In a market saturated with soft and specialised performance shoes, the TN Pro is something different, says Nick Brown - a downturned and stiff performance shoe that can hold its own both indoors and out.

Irish Peaks montage  © Mountaineering Ireland
Irish Peaks montage  © Mountaineering Ireland

Irish Peaks - A Celebration of Ireland's Highest Mountains

This attractive new large format guide is an inspiring addition to Irish hill literature, covering every major summit and upland area across Northern Ireland and the Republic. Dan Bailey feels a post-Covid Ireland trip coming on...

The Booster is definitely a shoe with steeper terrain in mind  © UKC Gear
The Booster is definitely a shoe with steeper terrain in mind  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Booster

The Booster has similar sensitivity to Scarpa's other soft shoes like the Furia Air, Furia S and Drago, says Rob Greenwood, but with the added benefit of some modest edging ability. Shame about the heel.

Helium Down 3x2  © UKC Gear

Outdoor Research Helium Down Hoodie

Uncoiling the Ropes montage  © Clare Sheridan

Uncoiling the Ropes - memoir of trailblazing Irish climber Clare Sheridan

It's become my go-to rope for mountaineering and working with clients  © Tom Ripley

Edelrid Swift Protect Pro Dry Triple-Rated Rope

Overcast, breezy and cool autumn weather on Dartmoor - ideal conditions for the Gamma SL Hoody  © Dan Bailey

Arc'teryx Gamma SL Hoody


Microlight Alpine Action 1  © Rab

Open Comp Win a Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket

As part of our drive towards sustainable production, we're always looking for ways to make our kit more environmentally friendly without compromising performance. This season we have an exciting update to one of our most beloved jackets...

Open Comp Mountain Equipment Xeros Competition

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

Open Comp Win a Gibbon Slack Line

Your chance to win a Gibbon Classic Slack Line

Open Comp Win a pair of Boreal Ace climbing shoes

Your chance to win a pair of Boreal Ace rock shoes.

Mystix Action  © Red Chili
Mystix Action  © Red Chili

Open Comp Win a pair of Red Chili Mystixs

The Mystix is a high-end climbing shoe with a powerful downturn for steep overhanging routes in the climbing gym and at...

Alpha AR landscape  © Arc'teryx
Alpha AR landscape  © Arc'teryx

Open Comp Win an Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket

Extreme weather, shifting conditions, varied terrain, motion and rest – these are alpine realities. The Alpha...

Open Comp Win a Therm-a-Rest® Questar™ sleeping bag plus Nikwax prizes

The perfect prize for winter breaks – one lucky person stands to win a...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Apex 8000 logo  © Montane

Montane Apex 8000 Down Suit, Jacket and Salopettes

Montane, the global outdoor brand known for its innovative, breathable clothing for extreme environments, has developed a two-piece expedition specific down jacket and salopettes named Apex 8000, offering unsurpassed functionality for u...

Hiangle Pro 3x2  © Five Ten
Hiangle Pro 3x2  © Five Ten

Five Ten Hiangle Pro

Made for the demands of modern bouldering competitions, these climbing shoes are built on the same last and with the same materials as the classic Hiangle. The moulded Stealth® C4 outsole wraps up the inside of the foot to become the rand to provide consistent,...

Climbing Technology - New Harnesses & Quickdraws

Climbing Technology have updated their range of harnesses this year with 3 new models, the Quarzo, Dedalo and Musa. There's a new collection of quickdraws too.

Raven Action 1  © Black Diamond
Raven Action 1  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe Range

Our modern take on Chouinard's original curved-pick mountain axe, the Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is a classic...

LifeStraw : Clean Water for You. Clean Water for the World.

LifeStraw company philosophy and key products.

Alpha SV 3x2  © Arc'teryx
Alpha SV 3x2  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket

The updated Alpha SV: strong gets stronger. In 1998, when Arc'teryx stepped into outerwear with the Alpha SV Jacket,...

Recovery Series 1  © Mammut
Recovery Series 1  © Mammut

Mammut Recovery Series sleeping bags

Crafted to deliver optimal physical recovery, Recovery Series sleeping bags feature a completely revised shape; with...

Snowdonia : Mountain Walks and Scrambles  © UKC Gear
Snowdonia : Mountain Walks and Scrambles  © UKC Gear

Snowdonia : Mountain Walks and Scrambles - Pre-order Now

Mastia  © Tenaya
Mastia  © Tenaya

Tenaya Mastia

DOLOMITE Miage Peak GTX

Putting the new BD Crack Gloves to the test  © Andy Earl
Putting the new BD Crack Gloves to the test  © Andy Earl

Black Diamond Ice Series + Crack Gloves


1120-true-grit-giveaway-ukc.jpg  © Outside Ltd

Spend £50 on climbing gear at Outside and get a free copy of True Grit

True Grit is a selective topo-style guidebook covering the major Peak Gritstone crags in a single volume. The six areas featured are: The Eastern Edges; Staffordshire Grit; Castle Naze and Windgather; The Kinder Plateau; The Longdendale Valley;...

Outside Cotopaxi Competition

We have lots of bright, fun, environmentally friendly rucksacks to give away in our Cotopaxi competition.


Latest Group Tests

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

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 b...

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...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough technical jackets from 12 leading manufacturers.


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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