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Trade Show Reports from the UKC editorial team

Spotlight '21 New Clothing Autumn/Winter 2021

We have spent the last couple of months catching up with brands up and down the country and checking out their quality new clobber. Below is a roundup of the most eye-catching new clothing.

Spotlight '21 New Climbing Gear Autumn/Winter 2021

For the past couple of months, we've been finding out about all the shiny new gear that's hitting the shops this Autumn/Winter. We've taken a look at everything from the latest harnesses and helmets, to new rock shoes and cool cams. Take a peak:

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.

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...

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...

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...


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Mountain Equipment Kryos Jacket

A cutting edge down jacket aimed at hardcore alpinists, the Kryos may be a big investment for the less elite masses, but its...

Joss Naylor's Lakes, Meres and Waters of the Lake District

Brilliantly written, and a visual feast, this book is an inspiring celebration of the landscape and culture of the Lake District, and a fitting tribute to one if its truly great characters, says Rob Greenwood.

The Culm Coast and Baggy Point

"This was the guidebook I was most looking forward to seeing this year" says Rob Greenwood, "and it excelled my highest expectations. I hope many other climbers go out and buy it, as it'd be great to see this fantastic, adventurous coastline get the love it...

Scarpa Rapid - approach shoe meets trail shoe

Is this a lightweight approach shoe you can also run in, or a trail shoe with scrambling ability? A jack of all trades (or terrains) rather than a master of any one, the Rapid would be a good choice for hands-on hill days and mountain crag...

Wild Country Mosquito Harness

The Mosquito is the lightest harness that Wild Country has ever made. It's designed to be a super minimal sport climbing harness - so how does it perform in the climbing wall, at the crag, and on routes? Theo Moore finds out.

1-man tents montage  © UKC Gear

Group Test One Person Tents and Hooped Bivvys

A small torch like the Sprint is probably all you need for those light summer nights  © Dan Bailey

Black Diamond Sprint 225 and Flare headtorches

The Red Curtain  © Dave Barnes/Karmelo Ornate

The Red Curtain by Dave Barnes - It's Climbing Jim, But Not As We Know It


Open Comp Win a pair of Ocun Bullit climbing shoes

The Bullit is a high-performace shoe engineered for bouldering both indoors and out.

Open Comp Win a pair of Boreal Flyers approach shoes

Your chance to win a pair of the new Boreal Flyers approach shoes.

Open Comp Win a Montane Running Bundle

To celebrate the launch of the Spine Jacket for AW'21 we're giving away a winter running bundle to one lucky winner. 

Open Comp Win a Berghaus men's Carnot or women's Fourier Jacket

In this competition Berghaus is giving you the chance to...

Open Comp Win a Mammut Climbax: The world's first climbing tracker

Record and analyse your climbs, compare your performance with other athletes and monitor...

Winner announced WINNER - Win Rab's new Xenair Light Jacket

Body mapped for the ultimate versatility, Xenair Light features strategically zoned areas of recycled...

Winner announced WINNER - Win a unisex The North Face Summit Series™ Advanced Mountain Kit™ L3 Pullo

The first down layers of the AMK system is the L3 Pullover...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Wild Country Introduces the NEW Offset Zero Friend

Friends are the most iconic protection ever made. Wild Country is now introducing the new Offset Zeros – the ultimate weapon for wild climbing adventures and thin flared cracks. With among the narrowest head widths on the market and eff...

Entire Lake District Climbs guide free on Rockfax Digital until 8th October

For the next two weeks the entire Lake District Climbs guide will be free on Rockfax Digital. The Lake District is one of the most beautiful, and the best, climbing areas in the UK. You can get access to the...

Red Chili Round-up - Magnet, Spirit, Knee Pads and Jamming Gloves

Red Chili have released a number of new products throughout 2021, but here's a quick overview of some of the highlights - all of which are in store and available to order now.

The North Face Advanced Mountain Kit range at Ellis Brigham

Introducing Advanced Mountain Kit. The most sophisticated alpine climbing system The...

DexShell Running Socks

DexShell waterproof socks have gained real popularity within the trail and ultra running community in the past few years....

Climbers' Club Guidebook - Moelwynion

276 pages long and containing 785 routes from Diff to E8 and F8a, the new Moelwynion & Cwm Lledr guidebook...

Entire Northern Limestone guide free on Rockfax Digital

We're making the entire Northern Limestone guide on Rockfax Digital free for absolutely...

LifeStraw - Trusted in emergencies, trusted in the back country

Three new crags and two new areas for Rockfax Digital


La Sportiva G2 SM & Trango TRK GTX boot deals

Top Deals on La Sportiva mountaineering and walking boots


Latest Group Tests

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

One Person Tents and Hooped Bivvys

From minimalist backpacking and mountaineering, to quick overnights in the hills closer to home, solo shelters save a lot of weight and bulk in your pack. With an emphasis on versatile three-season models, we look at a range of options for budg...

Mountain packs around 40 litres

For year-round climbing, mountaineering, hillwalking and even overnight backpacking, packs around the 40 litre mark are a versatile do-it-all size. Here we put ten of the best mountain all-rounders through their paces.

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 downturned...


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