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Group Test Mountain packs around 40 litres

For year-round climbing, mountaineering, hillwalking and even overnight backpacking, packs around the 40 litre mark are...

Red Chili Mystix

Alan James takes a look at the new Red Chili Mystix. An indoor bouldering shoe as claimed, or an outdoor precision tool for steep sport and trad - which is it?

Black Diamond Fuel Approach Shoe

It's light and cool for summer, but though the Fuel is Black Diamond's most capable approach shoe, it's not a great choice for scrambles or mountain crags in the slippery UK hills, says Dan Bailey. Best saved for less demanding days, or hot rock trips...

Rab Kinetic Alpine 2.0 Jacket and Pants

Rab's Kinetic Alpine, the hardshell that feels like a softshell, has been given a makeover to make it more durable, with features better suited to climbing and scrambling. Rob Greenwood and Penny Orr check out the new men's and women's jacket and...

AKU Rock DFS approach shoe

The Rock DFS from AKU is an approach shoe with a twist: a unique double lacing system which enables you to quickly adjust the front of the shoe. How does this work in practice? How do they feel to walk in, and how are they for climbing and scrambling? Theo Moore...


Open Comp Win a pair of La Sportiva Kubos

Work on your all-round indoor game with the Kubo's, a classic training shoe and perfect for beginners.

Open Comp Win a pair of Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ poles

The Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ is our premium pole for fully adjustable, folding performance

Open Comp Win a Mountain Equipment Helium 600 Men's or Women's Sleeping Bag

Win a Mountain Equipment Helium 600 Men's or Women's Sleeping Bag

Open Comp Win a Samaya2.5 – The iconic 4-season 'Room With a View'

The Samaya2.5 tent from the ALPINE range is an iconic product with a hexagonal shape...

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Gibbon Slack Line Kit - no trees required!

Your chance to win a Gibbon Slack Rack or Independence Kit.

Winner announced WINNER - Win an Exped Black Ice Pack

What makes Exped backpacks unique: we call it refined to the basics - clean design paired with focus on the...

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Rab Kinetic Alpine 2.0

Win a Rab Kinetic 2.0 waterproof jacket. Our softest hardshell combining exceptional breathability with waterproof...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Samaya® creates a new generation of tents with Nanovent®

Samaya® creates the Nanovent® membrane and revolutionizes the single-wall tent by offering the lightest and most compact technical equipment on the market!

Giggleswick update and free week on Rockfax Digital

Giggleswick in North Yorkshire has a huge range of grades and styles of climbing for everyone from the budding top-roper to the muscle-bound bolt clipper. 

Dancing Ledge update for Rockfax Digital. Dorset pre-orders 1 July

As an extra taster for the eagerly-awaited Dorset guide we're releasing the new package for Dancing Ledge at Swanage this week. The whole Dorset guidebook will be available to pre-order tomorrow, 1 July.

AKU Rock DFS Approach Shoes

AKU launches new Rock DFS with new and exclusive Dual Fit System technology

Platypus Quickdraw Microfilter

This Spring, water filtration brand Platypus launched their Quickdraw MicroFilter System. Complete with an...

Ballater Rock Climbs, by Julian Lines

This pocket guide to the local Ballater crags has been written from scratch and is presented with fifty...

MSR Guardian Gravity Purifier

As we continue to spend more and more time in the outdoors, being able to trust the water that your drinking,...

Choose a shelter for summer or winter adventures from Outside

The Cuttings guidebook early access on Rockfax Digital

Mammut Climbax: The world's first climbing tracker

LifeStraw : New Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottles with Filter


Mammut Trovat GTX Boots Deal + Win a pair with Outside

Save 30% on a pair of Mammut GTX hiking boots - just £139 PLUS enter our competition to win a pair for free!

SAVE 20% on rock shoes at Outside

Brand new from Evolv, the Shaman and Oracle climbing shoes at 20% off, plus Five.Ten Hiangles only £95.


Latest Group Tests

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

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...

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...


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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