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4th Edition  © Baton Wicks

Hard Rock, 4th Edition - by Ian Parnell

Hard Rock is now in its fourth edition. It would have been easy to consign this classic tome to history, says Rob...

It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey
It's a refined and modern take on the traditional leather boot...  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

A traditional leather mountain boot with modern refinements, Tom Ripley thinks the updated Mont Blanc Pro GTX would be a good choice for any mountaineer looking for a solid B3 boot that can be used from winter hill walking through to technical ice and mixed...

It'a a modular technical crampon that can be set in six different configurations  © Dan Bailey
It'a a modular technical crampon that can be set in six different configurations  © Dan Bailey

Edelrid Beast Crampon

Similar to models such as the BD Cyborg, Petzl LYNX and Grivel G14, the Beast can be set up in twin or monopoint mode. You also get three different toe bails for the price of just one pair of crampons. This versatility is a real bonus, reckons Dan Bailey. It's just a...

From walking, to scrambling, to climbing, this is a decent mountain all-rounder   © Martin McKenna
From walking, to scrambling, to climbing, this is a decent mountain all-rounder   © Martin McKenna

Deuter Guide 44+ Pack

Part of a major revamp to Deuter's Guide range, the new Guide 44+ is proving an excellent all-round mountain pack, equally at home on hill walks, scrambles and winter climbs, says Dan Bailey. It's not a lightweight minimalist, though...

TNF futurelight montage  © Rebecca Ting
TNF futurelight montage  © Rebecca Ting

The North Face Summit L5 LT FUTURELIGHT Jacket and Trousers

In a campaign that challenges us to "Defy the past: Wear the future" The North Face's FUTURELIGHT has been heralded as a revolutionary new waterproof/breathable technology. Very much in the present, Rebecca Ting tests the Summit...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Group Test Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

You can pull the sleeves up, but only so far...  © Dan Bailey

Mountain Equipment Kinesis Jacket

Theo's loving his jacket  © Mike Hutton

Arc'teryx Proton LT Hoody

The drawstring is easy to use one-handed  © Dan Bailey

Rab Pivot GTX & Guide II GTX Gloves


ROOKIE thumb  © Beal

Open Comp Win a Beal - ROOKIE kids climbing harness

Beal are giving you the chance to win one ROOKIE kids climbing harness.

Osprey Archeon comp  © Osprey
Osprey Archeon comp  © Osprey

Open Comp Win an Osprey Archeon 45

Osprey are giving you the chance to win a new Archeon 45.

Nitro Header  © Ocun
Nitro Header  © Ocun

Open Comp Win a pair of Ocun Nitro climbing shoes

The Nitro is a climbing shoe designed for the most demanding high-performance bouldering. All of its attributes meet the demands of the most ambitious boulderers. The Nitro is sewn on to an entirely new last and features a highly adhesive sole and...

Guide Lite action  © Deuter
Guide Lite action  © Deuter

Open Comp Win 1 of 2 Deuter Guide Lite packs

Win your choice of either a Deuter Guite Lite 22SL or a Guide Lite 24

BMW Banner  © Arc'teryx
BMW Banner  © Arc'teryx

Winner announced WINNER - Win an Arc'teryx Alpha FL 30 pack to celebrate the Big Mountain Weekend 8-

Join us on the 8th -10th May for the Arc'teryx Big Mountain Weekend....

Belayer  © Edelrid
Belayer  © Edelrid

Winner announced WINNER - Win an EDELRID Swift Protect Pro Dry

EDELRID are giving one lucky climber the chance to win a Swift Protect Pro Dry. All you need to do to be in...

Steinbock WT GTX 1  © DOLOMITE
Steinbock WT GTX 1  © DOLOMITE

Winner announced WINNER - Win a pair of the brand new DOLOMITE Steinbock WT GTX

Steinbock WT GTX, the jewel in the crown of Dolomite's hiking section. A lightweight,...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the #21 Camalot C4

BD Athlete Alex Honnold has never been a fan of wide cracks, or as he puts it a little more bluntly: "Offwidth climbing sucks". But even Honnold has to thrust his body into deep fissures from time to time: "Many of the most classic routes i...

Tears of the Dawn  © SMT Publications
Tears of the Dawn  © SMT Publications

Tears of the Dawn by Jules Lines - 2nd Edition

Julian Lines is one of Britain's most accomplished free solo climbers and over many years has gained an awesome reputation. In this Boardman Tasker Award winning book, he gives a rare and candid glimpse into the mind of one of climbing's...

©Therm-a-Rest | Aly Nicklas  © Therm-a-rest
©Therm-a-Rest | Aly Nicklas  © Therm-a-rest

Therm-a-rest NeoAir Topo & Topo Luxe mats

Therm-a-Rest add the NeoAir Topo and Topo Luxe mattresses to their Camp and Comfort range of cosy and durable air mats.

Stars  © Sea to Summit
Stars  © Sea to Summit

Sea to Summit Sleep Systems Range

Sea to Summit have got your sleeping solutions sorted with their range of sleep systems. It provides choice at every...

Vertebrate isolation thumb  © Vertebrate Publishing
Vertebrate isolation thumb  © Vertebrate Publishing

Ten ways to keep yourself entertained if you're self-isolating

If you're currently self-isolating, here our our recommendations to keep you...

Beta Graphite  © Boreal
Beta Graphite  © Boreal

The all new BOREAL Beta and Beta Women's

A new shoe aimed at intermediate climbers who spend most of their time climbing indoors, Beta will help you...

The Revolutionary New Komperdell FXP Pole

Gold Winner of the prestigious Outdoor by ISPO 2019 Best New Product Prize, Komperdell's Carbon FXP4 Expedition...

Free Hiker Product 1  © adidas Terrex
Free Hiker Product 1  © adidas Terrex

adidas Terrex FREE HIKER Parley

DOLOMITE Steinbock WT GTX

© Therm-a-Rest | Sammy Spence  © Therm-a-rest
© Therm-a-Rest | Sammy Spence  © Therm-a-rest

Therm-a-rest's new valves make inflation and deflation faster!

Nuclei FL Action 2  © Arc'teryx
Nuclei FL Action 2  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Nuclei FL Jacket


Latest Group Tests

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

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.

2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey
2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey

Compact Headtorches

Modern front-mounted headtorches are neat and lightweight, yet pack enough power for most needs. Here we look in depth at five alternatives across the price spectrum.

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?


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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