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North Wales Bouldering, 3rd Edition

Thanks to the pace of development, quality and sheer quantity of bouldering in North Wales, the third edition of this...

Salewa Dropline Mid Shoe

Is it a boot with trainer-like bounce, or a shoe with added height? The Dropline Mid defies neat pigeonholing, says Dan Bailey, but if you're making the change from traditional boots to trail shoes then this light, cushioned and breathable boot-shoe could be the...

Montane VIA Trail Running Clothing Collection Review

If you're clocking up the miles then you want clothing that's both comfy and durable, says Rob Greenwood - and Montane's VIA Trail running collection delivers on both counts. It's good for warm weather walking, too.

Scarpa Little Terra kid's boot

If you don't want to put the kids off walking for life, then make sure their boots are easy on the feet. These little brown boots score big in that regard, and our junior reviewer has been keen to wear them everywhere from summits to school.

Montane Azote 32 pack

Dan Bailey tries a new hillwalking daypack from Montane. His feelings? It's a love/hate thing. Well at least it didn't leave him indifferent.  

It's light and breathable, but not very wind resistant  © Dave Saunders

Arc'teryx Atom LT jacket - a lightweight best worn on the go

Gecko VP5+  © UKC Gear

Montane Running Packs: Gecko VP5+, Gecko VP20+ and Gecko Ultra V+


Open Comp Win a Gibbon Slack Line Kit - no trees required!

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

Open Comp 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 necessary and removal of unnecessary parts and other bells and whistles. It ultimately leads to reduction in weight and use of resources. Less is...

Open Comp Win a Rab Kinetic Alpine 2.0

Win a Rab Kinetic 2.0 waterproof jacket. Our softest hardshell combining exceptional breathability with waterproof protection from the elements.

Open Comp Win 1 of 2 pairs of Boreal Crux climbing shoes!

Your chance to win a pair of the new Boreal Crux, the latest high performance rock shoe from Boreal.

Open Comp Win a Troll Bundle Worth up to £200

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Open Comp Win a Beal ANTIDOTE 10.2mm Active Line climbing rope

Beal are giving you the chance to win one ANTIDOTE 10.2mm x 70m Active Line climbing rope. Versatile cragging rope...

Winner announced WINNER - Win a pair of Five Ten NIAD Moccasym

Boulder problem or crack climb, the adidas Five Ten NIAD Moccasym Climbing Shoes deliver comfort and...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

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, cooking and cleaning with is more important than ever before. That's why this year MSR, known for their high-performance water...

Choose a shelter for summer or winter adventures from Outside

As we're likely to be planning our adventures close to home this year why not browse a selection of Outside's range of tents and choose your ideal room with a view?

The Cuttings guidebook early access on Rockfax Digital

The new Dorset guide is Rockfax's most exciting publication this year: new routes, new crags, new topos and new photos for one of the most popular climbing areas in the country.

Mammut Climbax: The world's first climbing tracker

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

LifeStraw : New Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottles with Filter

LifeStraw : New Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottles with Filter

Beal VERDON II 9mm Half Ropes

Beal VERDON II 9mm is a classic half rope giving maximum security for all climbing types.

Attermire Update on Rockfax Digital

The first of three updates to Rockfax Digital this month is a completely new guide to Attermire on Yorkshire...

South West Sport Climbing updates for Rockfax Digital

Berghaus extends performance baselayer range


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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