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Lake District Bouldering cover photo  © Greg Chapman

Lake District Bouldering

The Lake District is a bouldering backwater no longer, and this inspiring guide is the first resource out there to do full justice to the...

Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey
Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa R-Evo GTX

"A non-techy walking boot that can eat the miles without chewing your feet up too, the R-Evo is built for comfort" reckons Dan Bailey...

Manaslu 50 montage  © Dan Bailey
Manaslu 50 montage  © Dan Bailey

Lowe Alpine Manaslu ND 50-65

There's nothing particularly special or ground breaking here, says Pegs Bailey, but the Manaslu is a sturdy and comfortable women's load carrier with enough features to keep most backpackers happy.

The Big Rounds montage  © Cicerone
The Big Rounds montage  © Cicerone

The Big Rounds by David Lintern

Whether you're a keen hill runner or a walker with ambition, this attractive book is an information-packed celebration of three timeless classics of the British hills - the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Charlie Ramsay Rounds - says Dan Bailey.

A solid Orange Totem  © UKC Gear
A solid Orange Totem  © UKC Gear

New Totem Cams: Black and Orange

In 2015 we gave Totem Cams a glowing write-up, praising in particular their high holding power and narrow head width. This review focuses on two new sizes at opposite ends of the range.

Pocket Rocket Deluxe montage  © Toby Archer

MSR PocketRocket Deluxe and Pika Teapot

20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Group Test Day Packs Around 20 Litres

Feeling glad I packed it on a windy summer bivvy  © Dan Bailey

Montane's New Prism Jacket

A sturdy handle on top for giving a bit of assistance when needed  © Martin McKenna

Ruffwear Web Master Harness


P4 Glove  © Leatherman

Open Comp Win Leatherman FREE™ P4 Multipurpose Pliers (worth £169.95)

After 35 years of evolving, adapting, and pushing the limits, we challenged ourselves to unknow what a multipurpose tool can be. Redesigned end-to-end, Leatherman Free is built to turn any obstacle into an opportunity to save the day.

Beal Birdie + Orient Express Screwgate Competition  © Beal
Beal Birdie + Orient Express Screwgate Competition  © Beal

Open Comp Win a Beal BIRDIE belay device and ORIENT EXPRESS screwgate karabiner

Beal are giving you the chance to win one BIRDIE belay device and ORIENT EXPRESS screwgate karabiner.

WOMENS SUMMIT L5 FUTURELIGHT™ JACKET Action  © The North Face
WOMENS SUMMIT L5 FUTURELIGHT™ JACKET Action  © The North Face

Open Comp Win a The North Face Summit L5 FUTURELIGHT™ Jacket

Our Summit L5 LT FUTURELIGHT™ Jacket allows you to defy the mountain like never before. This fine-tuned, superlight FUTURELIGHT™ membrane creates better airflow while keeping water out so your gear breathes as hard as you do. That...

Open Comp Win a Pair of Anatom Q4 Cuillin Boots

Here's your chance to win a pair of Anatom's Q4 Cuillin Boots!

Microlight Action 1  © Rab
Microlight Action 1  © Rab

Open Comp Win 1 of 2 Rab Microlight Jackets

Our Rab Microlight jackets have been tried, tested and loved for over a decade.  The Rab Microlight Jacket seamlessly...

Hain and Oust Competition  © Sprayway
Hain and Oust Competition  © Sprayway

Open Comp Win a Sprayway men's Hain or women's Oust HydroDRY® Jacket

In 1983 we were the first brand to machine tape our own proprietary fabric - HydroDRY® and it...

Alpine Light 35 Backpack Competition  © Mountain Hardwear
Alpine Light 35 Backpack Competition  © Mountain Hardwear

Open Comp Win a Mountain Hardwear Alpine Light 35 Backpack

Another key innovation from Mountain Hardwear's recent equipment redesign is the new Alpine Light™...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker thumbnail  © Vertebrate Publishing

Pre-order now: Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker

Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker provides a single point of reference for all crack climbing techniques, regardless of the grade you climb

Lake District Climbs Rockfax pre-order special offer  © UKC Gear
Lake District Climbs Rockfax pre-order special offer  © UKC Gear

Lake District Climbs Rockfax – Pre-order Now

Pre-order the Lake District Climbs Rockfax now and save £10. Add a six month app subscription and make a total saving of £24.

Wham   © SNAP
Wham   © SNAP

New For 2019 - The SNAP Wham, Grand Wham, and Guts

6 years ago Snap launched the original + revolutionary 'Wrap', with its unique air cell technology. At the time it caused something of a stir, blurring the lines between a conventional foam bouldering mat and something completely...

New children's book features fourteen females adventurers

Gwen Moffat | Helen Sharman | Anna McNuff | Sarah Outen | Ellen MacArthur

Halcyon Features  © Lowe Alpine
Halcyon Features  © Lowe Alpine

Halcyon Pack

Whether you're scaling glaciers or projecting a summer rock route, the Halcyon 35:40 alpine mountaineering pack has everything you need for a...

Jöttnar Launches Winter Range

Jöttnar has released the first tranche of its Winter 2019/20 range.  It sees an additional six new products join the...

E9 Design/Production Philosophy  © E9
E9 Design/Production Philosophy  © E9

E9 Clothing - 100% Made in Italy

E9 has always been based on "Made in Italy" production. The entire manufacturing process of our items is located in Italy,...

Van pic  © Red Chili
Van pic  © Red Chili

Red Chili Urban Tour comes to the UK

Alpkit Jeans Scrambling  © Alpkit
Alpkit Jeans Scrambling  © Alpkit

Alpkit Jeanius and Sequence Jeans

Salewa Makes Wool Even Warmer

Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa
Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX


Mammut Ropes Deal

Save over 30% on a huge range of Mammut ropes

New Winter Range of Clothing Now in Stock

We have quite a new range this season. Including all-new Rab who have now introduced Gore-Tex technology to their range. Plus great kit from Mountain Equipment. Time to get prepped for the winter ahead!

Get ready for winter!!

New season waterproof and insulated jackets now in!!

Outside Summer Sale - Scarpa Vapour Lace 45% off

Check out our Summer Sale - big savings on outdoor clothing, plus Scarpa Vapour Lace for only £65!


Latest Group Tests

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

20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Day Packs Around 20 Litres

We check out 11 smaller rucksacks for lightweight days.

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot, yet more supportive and technically capable than a running shoe. In this group test we check out ten models from big brands.

Stoves montage  © Dan Bailey
Stoves montage  © Dan Bailey

Gas Stove Systems

In this group test we look at four all-in-one tower-style canister stove systems, the Alpkit Brukit; Jetboil Flash; Primus Lite+ and MSR Reactor. Which wins the battle of the boilers?


Trade Show Reports

OutDoor 2019

Trade Show Reports from the UKC editorial team

...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear

Best in Show

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. Over three long days we saw a lot (and we mean a lot) of gear - and as ever, among the many new products shown to us by attending brands a few particularly caught our...

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great opportunity to...

OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC

New Climbing Gear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great opportunity to catch up with...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor...

OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC

Final New Product Roundup

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's...


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