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The 900-fill down is good and lofty  © Toby Archer

Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32F/0C Sleeping Bag & NeoAir UberLite Mat

Toby Archer sleeps lightly, with a down bag that offers an impressive warmth for its minimal...

Testing the Super DS Climb Jacket on a breezy Skye evening  © Dan Bailey
Testing the Super DS Climb Jacket on a breezy Skye evening  © Dan Bailey

Mountain Hardwear Super DS Climb Jacket

This hybrid jacket combines both down and synthetic insulation, and boasts an interesting woven baffle construction. But is it a climbing jacket or something more general purpose? Neither Dan Bailey nor Mountain Hardwear really seem to know.

The Volta is a good durable triple-rated rope for UK trad  © Tom Ripley
The Volta is a good durable triple-rated rope for UK trad  © Tom Ripley

Petzl VOLTA 9.2mm & VOLTA GUIDE 9mm Triple Rated Ropes

From Red Rocks to the Alps, UK trad to Scottish winter, Tom Ripley conducts a long-term test on these two triple-rated ropes.

Evening scrambling near the TD Gap  © Dan Bailey
Evening scrambling near the TD Gap  © Dan Bailey

Hanwag Ferrata II GTX

If you want a versatile B2 boot for scrambling and high mountain via ferrata as well as summer Alpine routes and Scottish winter mountaineering, then the Ferrata II is a top contender, says Dan Bailey.

Late summer sunset, but the kids are still full of beans...  © Dan Bailey
Late summer sunset, but the kids are still full of beans...  © Dan Bailey

MSR Habitude 6 Tent

A head-height family tent that's light enough to carry miles from the car, yet built to stand up to kids and at least a bit of weather... too good to be true? MSR have only gone and made the tent that Dan Bailey always wished someone would.

Lite Speed & Terra Stretch montage  © Toby Archer

Montane Lite-Speed Jacket and Terra Stretch Pants

You can see the flexion in the forefoot  © UKC Gear

Tenaya Mundaka

The pot features heat-proof handles and a heat-distributing base  © Lorraine McCall

Sigma Pot Set from Sea to Summit

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Group Test Approach Shoes


Open Comp Win a Montane Prism Jacket

A modern outdoor classic, the Prism Jacket has been a staple in the outdoor enthusiast's kit bag for years due to its versatility and near-perfect balance of warmth, weight and packability.

Raphaela Haug on Hydrophobia, Ghost Valley, Canada  © Lukasz Warzecha
Raphaela Haug on Hydrophobia, Ghost Valley, Canada  © Lukasz Warzecha

Open Comp Win a Mountain Equipment Tupilak Jacket (Men's or Women's)

Mountain Equipment have been at the leading edge of waterproof design for over forty years. We made some of the first truly waterproof and breathable clothing in the world and set the standard for others to follow.

Open Comp Win a pair of Hanwag Tatra II GTX boots

As temperatures drop and the nights grow darker, UKC has teamed up with Hanwag to offer one user the chance to win a brand-new pair of the brand's bestselling Tatra II GTX boots.

The Beta Project Brush Stick  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
The Beta Project Brush Stick  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Open Comp Win a Beta Project Brush Stick

We've teamed up with UKC to give you the chance to win a Project Brush Stick just in time for the incoming bouldering season....

Beal SHADOW SOFT Action   © Beal
Beal SHADOW SOFT Action   © Beal

Open Comp Win a 70m Beal KARMA 9.8mm ACTIVE Line climbing rope

Beal are giving you the chance to win one 70m KARMA 9.8mm ACTIVE Line climbing rope.

Open Comp Win a Fjällräven Vidda Pro Jacket

Win a Fjällräven Vidda Pro Jacket

EDELRID athlete Tommy Caldwell putting the SALATHE to good use  © Edelrid
EDELRID athlete Tommy Caldwell putting the SALATHE to good use  © Edelrid

Open Comp Win 1 of 2 EDELRID SALATHE climbing helmets

This month EDELRID are giving two lucky climbers a chance to win a Salathe. All you need to do to be in with a...


Latest News

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Phantom Tech  © Scarpa

Scarpa Phantom Tech

The Phantom Tech is a super light, technically precise, gaitered boot for cold weather mountaineering and ice climbing. The new waterproof gaiter design uses PU Tek technology to create a lightweight but extremely durable outer with a high degree ...

Beal SHADOW SOFT Action   © Beal
Beal SHADOW SOFT Action   © Beal

Beal KARMA 9.8mm single climbing rope, helps you get used to smaller rope diameter

It offers the perfect compromise between handling and thinness for climbers wanting to progress.

Muztag GTX Jacket  © Rab
Muztag GTX Jacket  © Rab

The Next Generation of Rab

Since our founding in 1981 we have worked at the forefront of insulation technology, becoming masters of our craft. Developing cutting-edge insulation designs requires the same approach that we bring to the mountains. Moving constantly forward with careful...

Sherpa 100PD  © Goal Zero
Sherpa 100PD  © Goal Zero

Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD Portable Power Bank

Goal Zero introduces the Sherpa 100PD portable power bank, a fast-charging power bank for adventurers who need...

Torridon: A proper jacket we're proper proud of

Winter 2019 sees us relaunch the Torridon, built around our 'Function First' ethos and two years in the...

Deuter Pack DEALS at The Climbers Shop/Joe Browns

Save up to 20% on various models of Deuter packs. From climbing to hill walking, backpacking and cycling,...

BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl
BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl

Black Diamond Apparel: 3 jackets, 3 technologies

It's a big, cold world out there, and Black Diamond has got you covered. Through the same commitment to...

Fjӓllrӓven launches its FW19 trekking collection

MSR® Zoic™ tent keeps you cool and dry on warm-weather adventures

Sport Chain  © Climbing Technology
Sport Chain  © Climbing Technology

Climbing Technology Sport Climbing Highlights

Runner on Halls Fell Ridge, Bob Graham Round  © David Lintern
Runner on Halls Fell Ridge, Bob Graham Round  © David Lintern

The Big Rounds by Cicerone


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 Review Compilations

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

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 mode...

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?

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test the UKC team go through some of the best lightweight sport harnesses on offer.


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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