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Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Group Test 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...

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

Mountain Equipment Kinesis Jacket

"The Kinesis is Mountain Equipment's latest take on the now ubiquitous weatherproof-outer-plus-fleecy-inner style of softshell, and it's probably one of the best I've used" says Dan Bailey.

Theo's loving his jacket  © Mike Hutton
Theo's loving his jacket  © Mike Hutton

Arc'teryx Proton LT Hoody

A breathable lightweight synthetic jacket designed for active use, we've found the Proton LT equally handy both as a winter mountain midlayer and as a stand-alone outer for cool days at the crag.

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

Rab Pivot GTX & Guide II GTX Gloves

Rab recently updated their glove range to include a number of Gore-Tex lined models for the first time. Dan Bailey looks at two of the more Scottish winter-oriented models, the chunky Guide 2 GTX and the lighter, more technical Pivot GTX.

Ascensionist montage  © John McKenna
Ascensionist montage  © John McKenna

Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket

It's not built for serious Scottish winter abuse, but for sweaty mountain activities, from ski touring and mountaineering to hillwalking, the lightweight Ascensionist shell would be a big hit, reckons John McKenna.

They're ideal for this sort of off-road running, but less so on rough, steep or slippy hill terrain  © Dan Bailey

Adidas Terrex Agravic Flow Running Shoes

Masao Light montage  © Dan Bailey

Mammut Masao Light Jacket

Fast Alpine 40 montage  © Toby Archer

Montane Fast Alpine 40 Pack

Solid rand, synthetic upper, integrated gaiter and super-chunky sole unit - the makings of an excellent B3 boot  © Dan Bailey

Salewa Vultur Vertical GTX Boots


Belayer  © Edelrid

Open Comp 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 with a chance is have a read about the rope below and answer the simple question!

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

Open Comp 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, high-performance shoe, perfect for one-day excursions or mountain trail walking. The ideal product for meeting every need and guaranteeing the best...

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

Open Comp Win a pair of adidas Terrex FREE HIKER Parley

These lightweight hiking shoes deliver freedom of movement and long-distance comfort for all terrains. The sock-like adidas Primeknit upper conforms to the foot and complements the responsive Boost midsole for extended comfort and energy...

Nuclei FL Action 1  © Arc'teryx
Nuclei FL Action 1  © Arc'teryx

Open Comp Win an Arc'teryx Nuclei FL Jacket

Back by popular demand after a three-year hiatus, the Nuclei FL Jacket returns to provide warmth. Made with best in class...

Robbie Phillips climbing in the Scarpa Booster at Eden Rock  © Robbie Phillips
Robbie Phillips climbing in the Scarpa Booster at Eden Rock  © Robbie Phillips

Winners announced WINNERS - Win 1 of 3 pairs of Scarpa Booster

The Booster is the newest climbing shoe to be introduced to the Scarpa Spring Summer 2020 climbing range. It...

Snaefell  © 66 North
Snaefell  © 66 North

Winner announced WINNER - Win a 66 North Snaefell jacket worth £345

Win a 66 North Snaefell jacket worth £345 and eliminate the wet winter sweat-fest thanks to Polartec®

Mountain Hardwear athlete Anna Liina Laitinen testing out the Super DS Climb Jacket   © Mountain Hardwear
Mountain Hardwear athlete Anna Liina Laitinen testing out the Super DS Climb Jacket   © Mountain Hardwear

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Men's or Women's Super/DS Climb Jacket

A jacket that's built to move. Mountain Hardwear's Super/DS™ technology provides the warmth and...


Latest News

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

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

Therm-a-rest's new WingLock and TwinLock valves have been designed to speed up inflation and deflation, and withstand the rugged outdoors.

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

Arc'teryx Nuclei FL Jacket

Back by popular demand after a three-year hiatus, the Nuclei FL Jacket returns to provide warmth. Made with best in class materials to deliver the greatest possible warmth-to-weight ratio that synthetic insulation has to offer.

Wild Country Zero Friends comprehensively reviewed at Outside

New in at Outside, check out the latest tiny cams from Wild Country; a refined piece of gear that draws inspiration from every micro-cam before it.

Phantom Thumb  © Beal
Phantom Thumb  © Beal

Beal PHANTOM harness using Recycled Polyester fabric

Lightweight and compact harness for high level sport climbing.

Nupste  © Blue Ice
Nupste  © Blue Ice

Blue Ice - premium rucksacks, harnesses and ice axes

Blue Ice is celebrating its 10th year. To demonstrate how far they have come in terms of technical...

Swift Protect Pro Dry Action  © Edelrid
Swift Protect Pro Dry Action  © Edelrid

Swift Protect Pro Dry: A new innovation from EDELRID

EDELRID are widely regarded as one of the world's most innovative rope manufactures. For 2020, we've...

KletterRetter Hand Cream and Chalk

KletterRetter are a German brand whose reputation is built on their excellent hand cream. For spring 2020 their range of...

A sensitive, flexible shoe enables maximum contact on sloping footholds  © Robbie Phillips
A sensitive, flexible shoe enables maximum contact on sloping footholds  © Robbie Phillips

Scarpa Booster

Mountain Equipment & Rab Clothing - up to 40% off deals!

Rockay Socks  © Rockay
Rockay Socks  © Rockay

Rockay Sustainable Performance Socks Redefine Sports Apparel & Help Clean Our

Eyjaffyodur  © 66 North
Eyjaffyodur  © 66 North

66 North and Polartec NeoShell: eliminate the wet winter sweat-fest 


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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