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These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

The mesh padding is nice and airy for warmer days  © Dan Bailey

Montane Trailblazer 3 Waist Pack

Striking a useful balance of size, features and capacity, the Trailblazer 3 is a handy little waist pack that seems well...

The part-elasticated hood is roomy and easily adjusted  © Sarah Jane Douglas
The part-elasticated hood is roomy and easily adjusted  © Sarah Jane Douglas

Rab Women's Meridian Jacket

The Meridian is a good, lightweight shell that's ideal for hillwalking, backpacking and all-round three season use, says Sarah Jane Douglas.

Day Walks in the Cairngorms spread 1  © Vertebrate
Day Walks in the Cairngorms spread 1  © Vertebrate

Day Walks in the Cairngorms

The latest title in Vertebrate Publishing's Day Walks series, this pocket guide both celebrates these very special mountains, and invites you to explore them more deeply, says Dan Bailey.  

Secret Stuff makes a massive difference in higher humidity conditions   © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Secret Stuff makes a massive difference in higher humidity conditions   © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Friction Labs Secret Stuff & Secret Stuff AF

Team Sky built their cycling success around making marginal gains, and Friction Labs Secret Stuff liquid chalk does much the same for the climber, reckons Rob Greenwood.

It has plenty of volume for gear-hungry snowy hill days  © Dan Bailey
It has plenty of volume for gear-hungry snowy hill days  © Dan Bailey

Osprey Archeon 45 Pack

Made to last, and with more than a nod towards sustainability, the Archeon is an easy pack to like. The high weight is a forgivable consequence of its durable and supportive feel, says Dan Bailey, but a more minimalist design might have better suited its old school...

Skinny fitting clothes which are stretchy enough to give you freedom of movement  © Mike Hutton

Moon Lorentz Pant and Bamboo Tech Long Sleeve Tee

Light but pretty well cushioned, they feel like a good choice for mixed terrain  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Spin Ultra

Having a high quality child carrier allows you to get out into the hills with the wee one in relative comfort  © Penny Orr

Deuter Kid Comfort Pro

It's a thick, comfy mat and a roomy, versatile sleeping bag  © Dan Bailey

Sea to Summit Sleep Systems


MHW Comp Lifestyle  © Pertex

Open Comp Win a Mountain Hardwear Kor Preshell™ Hoody with Pertex

To celebrate their new film 'A Feather in the West' Pertex are giving you the chance to win a Mountain Hardwear Kor Preshell™ Hoody.

SFS x Montane Comp Thumbnail  © Summit Financial Services
SFS x Montane Comp Thumbnail  © Summit Financial Services

Open Comp Win a Montane product prize package with Summit Financial Services

For over 21 years Summit Financial Services has been providing life insurance for climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers.

Claudia Ziegler  © EDELRID
Claudia Ziegler  © EDELRID

Open Comp Win an EDELRID AUTANA or SENDERO harness

To keep psyche high throughout this period, EDELRID are giving two lucky climbers the chance to win a Women's Autana harness or a Men's Sendero harness.

Rab Zenith landscape  © Rab
Rab Zenith landscape  © Rab

Winner announced WINNER - Win A New Rab Zenith Jacket

Win A New Men's or Women's Rab Zenith Waterproof Jacket

©Therm-a-Rest | Adam Wells  © Therm-a-rest
©Therm-a-Rest | Adam Wells  © Therm-a-rest

Winner announced WINNER - Win Therm-a-Rest® new NeoAir Topo Luxe mat

The Topo Luxe is Therm-a-Rest's thickest and comfiest NeoAir to date, and is the perfect mix of...

Jon Gupta (MCI) - Montane Athlete and Guide  © Montane
Jon Gupta (MCI) - Montane Athlete and Guide  © Montane

Winner announced WINNER - Win 2 days climbing and £500 Montane Kit

Keep the psyche! Enter to win £500 of Montane kit and 2 days climbing with international Guide Jon...

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Mountain Equipment Saltoro Jacket

Win a men's or women's Mountain Equipment Saltoro jacket, A lightweight and protective waterproof shell...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Rogue in use  © Lowe Alpine

Lowe Alpine's Rucksack Revolution: The All-New Rock Range

From the pack brand born of one of the world's greatest climbing families, Lowe Alpine is proud to announce the release of an all new Rock range to their SS20 collection, designed by climbers, for climbers.

Hats, hats, hats…

Hats, hats, hats… Outdoor Research has a style to suit everyone and every outdoor activity, which one would be your choice?

La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX Boots half price at Outside - £157.50

Save 50% on lightweight B2 mountaineering boots.

La Sportiva Theory and Solution Comp

La Sportiva have two new shoes arriving for SS'20: the Solution Comp and the Theory. Extreme sensitivity combined...

Peak Limestone Rockfax - Pre-order Now  © Rockfax
Peak Limestone Rockfax - Pre-order Now  © Rockfax

Peak Limestone - Pre-order Now

There is no let-up at Rockfax and we are very pleased to announce our second book of the year. Luckily the fieldwork had...

CRAWE Profile  © Five Ten
CRAWE Profile  © Five Ten

Five Ten CRAWE

Designed in collaboration with Swiss bouldering legend Fred Nicole for technical bouldering or sport routes, these climbing shoes...

La Sportiva Jackal - Mountain Running Shoe

The Jackal is a mountain running shoe dedicated to off-road running over ultra distances

While the Habitude Series is family-friendly, it is also kid-proof  © MSR | Scott Rinckenberger
While the Habitude Series is family-friendly, it is also kid-proof  © MSR | Scott Rinckenberger

MSR Habitude

Beast your workouts  © Griptonite
Beast your workouts  © Griptonite

Grippy App - Beast yourself during lockdown with professional workouts from top co

Dunkeld Sport  © UKC Gear
Dunkeld Sport  © UKC Gear

New Scottish Sport on Rockfax App

Support Outside with their new retro t-shirt


TCS Deal of the Month - Climbing Clearance Offers

Whilst our shops have been closed due to COVID-19 we have been taking the time to sort out our stock of climbing kit and have found quite a few special offers to bring you this month. At present purchases need to be made online but we will re-o...


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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