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These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Peak District White Peak East montage  © Cicerone

Walking in the Peak District - White Peak East

When it comes to walking, the Dark Peak and its gritstone edges tend to receive most attention; but those in...

Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton
Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton

Group Test 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...

It's light, and snug for its weight  © Dan Bailey
It's light, and snug for its weight  © Dan Bailey

Rab Cirrus Flex Vest

Gilets may not be the most exciting category of clothing, but they're really versatile, says Dan Bailey - and this lightweight synthetic insulated vest from Rab ticks all the boxes for year-round use both climbing and on the hills.

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

Peak Limestone Rockfax

Regular UKC contributor Paul Sagar has used his recovery period following a recent accident to frustrate himself by giving the new Peak Limestone Rockfax guidebook the once-over.

Walking out from Rocher Fin   © UKC Gear
Walking out from Rocher Fin   © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Street Creek Pack

The Street Creek is a well-made and cool-looking day pack aimed at urban wall-goers. It's just a shame that a higher volume model isn't available for outdoor use, says Rob Greenwood.

This deep mat soaks up bumpy ground for a more comfy night's sleep  © Dan Bailey

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Mat

The smaller/floppier handle makes closing the bag quite awkward, especially whilst full  © UKC Gear

Lowe Alpine Outcast 44

Montane Protium Pull-on pre lockdown in a wet Chee Dale  © Hannah James-Louwerse

Montane Protium Pull-on

Black Diamond Session Review  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Session Approach Shoe


MSR Reactor 3x2  © MSR

Open Comp Win the MSR 1.7L Reactor Stove

MSR's much-loved Reactor Stove has become a staple for wilderness backpackers looking for cooking performance in extreme conditions, where wind and cold can wreak havoc on a stove's reliability. The Reactor is compact, self-contained and easy-t...

Open Comp Win a Pair of Komperdell Carbon FXP.4 Expedition Varios

Gold Winner of the prestigious Outdoor by ISPO 2019 Best New Product Prize, Komperdell's innovative "self deploying" Carbon FXP.4 Expedition Pole is now available in the UK - and this is your chance to win a pair worth £150!!

Winner announced WINNER - 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...

MHW Comp Lifestyle  © Pertex
MHW Comp Lifestyle  © Pertex

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Mountain Hardwear Kor Preshell™ Hoody with Pertex

To celebrate their new film 'A Feather in the West' Pertex are giving you the...

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

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Montane product prize package with Summit Financial Services

For over 21 years Summit Financial Services has been providing life insurance...

Claudia Ziegler  © EDELRID
Claudia Ziegler  © EDELRID

Winners announced WINNERS - 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...

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


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Wild Country virtual showroom  © Wild Country

Wild Country Product Preview - Spring/Summer 2021

As we approach the time of year where we are looking around to check out all the new gear coming out for SS21 we are faced with the realisation that this year will be slightly different. No international trade shows or brand sales meeti...

Cocoon Hammocks - Ultralight Luxury

"Sleep Gear for Adventurers" - Renowned amongst travellers worldwide, Cocoon's focus on clever design and innovative fabrics marks their travel products out from the rest. New for 2020 is their range of Hammocks.

Action shot  © Red Chili
Action shot  © Red Chili

Red Chili 2020 climbing shoe range

Red Chili have been making high-quality climbing shoes since 1996. Throughout this time we have continued to push innovation in both climbing shoe performance and comfort. For 2020 we have 7 new models! The new additions cover everything from all day...

DOLOMITE Steinbock WT GTX lightweight hiking boots

Steinbock WT GTX, the jewel in the crown of Dolomite's hiking section. A lightweight,...

Pure Grip 3x2  © Beal
Pure Grip 3x2  © Beal

Beal ROLL GRIP & PURE GRIP

Beal ROLL GRIP is liquid chalk in a roll-on 50ml bottle. It's refillable using Beal PURE GRIP which comes in 250ml.

Rogue in use  © Lowe Alpine
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...

Hats, hats, hats…

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

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

La Sportiva Theory and Solution Comp

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

Peak Limestone - Pre-order Now

CRAWE Profile  © Five Ten
CRAWE Profile  © Five Ten

Five Ten CRAWE


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

Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton

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 carry...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
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.


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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