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SWIFT by name, not necessarily by pace, as the author slowly plods his way up Win Hill  © UKC Gear

Petzl SWIFT RL - One Headtorch to Rule Them All?

The SWIFT RL offers an amazingly heavyweight power output in a light and compact package, says Rob Greenwood,...

Boreal Drom montage  © Rob Greenwood
Boreal Drom montage  © Rob Greenwood

Boreal Drom

It's a weighty workhorse rather than a lightweight thoroughbred, says Rob Greenwood, but as a result the Drom is one of the sturdiest and most supportive approach/walking shoes out there. If you want boot-like edging ability, they'll be right up your street. 

Rab Torque Pants montage  © Nick Brown
Rab Torque Pants montage  © Nick Brown

Rab Torque Pant

"I've long been a fan of Torque Pants (trousers)" says Dan Bailey. "The current version has remained unchanged for several years, and in a market that seems to make tweaks every season for the sake of novelty it's nice to see that sort of continuity. It's hard to imagine how...

Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting
Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

Group Test Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise unprotectable sections of rock can make the difference between arriving at the top of your route... or at the bottom. However their tiny size...

Stretch ascender fabric and a diamond crotch mean your trousers won't be the limiting factor in your bridging  © Ben Bishop
Stretch ascender fabric and a diamond crotch mean your trousers won't be the limiting factor in your bridging  © Ben Bishop

Mountain Equipment Dihedral Pant

Mountain Equipment's Dihedral Pant is designed to be "the perfect all-round pant" for "year round climbing everywhere from big walls, to sea cliffs and training boards". Rebecca Ting gives them a run for their money.

One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey

La Sportiva TX Guide shoes

Ace montage  © UKC Gear

Boreal Ace

Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer

Black Diamond Distance Tent with Z-Poles

Airnet harness montage  © Rob Greenwood

Black Diamond airNET Harness


Manta Competition  © UKC Gear

Open Comp Win a Pair of Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has represented the "benchmark" in 4 season Mountain boots. Evolving over many generations, the new Manta Tech represents...

airNET Harness Competition  © Black Diamond
airNET Harness Competition  © Black Diamond

Open Comp Win a Black Diamond airNET Harness

Developed in collaboration with BD Athlete Adam Ondra, the airNET is a cutting-edge harness that features our patented airNET Technology—an ultra-breathable fabric for high-end performance sport climbing that distributes loads evenly across the "net" during...

Open Comp Petzl IKO - The Headlamp, Reinvented

What if a headlamp was both high-performance and lightweight? Comfortable and well-balanced? Versatile and inventive? Conceived after months of research, testing, brainstorming, and innovating, the IKO headlamp, little by little, began to see the...

Harness and Chalk Bag  © Mammut
Harness and Chalk Bag  © Mammut

Open Comp Win a Mammut Sender Harness

The harness for top performance. Jakob Schubert climbed his way into the medal rankings at the 2019 World...

Edelrid Shield  © Edelrid
Edelrid Shield  © Edelrid

Open Comp Win an EDELRID Shield helmet

EDELRID are giving two lucky climbers the chance to win the Shield in one of our new colourways.  The Shield is a...

Open Comp Win an Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket

Be one of the first in the UK to own the latest waterproof technology from Pertex with the new Outdoor...

Action 1  © Alpkit
Action 1  © Alpkit

Winner announced WINNER - Win an Alpkit Origin boulder pad and boulder bucket

Want to be ready for the cooler months and getting out working hard on your winter...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Nalgene Sustain: New Line made with 50% recycled content

Hitting the shops during October will be the new Nalgene Sustain Range of Drinking Bottles, built from the revolutionary Tritan Renew Resin.

3x2  © Scottish Mountaineering Press
3x2  © Scottish Mountaineering Press

The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland 

The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland is published by Scottish Mountaineering Press, a subsidiary of Scottish-registered charity Scottish Mountaineering Trust. Scottish Mountaineering Press are passionate advocates for Scotland's stunning mountainous...

Podium Pull-On  © Montane
Podium Pull-On  © Montane

Montane Unisex Podium Waterproof Pull-On Jacket

Designed for fast and light runners for whom kit weight and packability is paramount, the Podium Pull-On uses one of the lightest weight waterproof and breathable fabrics available. Perfect as a reliable emergency waterproof shell which...

Jakob Schubert climbing  © Mammut
Jakob Schubert climbing  © Mammut

Mammut Sender Harness

The harness for top performance. Jakob Schubert climbed his way into the medal rankings at the 2019 World Championships with the...

Rab Vapour-Rise Range: Tested to Perfection

Tested to perfection - The new Vapour-Rise range from Rab.

Scarpa Manta Tech men's close up  © Ed Smith
Scarpa Manta Tech men's close up  © Ed Smith

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has...

Full Set of Z4s  © Black Diamond
Full Set of Z4s  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Camalot Z4s

Born from a heart-to-heart with our top trad-climbing BD Athletes Hazel Findlay, Carlo Traversi, Sam Elias, and Babsi...

New for AW'20 - Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket and Pants

BD Vision 3x2  © Black Diamond
BD Vision 3x2  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Vision Helmet + Vision MIPS

Hiangle  © Five Ten
Hiangle  © Five Ten

The New Five Ten Hiangle - an update of a classic

Edelrid Key Products  © Edelrid
Edelrid Key Products  © Edelrid

History of EDELRID and some key products


Mammut Ropes Deal  © Outside

Save over 40% on Mammut Ropes at Outside

Time to rope up! Indoor training ropes, sturdy single cragging ropes or dry treated twin ropes for playing in Scotland this winter; whatever your plans, now's the time to grab a bargain. Mammut are well known for making reliable, easy h...

Black Diamond SAVINGS at The Climbers Shop / Joe Browns

Big savings on Black Diamond equipment this summer at The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown's


Latest Group Tests

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

Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise unprotectable sections of rock can make the difference between arriving at the top of your route... or at the b...

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

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...

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.


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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