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These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

The Prism Ultra Pull-On  © UKC Gear

Montane Prism Ultra Pull-On

Whether worn as a midlayer or an outer, on the move or at the belay, this lightweight insulated smock is an excellent, packable...

The Julbo Shield are a sizable pair of sunglasses  © UKC Gear
The Julbo Shield are a sizable pair of sunglasses  © UKC Gear

Julbo Shield Sunglasses

With a photochromic lens that adapts to light levels, the top-end version of Julbo's Shield is a pair of sunglasses that you can wear anywhere from high altitude peaks to the hills of home. Rob Greenwood has been living in his for several months, and like John...

Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa MkII will please devotees of the early 2000s original, and route climbers alike, and is a worthwhile addition to La Sportiva's extensive rock shoe range, says Nick Brown.

Storm Francis putting both the author and the Podium Pull-On through their paces  © UKC Gear
Storm Francis putting both the author and the Podium Pull-On through their paces  © UKC Gear

Montane Podium Pull-On

Weighing just 100g (size Medium) the Podium really is light, says Rob Greenwood, with a minimalist pack size that will likely take up less room than your sandwiches. But this is a bit more than a just-in-case shell, and it'll appeal to hillwalkers as well as runners.

Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear
Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet

Crossing over from the bike and skiing industries, MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) helmets are designed to offer increased protection to the brain from rotational forces. Martin McKenna looks at the Black Diamond Vision MIPS, one of the...

It's an excellent synthetic sleeping bag for 2-3 season UK use  © Lorraine McCall

Deuter Exosphere Sleeping Bag

Sport and Slate montage  © FRCC

FRCC Lakes Sport & Slate

Testing the Kalipe on slabby gneiss  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Kalipe

Arc'teryx Creston Pant for hillwalking  © UKC Gear

Arc'teryx Creston Pant


Drago LV  © Scarpa

Open Comp Win a Pair of Scarpa Drago LV

Seeking to maintain all the winning characteristics of the world cup winning Drago, the LV version has been engineered to suit climbers of all gender and age with a lower volume, skinnier foot. Careful tuning over many prototypes has sh...

Open Comp Win a pair of Boreal Drom approach shoes

Your chance to win a pair of Boreal Drom approach shoes.

Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx
Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx

Open Comp Win an Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody

Atom LT Hoody - An icon evolves. Steeped in the alpine, this versatile hoody has warmed climbers, hikers, backcountry skiers and downtown commuters for over a decade.

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

Open Comp Win a Black Diamond Street Creek 24 pack

By combining haulbag durability with urban functionality, the Street Creek 24 is your go-to commuter pack,...

UP Lace LV  © Unparallel
UP Lace LV  © Unparallel

Open Comp Win a pair of Unparallel UP Lace Climbing Shoes

Unparallel has taken the climbing world by storm as one of the most exciting new climbing shoes...

Mastia 3x2  © Tenaya
Mastia 3x2  © Tenaya

Open Comp Win a Pair of Tenaya Mastia

When we conceived the new Mastia we wanted not only to create an aggressively curved shoe that delivered maximum power...

Open Comp Win a Pair of Outdoor Research Bitterblaze gloves

The Bitterblaze gloves from Outdoor Research are the perfect glove for Alpine or Scottish winter...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Boulder Britain   © Boulder Britain

Boulder Britain 2020: Bigger, Better, BOULDER!

Boulder Britain 2020: It's not really called that. It's just called Boulder Britain. I mean, Boulder Britain 2020 sounds good today, the way Space 1999 sounded in 1987, but how's it going to sound in 2029? Exactly! But for now,...

Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx
Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody

 Atom LT Hoody - An icon evolves. Steeped in the alpine, this versatile hoody has warmed climbers, hikers, backcountry skiers and downtown commuters for over a decade.

Five  © Interface Climbing
Five  © Interface Climbing

Ground-Up walls from Interface Climbing

The new Ground-Up walls and Greenholds from Interface Climbing provide an affordable and adaptable system for climbing and training at home. The self-assembly walls, available in a range of angles and widths, along with the system-board holds and...

UP Lace LV  © Unparallel
UP Lace LV  © Unparallel

Unparallel Climbing Shoe Range

Unparallel has taken the climbing world by storm as one of the most exciting new climbing shoes brands in the past...

Save 20% on huge range of PrAna clothing

Outside is stocking the UK's biggest range of PrAna clothing and offering all of it at least 20% off.

Mick putting the Red Chili Voltage to work on his new route 'Safe as Milk' E7 6c at Craig Doris  © Red Chili
Mick putting the Red Chili Voltage to work on his new route 'Safe as Milk' E7 6c at Craig Doris  © Red Chili

Red Chili Voltage in action

Red Chili UK athlete Mick Lovatt has been hard at work this year, putting some of our top models through their paces. We've...

STINGER thumb  © Beal
STINGER thumb  © Beal

Beal STINGER III 9.4mm UNICORE rope

Beal STINGER III 9.4mm UNICORE is a single rope offering easy running and security for those hard routes.

Helium Down 3x2  © UKC Gear
Helium Down 3x2  © UKC Gear

New for AW'20: The Outdoor Research Helium Down Hooded Jacket

Ben Eighe Landscape  © Rockfax/SMC
Ben Eighe Landscape  © Rockfax/SMC

SMC's Highland Scrambles North now available on Rockfax Digital

Nalgene Sustain: New Line made with 50% recycled content

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

The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland 


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...


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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