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The Alpine Light Jacket on the alpine-lite terrain of An Garbhanach   © Dan Bailey

Rab's New Vapour-Rise Range

Combining a weather-resisting outer with a wicking/insulating lining, for many years Rab's Vapour-Rise system has been one of the most effective and versatile softshell options available. Dan Bailey checks out the three new jackets in the fully revamped 2020 VR range.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Helium Down 3x2  © UKC Gear

Outdoor Research Helium Down Hoodie

An 800-fill light-to-midweight jacket that packs down surprisingly small, the Helium Down Hoodie is durable and warm for its weight, says Theo Moore, making it equally ideal for chilly belays and lightweight backpacking.

Uncoiling the Ropes montage  © Clare Sheridan
Uncoiling the Ropes montage  © Clare Sheridan

Uncoiling the Ropes - memoir of trailblazing Irish climber Clare Sheridan

Clare Sheridan has been a leading Irish climber for decades, coming of age in an era when girls, they were told, ought not to climb. If you're looking for a climbing role model, says Hilary Sharp, look no...

It's become my go-to rope for mountaineering and working with clients  © Tom Ripley
It's become my go-to rope for mountaineering and working with clients  © Tom Ripley

Edelrid Swift Protect Pro Dry Triple-Rated Rope

It's not only triple rated, but the Edelrid Swift Protect Pro Dry is also claimed to be more cut resistant than other such ropes on the market, thanks to the addition of Aramid in its sheath. From North Wales to the Alps, Tom Ripley has tried...

The Prism Ultra Pull-On  © UKC Gear
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...

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...

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

Deuter Exosphere Sleeping Bag

"This is my new favourite synthetic sleeping bag - snug, well-designed, and not overly heavy for backpacking and general outdoor...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Raven Action 1  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe Range

Our modern take on Chouinard's original curved-pick mountain axe, the Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is a classic mountaineer's piolet that has been used on classic climbs the world over for decades.

Alpha SV 3x2  © Arc'teryx
Alpha SV 3x2  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket

The updated Alpha SV: strong gets stronger. In 1998, when Arc'teryx stepped into outerwear with the Alpha SV Jacket, it transformed the outdoor industry.

Recovery Series 1  © Mammut
Recovery Series 1  © Mammut

Mammut Recovery Series sleeping bags

Crafted to deliver optimal physical recovery, Recovery Series sleeping bags feature a completely revised shape; with more space in the upper body and elbow areas for greater freedom of movement and a more natural sleeping position.

DOLOMITE Miage Peak GTX

After two years of designing and planning, assisted by the experience and authoritative advice of our mountain guides,...

Putting the new BD Crack Gloves to the test  © Andy Earl
Putting the new BD Crack Gloves to the test  © Andy Earl

Black Diamond Ice Series + Crack Gloves

Whether you're freezing your mitts off on a cold belay in a snowstorm, working your tan in Indian Creek,...

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...

Rab Vapour-Rise Range: Tested to Perfection

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


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