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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.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

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.

The Fitz Roy on Monty Python's Direct at Kyloe-in-the-woods  © UKC Gear
The Fitz Roy on Monty Python's Direct at Kyloe-in-the-woods  © UKC Gear

Looking for Wild: Fitz Roy pants + Cilaos shorts

Looking for Wild are a new French climbing clothing brand whose clothes are ideal for climbing whilst also being extremely stylish. The build quality, active cut and environmental credentials are particular plus points, we reckon.

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...

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...

Black Diamond Session Review  © UKC Gear
Black Diamond Session Review  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Session Approach Shoe

With its funky flip-down heel and soft sock-like fit, the Session is a comfy and convenient slip on/slip off shoe for...

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...

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

Moon Lorentz Pant and Bamboo Tech Long Sleeve Tee

This combination of top and trousers from Moon is super stretchy, super comfortable and super stylish for...


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,...

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 few years. Straight out of California, their attention to detail, rubber innovation and performance remains a total obsession for the...

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...

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

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

The Helium Down Hooded Jacket from Outdoor Research infuses ultra-durable Pertex...

Hiangle  © Five Ten
Hiangle  © Five Ten

The New Five Ten Hiangle - an update of a classic

Built on the same last as the previous Hiangle, these shoes are built for high-precision...

Scarpa Booster  © UKC Gear
Scarpa Booster  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Booster

The Booster is - in the words of Scarpa Designer Nathan Hoette - "all about the precision". It took 87 prototypes to get...


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