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'Performance' is a huge category, so with UK sport climbing in mind we've narrowed the focus of this review to down-turned, supportive shoes with a good edge. How did they all do?


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Five Ten Quantum VCS

This stiff down-turned velcro shoe gives a lot of power in the toe and heel whilst maintaining good levels of support. It is surprisingly comfortable for such a down-turned shoe, making it an excellent option for sport climbing as well as bouldering.

Thermacell MR300 Insect Repeller

Thermacell devices create an insect repellent zone that's said to deter small flying insects. But do they work on Scottish midges? Dan Bailey really enjoyed finding out

Scarpa Maestro

The Maestro is an antidote to crippling downturned performance shoes, says Theo Moore: a comfy flat(ish) shoe which still manages to pack a technical punch

Scarpa Mago, Instinct SR and Furia S

Due to the sheer number of shoes in Scarpa's lineup we've put the more technical models together in a single review - the...

Rab Rock Range for Women and Men

From wicking t-shirts to stretchy trousers, Charlie Low and Dale Comley sample key pieces from Rab's new Rock Range, which...

Montane Spider Hoodie

The Spider Hoodie is a durable, close-fitting fleece that may have been made with the Alps in mind, but fares equally well on boulders too,...

BMC Peak Limestone South

With trad, sport and bouldering at venues that range from national class crags to esoteric holes, this new comprehensive area guide from...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

The new Boreal Ninja performance slipper

The original Ninja slipper was legendary, offering a huge step up in performance. The latest incarnation is set to be equally groundbreaking, with outstanding performance in an easy-fit slipper.

New range of UK made Bouldering pads from Alpkit.

We've been making pads in the UK AlpFactory for over 10 years now and have learnt a little on the way. With the new range some of the names may be familiar but we have redesigned all the pads from scratch, using feedback from athletes,...

Save 20% on all Black Diamond lighting at Outside

Headtorches, lanterns and recharging devices from Black Diamond all at 20% off while stocks last.

Master your mind with MASTERMIND!

"The brain is the most important muscle for climbing." (W. Güllich) Utilising the power of your mind will make the most...

EB Split

EB, the grandfathers of all rock shoes, have been quietly reinventing and re-establishing the brand over the past 6 years, under the guidance of...

REEL ROCK 13 - Big Screen Sends and Stories

The Reel Rock Film Tour is returning to the UK and Ireland bringing a collection of climbing's greatest...

Evolv X1

Sensitive. Aggressive. Affordable. The X1 offers more sensitivity and "feel" than any shoe on the market without breaking the bank.


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