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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.


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These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

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, o...

Sport and Slate montage  © FRCC
Sport and Slate montage  © FRCC

FRCC Lakes Sport & Slate

There's a lot more to the Lake District than its traditional mountain crags, and this attractive new guide brings coverage of the area's diverse sport climbing (plus slate trad, dry tooling and DWS) fully up to date.  

Testing the Kalipe on slabby gneiss  © Dan Bailey
Testing the Kalipe on slabby gneiss  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Kalipe

They are not the most technical approach shoe on the market, and their shallow tread could prove a worry on steep grass, but the Kalipe's combination of affordable price, and comfy and forgiving fit, makes them an easy approach shoe to get along with, says Dan Bailey.

Arc'teryx Creston Pant for hillwalking  © UKC Gear
Arc'teryx Creston Pant for hillwalking  © UKC Gear

Arc'teryx Creston Pant

Arc'teryx Creston Pants are light trousers, pitched at those after warm-weather, breathable legwear with a bit of stretch. Alan James...

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...

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...

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...


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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.

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...

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

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

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...


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