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Suede upper, high all-round rand and a decent chunky sole  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

Now in its seventh version, the Manta remains a benchmark mountain boot in the B2 category, and should equally appeal to mountaineers and winter hillwalkers. This is a robust and unashamedly chunky boot, says Dan Bailey, and while you'll find lighter models, and others that may cost a little less, the Manta Tech sets a high bar for build qual...


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Testing the Hornstrandir on a wintry Striding Edge   © Toby Archer

66°North Hornstrandir Shell

Named after Iceland's northernmost peninsula, and made from top-of-the range Gore Pro, the Hornstrandir is 66°North's premier shell jacket. It's a good tough all-rounder, says Toby Archer, but with a few design tweaks it could be further improv...

Microlight Alpine montage  © Rob Greenwood
Microlight Alpine montage  © Rob Greenwood

Rab Microlight Alpine jacket - Men's and Women's

Made using recycled fabrics and P.U.R.E recycled hydrophobic down, the new Microlight Alpine is an ethically sound upgrade to an established class act. Rob Greenwood and Penny Orr conduct a his-n-hers review.

The stream test - glad Nikwax products contain no solvents or PFCs that would otherwise end up in the water  © Dan Bailey
The stream test - glad Nikwax products contain no solvents or PFCs that would otherwise end up in the water  © Dan Bailey

Nikwax Footwear Care Products

Dan Bailey gives his favourite boots some TLC with a Nikwax Footwear Care Kit. One gets treated with a waterproofing spray, while the other is left untreated. Will he notice a difference?

A perfect chuck-on warm layer for a chilly pizza break  © Ben Bishop
A perfect chuck-on warm layer for a chilly pizza break  © Ben Bishop

Arc'teryx Nuclei FL - lightweight insulated jacket

At £250, the Nuclei FL comes in at the top end of the lightweight synthetic hoody price spectrum, but it is...

Sendero montage  © Toby Archer
Sendero montage  © Toby Archer

Edelrid Sendero Harness - quietly competent

"The Sendero is actually quite difficult to review because there is really very little to dislike about it" says...

IKO CORE montage  © Rob Greenwood
IKO CORE montage  © Rob Greenwood

PETZL IKO CORE - gimmick or innovation?

With its unique fit, the IKO CORE is a genuinely different and innovative headtorch. But whether it's much better than...

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


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Point 5 Thumbnail  © Point 5 Clothing

Point 5 Technical Down Jacket

A well thought out, practical active wear jacket. Perfect for walking, belaying, climbing and skiing.

Khroma Range  © Rab
Khroma Range  © Rab

Masters of Exploration – The new Rab Khroma ski mountaineering collection

British outdoor expert Rab has just launched its brand new ski-mountaineering collection Khroma, offering a full range of high-tech styles made for those who love the up as much as the down!

Snaefell Landscape  © 66 North
Snaefell Landscape  © 66 North

66°North Snæfell jacket

Snæfell shell jacket is 66˚North's most versatile shell jacket.

Raven Action 1  © Black Diamond
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...

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,...

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,...


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