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Beal Cobra II Half Rope

The Beal Cobra is an all round rope that can be used for trad, winter and alpine. These mid-weight ropes are ideal for anyone who wants just one pair for a bit of everything, says Martin McKenna


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Mid-Sized Bouldering Mats

Bouldering mats have come a long way since the beer towel. Not only do modern pads give a better landing, they are also bigger, easier to carry and boast useful extra features. This test highlights the range of options currently available.

Beal Be Free Rubber Quickdraws

If you hear the name Beal you'll probably think ropes, but the brand has a range of hardwear too. The new Be Free Rubber is a sport climbing draw with a rubber cover over the sling, designed for easier grabbing.

Mid-range Sport Ropes

We compare eight of the best all-round sport climbing ropes, the sort of reliable workhorse that many will use as their sole rope both indoors and out. So which is right for you?

Beal Booster III 9.7mm Unicore Single Rope

The Booster is part of Beal's Intensive line - a series aimed at high performance climbers, while offering added...

Lightweight Sport Climbing Ropes

The UKC team take a look at 6 lightweight ropes for sport climbing and trad climbing varying in diameter from 8.9mm to 9.4mm.

Rope Bags for the Winter

Alan James, Mick Ryan and Chris Craggs review an essential part of the modern climber's gear: rope bags. "The rope bag...

The Ultimate in Versatility? Triple Rated Ropes

Toby Archer tests out the versatile world of triple rated ropes, and reviews three alternatives from three of the...


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OutDoor 2018 - Our Top 10 Products

We're just back from the annual gear fest that is the OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen. From the thousands of products on show, here are a few that really caught our eye.

Beal JOKER 9.1mm UNICORE

After having been the first thin rope on the market to meet the requirements for all three standards for dynamic ropes, Beal JOKER will now benefit from the latest UNICORE technology.

Beal GHOST sit harness

New for 2018 is the Beal GHOST sit harness. Ultra-lightweight and comfortable harness for expert climbing and mountaineering. It benefits from the latest Web-Core technology which provides exceptional levels of comfort despite its lightness thanks to optimal...

Beal ESCAPER detachable abseil system

The Beal ESCAPER detachable abseil system allows abseiling when only a single length of rope is available.

Beal - How to Choose Your Rope

With a wide range of rope choice there is a rope available to meet your needs. To assist helping you choose your next rope...

Beal COBRA II 8.6mm Golden Dry

The great classic for adventure climbing. Light and free-running for ease of use on long routes, on the crag and in the...

Beal AIR FORCE ONE belay device

The AIR FORCE ONE works with single ropes from 8.5mm to 10.5mm in diameter.  It fulfils the needs of beginners using a...


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