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Assisted Braking Belay Devices

Assisted-braking belay devices are popular for indoor and outdoor sport climbing, adding extra braking in the event of a fall and for lowering off and top roping. In this comparative review seven of the currently available models go head to head.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Lightweight Compact Trekking Poles

In search of a pole that's as small and light as possible for carrying in a climbing pack or holiday hold baggage, we compare five adjustable-length models at a range of budgets.

Christmas Gift Guide: Goodies for £40 and Under

Christmas is nearly here, and as usual we've left present buying til the last minute. From seasonal staples like hats and torches to climbing hardwear and ultralight packs, here are some ideas that won't break the bank.

C.A.M.P Sky Carbon and Sonic Alu Trekking Poles

Lightweight, compact and well made, C.A.M.P's Sky Carbon and Sonic Alu trekking poles represent pretty good value for money. As these are basically the same pole in either aluminium or carbon fibre, we've reviewed them both in a one-er.

Sport Quickdraws

In this group review we test sport climbing quickdraws from all the leading manufacturers, comparing them for key characteristics such as...

All Round Harnesses

Since most climbers do a bit of everything, there's a lot to be said for a harness that does too. Over spring and summer 2016 the UKC test...

CAMP Flash Harness

Martin McKenna puts this ultralight sport-oriented harness to good use on the sun-drenched sport crags of Spain and, err, Scotland...

CAMP Matik

The Matik has been a long standing project for CAMP, who have put in a lot of time, effort, and money into getting its design and various features...


Latest News

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ISPO 2017 - What's New? Climbing Hardware Report

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Munich that is ISPO. Here are some video interviews with brand representatives, who talked us through the key features of their latest creations in climbing hardware.

ISPO 2016 - What's New? Hardware Report

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest that is ISPO in Munich. There were some exciting new products on offer in the climbing hardware range with improvements and innovation aplenty.

OutDoor 2015 - What's New? Hardware Report

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest that is OutDoor Friedrichshafen. We were blown away by the variety and quality of the hardware on offer, and we think you'll be pretty excited too... This report features some video...

CAMP Matik

The assisted braking action of the Matik derives from an innovative camming design that makes the device safer and easier on the climber, the belayer, the...

What's New? ISPO 2015: Climbing Hardware Report

The team from UKC were recently at the giant trade show of ISPO in Munich. We saw a lot of products,...

OutDoor 2014 - Climbing Hardware Report

The hardware report is the first in a series of write-ups from 2014's OutDoor Show, where we look at what the future of...

Walking / Mountaineering Axes

With the alpine summer season now in full swing many people are getting kitted out with spikey, shiney toys to safeguard...


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