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Technical Ice Axes

Whether it's for Scottish mixed, Continental ice or drytooling, a pair of technical axes are your key weapons. In this comparison review seven models go head to head.


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These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Dedicated Rope Bags

Most climbers own a rope bag, but few take much trouble in choosing one. Considering how much use you'll get out of it, however, a little extra thought could prove worthwhile. We compare 11 current models.

Grivel Salamander 2.0

The new Salamander 2.0 is a complete redesign on the popular Salamander mark one. In fact pretty much the only things that haven't changed are the name, and its affordable price tag. Here's how we got on with it:

Grivel Stealth Helmet

UKC's very own Rob Greenwood takes a look at Grivel's new lightweight helmet - the Stealth - but how did it perform compared to its predecessor, the Air Tech?

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...

Grivel Air Tech Crampons

Most winter fans need an all-rounder in their crampon stash - one pair for everything from Munro walks to lower grade mountaineering. The...

HMS Screwgate Carabiners

HMS screwgate carabiners - perhaps not the most exciting piece of climbing gear, but one of the most frequently used. We've tested...


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OutDoor 2018 - Climbing Equipment Roundup

The UKC/UKH team have just returned from the final OutDoor show at Friedrichshafen. We saw hundreds of innovative, colourful and exciting new products and here you can see some of the best products in the climbing equipment category that we saw:

OutDoor 2017 - Climbing Gear and Rock Shoes

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

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.

Grivel Salamander 2.0

The legendary Grivel Salamander helmet has been redesigned and updated for the upcoming winter season.

OutDoor 2016 - What's New? Climbing Hardware Report

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest that is OutDoor Friedrichshafen. Here are some...

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...

The Grivel Tech Machine

The Grivel Tech Machine is a strong and technical axe for alpine, hard Scottish mixed or steep ice climbing. Lightweight and functional, it...


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