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Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Group Test Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough technical jackets from 12 leading manufacturers.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Walking the along the Marloes Peninsula section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path  © UKC Gear

Julbo Women's Spark Sunglasses

A durable pair of shades with the option of a photochromic lens that ranges from cat 1 to cat 3 in response to light levels, the Spark is well suited to all uses outside of the high mountains. They look great, too, reckons Penny Orr.

Testing the Hornstrandir on a wintry Striding Edge   © Toby Archer
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 improved for climbing...

Montane X BMC Men's and Women's range  © UKC Gear
Montane X BMC Men's and Women's range  © UKC Gear

Montane X BMC Clothing line

Montane's X BMC range of climbing clothing balances casual comfort and technical cuts, making it equally suited to use at the wall or out on the crags. Made in collaboration with the BMC, 5% of all UK sales of the range will be donated to the Access & Conservation...

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...

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,...

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...

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

Nikwax Tech Wash® and TX.Direct® proven to be the highest performing care system f

Don't treat your waterproof gear to anything less than the best. Nikwax Tech Wash® has been independently proven to be the best performing product for cleaning waterproof gear in a washing machine. It is the only product demonstrated to provide...

Point 5 Thumbnail  © Point 5 Clothing
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.

Apex 8000 logo  © Montane
Apex 8000 logo  © Montane

Montane Apex 8000 Down Suit, Jacket and Salopettes

Montane, the global outdoor brand known for its innovative, breathable clothing for extreme...

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,...

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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