41 gear stories found
Skis allow you an amazing freedom of access in the winter, says Jon Griffith - not only because you can 'skin' there quicker and... Read more
Written by Chamonix-based climber and photographer Jon Griffith, with stunning photographs of his journeys in Patagonia, Chamonix... Read more
Jon Griffith gives his thoughts on expedition gear for Alaska: clothing to cooking kit, tents to sleeping mats. We also present... Read more
Its minus 25 and something's missing... We have just spent the last couple of hours trying to put a track up the 300m snow field... Read more
"I had high hopes for the Master Cams, and in a way they were met and in another they weren't," says Jon Griffith.
There was a... Read more
When I first saw the Nano Puff I thought 'not a chance', says Jon Griffith. I couldn't see myself ever using it. I think it was... Read more
Soft shell? Never been a fan of it, says Jon Griffith. Or so he thought, anyway...
"Too flimsy and not windproof enough. It's... Read more
The Spantik is no newcomer, and after over four years it still dominates its boot category, says Jon Griffith. There is a... Read more
"Yes, it's a ski review. Skis are an essential part of winter climbing in the Alps and with more Brits climbing in the Alps it's... Read more
"I used this for 10 days of climbing in the Norries this November in horrible conditions and felt like I was in a bomb shelter... Read more
"Sleeping bags tends to be a thing that I don't compromise much on" states UKC reviewer Jon Griffith. He takes this bag out in... Read more
15 minutes is generally accepted as the time you have before running out of oxygen if buried in an avalanche - assuming your... Read more
Viv Scott tests the Rab Demand in Scotland, while Jon Griffith goes alpine climbing with the Patagonia M10.
The ideal... Read more
For summer Alpine and winter Scottish use it really comes down to two choices, the La Sportiva Baturas and the Scarpa Phantom... Read more
The Speed Ascent jacket is definitely one of those odd bits of kit that you don't immediately think of buying, says Jon Griffith.... Read more
Indisputable: PHD are the kings of down kit, says Jon Griffith. OK their kit isn't the sexiest in the world but it's ridiculously... Read more
My main problem with these Superlights is that I'm completely addicted to them! I never leave for the mountains without them and... Read more
Alpine gear reviewer Jon Griffith takes the Tour Pro II softshell salopettes out in the Mont Blanc range.
UKC Editor Jack... Read more
"In my old age of 27 I have realised that I can no longer just sleep anywhere - I've got fussy," says Jon Griffith. "Comfort... Read more
Here I am five years later with a new set of impossibly light quickdraws (65 grams!) thinking “how on earth did they do... Read more
Jon Griffith tests Patagonia's top of the line soft shell trousers in the French Alps and Alaska. Read more
Metolius are no new comers to cams, and in a market which is about as saturated as you can get from cheap and cheerful cams from... Read more
Now-a-days we are bombarded with top of the line gear from different manufacturers, each claiming that theirs is the new 'must... Read more
"This is no dog walkers jacket. It’s designed to be used in some of the worlds harshest weather conditions and toughest... Read more
In this indepth review, we look at several top-of-the-range headtorches, some lightweight models, and some budget options. If you... Read more
Born in 1979 from the fertile mind of Mark Vallance, founder of Wild Country, WC Rocks are found on most climbers racks. Here... Read more
The UKC team looks at high performing ice axes from top brands such as Petzl, DMM, Black Diamond, Grivel and Edelrid.
If you... Read more
2014 has been a bumper year for climbing publications. Here's a few of the ones that we have either read, or ones that we really... Read more
Christmas is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time of year to settle in front of the fire with a glass of wine and a... Read more
Jon Griffith gets to grips with the Synchro Ultralite Ziplock Harness from Wild Country:
"..it is actually a simple design... Read more
Thinking of buying some new ice screws?
In this comparison review we have ice screws from the best in the business. From... Read more
The Marmot Genesis Jacket has identity issues but - like the moody kid dressed in black at the back of the class - this only... Read more
Ski Touring - the title says it all. This no-nonsense publication from British Mountain Guide Bruce Goodlad covers everything you... Read more
This summer Rockfax will be publishing a new guidebook to the Chamonix area of France (and a bit of Italy). The book will contain... Read more
Rob Greenwood tests the Phantom Guides on the Eiger: "Don't be mistaken into thinking that these are only for the elite just... Read more
A GORE-TEX® 3-layer jacket for use in high alpine terrain. At 550g, its high durability, absolute water resistance, stretch and... Read more
"What you take and what you leave behind can make all the difference when scrambling," says Paul Lewis. "A small rucksack, a well... Read more
Despite the best efforts of chemists, synthetic insulation still can't match down for insulation performance, says Viv Scott. So... Read more