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Mountain Equipment Alpamayo and Fitzroy Jackets

Among midweight synthetic insulated jackets for winter climbing and all-round mountain use, the Fitzroy has long been a benchmark. Warmer, lighter, and more weatherproof, the new design improves on the old classic. Joining it this season is the women's version, the Alpamayo. In this long-term test we look at both.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

SALEWA Alpine Hemp Climbing Collection

Though it comes at a premium price, the quality of this climbing-oriented clothing range speaks for itself, says Rob Greenwood, while the use of more environmentally friendly fibres is also a major selling point. 

Montane Fireball Jacket - lightweight insulation on the move

If you're after a synthetic insulated layer that you can put on and wear all day, stationary or working hard, and not end up a clammy mess, then this quietly understated jacket really is one to beat, says Dan Bailey.

Mountain Equipment Climbing Collection

From fleeces to legwear, Rob Greenwood crag-tests a load of clobber from Mountain Equipment's extensive range of climbing clothing.

Marmot Mitre Peak - lightweight technical shell

A Gore-Tex Active shell with a climbing-oriented cut and feature set, the Mitre Peak is a...

The Fox of Glencoe - Hamish MacInnes

This attractive book is a fitting tribute to a climbing polymath the like of whom we'll probably never see again, says...

Group Test Men's Climbing Trousers

Climbing trousers - everyone wears them, but they're often a bit of an after-thought: do you turn up to the crag or the wall in...

La Sportiva Cyklon

Though this trail shoe's ideal habitat is rough and rocky, it's got the grip to deal with wet and muddy ground too, says Rob Greenwood,...

Joss Naylor's Lakes, Meres and Waters of the Lake District

Scarpa Rapid - approach shoe meets trail shoe

Group Test One Person Tents and Hooped Bivvys

Black Diamond Sprint 225 and Flare headtorches

The Red Curtain by Dave Barnes - It's Climbing Jim, But Not As We Know It

The Earth Beneath My Feet by Andrew Terrill


Latest Group Tests

These feature many different product ranges, reviewed by the UKC editorial team

Men's Climbing Trousers

Climbing trousers - everyone wears them, but they're often a bit of an after-thought: do you turn up to the crag or the wall in your dirtiest jeans, or brightest Euro-wad pantaloons? In this test we compare 15 pairs of climbing-oriented strides...

One Person Tents and Hooped Bivvys

From minimalist backpacking and mountaineering, to quick overnights in the hills closer to home, solo shelters save a lot of weight and bulk in your pack. With an emphasis on versatile three-season models, we look at a range of options for budgets of...

Mountain packs around 40 litres

For year-round climbing, mountaineering, hillwalking and even overnight backpacking, packs around the 40 litre mark are a versatile do-it-all size. Here we put ten of the best mountain all-rounders through their paces.


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