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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 most effective and versatile softshell options available. Dan Bailey checks out the three new jackets in the fully revamped 2020 VR range.


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These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Using the Addsfit Portable Massage Gun as an aid to warming-up at the wall  © UKC Gear

Addsfit Portable Massage Gun

Walk into any climbing wall and you'll probably see people using an assortment of therabands, foam rollers, and massage balls. This massage gun brings something different to the mix - but is it better than the existing cheaper options for warmi...

TN Pro montage  © Nick Brown
TN Pro montage  © Nick Brown

Unparallel TN (Tomoa Narasaki) Pro

In a market saturated with soft and specialised performance shoes, the TN Pro is something different, says Nick Brown - a downturned and stiff performance shoe that can hold its own both indoors and out.

Irish Peaks montage  © Mountaineering Ireland
Irish Peaks montage  © Mountaineering Ireland

Irish Peaks - A Celebration of Ireland's Highest Mountains

This attractive new large format guide is an inspiring addition to Irish hill literature, covering every major summit and upland area across Northern Ireland and the Republic. Dan Bailey feels a post-Covid Ireland trip coming on...

The Booster is definitely a shoe with steeper terrain in mind  © UKC Gear
The Booster is definitely a shoe with steeper terrain in mind  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Booster

The Booster has similar sensitivity to Scarpa's other soft shoes like the Furia Air, Furia S and Drago, says Rob Greenwood, but with the added...

Helium Down 3x2  © UKC Gear
Helium Down 3x2  © UKC Gear

Outdoor Research Helium Down Hoodie

An 800-fill light-to-midweight jacket that packs down surprisingly small, the Helium Down Hoodie is durable and warm for...

Uncoiling the Ropes montage  © Clare Sheridan
Uncoiling the Ropes montage  © Clare Sheridan

Uncoiling the Ropes - memoir of trailblazing Irish climber Clare Sheridan

Clare Sheridan has been a leading Irish climber for decades, coming of age in an era...

It's become my go-to rope for mountaineering and working with clients  © Tom Ripley
It's become my go-to rope for mountaineering and working with clients  © Tom Ripley

Edelrid Swift Protect Pro Dry Triple-Rated Rope

It's not only triple rated, but the Edelrid Swift Protect Pro Dry is also claimed to be more cut resistant than...

Overcast, breezy and cool autumn weather on Dartmoor - ideal conditions for the Gamma SL Hoody  © Dan Bailey
Overcast, breezy and cool autumn weather on Dartmoor - ideal conditions for the Gamma SL Hoody  © Dan Bailey

Arc'teryx Gamma SL Hoody

The Lowe Alpine Misfit is perfect for bouldering or solo circuits, where you don't need to carry too much kit  © UKC Gear
The Lowe Alpine Misfit is perfect for bouldering or solo circuits, where you don't need to carry too much kit  © UKC Gear

Lowe Alpine Misfit 27 Pack

The Prism Ultra Pull-On  © UKC Gear
The Prism Ultra Pull-On  © UKC Gear

Montane Prism Ultra Pull-On

The Julbo Shield are a sizable pair of sunglasses  © UKC Gear
The Julbo Shield are a sizable pair of sunglasses  © UKC Gear

Julbo Shield Sunglasses

Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Steep, overhanging limestone on pockets and edges are where this shoe feels at home  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

La Sportiva Testarossa

Storm Francis putting both the author and the Podium Pull-On through their paces  © UKC Gear
Storm Francis putting both the author and the Podium Pull-On through their paces  © UKC Gear

Montane Podium Pull-On

Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear
Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet

It's an excellent synthetic sleeping bag for 2-3 season UK use  © Lorraine McCall
It's an excellent synthetic sleeping bag for 2-3 season UK use  © Lorraine McCall

Deuter Exosphere Sleeping Bag

Sport and Slate montage  © FRCC
Sport and Slate montage  © FRCC

FRCC Lakes Sport & Slate

Testing the Kalipe on slabby gneiss  © Dan Bailey
Testing the Kalipe on slabby gneiss  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa Kalipe

Arc'teryx Creston Pant for hillwalking  © UKC Gear
Arc'teryx Creston Pant for hillwalking  © UKC Gear

Arc'teryx Creston Pant

SWIFT by name, not necessarily by pace, as the author slowly plods his way up Win Hill  © UKC Gear
SWIFT by name, not necessarily by pace, as the author slowly plods his way up Win Hill  © UKC Gear

Petzl SWIFT RL - One Headtorch to Rule Them All?


Latest Group Tests

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

Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise unprotectable sections of rock can make the difference between arriving at the top of your route... or at the b...

Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton
Large Pads are ideal for higher problems, or those that have an awkward landing  © Mike Hutton

Large Bouldering Mats

Biggest isn't always best, but in bouldering it certainly has its place. Larger pads are ideal for higher problems, awkward landings, or anyone with lower limb niggles - but on the other hand they're less ideal when it comes to storing or carrying them. Here we...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

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.


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