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ARTICLE: The Glencoe Classic Rock Challenge

Keri Wallace writes about completing a self-supported link-up of the Ken Wilson's 7 Classic Rock Routes in Glencoe – est. 53 guidebook pitches of climbing and 22km of running (approx. 3000m ascent) starting in Glen Etive and finishing at the Clachaig Inn.

VIDEO: Waterproof vs Windproof vs Softshell

In this episode of the Rab Gear Guide, Rachael Crewesmith and Rob Greenwood discuss whether to buy a waterproof, windproof, or softshell jacket, the pros and cons of each,...

REVIEW: Montane VIA Trail Running Clothing Collection Review

Over the past few years Montane's name has become synonymous with some of the most savage races that both the UK and the rest of Europe have to offer: The Spine, The Cheviot...
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AKU launches new Rock DFS with new and exclusive Dual Fit System technology

Following in the footsteps of the successful Rock GTX launched in 2010 and the revised Rock II GTX model in 2013 comes the new Rock DFS from AKU, a technical approach and light climbing shoe with a new and exclusive Dual Fit System for enhanced comfort, whether walking or climbing.

So how does this new revolutionary double lacing Dual Fit System actually work?  Well, the traditional lacing ensures maximum comfort for when using the Rock DFS for walking then there’s a fast-lacing option which allows precision for when climbing.

Along with the new Dual Fit System a new last has been developed for the Rock DFS 2021 model to further improve comfort for hard approach routes, along with a low toe box and tip for precision whilst climbing.   What’s more, a rubber rand offers high protection from rock abrasion.

The new Rock DFS is available in a Gore and non-Gore textile version, as well as mid and low options, with the women’s Rock DFS being designed with the female plantar anatomy in mind.

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COMPETITION: Win a Rab Kinetic Alpine 2.0

Built to help you pare back your kit on remote multi-day expeditions, our Kinetic Alpine 2.0 jacket is the perfect all-round waterproof shell for hikers, climbers...

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Tim Miller pulling shapes of pitch 1 of Skye wall.
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