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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...

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...

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 its weight, says Theo Moore, making it equally ideal for chilly belays and lightweight backpacking.

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

Its active cut, minimalist design, and light-but-tough fabric make the Gamma SL Hoody a bit of a winner if you're after a lightweight and versatile softshell for walking and general outdoor use in less challenging conditions, says Pegs Bailey.

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

Montane Prism Ultra Pull-On

Whether worn as a midlayer or an outer, on the move or at the belay, this lightweight insulated smock is an excellent, packable companion to have on hand for all sorts of activities where only moderate warmth is needed, says John McKenna.

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

Julbo Shield Sunglasses

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

Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet

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

Deuter Exosphere Sleeping Bag


Guide 3x2  © Deuter

Open Comp Win 1 of 3 Deuter Guide 34+ packs

Just in time for winter - when you'll need an alpine pack to be carrying all your extra kit - Deuter are giving you the chance to win a Guide 34+ pack.

Microlight Alpine Action 1  © Rab
Microlight Alpine Action 1  © Rab

Open Comp Win a Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket

As part of our drive towards sustainable production, we're always looking for ways to make our kit more environmentally friendly without compromising performance. This season we have an exciting update to one of our most beloved jackets.

Open Comp Mountain Equipment Xeros Competition

Win a Mountain Equipment Xeros or Xeros Women's Jacket.

Open Comp Win a Gibbon Slack Line

Your chance to win a Gibbon Classic Slack Line

Alpha AR landscape  © Arc'teryx
Alpha AR landscape  © Arc'teryx

Open Comp Win an Arc'teryx Alpha AR Jacket

Extreme weather, shifting conditions, varied terrain, motion and rest – these are alpine realities. The Alpha...

Open Comp Win a Therm-a-Rest® Questar™ sleeping bag plus Nikwax prizes

The perfect prize for winter breaks – one lucky person stands to win a...

Ducan Spine action  © Mammut
Ducan Spine action  © Mammut

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Mammut Ducan Spine Backpack

Mammut's Ducan Spine 28-35 Hiking Backpack is a versatile, fully-featured hiking pack; immaculately...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

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 environments, has developed a two-piece expedition specific down jacket and salopettes named Apex 8000, offering unsurpassed functionality for...

LifeStraw : Clean Water for You. Clean Water for the World.

LifeStraw company philosophy and key products.

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,...

Recovery Series 1  © Mammut
Recovery Series 1  © Mammut

Mammut Recovery Series sleeping bags

Crafted to deliver optimal physical recovery, Recovery Series sleeping bags feature a completely revised shape; with...

Snowdonia : Mountain Walks and Scrambles  © UKC Gear
Snowdonia : Mountain Walks and Scrambles  © UKC Gear

Snowdonia : Mountain Walks and Scrambles - Pre-order Now

During the less restricted summer months Mark Reeves has been working away on an amazing new...

DOLOMITE Miage Peak GTX

After two years of designing and planning, assisted by the experience and authoritative advice of our mountain guides,...

Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx
Atom LT Lifestyle  © Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody

Save 20% on huge range of PrAna clothing

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

New for AW'20: The Outdoor Research Helium Down Hooded Jacket

Ben Eighe Landscape  © Rockfax/SMC
Ben Eighe Landscape  © Rockfax/SMC

SMC's Highland Scrambles North now available on Rockfax Digital


Christmas presents for outdoors people

Pick up the perfect outdoor gift this Christmas. We've got great presents for everyone who enjoys the outdoors, from climbers and mountaineers, to walkers and runners.

Outside Cotopaxi Competition

We have lots of bright, fun, environmentally friendly rucksacks to give away in our Cotopaxi competition.


Latest Group Tests

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

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.

2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey
2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey

Compact Headtorches

Modern front-mounted headtorches are neat and lightweight, yet pack enough power for most needs. Here we look in depth at five alternatives across the price spectrum.

20L packs montage  © UKC Gear
20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Day Packs Around 20 Litres

We check out 11 smaller rucksacks for lightweight days.


Trade Show Reports

ISPO 2020

Trade Show Reports from the UKH editorial team

ISPO 2020 montage  © UKC/UKH Gear

Best in Show

The first major trade show of the new decade brought the world's outdoor industry to Munich in an annual pageant of product fondling and hobnobbing. Here are some of our highlights...

ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Footwear  © UKC

New Footwear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below is a roundup of the most...

ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC

New Clothing

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this in no way detracted from the quality of the clobber on show and hitting the shops in the near future. Below is a roundup of the most...

ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Climbing Gear  © UKC

New Climbing Gear

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this...

ISPO 2020 FINAL ROUNDUP  © UKC
ISPO 2020 FINAL ROUNDUP  © UKC

Final Report

We spent the start of the month catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than usual, this...


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