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Arc'teryx Creston Pant for hillwalking  © UKC Gear

Arc'teryx Creston Pant

Arc'teryx Creston Pants are light trousers, pitched at those after warm-weather, breathable legwear with a bit of stretch. Alan James...

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?

The SWIFT RL offers an amazingly heavyweight power output in a light and compact package, says Rob Greenwood, while its Reactive Lighting helps preserve battery life. Is this all the headtorch you need?

Boreal Drom montage  © Rob Greenwood
Boreal Drom montage  © Rob Greenwood

Boreal Drom

It's a weighty workhorse rather than a lightweight thoroughbred, says Rob Greenwood, but as a result the Drom is one of the sturdiest and most supportive approach/walking shoes out there. If you want boot-like edging ability, they'll be right up your street. 

Rab Torque Pants montage  © Nick Brown
Rab Torque Pants montage  © Nick Brown

Rab Torque Pant

"I've long been a fan of Torque Pants (trousers)" says Dan Bailey. "The current version has remained unchanged for several years, and in a market that seems to make tweaks every season for the sake of novelty it's nice to see that sort of continuity. It's hard to imagine how...

One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey
One of the best all-round, mountain-worthy approach shoes we've seen - if they fit you  © Dan Bailey

La Sportiva TX Guide shoes

With a refined design that marries the confidence inspiring grip of a trail shoe, and climbing performance to match the best in its class, the TX Guide may be the most mountain-worthy approach shoe on the market, if - and it's a big if - you can get on with...

Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer

Black Diamond Distance Tent with Z-Poles

A very gneiss little rucksack  © Dan Bailey

Mountain Equipment Orcus 24+ Pack

Comfy, light, supportive - what's not to like?   © Toby Archer

Dolomite Steinbock WT GTX

Jackal review  © Rob Greenwood

La Sportiva Jackal


Open Comp Win a Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket or Manaslu Women's Jacket

Blending expert practice with expert design, our updated range of GORE-TEX® PRO has been crafted solely with climbing, mountaineering and ski-mountaineering in mind. The latest evolutions of our GORE-TEX PRO range of jackets are all engineered ...

Manta Competition  © UKC Gear
Manta Competition  © UKC Gear

Open Comp Win a Pair of Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has represented the "benchmark" in 4 season Mountain boots. Evolving over many generations, the new Manta Tech represents the 7th...

Open Comp Petzl IKO - The Headlamp, Reinvented

What if a headlamp was both high-performance and lightweight? Comfortable and well-balanced? Versatile and inventive? Conceived after months of research, testing, brainstorming, and innovating, the IKO headlamp, little by little, began to see the...

Open Comp Win an Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket

Be one of the first in the UK to own the latest waterproof technology from Pertex with the new Outdoor...

Winner announced WINNER - 3 months running coaching and £300 of Montane kit

Win £735 worth of running coaching and gear!

IKO thumb  © Petzl
IKO thumb  © Petzl

Winner announced WINNER - Win A New Petzl IKO CORE

Petzl IKO - The Headlamp, Reinvented Lightweight rechargeable headlamp with multi-beam and AIRFIT headband. 500...

MSR Reactor 3x2  © MSR
MSR Reactor 3x2  © MSR

Winner announced WINNER - Win the MSR 1.7L Reactor Stove

MSR's much-loved Reactor Stove has become a staple for wilderness backpackers looking for cooking performance in...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Helium Down 3x2  © UKC Gear

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

The Helium Down Hooded Jacket from Outdoor Research infuses ultra-durable Pertex Diamond Fuse fabrics into the lightweight down jacket category, adding several degrees of durability along with added weather protection to ultralight, pac...

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

SMC's Highland Scrambles North now available on Rockfax Digital

Over the past year the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) has been working with Rockfax to digitise their back catalogue of climbing guidebooks. Earlier this year Scottish Sport Climbs was added to the App, joining...

Nalgene Sustain: New Line made with 50% recycled content

Hitting the shops during October will be the new Nalgene Sustain Range of Drinking Bottles, built from the revolutionary Tritan Renew Resin.

Podium Pull-On  © Montane
Podium Pull-On  © Montane

Montane Unisex Podium Waterproof Pull-On Jacket

Designed for fast and light runners for whom kit weight and packability is paramount, the Podium Pull-On...

Rab Vapour-Rise Range: Tested to Perfection

Tested to perfection - The new Vapour-Rise range from Rab.

Scarpa Manta Tech men's close up  © Ed Smith
Scarpa Manta Tech men's close up  © Ed Smith

Scarpa Manta Tech GTX

The Scarpa Manta has been an icon for over three decades. As a multi award winning model in various generations it has...

New for AW'20 - Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket and Pants

Using a unique fabric with diamond-shaped filaments that lock together, the new Helium Rain...

DOLOMITE 54 Hike GTX

Pre-order now: The Beaches of Wales

Nikwax Camping Kit  © Nikwax
Nikwax Camping Kit  © Nikwax

Nikwax Camping Kit

Cocoon Hammocks - Ultralight Luxury


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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