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It has plenty of volume for gear-hungry snowy hill days  © Dan Bailey

Osprey Archeon 45 Pack

Made to last, and with more than a nod towards sustainability, the Archeon is an easy pack to like. The high weight is a forgivable consequence of its durable and supportive feel, says Dan Bailey, but a more minimalist design might have better suited its old school character.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKH editorial team

Having a high quality child carrier allows you to get out into the hills with the wee one in relative comfort  © Penny Orr

Deuter Kid Comfort Pro

Sturdy and comfy for the adult, and more importantly for the occupant, the Kid Comfort Pro is a Rolls Royce among child carriers, says Rob Greenwood. 

It's a thick, comfy mat and a roomy, versatile sleeping bag  © Dan Bailey
It's a thick, comfy mat and a roomy, versatile sleeping bag  © Dan Bailey

Sea to Summit Sleep Systems

Garden camping on lockdown proves the ideal way to test this combination of sleeping bag, mat, and pillow. The emphasis here is on campsite comfort, but it's a setup that would work for occasional backpacking too, says Dan Bailey.

Using the Zenith Jacket as a windproof on the Crianlarich hills  © Dan Bailey
Using the Zenith Jacket as a windproof on the Crianlarich hills  © Dan Bailey

Rab Zenith Jacket and Pants

Rab's latest waterproofs in Gore-Tex Paclite Plus, the Zenith jacket and trousers, are light and packable enough for weight-conscious users, but without compromising too far on essential mountain features like an active cut and decent pockets.

The Fenrir on a chilly day in the Peak District   © Toby Archer
The Fenrir on a chilly day in the Peak District   © Toby Archer

Jottnar Fenrir Jacket

A revised model launched late 2019, the Fenrir is an excellent mid-weight down jacket for general outdoor use, reckons Toby Archer,...

From walking, to scrambling, to climbing, this is a decent mountain all-rounder   © Martin McKenna
From walking, to scrambling, to climbing, this is a decent mountain all-rounder   © Martin McKenna

Deuter Guide 44+ Pack

Part of a major revamp to Deuter's Guide range, the new Guide 44+ is proving an excellent all-round mountain pack, equally at home on hill...

You can pull the sleeves up, but only so far...  © Dan Bailey
You can pull the sleeves up, but only so far...  © Dan Bailey

Mountain Equipment Kinesis Jacket

"The Kinesis is Mountain Equipment's latest take on the now ubiquitous weatherproof-outer-plus-fleecy-inner style of softshell,...

Masao Light montage  © Dan Bailey
Masao Light montage  © Dan Bailey

Mammut Masao Light Jacket

If you're after a lighter shell for less-rigorous mountain use, but keen not to sacrifice too many useful features, then the Masao Light...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Hats, hats, hats…

Hats, hats, hats… Outdoor Research has a style to suit everyone and every outdoor activity, which one would be your choice?

While the Habitude Series is family-friendly, it is also kid-proof  © MSR | Scott Rinckenberger
While the Habitude Series is family-friendly, it is also kid-proof  © MSR | Scott Rinckenberger

MSR Habitude

Designed for families looking to holiday locally or head out on an adventure, the Habitude Tent is the ideal home away from home.  With the Habitude, MSR extends it's renowned backpacking and alpinist tent line to cater for lovers of the outdoors seeking to share their...

Never leave the dog behind  © Vertebrate Publishing
Never leave the dog behind  © Vertebrate Publishing

Never Leave the Dog Behind: Our love of dogs and mountains

Helen Mort, the multi-award-winning poet and author of Division Street and Black Car Burning, is offering you a unique opportunity to have a photo of you and your dog printed in her new book, Never Leave the Dog...

©Therm-a-Rest | Aly Nicklas  © Therm-a-rest
©Therm-a-Rest | Aly Nicklas  © Therm-a-rest

Therm-a-rest NeoAir Topo & Topo Luxe mats

Therm-a-Rest add the NeoAir Topo and Topo Luxe mattresses to their Camp and Comfort range of cosy and...

Stars  © Sea to Summit
Stars  © Sea to Summit

Sea to Summit Sleep Systems Range

Sea to Summit have got your sleeping solutions sorted with their range of sleep systems. It provides choice at every...

© Therm-a-Rest | Sammy Spence  © Therm-a-rest
© Therm-a-Rest | Sammy Spence  © Therm-a-rest

Therm-a-rest's new valves make inflation and deflation faster!

Therm-a-rest's new WingLock and TwinLock valves have been designed to speed up inflation and...

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

ISPO 2020 - 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...


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