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MSR Access 1 Tent

Though it's designed for ski tourers, the Access 1's balance of solid weather performance, comfy living space, and reasonable weight also makes it a winner for four-season backpacking. Sarah Douglas tests it on a series of windy Scottish summit camps.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKH editorial team

Rab Mythic Ultra Down Jacket - lightweight duvet with heavyweight warmth

"Warmer down jackets are available, and lighter alternatives can easily be had" says Dan Bailey "but I suspect you'd struggle to find anything that's both. If you're willing to invest a substantial wodge of cash for seriously packable performan...

New Storm 500-R and Spot 400-R - best burn time in their class?

The Spot and the Storm have been around for years. Robust and pretty powerful for their size, they're each a good solid choice for climbers and hillwalkers. A recent upgrade has improved their output and burn times: so which...

UKC / UKH Gear of the Year 2022

Our hard working review team get through a mountain of kit every year. Amongst it all some items stand out from the crowd, and after much deliberation we've managed to boil it down to a selection of favourites. So here it is, our Gear of the Year 2022.

Christmas Books - Our Top Picks of 2022

From attention-grabbing guidebooks to action-packed memoirs, and even some poetry, 2022 has seen a crop of inspiring...

Berghaus Paclite Dynak jacket

Lightweight, well cut, and highly breathable, the Paclite Dynak Jacket isn't a lot of shell for your money, say Fliss Freeborn...

Group Test Windproofs and ultralight softshells

When you want some protection from the elements, but a full shell would be overkill, a thin windproof is the obvious...

Silva Trekking Poles Carbon

Robust, comfy to handle, and reasonably lightweight, Silva's carbon fibre poles are also pretty good value compared to similar...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Life Straw - New Peak Series

Hitting the shops in late February / March is the new LifeStraw Peak Series – a comprehensive update of LifeStraw's most iconic and trustworthy products sees flow rates greatly enhanced, together with improved functionality and sleek re-design....

NEW FROM OSPREY - Mutant Nimsdai 90

The new Mutant Nimsdai 90 mountaineering pack from Osprey has been designed together with Nepalese elite mountaineer and Osprey Ambassador Nimsdai Purja MBE.

Scottish Wild Country Backpacking

Available now, Scottish Wild Country Backpacking is a celebration of Scotland's wild places and ideal for experienced and self-reliant adventurers. Containing one single-day route, other routes range from between 2 to 4 days - making for a great weekend...

BioLite Launches BaseCharge Series

Meet the BaseCharge Series – BioLite's new range of high-capacity power stations that are ready to keep you fully...

The North Face Torre Egger Jacket

The North Face Summit Series™ offers a breakthrough in mountaineering technology, equipping explorers with the most...

Trigger Action Travel Mugs by Stanley

Packed full of ingenious features, the leakproof Trigger Action Travel Mug is the perfect partner from commute to...

Nalgene Sustain: Great New Colours – Built with 50% Certified Recycled Material

Fully committed to the circular economy, Nalgene have pioneered the use of...


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