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Head To Head Heavyweight Belay Jackets from Mountain Equipment and BD

Stand around in cold conditions and you'll soon conclude that most synthetic insulated jackets are not really that warm. For max winter comfort you need to go large. Here two of the world's beefiest synthetic jackets - Black Diamond's Belay Parka and the Mountain Equipment Citadel - slug it out. Which will be crowned the heavyweight ...


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKH editorial team

Mountain Equipment Switch Pro Hooded Jacket and Switch Trousers

Quick-drying, breathable, and very warm for their minimal weight, these lined softshells make a great top-and-bottom combination for active use in winter mountains, says Dan Bailey. 

Arc'teryx Proton Heavyweight Hoody

Warmer and more weatherproof alternatives are better for winter belaying duty, while the Proton Heavyweight is notable chiefly for its balance between insulation and breathability, says John McKenna. There can't be many synthetic jackets this thick that are...

The North Face FUTUREFLEECE Hooded Jacket

Light, warm for its weight, and well cut for climbing, the FUTUREFLEECE jacket takes a basic outdoor staple to a higher level. In performance terms it's a clear win, but the price may be a bit of a stretch, say Rob Greenwood and Penny Orr.

Black Diamond First Light Stretch and First Light Hybrid Jackets

Designed to be worn on the go in a range of conditions, these midweight synthetic insulated...

Patagonia Super Free Alpine Jacket

Making use of Gore's new PFC-free technology, this is an interesting lightweight mountain shell, says Dan Bailey - and one...

Rab Latok Paclite Plus - Best Sub-300g Shell for Mountaineering?

An exceptionally light mountain shell, with a great active cut and a surprisingly affordable...

Rab's Updated Xenair Alpine Jacket

Comfy on the move yet warm when you're stationary, the new version of this synthetic insulated jacket is significantly...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Mammut new rugged, full-featured hardshell - Taiss Pro HS Hooded Jacket

The Taiss Pro Hooded Jacket is the "big sister" of the Taiss Hardshell. Our rugged, full-featured hardshell jacket rises to any challenge in the mountains – whether climbing hard vertical ice pitches or descending long, steep couloirs.

Berghaus MTN Guide Hyper Alpha

In the MTN Guide Hyper Alpha, Berghaus has brought together two high performance fabrics to create an ultra-lightweight waterproof and insulated shell for long, hard days in the mountains.

The North Face range of 800-fill ProDown™ jackets at Ellis Brigham

The North Face Summit Series™ is reimagined for the future with a layering system built to adapt to your adventures. Discover the versatile range of Athlete Tested. Expedition Proven.™ 800-fill ProDown™ insulated...

The North Face Torre Egger Jacket

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

Nikwax Introduces the Down Care Kit

Do you have concerns about washing and proofing your down jacket? Are you worried that it will come out of your washing...

Extrem is Back

Lying at the heart of Berghaus since 1986, the iconic Extrem range returns to the peaks this Winter, continuing its mission to...

Troll Flow Shorts and Trousers

Lightweight, stretchy and comfortable, the Flow shorts and trousers are designed for climbing all year round. They're...


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