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Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Group Test 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.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKH editorial team

TNF futurelight montage  © Rebecca Ting

The North Face Summit L5 LT FUTURELIGHT Jacket and Trousers

In a campaign that challenges us to "Defy the past: Wear the future" The North Face's FUTURELIGHT has been heralded as a revolutionary new waterproof/breathable technology. Very much in the present, Rebecca Ting tests the Summit Series L5 LT FU...

Ascensionist montage  © John McKenna
Ascensionist montage  © John McKenna

Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket

It's not built for serious Scottish winter abuse, but for sweaty mountain activities, from ski touring and mountaineering to hillwalking, the lightweight Ascensionist shell would be a big hit, reckons John McKenna.

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 could be it, says Pegs Bailey.

ME Tupilak Atmo montage  © Mark Glaister
ME Tupilak Atmo montage  © Mark Glaister

Mountain Equipment Tupilak Atmo Jacket

An Alpine climbing shell that's also light and breathable enough for running, the versatile Tupilak Atmo meets pretty much...

Whether on the mountains or closer to home, a decent long walker's jacket is always going to be useful  © Rob Greenwood
Whether on the mountains or closer to home, a decent long walker's jacket is always going to be useful  © Rob Greenwood

Sprayway Torridon

The Torridon jacket is a new take on an old hillwalking stalwart, a winning combination of sensible old school features and modern materials. As...

L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket montage  © John McKenna
L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket montage  © John McKenna

The North Face Summit L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket & Summit L1 Climb Trousers

John McKenna tries this combination of a light shell jacket and softshell trousers...

The Kinetic Alpine Jacket + Pants in use on a typical British day: bit of rain, bit of sun, bit of everything!  © UKC Gear
The Kinetic Alpine Jacket + Pants in use on a typical British day: bit of rain, bit of sun, bit of everything!  © UKC Gear

Rab Kinetic Alpine Jacket & Pants

We so often hear of revolutionary new fabrics that it's hard not to be cynical. But Rab's Proflex fabric really is a step...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

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66 North and Polartec NeoShell: eliminate the wet winter sweat-fest 

Polartec® NeoShell® - the world's most breathable waterproof fabric technology, is a key ingredient in select pieces of 66 North's wet weather collection designed for outdoor enthusiasts and engineered to protect against all weathers.

Muztag GTX Jacket  © Rab
Muztag GTX Jacket  © Rab

The Next Generation of Rab

Since our founding in 1981 we have worked at the forefront of insulation technology, becoming masters of our craft. Developing cutting-edge insulation designs requires the same approach that we bring to the mountains. Moving constantly forward with careful...

Torridon: A proper jacket we're proper proud of

Winter 2019 sees us relaunch the Torridon, built around our 'Function First' ethos and two years in the making this pinnacle piece in our hill walking collection takes inspiration from its 90's predecessor, but with a modern twist.

Kinetic Alpine Action 2  © Rab
Kinetic Alpine Action 2  © Rab

Rab Kinetic Alpine Jacket and Pants

Forget everything you think you know - the Kinetic Alpine will change the way you dress in the mountains. Fully...

Fjӓllrӓven unveils its Spring/Summer 2019 collection

Get outside and embrace the great outdoors with Fjӓllrӓven's latest Spring/Summer 2019 collection....

Rab Winter Gear Action  © Rab
Rab Winter Gear Action  © Rab

Rab: Winter Gear Highlights

In the teeth of winter, we find our favourite testing ground and our best inspiration. For decades Rab have been boldly...

Montane Winter Range Overview

Highlights of Montanes Winter Range, including innovative new insulation, shell, and mid-layers.


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