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Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot, yet more supportive and technically capable than a running shoe. In this group test we check out ten mode...

Kaptiva thumb  © Mark Glaister
Kaptiva thumb  © Mark Glaister

La Sportiva Kaptiva Trail Shoes

More than just a trail running shoe, the Kaptiva can cope with most of what the UK hills can throw at it, says Bridget Collier.

...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear
...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear

OutDoor 2019 - Best in Show

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. Over three long days we saw a lot (and we mean a lot) of gear - and as ever, among the many new products shown to us by attending brands a few particularly caught our eye.

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...

The Cerro Torre 80:100 on a two-day traverse of the Black Mount  © Dan Bailey
The Cerro Torre 80:100 on a two-day traverse of the Black Mount  © Dan Bailey

Lowe Alpine Cerro Torre 80:100 Trekking Pack

Outdoor brands often trade on their heritage, but with 35 years as Lowe Alpine's top of the range load carrier, the...

Trango portrait  © Toby Archer
Trango portrait  © Toby Archer

La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX

With a lightweight upper and an excellent balance of support and nimble-footedness, the Trango Tower Extreme GTX are superb...

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean?...


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OutDoor 2019 - Final Roundup  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - Final New Product Roundup

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great opportu...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great...

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great...

Petzl Helmet 3x2  © Petzl
Petzl Helmet 3x2  © Petzl

Choosing A Petzl Helmet

Wearing a helmet in a wide variety of outdoor sports is an obvious choice for many people. For Petzl, offering more than simple...

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...

La Sportiva Bushido II

The Bushido II is a super light, extra grippy and aggressive shoe designed to ensure perfect stability and support on all types of...

Rab Down  © Rab
Rab Down  © Rab

Rab Sleeping Bag Range

Driven by a pursuit of excellence, we believe the best way to ensure the quality of our sleeping bags is to fill them in our own...