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Leo's name is synonymous with adventure climbing; he has consistently pushed at the limits of this game and in the process has carved out a media profile which has seen him appear on Top Gear and be pitched as one of Britain’s top ten adventurers by The Telegraph. But don’t get the wrong idea, all this media attention is well deserved – Leo is without doubt the 'real deal'.


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...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...

Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear
Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Down Jackets

Whether you're climbing, camping or walking - or even just out in town - a light and packable down jacket is a versatile layer year-round. We compare 10 options.

softshell montage test  © martin
softshell montage test  © martin

Summer Softshells

Lightweight softshell jackets are a summer staple for both walkers and climbers. We compare 11 models here.

Winter overtrousers montage  © UKC/UKH Gear
Winter overtrousers montage  © UKC/UKH Gear

Winter Mountain Overtrousers

We've put seven pairs of winter mountaineering shell trousers through their paces all season. Here's how they compare...

Packs montage  © UKC Gear
Packs montage  © UKC Gear

Trekking & Expedition Packs 50-70 Litres

Whether it's a weekend or a month away, rucksacks ranging from 50-70 litres should cover most needs. The 14...

lightweight jackets montage  © UKC Gear
lightweight jackets montage  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Waterproof Shells

Whether you're walking, climbing or running, summer is the time to save weight on your rain shell. We've compared nine at a...

Synthetic jackets group test montage  © UKC Gear
Synthetic jackets group test montage  © UKC Gear

Midweight Synthetic Insulated Jackets

Balancing lightness, warmth, weather resistance & breathability, a midweight synthetic jacket is the most versatile of...


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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 opportu...

Berghaus packs on the hill  © Berghaus
Berghaus packs on the hill  © Berghaus

Let Berghaus Panamax and Trailhead rucksacks take the load

For summer 2019, Berghaus has introduced a new generation of large capacity load carrying backpacks for men and women.

Neil Talbott tackles the infamous Crib Goch ridge on day one of the 2017 Berghaus Dragon's Back Race  © @iancorless
Neil Talbott tackles the infamous Crib Goch ridge on day one of the 2017 Berghaus Dragon's Back Race  © @iancorless

Excitement builds for biggest ever Berghaus Dragon's Back Race

Anticipation is building as the world of mountain running turns its eyes to Wales and the return of the legendary Berghaus Dragon's Back Race® in May. The 2019 race will be the biggest ever, with 450 anticipated starters...

Switch Handles being manufactured in Wales  © DMM
Switch Handles being manufactured in Wales  © DMM

DMM Ice Axe Range

For winter 2018/19 the tried and tested range of DMM ice axes has been updated with new colourways and laser markings. DMM tools are...

The Spectre team (L-R): Jean Burgun, Mark Sedon, Leo Houlding  © Berghaus
The Spectre team (L-R): Jean Burgun, Mark Sedon, Leo Houlding  © Berghaus

Berghaus Heads to Kendal for a World Premiere, and Evening with Adventurous Women,

Berghaus is preparing for a busy few days at this year's Kendal Mountain...

Let the Berghaus Expedition Mules take the load for the long haul

Tough, practical and lightweight, the new Berghaus Expedition Mules are built to transport...

OutDoor 2018 thumbnail  © UKC/UKH Gear
OutDoor 2018 thumbnail  © UKC/UKH Gear

OutDoor 2018 - Our Top 10 Products

We're just back from the annual gear fest that is the OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen. From the thousands of products on...