Reviews

 

Gear

 

Force Ten Alpine 25 rucksack

Keith Sharples reviews the Force Ten Alpine 25 climbing pack.

 

The North Face men’s Victory Hooded Jacket 

Keith Sharples checks out this mid-weight synthetic jacket designed for cool to cold conditions from The North Face.

 

Kouba Top & Vector nut protection

Kouba are a new brand to the UK market and Stewart Moody reviews two sets of their offset climbing nut protection that will appeal to climbers on a tight budget.

 

Edelrid Boa rope

A rope well suited for sport climbing and redpoint projects, Gus Hudgins puts a 70m 9.8mm Edelrid Boa rope through its paces and is pleased with the results.

 

Black Diamond Vapor Helmet 

Need a new helmet? Richard Wheeldon reviews Black Diamond's super lightweight (weighing in at just 186g for a small/medium and 199g for a medium/large.) top of the range helmet.

 

Edelrid Nineteen G quickdrawEdelrid Nineteen G quickdraws

Billed by Edelrid as ‘little wonders’ and ‘the lightest karabiner set on the market’, the Nineteen G quickdraw set is indeed lightweight weighing in at an incredible total of 45g for the 10cm set and just 47g for the longer 18cm set. But how do they handle?

 

Black Diamond Stance Belay Parka

On single-pitch ice routes or big alpine objectives, Black Diamond's Stance Belay Parka keeps you toasty whilst your partner battles away. Filled with two layers of lightweight compressible PrimaLoft Silver Hi-Loft insulation providing sleeping-bag level warmth, even when wet.  David Simmonite tests it out.

 

 

Books & Films

Sport Climbing in Malta & Gozo

A Guide by Simon Alden, Jeffrey Camilleri and Stevie Haston

Peak Rock: the history, the routes, the climbers

By Phil Kelly, Graham Hoey, Giles Barker and individual authors

Langdale

The latest climbing guidebook to the Langdale Valley in the Lake District by the FRCC

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