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Rab Flex Leggings Review // By Charlie Low

"  I have always been a big fan of leggings for climbing - super comfortable and stretchy, they enable extra high foot placements and stop you feeling restricted. " Rab's Flex Leggings are a perfect example of this, with their Spandex stretch fabric which helps you...

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Rab Chockstone Pants Review // By Ellie Fuller

" The Chockstone Pants are intended for climbing. I like them a lot as casual trousers, but they didn't perform as well as I’d hoped as climbing trousers. There just wasn’t enough flexibility in them and they restricted movement too much. " [caption id="attachment_3743" align="aligncenter" width="4000"]...

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Charlie Low Reviews // Rab Kinetic Plus Softshell Jacket

"As soon as my Kinetic Plus jacket arrived I was impressed with how soft and comfortable it felt." Charlie Low is a climber based in the Peak District. She runs the popular Women's Trad Festival every summer, she climbs and she's all round outdoorsy - perfect for a...

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Black gloves on a white background, with shiny leather palms and a tightening wrist strap
Shino DLX Glove // Trespass // Review

Love: the soft inner & general feel

What I would change: Women-specific or Slender-hand fit

Price: £65.99Womenclimb Shino Glove Trespass Review Unisex DLX


Dry hands, that luxury above all luxuries, on a day out in rainy hills.  However ‘waterproof’ any glove proclaims to be, it’s simply not possible to keep them dry when there’s a stonking great hole to shove your soggy hands into. Most gloves have been disappointing in one way or another.  I therefore went into this review experiment with very low expectations.  My review is of the Trespass Shino unisex Adult GLX Glove in size XS/S, which boasts the following features:

Prana Halle Pant // Review

imageBy Jacquie Budd // Around 10 years ago, Prana produced a women’s trouser called the Borego.  I loved those trousers (so much that I bought 4 pairs over time) and every person I came across wearing them raved about how fantastic they were.  It was a sad day when Prana stopped manufacturing the Borego’s and I’ve spent years looking for something to rival them.  Enter the Prana Halle trousers.  

It has to be said that the Halle’s are a completely different animal to the Borego’s but I think I could come to love them just as much. 

Yellow and Blue Adidas Terrex Fast Jacket
Review // Adidas Terrex Windstopper Fast Jacket

Love… 

The wind-stopping capabilities. The fabric. Superb functionality.

Price:     £145

This jacket has been given an incredibly thorough test – climbing at the crag, in winter mountaineering conditions, for running, at the climbing wall and day-to-day.  It has coped very well indeed.  All * ratings out of 5

Design *****

Yellow and Blue Adidas Terrex Fast Jacket This jacket has a slightly retro feel to it, but with all the things you need in all the right places.  The pockets are a good size and in the right places.  It’s a perfect marriage of form and function.  The colour is good – a change from the tedious pinks and purples with which we women are ordinarily presented.  

Kuhl Splash Roll Up Pant // Review

Kuhl pantBy Jacquie Budd // I recently came across Kuhl clothing and decided to look online for a pair of trousers.  Aware that I feel uncomfortable climbing and walking with anything which feels too tight across my midriff/hips, I looked specifically for a relaxed fit.  The Splash Roll-up Pant fit the bill and had good reviews.

The trousers are a mix of cotton, nylon and 3% spandex and feel quite a heavy trouser for warm weather in the summer months.  However, the flipside is that they feel a super durable trouser and I think they will really come into their own on cooler autumn days at the crag.

The fabric is advertised as quick dry but (unbelievably for the UK) I still have to find a rainy day to test this out (ssshhh!). 

Mountain Hardwear // Medusa Glove: Review

Mountain Hardwear Glove Review02Love: the waterproofness.

What I would change: Need to have women’s sizes.

Best for: Wet Scottish winter climbing, walking and mountaineering.

Description:  Inner and outer glove – Inner is a windproof soft-shell with palm grippers, which covers the hand snugly.  Outer is a separate super-waterproof glove, with  high gaiter, nose-wipe thumb panel, easy function gaiter-tightener and arm-hangers.

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Fit:  I bought a men’s small and they fit very well.  They don’t come in women’s sizes (yawn).  I have rather large hands for a small woman, so usually buy men’s gloves anyway.  I doubt very much that those with small hands would have the same luck.

 

Mountain Equipment // DriLite Ultra Jacket: Review

Mountain Equipment Super lightweight Jacket2Having searched high and low on the internet for this jacket to get an idea of how much they now cost I have been unable to find it – it is now 2 years old.  So, you may think why the review?  Well, I really like this jacket and it has served me well.  Mountain Equipment still use this fabric and I really rate it, so… find DriLite Ultra and you will find the same properties that this jacket has!