Climbing clothing

Climbing clothing

Top Gear star Tim Emmett heads up our extensive 'Climbing clothing' section which explains what to wear for climbing, why to wear it, and looks at the benefits of investing in good quality gear.

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Basic principles of clothing for climbing

Basic principles of clothing for climbing

by Tim Emmett

'There's not much to it!' gasped my mother in horror and astonishment when I told her the price of my latest climbing jacket. This article looks at the features of technical clothing, the concept of layering, what you get for your money and key factors for performance.

Waterproof shells - breathable fabrics

Waterproof shells - breathable fabrics

by Rob Wylie

Step out into a raging storm, be it from a tent, a climbing hut or a car. There's nothing more satisfying than donning your mountain armour and feeling the elements thrash feebly against your seemingly impenetrable outer layer. At times like this you realise that all waterproof jackets are not created equal.

Waterproof shells - features and fit

Waterproof shells - features and fit

by Rob Wylie

Fabric is only one third of the story. After all it's not what you've got, but what you do with it. Mountain users require a very different set of features to the dog walker; this is where design and innovation comes to the fore.

Mid layer clothing for climbing

Mid layer clothing for climbing

by Tim Emmett

Here we look into the materials used for mid layer garments and why they are used: wind resistance, insulation, features, fit and function.

Base layer clothing for climbing

Base layer clothing for climbing

by Andrew Earl

Let's look at base layers, some of the modern materials and their properties involves and how to best use them when climbing.

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