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Bouldering mats and crash pads

We have been involved in bouldering mat development since the late nineties. As our team has grown and materials have developed we have continued to research and learn to ensure we are making the best pads we can. We make all of our bouldering mats in the UK.

Phud

Stripped down to be all you need in a pad. Uncompromising performance, uncompromising quality, uncompromising price. Just throw it over your shoulder and hit that next problem.

£79.00

Mujo

The default choice for unyielding boulderers with a build quality to make even the most frequent flyers happy. An innovative package with everyday portability.

£150.00

Project

Ultimate fall protection, a workhorse for climbers pushing their grade in the meanest of bouldering arenas where you need to know your pad has got your back.

£180.00

Opening Gambit

That extra pad, commonly known as a 'satellite pad' perfect for your sit starts and covering outlying rocks. Gambit will fold and fit inside any Alpkit full mat, essential to the aspiring boulderer.

£30.00

Boulder Bucket

Unique self standing bouldering bucket with roll top and large pocket

£25.00

El Packer Medium

Hardcore 28 litre stash bag with daisy chain loops to help organise your kit on a big wall

£35.00

Boulder Britain

180 venues, 3,200 problems. A comprehensive guide to all the brilliant bouldering in Britain. Broad scope with stunning photography

Sale: £22.50
Was: £25.00

Bouldering Essentials

The complete guide to bouldering, from beginner to expert there is something for everyone

Sale: £18.00
Was: £20.00
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Hebhiker
Better than expected
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Alpkit is a company I hadn't heard of until now, I was looking into replacing my old dome 3-season tent to a geodesic, with a bit more headroom and survivability. Two names came up on the Walk Highlands forum - the Terra Nova Quasar and the Alpkit Kangri. After months of researching and reading the two two, I took a gamble on the Kangri, after reading unfavourable reviews on the quality of the Quasar tent poless. Delivery was quick and a thank you note in the package was a nice touch to the overall experience and worthy of 5 star customer services.

Keen to try it out the Kangri and put it through it's paces, I pitched on the tail end of Storm Connor, that hit the Outer Hebrides with 90-100mph winds and driving rain. Gusts were still about 50-60mph on the day, but if the tent couldn't survive that, it would certainly not be a mountain grade - 4 season. Pitching proved challenging with one person in these conditions, with a few attempts required to get the poles in the right place and the occasional creek as the poles found their form. (As in previous tents, I've marked out the eyelets on the inner with orange/yellow cord, to make pole-to-groundsheet orientation quicker in future) The clip on design of the fly sheet is a welcome touch, especially with cold hands in winter. Then the buckle straps can be pulled to secure the fly sheet in place and make it taut.

As the footprint was out of order, I purchased this without the footprint, with the intention of adding this at a later date. In the end, I ended up using a 212D Oxford Tarp groundsheet, weighing in at 310g to reduce wear and boost the already 10,000HH the bathtub sheet is rated at. Using without a tarp will not cause leaks into the Kangri, but for longevity of the groundsheet, it's always recommended to use one.

Once pegged out and sitting, it remained surprisingly stable compared to using a dome or a ridge. I should add, that although the tent comes with 20 candy cane pegs, for the purposes of this review I was using an old set of aluminium Y pegs and later ordered Alpkit's Apex V Titanium pegs, for the extra guy points this tent comes with. Due to the extreme whether I camp in, candy canes are too easy to pull out.

Despite getting the inner quite damp in rain, none of this had leaked through to the inner part and remained touch dry. As this is designed to offer better airflow and reduce condensation, the inner was completely dry within about 10/15 minutes. In previous tents, breathing after about 20 minutes would cause condensation on the sides. So even closed up, the Kangri offered impressive breathability, without being drafty or having to vent using the doors.

After emptying and stowing a 65litre pack, I realised what I had been missing with these newer tents. With extra pockets running along the inside, glow in the dark zippers and 2 roomy vestibules, I felt right at home. Even a small hood on the door, to allow the tent to vent a little, without getting rain inside proved useful. Being 6.4, tent height is often a problem with me sitting up or moving around. Pushing the inner against the outer everytime I needed to move, I felt like some sort of whac-a-mole game. But plenty of space in the Kangri to move about, even for 2, so I made the right choice with a geodesic design.

After adding a few more tweaks , I took the Kangri out on a second weekend trial. I was expecting freezing conditions, heavy snow, rain, sleet, hail, thundersnow and gales. Ideal conditions for a weekend camp out I thought! Pitched the tent just below a ridge line on a sandy hill, rear facing into the direction of the wind. With a bit more confidence and speed this time around, I had the ground sheet to last guyline done in about 9 minutes, in 20-25mph winds. As an added precaution, I crossed the Y pegs with the candy canes that came with the Kangri, as the ground was more sand than dirt.

That night, the conditions were worse than thought and there were a few moments I felt that I would need to bail and seek shelter. Had I made a misake going out in this with a Kangri? Wind direction had changed and hit the tent side on, with winds recorded at 83mph for the area! Hail stones the size of marbles and heavy rain made the night sleepless and noisy, with the occasional rumble of thunder thrown in. In the morning, I woke up and surveyed any damage that may have been caused. In a rookie mistake, I had forgotten to place rocks to secure the guy lines down. Even with 2 pegs to each guyline, all the wind facing pegs had moved near 90degrees in the opposite direction, but remained pinned in by the Candy Canes. In sand, this would have been trouble and most certainly, a new tent job. Shaking the ice off and checking stitching and areas I would expect a tent to fail, I found no stress or tearing. When dismantling the tent, about a litre of water had pooled between the ground sheet and the footprint. Hadn't noticed any leakage though, despite all the moving around in side, squashing the two sheets together. Couldn't believe it, the tent had done exactly as advertised!

As someone new to the brand, I was extremely hesitant to fork out this much money for something unknown. The weather here in the Outer Hebrides is harsh and unforgiving, but the Kangri stood up as a quality tent and one I would feel confident to take anywhere. It's comfortable and the small additions do make a difference overral if you are weathered in. The days of having only one vestibual are over, making cooking and changing wind directions easier to cope with. While hestitant and sceptical at first, I have every confidence that Alpkit do quality items at some really, insane prices. I look forward to seeing how this performs in my more extreme ventures. Well done Alpkit!

Dougie Walker
Multi leaks

First 3 or 4 uses were amazing. Really comfy mat and, when paired with a foam mat for insulation, was fine during winter in Scotland.

Sadly, after only a few uses it had sprung leaks at the corners of the vale where they overlap the mat material. I thought the repair kit provided hadn't fixed the issue so bought a good repair kit on here for a fiver which seemed to do the trick. It appears however that the mat has multiple small leaks at the seams separating the air tubes. I've fixed around 8 areas on the mat however it still doesn't stay inflated for an overnight sleep - let me down out in the highlands in a very cold October.

Really disappointed at the resilience of the mat which otherwise was a great, lightweight solution.

I am 5' 7'' and weigh an unimposing 11.5 stone - not a load I would expect to overly challenge the mat.

Rufus D
Oh yeah!

Got these as they were a cosmetic second but I'm really chuffed with them. I train for strength (heavy deadlifting, squats, strongman training, etc) but use cycling as my cardio. I'm 5'10 and 20 stone and these are ideal. Thrilled to get a usable size and very pleased to keep the lower back warm in the icy weather. So far, the logo is still on!

ralphg
Leave nothing but footprints

Nice adventure you had, but... Is it really necessary to race down a hill with MTB tires tearing up the alpine vegetation? It takes years for the damage to grow back. You surely don't want to destroy what you came for on purpose? Sad...

Trevski
Go Aleks Go!

If your new to watching Barefoot Aleks just have a think about what he has being doing these last few months. Nice places, good things.

Marc Stapleford
Balance Jacket

I purchased this jacket as I love Alpkit clothing and have purchased loads in the past. I spend a lot of time outdoors mountain biking and hiking in the mountains. The reviews were great and I was after a waterproof jacket which could withstand the outdoors and the Snowdonia weather. Very surprised and disappointed! I have worn this twice once at Cannock Chase for a walk and today up the Rydd Du Trail, Snowdon. Both times I have been wet through to my base. I am very surprised as all my other Alpkit clothing has been great! Not very impressed with this jacket, especially with the great reviews and specification. May be I have a dud! But only telling the truth. Complete waste of money :( and feeling a bit disappointed.

Alpkit

Product Team:
“We have contacted Marc, and hope to get the jacket back to us soon as it doesn’t appear to be performing to the standard that other customers have experienced.”

Bootoo
Use them for trail running ❤️

I love these tights. I use them for trail running and can't fault them. They are comfortable and not too thick. The pockets on the legs are an added bonus and unusual in running tights but really handy. They are an excellent price and real value for money. You may need another layer underneath for colder days but generally are perfect for use in the UK. Would gladly recommend them to anyone.

Ross Muir
A fine bit of kit

This mat is an excellent bit of kit. As someone who sleeps on his side I was a bit sceptical as to how comfortable this self inflating mat would be. I needn't have worried. I've never had a bad nights sleep under canvas since using it. Recommended 100%

Mike L
Excellent bag

Bought this pack 4 years ago, to use for daily bike commute.

Its light, comfortable and surprisingly spacious and endured all manner of weather conditions in those 4 years with aplomb.
It has been completely waterproof and the material is very flexible unlike the usual tarp type roll top bags seen.

The mesh pockets are handy and being deep have no worries about items coming out whilst walking or riding.

Was fortunate enough to get one of these in a bright fluro yellow for £25. Massive bargain.

Apart from some colour fading, the rest of the bag is still in great condition. When mine wears out will definitely get another.

Only drawback is the lack of brighter colour options.
Bring back orange and yellow fluro!

Jonohallett
Excellent

Very bright, fits well, cable clips can be removed and refitted to suit head size - great value for the money. Used for fell/trail training sessions in the Welsh winter hills!

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