Category Archives: Climbing Equipment

Snugpak – insulated clothing and sleeping bags – some products are UK made – Snugpak do a range of great sleeping bags – take care to choose the manufactured in the United Kingdom ones though.  They also do great UK made cloths (just some jackets, trousers and hats are made in the UK), so likewise with their clothing take care to choose made in the UK. Items that are UK made are clearly labelled as so on their website. You can even filter to just UK made products.  Only some clothes, some sleeping bags, some bivvi bags, some sleeping bag accessories, some hammock blankets, and a stuff sack are UK made; everything else they sell is imported.

Snugpak are based in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The Sleeka jacket below is made in Yorshire.  It is made using a fabric they call Paratex Light which is lightweight, windproof, water repellant, breathable and wicks moisture and is insulated with their Softie Premier Insulation (which was developed and is actually made in Switzerland). This retains heat even when wet, is washable and high loft. It comes with its own stuff sack. The minimum temperature range given is -5C (comfort) and -10C (Extreme). Long enough and very lightweight (170g). The Sleeker has 2 large zipped outer handwarmer pockets and a large zipped internal pocket. The Snugpak Sleeker is simply a fab jacket and mine gets a lot of use.

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Snugpak Sleeka Jacket.  Made in England.

Snugpak Sleeka Jacket. Made in England.

Aiguille Alpine – outdoor gear

Aiguille Alpine provides the best outdoor equipment in the Lake District.

For rucksacks, chalk bags, rope bags, holdalls, travel bags, beanie hats and much more try Aiguille Alpine. Based near Kendal, their own brand stuff in made in their own workshop. They specialise in climbing, outdoor, canoeing and kayaking equipment and much of what they sell is UK made. Their website states “All of Aiguille Alpines products are hand made in the United Kingdom” but not everything they sell is UK made, so please do check before buying. Their shop in Staveley, Cumbria is open Monday-Saturday.

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Climbing Equipment Made in the UK

DMM Climbing Equipment. Innovative climbing gear, made in Wales.

DMM have been manufacturing quality climbing equipment in Wales since 1981. They make recreational climbing equipment, mountaineering equipment and industrial climbing equipment. You’ve got to love their tag line – “CLIMB NOW WORK LATER”. All DMM hardware (metalware) – carabiners and so on – are made in the UK. Some other products they sell such as ropes are foreign made. The ropes they sell are made in Europe, some DMM slings are made in Wales (others in Europe), DMM chalkballs are made in Wales (but other chalk products are made in Europe), DMM clothing is made in Turkey, DMM chalk and rope bags are made in China, DMM helmets, harnesses, boulder mats, rockshoes and some webbing used between carabiners on quickdraws are made in Europe.

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