Expert Tips For Your Outdoors

We’ve spent over 40 years exploring the outdoors, all so we can share our knowledge and expertise with you, our customers. Taking every possible opportunity to get out there, we live to discover new adventures, to put our kit through its paces, and to bring you expert advice born from experience.The outdoors brings people together and it’s our job to help you prepare for every adventure, empowering you to explore more and love every moment spent outside with the right kit. Our outdoors is your outdoors, and we want to share with you everything we've learned from our adventures.

2. You’ll never notice a good pair of boots, but you’ll notice a bad pair. Get it right with an expert fitting.

3. Use an insulated jacket as a final layer to lock in warmth when you stop for the night.

4. Reproof your boots regularly to maintain breathability and prolong their life through the extremes of winter weather.

6. There’s more to choosing a pack than meets the eye. Consider pack size, weight, activity, trip length and most importantly, fit.

7. The right rucksack is comfortable on every adventure. We’ll pick out the perfect pack for your back and fit it to you for free.

8. An adjustable back system provides you with a bespoke fit for ultimate comfort.

10. Adjusting specific straps on your pack can change its centre of gravity and reduce unnecessary stress on the body.

11. Don’t get caught out in the hills. Make sure you have a map, compass and extra layers in your pack. 

13. Heading into the cold? Stay warm by trapping your body heat with an insulated jacket.

14. When it comes to layering, everyone is different. Speak to our experts in-store to find the right system for you.

16. For more flexibility and comfort, use multiple layers for different purposes rather than one layer trying to do it all.

17. If your waterproof jacket ‘wets out’, try washing and reproofing it to maintain breathability and prolong its life.

18. Up to 10% of heat loss can be prevented simply by wearing a cold weather hat.

20. The ultimate weather protection isn’t always what you need. Try a more breathable soft-shell for high-intensity activities.

21. Size, weight, activity and most importantly, fit are essential to choosing the right pack.

23. For a better warmth-to-weight ratio in dry environments, choose down insulation over synthetic.

24. Mittens are warmer than gloves but offer less dexterity. Consider your activity when choosing your gloves.

25. Synthetic insulation is best suited to cold, damp environments.

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