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Base Layer Guide
Base Layer Guide
Walking | Skiing
Base Layer Guide

Whether you're exercising in warm or cold conditions, the surface of your skin can undergo many changes very quickly. Discover the best base layer for your pursuits this season with our expert guide on finding the perfect base layer.

Sleeping Bag Buying Guide
Sleeping Bag Buying Guide
Camping
Sleeping Bag Buying Guide

Whether you need a warm sleeping bag for a mountain expedition, can’t decide between down and synthetic, or you’re after something for a family camping trip. Here's our guide to a great night’s sleep.

Festival Survival Guide
Festival Survival Guide
Festival Survival Guide

Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or a complete beginner that finds them a bit overwhelming, there’s a lot to remember and organise ahead of time.

When To Replace Your Walking Boots
When To Replace Your Walking Boots
Walking
When To Replace Your Walking Boots

Once your walking boots reach a certain age they need to be replaced. Our guide will help you identify when the time has come to start investing in a new pair for your next adventure.

Waterproof Jacket Buying Guide
Waterproof Jacket Buying Guide
Clothing | Walking | Climbing | Travel | Camping
Waterproof Jacket Buying Guide

Whether you're taking to the trails, hitting the crag, or venturing high into the mountains, a waterproof jacket is a year-round essential for any adventure. Choose the right one for you with our expert buying guide.

Expert Boot and Rucksack Fitting at Cotswold Outdoor
Expert Boot and Rucksack Fitting at Cotswold Outdoor
Walking
Expert Boot and Rucksack Fitting at Cotswold Outdoor

Our in-store experts are happy to offer free walking boot and rucksack fitting services, so you know you’re heading out in exactly the right kit.

When To Replace Your Waterproof Jacket
When To Replace Your Waterproof Jacket
Walking
When To Replace Your Waterproof Jacket

A waterproof jacket is an outdoor staple, so you must ensure that your jacket stays effective at keeping water out all year round. Learn how to wash, reproof, repair, and when's best to replace your jacket with our handy guide.

Choosing The Right Socks
Choosing The Right Socks
Walking
Choosing The Right Socks

Like boots, socks are an important part of your outdoor kit - so choosing the right pair is vital. Read our guide to discover the key things you need to consider when finding the right socks for you.

Boot Fitting Guide
Boot Fitting Guide
Walking
Boot Fitting Guide

Here's our guide to finding and fitting the right shoes for you, with helpful videos to demonstrate how to do it from our in-store expert Joe Lodge. 

Boot Care Guide
Boot Care Guide
Walking
Boot Care Guide

Your walking boots will see you through adventures for years to come - but only with the proper care and attention. Whether it's leather, suede, nubuck, synthetic/hybrid, or an engineered mesh, read ahead and discover our step-by-step care guide to help keep your footwear performing longer.

Best Summer Walking Shoes
Best Summer Walking Shoes
Walking
Best Summer Walking Shoes

Whether it’s backpacking in the hills, multi-day treks in the mountains, adventures far from home, or your daily dog walk in the park. Having the correct footwear to combat the summer season is essential. Here's our guide to this year's top ten summer walking shoes.

Layering System Guide
Layering System Guide
Clothing
Layering System Guide

Adventure is all about embracing the weather, whatever it throws at us. Learn how to use the layering system effectively to help keep warm, dry, and comfortable in all conditions. 

The Top Travel Bags and Packs
The Top Travel Bags and Packs
Travel
The Top Travel Bags and Packs

Whether you’re backpacking, camping, or voyaging to unexplored places, the question remains – what to do with all your stuff? To help you, we at Cotswold Outdoor have compiled a list of our top travel bags to take you - and all your kit - from A to B. 

Expert Festival Packing Guide
Expert Festival Packing Guide
Camping
Expert Festival Packing Guide

Whether it's your first trip to Glastonbury or your tenth trip to Truck Festival, pack savvy with our Expert Festival Packing Guide.

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