Outdoor Clothing

To Proof or not to Proof?

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A guide to proofing your outdoor gear 

With a bewildering array of proofing products, for every conceivable type of gear, we are going to try to help you understand the benefits of reproofing the different types of outdoor gear you own.

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Top 10 Outdoor Brands 2012

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We asked our customers their favourite outdoor brands 

Wanderlust magazine brings the readers travel awards each year and especially interesting to us is the top ten outdoor brands category. A favourite outdoor brand generally comes with the type of outdoor activity you undertake, it’s difficult to not feel some loyalty toward a brand when you find a piece of kit that covers all the bases you need. So below we’ll talk about the Wanderlust top 10, and our own top 10 after asking GO outdoors customers their favourites.

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Time for a Re-Boot?

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Keep your feet dry through wetter months with waterproof boots 

On a day in the hills, your boots have a tough task: providing support when it’s rocky, grip when it’s slippery and waterproofing when it’s wet. At this time of year even if it’s dry overhead it might not be underfoot, so be sure to treat your feet to a boot that’s up to the task. Read more

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UK Woman first to Cross Antarctica Solo

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Felicity Aston gets her name in the record books

The hay day of exploration may be long gone, there doesn’t seem to be many ‘firsts’ left to grab on the surface of things. That didn’t stop Felicity Aston who has become the first female to cross the content of Antarctica alone. The record came in late on Sunday with her support team tweeting about just how proud they were of the achievement. Read more

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Be prepared this Winter

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The Indian Summer could make way for a white Winter

With the Indian Summer hitting us through October it’s easy to become nonchalant about the upcoming cold months. With this being quite mild weather for November, it’s hard to imagine picking up a snow shovel, or ice grips for shoes and seeing any use coming from them any time soon, but as the Scouts say; ‘Be prepared’.

 

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Be Safe, Be Seen

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Stay safe with darker nights drawing in

Happy Halloween to all! I always find that no matter how much warning I get that waking up the day after the clocks go back an hour always throws at least the first hour or so of my day right off. You spend time wondering which clocks you own are smart enough to change the time on their own and which can’t. Getting that extra hour in bed on Sunday means that through the late Autumn and Winter months we get an hour less daylight. Read more

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90 Years of Everest Expeditions

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The evolution of expedition kit and Everest

When you look back over the last 100 years it’s a rich history of human physical achievement. Whether it be endurance, speed, strength, agility, records have been forged and smashed countless times over. This year marks 90 years since the first British expedition to the world’s tallest mountain. Read more

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Funny weather we are having..

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Sun, Rain, Sun, Hottest days ever recorded…Rain. Snow on the way?!

So October opened up with a week that would have been better placed around the end of July, not only did we see the hottest day ever recorded in October but we also saw the fourth hottest day of the year so far. The weather has really taken a turn for crazy considering this is meant to be the start of Autumn. Trees are brown and losing their leaves, rain is coming down…but every few days we get a spat of sunshine. Read more

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Short outdoor tips worth remembering

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Tweetable tips from GO Outdoors customers

Last week on our Twitter account we ran a competition to find out the best tweetable outdoor tips from our customers. These tips included handy DIY tips that you wouldn’t get from a store, or just hints for having the best time possible in the outdoors. Using the hashtag #gotip our customers sent in there best tips in 140 characters or less, and through a good few mentions of ‘Don’t eat yellow snow’ here are a selection of our favourites: Read more

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Mountain Equipment Clothing New Range 2011

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Brand Focus: Mountain Equipment

In 2011 Mountain Equipment celebrate 50 years of excellence. Since 1961 the brand has aimed to equip exhibitions while taking on the world’s harshest conditions. An integral part in many ascents of the highest peaks in the world. The choice of many professional mountaineers and mountain guides for expeditions over the Himalaya’s or trip’s to the Poles. Read more

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Rab Clothing New Range 2011

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Brand Focus: Rab

Rab are a brand emitting from the heart of England creating clothing for the most extreme conditions the world can throw at you. You may have noticed the brand’s logo on many survival shows, and more recently you’ll have seen Rab Gloves on the Harry’s Arctic Heroes, the documentary following wounded soldiers to the North Pole. Read more

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Berghaus New Range 2011

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Brand Focus: Berghaus

It’s always exciting when the season’s change and new stock arrives, from what we hear from customers, you guys get excited about it as well. One brand that never fails to impress is Berghaus. Popular with experienced walkers and outdoor people right through to the high street Berghaus make timeless pieces that will not only protect you from the elements, but also have a stylish look to boot. Read more

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What to wear this Autumn

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Ideal items to help keep the chill off this Autumn 

It may be a little early for the winter coat, or the down jacket but with the unpredictable weather that September and October often throw out it’s nice to have something in between so the effect of the wind won’t ruin your hike, or your day out.

At GO Outdoors we stock a range of outerwear for whatever the weather. Allow me to walk you through some items that won’t steer you wrong over the Autumn months.

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Keep On ‘Ronning’…

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‘Ronning’ of course refers to a man who still wows us here at GO Outdoors, running every single day- well into his 70’s. It is, of course, Ron Hill MBE.

Ronhill was started by Ron, as was Hilly. Ron was born in 1938 and has a variety of achievements, many of which are listed on his website.

In his 70's and still running every single day!

Here are a few.

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Layering in a nutshell

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If you live in Britain, you’re probably used to layering. You no doubt do it automatically, like reaching for a tea after a crisis, or falling into a queue at the first sign of a crowd! Our ‘diverse’ and unpredictable weather means that layering is an important part of how we dress so we don’t get soaked when the heavens open and sweat when the sun appears.

But staying warm is more advanced than shoving on a thick wool jumper and hoping for the best if you’re more inclined to be up Snowdon that hunkered into the sofa on the average weekend. 

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Waterproof, GORE-TEX and eVent explained

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Why can’t you wear a bin bag on the hill?

Did you know that a bin bag is waterproof? True. Not stylish, but still waterproof. It’s cheap too. We don’t sell them, but that’s okay. We don’t think you’d want one anyway. Even though water will run off it like you’re a duck, you’ll soon want a proper waterproof. Wearing a waterproof, but not breathable bin bag means you’ll probably lose 2 stone in sweat, as well as your sense of humour, and need to top up your Camelbak before you’ve even considered climbing a hill.  Our point is, for exertion, you probably need to shell out a bit more on your hardshell.

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Iconic Outdoor Gear

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Iconic in the real world can be anything. The iconic view of Paris with the Eiffel tower in view. That picture of Twiggy aged about 17 with those huge spidery eyelashes, or Marilyn holding onto her billowing white skirt.  Defining moments that create a cultural knowledge. In products, these are the ones like Vaseline, Nivea, Oxo and Campbell’s soup- usually products that have wormed their way into everyone’s subconscious through art, childhood, or simply having a brand that deviates very little over time and has rave reviews simply from doing it’s job, or sticking around long enough. These are iconic, cult items.

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