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Essential kit for your summer expedition

July 1st, 2017

Whether you’re off to climb a mountain with your mates or taking the family on a camping trip, you’re going to need the right kit for your summer adventure. Thankfully, we have you covered with everything from sleeping bags to socks…

Sleeping bags

After a long day of exploring, you can head back to the tent and get a great night’s sleep thanks to our luxurious Synthetic Sleeping Bags.

Lightweight and exceptionally breathable, they’re made from fabric that’s both water repellent and windproof, with a luxurious down-like feel.

Additional comfort comes from a head-hugging hood, jumbo neck baffles and a ‘profiling’ construction technique which eliminates cold spots, to keep you exceptionally warm during the night. Win!

Thermals

Speaking of warmth, it may be summer, but when you’re sleeping outside or trekking up a mountain, it’s important to have a toasty base layer to keep you from getting chilly.

Our thermal base-layers are ideal for wearing underneath your clothes.

Thanks to their snug fit offering plenty of stretch, they act like a second skin to trap in heat, while a hydrophilic treatment in the fabric works to keep perspiration at bay.

What’s more, the range is fit for any activity, from hiking and running to rowing and skiing. Which is great news if you’re planning an epic summer of activities!

Jackets

As we all know, the British summer has a habit of being annoyingly unpredictable. To ensure you’re prepared for all weather, pick up one of our windproof softshell jackets.

Made from the most advanced wind-resistant fabric, they act as a barrier against the wind to stop it from penetrating through to your under-layers.

The insulating, soft-fleece inner allows you to stay warm even on the coldest day, while the close, comfortable fit offers ample stretch, so it’s never restrictive during activity.

With a compact, lightweight feel, you can pop it in your backpack at the start of the day, so you’ll never be caught out if the weather takes a turn for the worse!

Socks

If you’re heading out into nature, whether that be for a hike, a cycle or just a leisurely wander through the woods, you’re going to need a great pair of socks!

While it’s easy to throw on your regular, every day socks for a trek or a run, they’re not going to give you the same level of comfort and protection as a pair that are tailormade for the job.

From walking socks that offer padding and insulation, to ski socks that come with cushioned shin and ankle guards; when it comes to activity, the right pair of socks can make a world of difference.

Rucksacks

Now we have your clothing covered, let’s move on to those essential expedition accessories.

A good, sturdy rucksack is a must-have for the likes of hiking and camping trips.

Our lightweight range is designed to take the grunt work out of lugging around your kit.

Ultra-lightweight yet sturdy, it’s great for anyone who’s wanting to beat their personal best in a mountain marathon or adventure race. If you’re not racing, it’s also spot on to use as a simple hiking bag.

With adjustable, padded shoulder straps, stain resistant fabric, water resistant pockets and a built-in emergency whistle, it’s compact, secure and incredibly stylish for the ultimate adventure accessory.

And while we’re on the subject of bags… if you’re adventuring with the family this summer, don’t forget to check out our range of children’s rucksacks. They have all the same practicalities of the adult range, but with colourful, fun designs that are sure to keep the kids happy!

Water Bottles

Even if the weather isn’t playing nice, it’s important to stay hydrated during activity. Keep your water levels topped up with our Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottles.

Not only do they look stylish, they’re also strong, durable, eco-friendly and BPA free.

Better still, they’re made with electro-polished materials that don’t retain flavours, so you can always expect a refreshing drink without any bad-tasting residue.

With a leak-resistant lid and a soft, silicon spout, they’re ideal for packing into your rucksack when you’re off for a hike.

There’s even one for the kids too!

Cooking

To satisfy your hunger after a long day of adventure, it’s nice to gather round the campfire for a good, hearty meal.

With our impressive range of cooking pots, you can do just that.

Made with anodised aluminium and titanium alloys, they’re lightweight and easy-to-use, with a strong resistance to scratches and dents.

To keep your food from sticking, they have a Teflon coating and ceramic finish, which also makes it easy to wash and clean them regularly.

If that isn’t enough, the lids are made from BPA-free Tritan plastic and grip-friendly silicon, which doubles up as a colander, so there’s no need to pack any weighty serving dishes.

If you’re short on utensils, we have you covered for those too, from stainless steel cutlery sets to camping plates and bowls.

It’s safe to say that with all this fancy cooking gear, you can kiss goodbye to those cans of cold beans!

Navigation Tools

If you’re going off the grid this summer, you’re going to need a reliable map and compass on hand to navigate your trip.

Even in this day and age, not everywhere has GPS, so from a safety point of view, it’s always a great idea to do things the old-fashioned way!

Our compass range is compact and easy to carry, with most offering slots for lanyards, so you can just pop one around your neck.

To keep your maps dry, try our waterproof map bags. Made from resilient triple polymer film, they’re available in three different sizes, each one offering a press-to-lock seal to secure your map in even the most extreme weather.

To top it off, they’re also touch screen compatible so you can use them for your phones too. …You know, just in case you can get GPS along the way!

Multitools

For fishing, climbing and camping, there’s nothing more efficient than the Multimate Multitool.

Made from top quality stainless steel with rubber handle grips, it comes packed with features including sprung pliers, wire strippers, screwdrivers, a knife, bottle opener, can opener, awl, saw and rope cutter. Talk about multi-talented!

What’s more, there’s even a handy key ring attachment so you can hook it to your belt or rucksack for quick and easy access.

Outdoor first aid kit

In case of any accidents on your summer expedition, make sure to pack an Outdoor First Aid Kit.

Developed with the input of paramedics and search and rescue doctors, they’re fully equipped to cover a wide range of injuries sustained from hiking, running, mountaineering and skiing. And as they’re small enough to fit in your pocket or bag, there’s really no excuse not to have one on hand.

As the Scouts say, always be prepared!

Feeling ready for adventure? Us too!

To pick up your essential expedition kit, check out the full range.

 

 

 

 

 

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Everything you need to know about staying sun safe

June 15th, 2017

Make sure you stay sun safe this summer

With summer in full swing, no doubt you have lots of fun, adventurous plans in the pipeline.

Whether it’s hiking, camping, cycling, hitting the beach or planning a picnic in the park, there’s no better time to be outside, filling your lungs with fresh air and getting some much-needed vitamin D!

And while it’s great to enjoy the warmer weather, it’s also important that you’re up to scratch on staying sun safe.

No one wants to spend their leisure time burned or with sunstroke, or worse. So, to ensure that you and your family can have fun in the sun without worry, we’ve put together a handy guide for everything you need to know about sun safety.

Cream Up

Sun exposure can happen even on a cloudy British day, so if you’re out and about this summer, the number one rule is to slap on the sun cream regularly!

Harmful UV rays are responsible for a number of ailments, from sunburn and premature ageing to more serious conditions such as skin cancer. That’s not to say you can’t safely enjoy the sun. Opting for a sun lotion of at least SPF30 and applying it every two to three hours if you’re outside for long periods of time can help protect you from sun damage.

When buying sun cream, you should look for one that has at least a four-star UVA protection to ensure that it meets EU standards. You should also make sure it hasn’t past its expiry date. Most have a shelflife of two to three years.

Sun protection factor (SPF) is a measure of the amount of ultraviolet B radiation (UBV) protection in the cream. This is rated on a scale of 2-50+, with 50+ offering the strongest protection and 2 offering the least. Sun creams that offer both UVA and UVB protection, sometimes referred to as ‘Broad Spectrum’, are the ones you should ideally opt for as they give you the best protection.

So, how much sun cream should you apply for the best coverage, to stay sun safe?

If you’re an adult, the equivalent of two tablespoons should do it. Although a good rule of thumb is the more the merrier, so don’t be afraid to apply it in excess!

Applying plenty is particularly important for children and babies, whose skin is much more sensitive and vulnerable to sun damage. Babies under six months old should always be kept out of direct sunlight, and all children should be covered up with protective clothing, as well as being coated in a strong lotion with a high SPF.

Whatever age you are, don’t forget to reapply lotion once you’ve been in water, even if your cream claims to be ‘water resistant’. The fact is, water washes it off, and when you’re in the ocean or a cool pool, you might not feel yourself getting burnt. Topping up your cream as soon as you’re out of water can reduce your chance of sun damage and keep the burn at bay.

Seek the shade

If you’re planning on spending the whole day outdoors, so to stay sun safe, make sure to hit the shade between 11am and 3pm, as this is when the sun is at its strongest. Even if you can’t avoid it completely, finding shady spots or shelters where you can eat lunch or take a break can help you escape the effects of sunstroke and keep you feeling cool and refreshed.

Protect your eyes

It’s super important to keep your eyes covered when you’re out in the sun. Being at the beach or anywhere that you’re exposed to bright sunshine can cause temporary burn to the eye’s surface, resulting in a painful sensation similar to sunburn of the skin.

Reflected light from water, sand or concrete is also tough on the eyes, so it helps to have a good pair of sunglasses on hand to keep your peepers protected. Opt for styles with UVA/UVB protection and make sure they cover the whole of your eyes, so there’s no room for sunlight to creep in behind them.

Know your limits

While no one is exempt from the dangers of the sun, there are some people who are more at risk than others and they may need to take more precautions to stay sun safe.

If you have pale skin, freckles, or red or fair hair, you should always wear a high factor sun cream and cover your skin with protective clothing and a hat. This is because pale skin is more prone to burning than darker skin tones.

That’s not to say that those with darker skin are out of the woods. If you have any moles, you should regularly keep a close eye on them, and always cover them in the sun. If you notice any changes such as the appearance of a new mole, or a mole that has changed in size, shape or colour, it’s always best to check in with a doctor, just to be safe.

Anyone with a family history of skin cancer should take extra care in the sun, as should anyone exposed to intense sun that their skin isn’t used to, such as when you’re on holiday.

The better you know your skin and your limits regarding sun exposure, the easier it will be to protect yourself during summer expeditions.

Stay hydrated

Sun safety and keeping hydrated come hand in hand. Dehydration and heat exhaustion can lead to a multitude of issues, including dizziness, headaches and vomiting. The key is to stay hydrated, more so if you’re out in the sun for long periods of time.

If you’re planning a hike or any similar outdoor activities, make sure to take along a reliable water bottle and keep it topped up regularly. Just make sure to steer clear of sugary drinks, caffeine or alcohol as these can lead to dehydration, as opposed to keeping it at bay.

Sunburn SOS

If you do happen to get burnt after a day in the sun, the first thing you should do is sponge the sore skin with cool water, before applying a soothing after-sun lotion, Aloe Vera cream or calamine lotion.

If you’re suffering from a bad dose of sunstroke to go alongside your sunburn, make sure to drink plenty of water, and take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to help reduce the inflammation and ease the pain.

If at any point your skin starts to blister or swell, or you feel unwell with chills, high temperature, headaches, sickness or dizziness, go visit your doctor.

No matter what summer adventures you’re planning, staying sun safe is essential. If you want to know more about how we can help keep your whole family healthy and happy in the sun, get in touch with our team or check out what’s on offer in our sunshine-friendly range.

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Shop Small With Amex And Save Money

December 8th, 2016

American Express Shop Smart Campaign

Shop Small

Small businesses like Sub Zero Store are the backbone of the local community. We employ local people. We support local business. We are more flexible than large city centre and outlet stores . We provide superior customer service.  We are helpful and caring. We contribute billions to the national economy. But often we are overlooked, marginalised and unappreciated. So when somebody comes along to help, like Amex Shop Small, we all should be shouting it from the roof.

Money Back Offer

From 3-18th December 2016, American Express are running their annual Shop Small campaign. This national campaign by Amex aims to promote the uniqueness of small businesses and encourages American Express card holders to purchase goods from them. All that Amex customers have to do is spend £10 or more in a single transaction at a participating small business to receive a £5 statement credit. This offer not only applies to high street stores, but also online retailers like Sub Zero Store.

What To Purchase

At Sub Zero Store, we stock a wide range of functional outdoor products to keep you warm, safe, and secure. Not only do we stock the award winning Sub Zero brand of outdoor clothing, we also have a wide range of technical brands that have been tried and tested by our dedicated sourcing team. When researching new product lines, we do try to buy kit that is made in Great Britain,  but this is sometimes difficult due to the nature of the product.

So why not save some money with the Amex Shop Smart campaign and treat yourself this Christmas to a nice snug base layer to keep out the winter chill.

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60% more products available to buy online at Sub Zero Store

August 21st, 2015

subzero_trustpilot_ratingAlways looking to improve our customer service and product range we have recently carried out a major upgrade to our website so that we now have 60%+ more products available to buy online. Our range has been extended to include many more summer and winter lines from our own brand and our supplier network, so that we stock everything you would need for weekend hiking or trips to extreme environments around the world.

While we have obviously changed the appearance of the site this has been a very small part of the changes. The main focus of our efforts has been delivering more choice and a better online shopping experience to our loyal customers. To this end we have added account facilities to our site so that you can now login to your account and create multiple delivery addresses, manage saved shopping baskets, review past orders and view your product ratings. We are also tracking stock levels so you will know before placing your order that your chosen product is in stock.

block_09.jpgOur new site also gives us the ability to deliver a more varied series of promotions so we will be working with our suppliers on the run up to the Christmas period to delivery some truly exciting new offers and promotions. We hope that you will enjoy them and that you will find some really great presents for the dedicated outdoor enthusiast.

But in addition to all these super technical changes we have updated our customer service so you can now enjoy free UK delivery on all orders over £25, a 180 day returns period, one year warranty across our entire product range and same day despatch if you order by 3pm. We can’t say fairer than that!

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Camp Cooking – up to 50% off!

March 31st, 2015

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Spring has arrived!

 

Sunshine and blue skies makes us want to get out there and really enjoy the outdoors!

With three bank holidays in the next couple of months, it’s the perfect time to think about an outdoor break, and road test your camping gear before going on a summer adventure.

Whether you enjoy the outdoors ‘Bear Grylls’ style, or enjoy a more leisurely break with the whole family, Sub Zero Store have a complete range of outdoor gear to make your camping trip run smoothly… and at the moment we are offering up to 50% off camp cooking equipment!

Our outdoor accessories are also recommended by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, so if you or your child is taking part in a DofE programme this year, now is a fantastic time to get kitted out.

camp cookingOne of the most exciting parts of any outdoor adventure is camp cooking. Foregoing the luxuries of your kitchen at home is a chance to try something new and exciting! And eating outdoors is one of life’s truly simple pleasures.

So with this in mind, let’s start with camping stoves. Gas stoves, multifuel stoves or solid fuel stoves, we have some fantastic offers on high quality kit suitable for any adventure, in any climate, including remote locations where fuel can be scarce. A traditional gas stove gives you easy and fast heat to get your sausages sizzling in super quick time. A multifuel stove can use any liquid fuel such as LP gas, gasoline/petrol, diesel, kerosene, even aviation fuel. A solid fuel stove makes use of natural fuels around you such as sticks, grass, pine cones, birch bark and so on. Or, if you prefer a more traditional campfire, our firelighters will give you a helping hand to get your fire started… you’ll be toasting marshmallows in no time at all!

No matter where you are, hot or cold, it’s always essential to make sure you have plenty to drink. Sub Zero Store stock a range of mugs to keep your drinks warm or chilled, with lids and carabiners for hydration on the move. In sizes from 200ml to 500ml, Sub Zero Store have a mug for even the smallest of backpacks. And if you’re short on space, our Primus 4 Season Stainless Steel Camping Mug and Lifeventure Stainless Steel Mug can be used directly on your stove for heating food or drinks. Or, for shorter trips and picnics, we have great discounts on thermal flasks for keeping food and drinks hot or cold.

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So whatever your adventure, Sub Zero Store have the camping kit to keep you warm, nourished and hydrated. Take a look at our special offers here, and with free UK delivery when you spend just £75, our 50% sale makes spring the perfect time to plan your adventures for 2015… and enjoy some camp cooking!

 

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Stay Safe on the Slopes

February 17th, 2015

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The FCO have launched travel advice guidance for Brits travelling to a winter ski or snowboarding holiday abroad to make sure they stay safe on the slopes.

The guidance includes essential advice and tips to ensure that travellers avoid injury and expensive medical costs whilst on the slopes. The key messages are:

    • Take out comprehensive insurance that covers all of your winter sports activities
    • Don’t drink and ski
    • Protect our head and policy – many insurers insist you wear a helmet
    • Don’t attempt slopes you’re not experienced or fit enough to tackle
    • Make sure someones knows where you’re going and tell them of any changes to your plans

 

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Sub Zero Store Sale Continues… up to 50% off our best sellers!

January 14th, 2015

SUB ZERO SALE

As the cold snap draws closer, the Sub Zero Store sale continues…

We are offering up to 50% off a wide range of fantastic products to keep you warm while you enjoy the winter weather!

With huge discounts on best sellers across all departments, there has never been a better time for outdoor adventures!

Up to 50% off thermal, waterproof and windproof gloves, thermal ski socks, thermal head gear and pocket multi-tools

40% off our Factor 1 Plus base layer range

30% off our Merino Wool thermal base layer range

Click on the images below or check out our special offers page!

 

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Handy multi-tools from just £3.99!

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Thermal Head Gear from £9.99!

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Up to 50% off our thermal ski socks!

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30% off our Merino wool base layer range at Sub Zero Store

January 12th, 2015

Sub Zero Merino Wool Base Layers

Our popular Merino wool base layer range not only offers unbeatable warmth and protection in very cold temperatures, we are also offering a fantastic 30% off our best selling range!

 

Merino Wool Thermal Underwear Base Layers by Sub Zero Store are the first layer of clothing you wear to maintain a warm and dry micro-climate next to the skin. The combination of soft natural fibres and Lycra technology makes this your best choice for active sports in low temperatures.

 

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Using the world’s finest and softest New Zealand Merino wool, these high quality base layers have a core of Lycra with this fine grade of wool spun around it. This gives the garments a high degree of stretch and recovery, stability when washed and a greater yarn lifespan. No need to stretch your woollen garment back in to shape after a warm wash.

For extra comfort, our Merino wool base layer range is manufactured three dimensionally without any seams – they are knitted in a single piece. This process allows us to knit features in to the garment that will aid the wearer, such as rib zones under the bust for added support, a low profile neck, and thumb holes on the cuff.

Merino wool base layer

Soft, high quality natural fibres, the flexibility of Lycra and seam free production make this one of the most effective and comfortable base layers on the market. Available in styles for both men and women, and in black, grey and pink, they look great too.

Ideal for hikers, skiers and mountaineers who want to wear natural fibre thermal underwear with the performance of a synthetic garment, that moves with you.

Take a look at our range of Merino wool base layers here, and don’t forget, delivery is free when you spend £75!

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Sub Zero Celebrate Small Business Saturday!

November 28th, 2014

As a small business helping you to explore our big world, Sub Zero Store are proud to celebrate Small Business Saturday this weekend.

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Small Business Saturday is a movement founded by American Express to celebrate small businesses. The event always takes place on the first Saturday in December, encouraging consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

If you spend over £10 on your American Express Card between 6th and 21st December, American Express will refund £5!

 

Sub Zero Store are also offering a number of special offers to help you with your Christmas shopping!celebrate Small Business Saturday

We have more special offers and new products to be announced in the next few weeks. Make sure you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and come back to www.subzerostore.co.uk!

We’re so proud of our products, values and service, so help us celebrate Small Business Saturday this weekend!

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Find the perfect Christmas gift for explorers at Sub Zero Store

November 11th, 2014

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With Christmas less than 50 days away, Sub Zero Store have put together our top Christmas gift ideas for the 12 days of Christmas!

Sub Zero’s fantastic range of thermal clothing means that outdoor enthusiasts will keep warm in any weather. Cycling, hiking, camping, whatever the pursuit, wherever in the world, Sub Zero’s adventure accessories are the perfect Christmas gift for explorers of all ages. And with free delivery when you spend £75, you don’t have to brave the elements yourself!

Be inspired by our Christmas gift ideas below, or take a look at our website for stocking fillers and much more!

Christmas gift for winter sports

1. Factor 1 Plus Thermal Underwear Base Layer

Warm base layers to wear under your clothes for maximum comfort during outdoor adventures!

2. Factor 2 Mid Layer Thermal Underwear

Warm mid layers to wear either over a base layer on a really cold day, or on their own on warmer days.

3. Polar Thermal Fleece Body Warmers

With a lambswool lining these fantastic unisex gilets are perfect for winter walks

Christmas gift kids winter clothing4. Factor 3 Thermal Fleece Heavyweight Beanie Hat

This fleece beanie hat offers unbeatable protection in extremely cold temperatures.

5. Extremities Waterproof Sticky Power Liner Lightweight Thermal Gloves

These waterproof gloves are perfect for snowy adventures such as skiing and snowboarding.

6. Extremities Sticky Thinny Children’s Thermal Glove

Snug, lightweight but still warm, these children’s gloves, wear underneath
base and mid layers Christmas giftwaterproof gloves for sledging, skiing…and building snowmen!

7. Extremities Long Wool Mountain Thermal Socks

The classic Christmas gift… a pair of socks! One of the best thermal
socks on the market, these are guaranteed to keep feet warm on the slopes.

8. Primus Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Thermal Commuter Mug 400ml

Guaranteed to keep your drinks warm with no spills, even when turned upside down! Available in black, white or red and great for commuters on-the-go or people who work outdoors.

Christmas gift for cyclists9. Lifeventure Ultra Lightweight Titanium Mug 450ml

Made from high quality titanium alloy, this generously sized mug is an essential
piece of kit for anybody who needs to keep weight and bulk to a minimum. Use
as a cup or as a saucepan, this mug is great for camping or trekking.

10. Lifeventure Ultra Lightweight Titanium Forkspoon

This spoon and fork combination (affectionately known as a ‘spork’) is perfect for camping or backpacking when space is tight!

11. Littlelife Toddler Dinosaur Daysack With Safety Rein

Christmas giftLittle ones will love keeping their toys safe in these brilliant dino themed day sacks… and the added safety features will be a hit with parents too!

12. Lifesystems Ultralight Intensity 220 LED Pocket Torch

7 times brighter than a normal torch, the high power unbreakable CREE LED bulb and long-life lithium batteries, make this is the ultimate pocket torch. With an added SOS function, this gadget offers extra protection when on the hills
at night or in low-light visibility.

These are just a few of our Christmas gift ideas, take a look around subzerostore.co.uk for even more inspiration!

Merry Christmas from Sub Zero Store!

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