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  1. Great Ideas For Christmas Presents For Everybody Who Loves Life Outdoors

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    There’s no need to rack your brains for ideas about what to buy family, friends and colleagues this Christmas. Just consider the wide range available at the Sub Zero Store. Here is a great selection to get you started.

    Baselayers are the foundation of comfortable clothing for a wide range of outdoor activities, especially in winter weather. With a variety of styles, weights and materials available, there’s bound to be an option that appeals – and at prices that mean there’s no need to stick at just one! Underwear for women who love the outdoors has been a rather neglected area but we have top options for active women. Plus, we haven’t forgotten about the kids who get their own sizes in thermals to share the fun and stay outdoors longer.

    Midlayers add that extra insulation that turns a chilly day out into a cosy adventure. Of course, you don’t need to wear the tops just for outdoor pursuits. For general use, down the pub or at work, they are versatile, smart and hard wearing. Really comfortable, too!

    Softshell has really come of age and is no longer seen as the new ‘odd’ category. Technical fabrics combined with shrewd design and sound manufacturing result in garments that are versatile and flexible in use in a wide variety of conditions. Windproof, warm and almost waterproof, softshell is a great choice for most days outdoors in Britain – it doesn’t pour with rain all the time, after all!

    Headgear makes for a great Christmas gift – you can’t have too many hats! It’s not just hats, of course, and our neck tubes offer a range of ways to make the most of the benefits of the simple but effective design.

    Cold hands and fingers can ruin an active day out so our thermal, windproof and waterproof gloves are just the ticket for staying comfortable whatever the weather. With head and hands sorted, don’t forget to treat your feet and toes with thermal and waterproof socks.

    With humans taken care of, spare a thought for Man’s best friend and consider one of our practical buys for dogs including a coat or boots and maybe a tough toy.

    Christmas presents are usually complemented by stocking fillers and we’ve lined up some great practical ideas and offers that won’t break the bank from handy pocket-sized items to technical tent pegs.

    If you can’t make up your mind what to buy, then consider one of our gift vouchers in denominations from £10 – £100. The voucher is posted and comes in the form of a certificate with a code that can be redeemed during the checkout process at Sub Zero Store; the voucher can be used on all products at Sub Zero Store and the value will be deducted from the order total.

    These are just a few ideas from the wide range on offer with free UK delivery on all orders over £75.

     

     

     

     

  2. Top Clothing Tips For Outdoor Winter Activities

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    In the depths of winter, it’s obvious to think carefully about dressing for a day in the hills. That’s when snow, cold and wind are on the agenda. However, whilst snow on the tops in summer is highly unlikely, hillwalkers still need to dress sensibly.

    ‘Sensibly’ means much more than avoiding the shorts and sandals scenarios that crop up regularly in mountain rescue stories. It means having a flexible combination of clothing that can cope easily with changing weather conditions and varying levels of exertion, allowing you can be in control of managing your body temperature. Plus, of course, it means being comfortable throughout the day whether slogging up a mountain track or being battered by the wind on an open ridge. The trick is to balance layers to ensure adjustable warmth and protection, levelling out the extremes of over-heating and shivering with cold to achieve a happy equilibrium.

    Being next to your skin, base layers are not just about warmth. By drawing sweat through their fibres to evaporate they avoid becoming damp, cold and uncomfortable. Depending on the time of year, different weights offer a variety of comfort options and, of course, they can be worn on their own in mild conditions. In cold conditions, thermal base layers ensure good retention of body heat. Relatively new, cooling base layers not only whisk sweat away but also help to avoid overheating as they have low heat retention.

    The mid layer is all about insulation, trapping warm air to maintain your core body temperature; options include fleece as well as goose down and synthetic fills, such as Primaloft. Zips allow ventilation and, even on a sunny day, a warm top should packed in your rucksack as a pleasant outlook in the valley could turn out very different a few hundred feet higher up.

    The outer layer protects you from the elements. Rain is the obvious offender but wind can whip heat away and chill you to the bone so being windproof is a key consideration. ‘Softshell’ tops are not completely waterproof but are windproof, stretchy and can cope with a wide range of wet weather.

    If you want to make sure you never suffer from cold feet again then slip on a pair of thermal over socks. Finally, don’t forget hats and gloves. Quickly slipped on and off, they allow conservation or loss of body heat to be adjusted easily. Keep them handy in pockets rather than buried in your rucksack.

    With your plans made and dressed sensibly, don’t forget to let a responsible person know where you’re going and when you expect to return. Let them know when you do get back to avoid needless call-outs for mountain rescue teams.

  3. Sub Zero Mens Softshell Jacket Wins Top Review

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    Wandering around the UK’s largest outdoor industry trade show this year we happened across the Sub Zero stand, and since we’ve reviewed a few of their products before the chap warmly shook our hands before announcing that he was glad we’d come along because he really needed a wee. With that he took off, leaving us alone with his gear, which we had a good poke through.

    Both Muz and I immediately took to the Windproof Softshell Jacket, which is the type of thing we’d wear under motorbike jackets, to the pub or even when camping. It looks smart, but functional.

    Quite sexy huh? Jacket’s OK too…

    We decided against stuffing a couple of them into our bags whilst we weren’t being watched, but upon his return we begged and pleaded for a couple of jackets to try out. I’m glad to say that Sub Zero were forthcoming and I’ve been wearing my version now for a couple of weeks.

    It’s a really good-looking jacket – fitted design and very flattering. It really is the sort of thing that you could wear on any occasion, be it social or summit. And it feels great on too.

    Showerproof, definitely

    The outer shell material is a densely woven shell of polyester which is totally windproof. You can tighten up the velcro wristbands and bungee waist and feel completely shut off from the elements. Also, because it’s a tight-weave softshell the jacket is waterproof enough to protect you from a sudden shower. It’s not sold as waterproof, but I’d describe it as showerproof.

    The windproof nature of the jacket continues to the main zipper, which is a sturdy YKK number with a stiff , almost suede leatherette feeling wind-baffle behind it. You won’t get that dreaded cold stripe down your chest.

    The soft fleecy feel of the baffle continues up and around the neck, where a thin microfleece means no chafing and a snuggly warm feeling. It’s not a tight-fitting neck, there’s room for a Buff in there, but it is close-enough fitting to keep out a breeze.

    Arm pocket, with showerproof zip

    There are two large hand-pockets on the jacket which have mesh inners. These are good for keeping chilly hands next to your warm baselayers, and conversely for ventilation on slightly warmer days. A third pocket on the left sleeve is perfect for carrying a phone where it won’t swing around and bash things.

    The jacket moves with you as you engage in activities. It has a built-in stretch which comes from a small elastane content in the material. You can feel this most when you stretch to put on a backpack or really bend your arm.

    At £99 it’s at the more expensive end of windproof jackets, but in the flesh you can see why. Quality of manufacture and detailing is great, and it feels like a hard-wearing and top notch piece of kit.

    5/5 Gear We Are – November 2011

    Click here for the full review

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