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Thermal Underwear for the Snow

November 27th, 2010

With sub zero temperatures and snow enveloping the country a good set of thermal underwear is a necessity to keep you warm and dry if venturing outside. Sub Zero manufacture performance warm clothing in a range of weights and styles to allow you to work rest and play in the coldest of conditions.

Factor 1 Thermal Underwear Base Layer

Factor 1 garments by Sub Zero are one of the most technical range of base layers available. They are manufactured from a lightweight rib 100% Polyamide fabric designed to be worn next to the body. Each fibre is impregnated with a hydrophilic finish that transports moisture away from the skin and disperses it over a large area of the outer layer of the fabric so it can easily evaporate. This provides a warm dry micro-climate next to the skin that gives you greater performance and activity longevity. An ideal thermal base layer system for cycling, walking & hiking, skiing, running, golf and climbing.

Factor 1 long sleeve thermal base layer top by Sub Zero

Factor 1 long sleeve thermal base layer top by Sub Zero

Factor 1 Plus Thermal Underwear Base Layer

Factor 1 Plus thermal base layers by Sub Zero are manufactured using the latest seamless technology. Instead of the traditional cut and sew technique for adding features, the machines we employ can knit in the desired attributes without seams. This eliminates rub points and possible stitch weakness in the garment. The Factor 1 Plus range of base layers are produced from lightweight 100% Polyamide yarn, that produces a super soft fabric that is easy to care for and long lasting. In addition, each fibre is impregnated with a hydrophilic finish that transports moisture away from the skin and disperses it over a large area of the outer layer of the fabric so it can easily evaporate. This provides a warm dry micro-climate next to the skin that gives you greater performance and activity longevity. An ideal thermal base layer system for cycling, walking & hiking, skiing, running, golf and climbing.

Factor 2 Thermal Underwear Mid Layer

Factor 2 heavyweight thermal mid layer range has been uniquely developed by Sub Zero over the past 15 years. We have specially developed and manufactured our double sided Factor 2 fabric with a harder wearing anti-pill outer surface and a super soft brushed fleece inner. Factor 2 thermal underwear mid layers can be worn on their own or on top of our Factor 1 thermal underwear base layers when the temperature plummets.

The two main functions of Factor 2 garments is to transport perspiration away from your skin, or the surface of Factor 1 base layer garments, to its outer surface to disperse. At the same time the inner brushed fleece surface traps warm air to insulate the body keeping it dry, cosy and a comfortable even temperature. Each fibre is impregnated with a hydrophilic finish that transports moisture away from the skin and disperses it over a large area of the outer layer of the fabric so it can easily evaporate.

A further advantage of the fabric is that it does not compress under pressure. This is essential if it is being worn under a dry suit as your insulating layer stays the same thickness no matter how deep you dive.

The Factor 2 thermal mid layer range is regarded as one of the warmest undergarments available on the market today.

Factor 2 heavyweight thermal underwear by Sub Zero

Factor 2 heavyweight thermal underwear by Sub Zero

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Factor 1 Thermal Base Layer by Sub Zero Wins Top Review Marks

November 26th, 2010

The lads at GearWeAre.com have had our Factor 1 long sleeve thermal base layer top  for the past few weeks and have put it through a set of rigorous independent tests.

“I’ve taken my time testing the Factor 1 in a variety of conditions from bitterly cold and damp to sunny and warm – as such changes can happen on any given day in the UK – and I’ve been impressed by the results.”

For the rest of the review click here

A 5 out of 5 rating by the test was very rewarding for all of us at Sub Zero as we work very hard to manufacture performance outdoor kit that is more about function than fashion

Factor 1 long sleeve thermal base layer top by Sub Zero

Factor 1 long sleeve thermal base layer top by Sub Zero


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New Thermal Fleece Winter Hats by Sub Zero

November 24th, 2010

A good quality fleece hat is an essential piece of warm clothing kit in cold winter conditions. Sub Zeros new range of Factor 3 fleece hats are manufactured from 100% Polyester 300gsm super soft fleece. The outside face of the fabric has an anti-pill finish whilst the inner face has a heavily brushed fleece finish that is extremely comfortable to wear next to the skin. The combination of these two finishes produces a fabric that is very warm and very durable.

The fabrics high wind resistance and excellent thermal properties makes it ideal for wearing in very cold environments such as polar expeditions and winter mountaineering. Use in combination with your thermal base layers and thermal mid layers for ultimate protection from the cold.

New Thermal Fleece Winter Hat Range

Thermal Fleece Balaclava – Contoured face and neck to protect your chest, neck, cheeks, chin and forehead from the cold.

Thermal Fleece Beanie Hat – Double thickness headband for extra forehead protection

Thermal Fleece Beanie Hat with Ear Guards – Similar to the fleece beanie hat but with the addition of fleece ear flaps and a soft chin strap for extra wind protection.

Thermal fleece winter beanie hat with ear guards by Sub Zero

Thermal fleece winter beanie hat with ear guards by Sub Zero

Thermal fleece winter balaclava by Sub Zero

Thermal fleece winter balaclava by Sub Zero

Thermal fleece winter beanie hat by Sub Zero

Thermal fleece winter beanie hat by Sub Zero

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10 Top Tips for Driving in the Snow

November 22nd, 2010

To avoid being stranded in your car, having an accident or a breakdown in the snow requires special care and a little preparation

Winter Driving Tips

  1. Car Check-Up: Before the winter weather really sets in it is a good idea to get your car checked over. Is your car battery in good working order as cold weather can quickly drain an old or inefficient battery. Are your tyre treads at the correct depth? 3mm is the recommended tread for winter motoring as worn tyres will not grip. Have you added anti-freeze to your cooling system? A 50-50 mixture of antifreeze to water is needed in the winter.
  2. Plan your journey: The first question you should ask yourself is ‘Is my journey necessary?’ If the roads are bad and snow is further forecast then it may be better to work from home or take the day off as holiday. Always use roads that have been gritted even if it extends your journey time.
  3. Wake up earlier:  Set your alarm to wake you up in plenty of time to defrost your car properly. Remove snow from the roof of your car as this will loosen when driving and could obscure your window screen.
  4. Fill Up: Make sure your fuel tank is filled up. If you should get stranded n the snow then your cars engine is your only means of keeping the interior warm

    Factor 2 thermal winter gloves by Sub Zero

    Factor 2 thermal winter gloves by Sub Zero

  5. Slow Down: Stopping distances are 10 times longer in snow and ice. Try to maintain a slow constant speed to avoid sudden breaking and keep at least 10 seconds between yourself and the car in front.
  6. Be prepared: Ensure you have deicer, ice scraper, fully charged mobile telephone, torch, tow rope, blanket, warning triangle, non-perishable high energy food such as a chocolate bar, sacking or an old piece of carpet, bottle of water or a thermos flask, set of spare clothes,  jump leads and a snow shovel.
  7. Wear warm clothing: Dress as if you are going to be walking in the snow. Wear a good set of thermal underwear, warm jacket and take a pair of gloves, a hat and scarf. Always wear comfortable dry shoes. Wet or snow covered shoes are liable to slip on pedals.
  8. Visibility: Check your headlights are clean and use them when visibility is reduced. Also ensure your number plate is clean.
  9. Hills: When climbing a hill ensure you leave enough space between yourself and the car in front so you can make it up the hill without having to brake. When going downhill select a high gear to prevent the use of breaks.
  10. Parking: Always park in the direction you intend to drive off from. Do not park uphill. Ensure that your window wipers are in the off position when parking your car so that they do not freeze to the middle of your window screen.

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Ruffwear Dog Collars Now in Stock at Sub Zero Store

November 16th, 2010

Why should humans monopolies technical outdoor products?  Kit you faithful companion out with Ruffwears range of performance dog products, and enhance and inspire your outdoor adventures.

We are currently updating our site to include the full range of Ruffwear products but to start with we are launching the performance collar range.

Ruffwear Collars for Active Dogs

Woody Hoopie Side Buckle Dog Collar by Ruffwear

Woody Hoopie Side Buckle Dog Collar by Ruffwear

Chain Reaction Dog Collar: Excellent training and daily use collar when a humane and limited correction is preferred

Knot-A-Just Dog Collar: Strong comfortable and dependable rope dog collar

Hoopie Dog Collar: Classic styling makes it sleek enough for city streets and tough enough for the backcountry.

Double Back Dog Collar: Ideal for big dogs that can generate big pull and big force.

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LED Torches by Lifesystems on Sub Zero Store

November 11th, 2010

Lifesystems torches have been developed to provide ultra bright lighting whenever you need it. Lifesystems torches use LED technology that offers exceptional battery life and brightness. The torch bodies are precision machined from aluminium alloy and the head simply twists to select different functions.

High powered 500-VR LED mountain torch by Lifesystems

High powered 500-VR LED mountain torch by Lifesystems

4 Sizes of LED Torches

  • 500 VF – High power handheld torch ideal for mountain rescue teams
  • 210 VF – Long battery life handheld torch
  • 220 – Ultra lightweight  pocket torch
  • 60 –  Super lightweight pocket torch

All four are now available in Sub Zero Store along with a range of keyring torches, head lamps and gas lamps.

Don’t let the short days stop you enjoying the great outdoors, but remember……. stay safe stay seen!

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Thermal Underwear Clearance Range

November 5th, 2010

Grab yourself a bargain set of thermal underwear base layers from Sub Zero Store this winter. We have a number of clearance lines and sub-standard lines available now in store. See below for details

Thermal underwear winter clearance ranges by Sub Zero

Thermal underwear winter clearance ranges by Sub Zero

Clearance Thermal Underwear

These are perfect garments consisting either of old styles form the previous years production or non-stock colours we have excess stock of from special orders and export orders.

Sub-Standard Thermal Underwear

These garments may have a fabric fault such as a pull, a dye/dirty mark, or a manufacture fault such as a missed stitch. Apart from that the product is produced exactly the same and will perform just as well as a first quality garment.

* We update both the clearance and sub-standard pages weekly so if something is out of stock please check again in a few weeks time.

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