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Emergency Kit For Winter Car Travel

December 29th, 2012

Even when driving a reasonable short distance during the winter months,  you should be prepared for all weather eventualities and keep the following items in your car at all times:

  1. Torch with spare batteries – for inspecting your car and signalling
  2. First aid kit
  3. Necessary medications
  4. Sleeping Bag or Blankets – even a few old newspapers can help to insulate you from the cold
  5. Hat and gloves
  6. Spare clothes  – layers add insulation
  7. Small bag of sand or rock salt – for generating traction under wheels
  8. Small shovel – for clearing away snow from your wheels
  9. Ice scraper or brush
  10. High visibility vest
  11. Jump leads and tow rope
  12. Cards, games and puzzles – keep you and your passengers entertained
  13. High energy food – such as a chocolate bar, nuts, dried fruit
  14. Bottled Water – it may be cold and snowing but you still need to stay hydrated
  15. Filled spare fuel can

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Help To Create Inspiring Walking Routes And Build Your Skills With The Ramblers

December 26th, 2012

Britain’s Ramblers are looking for walkers with a keen eye for detail to help quality-check its growing library of walking routes for independent walkers.

Ramblers volunteers across Britain have been developing walking routes as part of a new project – Ramblers Routes – which will offer walkers access to hundreds of inspiring self-led routes to enjoy with family and friends.

But a great walking route takes more than just one walker, so Ramblers are looking for regular walkers to help check routes on the ground to ensure they are interesting, easy to follow, safe and graded to the right walking ability.

Route checkers road-test the route description and map for each walk, ensure the route matches any special features – like being child or dog friendly or having easy access – and carry out a simple risk assessment.

You can check routes in your local area or in your favourite walking destinations and there are free route checking and development workshops and online training available for Ramblers members and walkers keen to get involved.

“Route checkers are a really important part of creating quality walking routes” said Ramblers Routes Project Manager Justin Bend. “Even if they have been checked by the person who developed them, routes also need to be checked thoroughly and risk-assessed by a different person.”

“All our routes will have the Ramblers quality stamp, meaning walkers can enjoy them with confidence” adds Justin. “We also want to make sure the routes are appealing and attractive, so it’s always good to have a fresh eye on something.”

Find out more about checking or developing routes by watching the Ramblers Routes video or register as a route checker for the opportunity to improve and expand your existing walking skills.

Ramblers have also proposed a fantastic future for England’s National Trails with its new vision document National Trails: a fantastic future. Creating a charitable National Trails Trust is the best way to support, develop and promote the 13 National Trails in England and ensure they reach their full potential, with Local Trail Trusts to help manage the trails on the ground. The government currently plans to hand over responsibility for the trails to hard-pressed local authorities and voluntary groups, but without a national champion there is a real threat the quality of these long-distance walking routes could seriously decline. You can show your support by donating to our National Trails Appeal to help continue campaigning to secure the long-term future of Britain’s most treasured walking routes for generations of walkers to come.

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Have A Happy Christmas And 30% Discount With Sub Zero Store

December 25th, 2012

Hopefully everyone is having a wonderful Christmas Day. If after your family meal, when everyone is sleeping off the excess Turkey, you fancy trying out your new tablet computer, then why not log on to Sub Zero Store for 30% discount on all our great outdoor clothing and equipment.

To claim your 30% discount just place code XMAS12 when prompted during checkout. Don’t delay as this voucher code is only valid for today (25th).

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50% Off All Karabiner Handled Stainless Steel Thermal Mugs

December 24th, 2012

Karabiner Handled Mugs are possibly the coolest camping and trekking cups around. Not only are these mugs compact and virtually indestructible, they also hold 200ml of liquid and keeps it cool or warm thanks to the insulating double-walled construction. The tough karabiner handle allows you to clip it onto your belt or pack when you’re on the move, allowing for quick retrieval when a brew is waiting.

These thermal stainless steel mugs come in four different coloured carabiner handles (see image below).


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New Manbi Technical Ski Socks And Tube Socks Now In Stock

December 23rd, 2012

We have just added five new designs of Manbi Ski socks and ski tube socks to our thermal ski sock range. These socks are proving very popular with our customers not only for skiing but also for walking and trekking – the colours and designs are more exciting than some popular outdoor sock brands! So if you want to be seen on the slopes whilst keeping your feet warm and dry, then Manbi socks are what you are looking for.

*These Ski Socks are in limited supply due to there popularity , and once they have sold out we will not be getting anymore until August 2013 when new stock becomes available.


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Sub Zero Store To Offer 30% Discount on Christmas Day

December 22nd, 2012

With mobile phones and handheld tablets being the most hotly anticipated present for adults this Christmas, why not test them out and save money at the same time with Sub Zero Stores Christmas Day Offer. On the morning of Christmas Day we will be posting a blog and Twitter entry with a unique 30% discount code that will be redeemable on all products on Sub Zero Store. This code will only be valid for the 25th December so avoid the usual repeats on TV and get yourself kitted out for great outdoor adventures.

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Congratulations To The Winners Of Sub Zero Stores November Polar Fleece Jacket Competition

December 21st, 2012

We were truly amazed at the amount of people that entered our competition in November to win one of 5 Sub Zero Polar Fleece Jackets. At the final count we had received 4896 individual entries. The draw was made on 3rd December and 5 winners were picked randomly by an independent observer.

Congratulations go out to Mrs G Flood from Wrexham, Mr T Palmer from Halifax, Mr H Harrison from Torquay, Miss J Simpson from Barnstaple, and Mr A Gough from Inverness. All the winners have been contacted and their polar fleece jackets have been dispatched – just in time for the recent cold snap.

This months competition is the opportunity to win one of three Primus Omnifuel Stoves.


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Sub Zero Store Christmas Closure Times

December 21st, 2012

We would just like to thank everyone for their support during 2012 and wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Our office  will be shut today (Friday 21st) from 4pm and will not be officially open until Wednesday 2nd January 2013. We will have a skeleton crew in operation in our warehouse on 27-28th December to process orders and ship parcels. If you do have a query then please send them to us at as we will be picking up and answering emails over the holiday.

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Saving Lives With Last Minute Christmas Shopping At Sub Zero Store

December 20th, 2012

Are you stuck for ideas for stocking fillers or what to get your loved ones for Christmas? If so, Snowdonia’s Mountainsafe initiative has come up with its ‘Top 5 Christmas Gifts’, which, used correctly, could save lives.


Mountainsafe’s Top 5 Gifts are:

1.    Torch and batteries: Rescue teams are often called to assist casualties who have miscalculated the duration of their walk and are caught out by the shortness of daylight. Carrying a torch is essential because the days are at their shortest over the Christmas period.

2.    Hat: It is recognised that over 20% of body heat is lost through the head, therefore, as the weather becomes colder, a warm hat should be an essential item.

3.    Gloves: the main function of cold weather gloves is to keep the hands warm and dry. Dexterity should be a consideration, along with keeping hands warm for several hours at a time.

4.    Walking Poles: Using a pair of walking poles eases the strain on the knees particularly when walking down a mountain. However, using poles when walking over snow and in particular icy patches on well trodden paths, can prove useful in avoiding slips and tumbles and any potential injuries.

5.    Winter skills courses: An ice axe and crampons are also essential pieces of equipment for those venturing to areas covered in snow. More important, however, is knowing how to use them safely. There are many professional instructors and outdoor centres based in Snowdonia who can provide excellent instruction in their use.


On behalf of Mountainsafe, Llanberis Rescue Team Chairman, John Grisdale said, “It’s important to respect the mountains whatever the season. However, winter can be less forgiving, and as all hill sheep farmers will confirm, conditions in the hills can be arctic and change rapidly. Those venturing on the mountains should be adequately shod and clothed for the prevailing conditions and checking the weather forecast for the day is always a wise decision. In addition, those venturing to the high snow clad summits should possess winter equipment such as ice axe and crampons and know how to use them. These high excursions can be very demanding and only the experienced should venture on to steep ground covered in snow and ice.”

Careful planning is always recommended before venturing into the mountains.  Researching the route thoroughly beforehand is highly advised, including finding out what the conditions on the ground are before setting out. It is also important to check the weather forecast. The bilingual Twitter service @eryridiogel in Welsh and @safesnowdonia in English tweet any change in ground conditions, weather information, general advice on walking in the mountains and also highlight good examples of mountaineering. Recently, grid reference markers have been placed on pre-existing stiles and gates in Snowdonia to help temporarily disorientated walkers to pinpoint their position.

Of course, you’ll need a rucksack to carry the extra kit you’ll need for winter walking including spare clothing. Check out the options available in thermal base layers, mid layers and soft shell clothing as well as safety and survival gear

Photo caption: Yr Aran and the path from Rhyd-ddu; Copyright - JohnGrisdale


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Last Posting Day For Christmas Delivery

December 19th, 2012

Thursday 20th December is the last recommended posting day by Royal Mail for UK deliveries before Christmas. – This is for the First Class and Recorded Signed For mail service. Sub Zero Store will be able to post items on Friday 21st by Special Delivery for either a Saturday or Monday  delivery but this service will cost extra. If you would like us to arrange this for you then please call us on 0116 2402634 or email us on

For more details on Royal Mails Christmas services please click here

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