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New Lifeline Survival Kits Now In Stock

June 30th, 2013

Lifeline Tritan Plastic Water Bottles With Survival Kit are manufactured from an extremely tough translucent single walled BPA free co-polyester that is almost impossible to break. This Tritan® plastic also retains no flavours from previous drinks and food, so is odourless and tasteless, making these the ideal outdoor water bottles.

The survival kit contains the bare essentials for keeping warm and dry in emergencies, as well as signalling kit for alerting rescuers to your position. There are two bottles in the current range, the Survival and the Hunter bottle.

 

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Baselayer Foundations For Comfort Outdoors

June 28th, 2013

At the heart of any performance outdoor clothing system are versatile baselayers worn, closely fitting, next to the skin. Options include long and short sleeve tops, leggings, underwear and one-piece suits. It’s as important for comfort to get the foundations right as it is to find the right insulation and weather protection. Too often, baselayers’ versatilities are under-estimated and they are seen as essential for warmth. However, in hot weather their fast wicking nature means that sweat is dispersed through the fabric where it can evaporate quickly with the result of delivering evaporative cooling thus avoiding clammy skin and damp clothing.  To help you make the right choice, we’ve got some sound advice on what will suit specific activities here. Travellers, too, can benefit from performance fabrics as they avoid the soaking from perspiration that can leave cotton T-shirts wringing wet.

Baselayers are all about comfort and moisture management is key – for warmth or for helping to keep the wearer cool when needed. By wicking away sweat and allowing moisture vapour through, Sub Zero baselayers offer versatile comfort for men, women and children across a wide range of activities in all climates and weather conditions at prices to suit all pockets. Different fabrics in varying weights are used to deliver solutions to all outdoor clothing demands. With flexibility a key consideration, baselayers can also be worn on their own as stand-alone garments. Lightweight, durable and quick drying – key considerations for multi-day trips – a variety of modern synthetic and natural fabrics have helped in reducing the need for kilos of spare clothing and allowing more room for other equipment to extend active trips..

With a wide range of insulation filling options for use a mid layer and flexible outer layer options, there’s a solution available for the challenges posed by most outdoor pursuits and weather conditions.

 

 

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Win A Sub Zero All Active Cooling T-Shirt Worth £39.99

June 26th, 2013

Here at Sub Zero Store we have five Sub Zero All Active Cooling T-Shirts to give away in June and July worth £39.99 each. All you have to do is fill in your details at the following link and click the ‘send message’ button. We will collate the entries and randomly draw the winners on August 2nd 2013.

Good luck everyone!

 

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Stay Safe In The Countryside Walking With Livestock

June 24th, 2013

As the weather warms up and more people head out for a walk in the countryside, Ramblers is reminding people to take care when walking through fields with livestock.

“Now is the perfect time to go for a walk in the countryside and explore our wonderful network of paths” said Nicky Philpott, Ramblers’ campaigns and policy director. “However, the countryside is also a working environment and it’s important to be mindful of that, especially at this time of year when farm animals are rearing their young.”

“Be sympathetic to farm animals rearing their young and give them space” says NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe. “If you feel threatened by animals protecting their territory, or young, do not run, move to the edge of the field, and if possible find another way round.”

“The countryside is a beautiful place to walk in” added Sercombe. “However, it is a working environment where animals graze. So it’s important to take care and be mindful of your surroundings so you can fully enjoy the experience.”

Ramblers has outlined some basic tips to follow below, you can find out more about walking near livestock – and with dogs – by reading the Countryside Code and Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Do
• Try to avoid getting between cows and their calves
• Be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog with you
• Move quickly and quietly, and if possible walk around the herd
• Keep your dog close and under effective control on a lead around cows and sheep

Don’t
• Don’t hang onto your dog – if you are threatened by cattle, let it go as the cattle will chase the dog
• Don’t put yourself at risk – find another way round the cattle and rejoin the footpath as soon as possible
• Don’t panic or run – most cattle will stop before they reach you, if they follow just walk on quietly

For further safety information visit Ramblers’ advice for walkers section. For all your outdoor clothing and equipment needs, make to check out the whole of the Sub Zero Store.

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Congratulations To March/April Sub Zero Store Competition Winners

June 22nd, 2013

Thank you to everyone who entered our Extremities Multisport Pro Waterproof Thermal Gloves competition for March/April

Congratulations go out to Miss B Prince of Flint, Mrs E Hurst of Bridlington, Mr K Irving of Dereham, Mr S Dewhurst of Welwyn Garden City, and Mrs V Lewis of Bournemouth. All the winners have been contacted and their Multisport Pro Waterproof Thermal Gloves dispatched.

June/July competition is the opportunity to win one of five Sub Zero All Active Cooling T-Shirts

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SALE: UP TO 40% Off Primus ETA Pots And Head Torches

June 20th, 2013

With the camping season in full swing why not upgrade your old billy cans with a new set of Primus ETA cooking pots. These lightweight aluminium pots have a titanium non-stick surface with an energy efficient heat exchanger on the base that improves boiling times by around 33%. If you are going to cook in the dark then why not also take advantage of our Primus headtorch offer. These award winning torches are ideal for slipping on your head to keep both your hands free whilst whipping up a meal that would put Gordon Ramsey to shame.

 

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Long Distance Challenge Walks In Northumberland

June 18th, 2013

Up for a challenge?

Challenge walks are, more or less, exactly how they are named. Completing a long walk in the company of others, often with checkpoints along the way, and usually to be completed within a set time. They can be very demanding and not to be undertaken lightly but they are also loads of fun and a structured event offers loads of support. Shepherd’s Walks has a number of these events set in the stunning scenery of Northumberland. Each walk has checkpoints with water stations and there’s first aid cover and support vehicles available for walkers who have to drop out on the route.

 

  • Cragside Challenge Walk, 29 June – starting from Cragside, near Rothbury, the 13 mile route takes in the Simonside Hills.
  • St. Cuthbert’s Challenge Walk, 10 August – after checking in at Wooler, walkers will be transferred to Melrose to walk along the lovely 19.5 mile cross-border section of this long distance route.
  • Kielder Challenge Walk, 7 September – walkers make a 25.3 mile circuit of Europe’s largest man-made lake.

 

Items of kit that should be a necessity in your backpack for a long distance challenge walk is a map and compass (and know how to use them!), a whistle to signal search and rescue if an emergency arises, windproof and waterproof clothing, extra warm clothes including a base layer set, food and drink, a torch for path finding at night and for signalling, hat and gloves, and a first aid kit that includes sunscreen.

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For more information visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

 

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Free Sub Zero HT Smock On Orders Over £100

June 13th, 2013

The weather during a British summer is unpredictable at the best of times. That is why a lightweight showerproof and windproof jacket is handy to have when outdoors in case of weather emergencies.

In June and July, Sub Zero Store are giving away a Sub Zero HT lightweight windproof smock jacket (half zip) with every order over £100. These jackets are manufactured from the same materiel as modern-day parachutes, producing a jacket that is very strong and very lightweight, packing down to the size of your fist.  The softness of the polyamide yarn also makes them very quiet when worn, and the showerproof treatment will protect the wearer against any light shower.

These Sub Zero HT smock windproof jackets are available in sizes Small-Xlarge and two colours, red and blue. When you spend over £1o0 you will have the option to add you colour and size during checkout.

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New Stone Pillars On Snowdon

June 9th, 2013

To encourage walkers to follow the correct footpaths on Snowdon and in order to reduce the number of call-outs to the local mountain rescue team, a number of distinctive stone pillars, recycled from local disused buildings, will be strategically placed on the mountain this summer.

In recent years, it has become evident from Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team’s reports that walkers tend to get into difficulties in the same places on Snowdon. As a result, and following detailed discussions with Snowdonia’s MountainSafe Partnership and with the full support of the Northern Snowdonia Local Access Forum, the Authority has decided that setting stone pillars will be more sustainable and less obtrusive than ordinary signage.

The initial phase of the project entails setting one stone pillar at the foot of each of the six main paths up Snowdon with the name of the path etched on its surface. This will then be followed by setting other stone pillars in places which have proven to be problematic for walkers in the past. Therefore, for safety reasons only, stone pillars will be placed to mark Bwlch y Moch and Crib Goch to encourage people not to go along these routes by mistake, another stone pillar will be placed to identify the intersection of Llanberis Path and Snowdon Ranger Path as walkers often mix up the two paths. Also, a stone pillar will be placed on the summit to identify accurately where the Watkin Path begins and another stone pillar to identify Bwlch y Saethau as walkers often make the mistake of descending the mountain this dangerous way.

Mair Huws, Head of Wardens and Access at the National Park Authority explained the scheme further, “Obviously, we can’t ignore all the incidents that occur on Snowdon. Erecting signs all over Snowdon is not acceptable, therefore placing these stone pillars on the mountain is sustainable, it is a convenient way to keep people informed without being intrusive, and will not affect people’s enjoyment of the mountain. By placing them in this way, our hope is to create as little impact on the landscape and the atmosphere of the mountain as possible, encouraging walkers to be safe and responsible at the same time.”

The Snowdon Paths are the Llanberis Path, Rhyd-Ddu Path, Snowdon Ranger Path, Watkin Path, Miners Track and the PYG Track. More information about the footpaths can be found on the Authority’s website, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk.

 

Of course, don’t rely on signs to navigate around the mountain. Keep your map and compass handy and to make sure your rucksack is packed with:

 

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