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Royal Mails Tracking System Upgrade

April 5th, 2017

Sub Zero Stores New Royal Mail Tracked Shipping System

Shipping Process Upgrade

Here at Sub Zero Store we are always looking at ways to improve our service to our customers. As with all good etailers it is an ongoing process and evolves over time. For the past few months we have been concentrating on integrating Royal Mails new 2D barcode system in to our dispatch operation. Not only does it give us tracking and delivery information, it also checks delivery addresses to make sure they are correct. This has now been completed and has been rolled out from the start of this month.

Sub Zero Stores New Royal Mail Tracked Shipping SystemIf any of you have ordered from us in April then you would have noticed a change to the parcel label. The image to the left show the new design with the delivery address blurred for data protection reasons.

UK Mail 

All parcels now have a  unique 2D barcode generated during the label generation process, allowing them to be scanned through Royal Mails sorting and delivery systems. This will allows us to track individual parcels sent by the UK 48 and 24 services, and locate them should the delivery be delayed. It will also provide us with confirmation when they have been delivered.

Order Tracking 

At the moment, only parcels can be tracked online at Royal Mail. Orders that qualify as large letters will not have any tracking information updated to Royal Mails website, but we can still trace them. We just need to send the barcode number to our Royal Mail account manager who can trace them on a different system.

Non UK Orders

Any orders with delivery addresses outside of the UK will now be sent by Royal Mails Tracked and Signed service. This aims to deliver worldwide in 3-5 working days. As with the UK 24 and 48 hours service, these parcels also have a unique 2D barcode for tracking.

For further information, please visit our Delivery Information page

 

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What are gaiters and when should you wear them?

April 4th, 2017

Many backpackers and hikers swear by gaiters and use them year-round.

Despite offering essential protection, gaiters are often overlooked and get confused in a long list of outdoor equipment.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide so you know what exactly gaiters are and when you should be wearing them.

What are Gaiters?

Gaiters are lightweight, breathable and waterproof pieces of fabric that cover the upper boot and lower part of your legs.

Working with your boots, gaiters protect all the tiny nooks and crannies that are vulnerable in certain weather or environment conditions, such as the top of the boot.

In wet, muddy or snowy conditions, gaiters are essential for keeping your feet dry and can also provide an extra layer of insulation.

In drier weather, gaiters will also protect you from debris such as rocks and sand that can uncomfortably lodge themselves inside your footwear.

Gaiters provide great protection across a diverse range of conditions. Whether you are facing thorny bushes, marsh land or even snake bites, the gaiters will provide you an extra layer of defence to stop anything from getting into your boots or trouser legs.

Made from mostly synthetic materials, gaiters are breathable, lightweight and quick drying. Gaiters are designed to be comfortable for walking and hiking long distances in a variety of conditions, making them an essential item for your pack.

From puddles to thunderstorms, gaiters will keep you waterproof, insulated and protected.

Generally, gaiters come in one of two heights: ankle-height and full-length.

Full-length gaiters

Full-length gaiters are a perfect fit for extreme weather conditions such as deep snow or heavy rain.

Covering the tops of your boots and most of your lower leg, full-length gaiters offer the most protection.

If you’re in terrains covered in snow, long wet grass, thick bush or you need to cross streams, full-length gaiters are essential for you.

Ankle-height gaiters

Ankle-height gaiters are made to simply cover the top of your footwear and bottom of your trousers.

They don’t have the same level of protection as the full-length ones, and are best used for less extreme conditions.

This type of gaiter is ideal for outdoor wear, with a good chance of rain and mud. It’s also perfect for offering protection from bits of debris such as stones, sand or bits of twig entering your footwear.

This type of gaiter can also be a great fit for off-road and fell runners to provide protection from debris.

For runners that want a more lightweight and fuller protection, our padded running gaiters may be the perfect fit for you.

Conclusion

Snow, water and debris can find a way into the most waterproof of boots and trousers. Gaiters are lightweight, waterproof and breathable, covering the ends of your boots and trousers, providing you with extra protection from the elements.

Gaiters protect you from a range of outdoor conditions, including muddy puddles, debris, deep snow, streams and thick bush. Small and lightweight enough to stash in your pack, gaiters can be used year-round for almost every condition.

Ready to unlock the benefits of gaiters? Browse our range today.

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How to Choose Your Perfect Base Layer

April 3rd, 2017

How to Choose your Perfect Base Layer
Keeping Warm

Staying warm is incredibly important. Whether you are skiing in the Alps, enjoying the outdoors or just getting through the winter months, staying warm is essential.The key to warmth starts with a good base layer. But with all the different types available, it’s hard to understand what is right for you. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to choosing your perfect base layer.

What are base layers?

Base layers are the foundation layer of clothing, designed to provide temperature regulation. They should move moisture away from your skin, keeping you dry as you sweat and cool down while you rest. It’s important to understand that base layers are not insulation. They help regulate your temperature, but the clothes you layer on top will keep you warm.

Choosing the right base layer

When choosing the right base layer for you, there are many different factors to consider.

Material
Firstly, base layers can be made from different materials. The typical materials you can choose from are:

  • Cotton: Cotton is affordable, but is a bad base layer material. It can add a bit of warmth, but only if it’s heavy and thick. Cotton will also soak up any sweat or moisture, making it cold, clammy and uncomfortable to wear.
  • Silk: Feeling great on your skin, silk is great for layering under your clothes. Silk also works great when you need to squeeze into pieces of form-fitting clothing, such as shoes or a helmet. Unfortunately, silk is not great at regulating temperatures. In warm conditions, silk can be too hot or uncomfortable to wear.
  • Synthetic: There is a big range of synthetic materials used in base layers. In general, synthetic materials are breathable, dry incredibly fast and can add warmth. Most synthetics are not resistant to bacteria and can build odours.
  • Merino wool: This type of wool is very soft, great at regulating your temperature and resists odour. Coming from the New Zealand Merino sheep, this wool is a pricey option for some.

Size
Your base layer needs to be comfortable, but tight-fitting. Having a tight-fitting base layer traps air next to the skin, helping insulate and regulate your body temperature. It’s also a great idea for the shirts to be long enough to tuck into your trousers. This will avoid any cold spells while bending over, and help retain the trapped layer of air. Generally, most base layers are made to be tight-fitting. So, stick to your normal clothes size when ordering your base layer.

Style
Base layers can come in different styles, with short- and long-sleeve variations. The perfect style depends on your activity, climate and personal preferences. Generally, if you are exposed to colder conditions, long-sleeved based layers will be right for you. On the other hand, more active or warmer conditions will prefer shorter sleeves.

Conclusion


Choosing your perfect base layer depends ultimately on your unique needs, activity and weather conditions. Need more information on choosing your base layer? Our experts can help you choose your perfect option based on your unique requirements.

Ready to choose your perfect base layer? Browse our selection today:

https://www.subzerostore.co.uk/outdoor-clothing/baselayer-thermal-underwear/base-layers

 

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The differences between fleece, softshell and down-insulated jackets

April 3rd, 2017

Thermal jackets are your outer layer protection. Protecting you from the elements, thermal jackets are key to fully enjoying your favourite outdoor activity.

Whether you are a hiker, climber, snowboarder, skier or biker, your thermal jacket is an important piece of your kit.

There is a huge variety of jackets to choose from. The main three are fleeces, softshell and down-insulated jackets.

So, what are the differences between these jackets and which one is perfect for you?

 

Fleece

Fleeces are made from a soft, lightweight and warm polyester material that mimics wool.

Available in a variety of weights, fleeces are great at keeping you warm. The jackets can maintain their warmth when wet, and dry very quickly.

The fabric is highly-breathable, is comfortable, doesn’t itch and can be produced in a variety of colours and styles.

Some fleeces are even windproof and water-repellent, protecting you from the elements. However, being water-resistant makes them more prone to odours.

Soft, lightweight and warm, fleeces are most commonly worn as layering pieces.

 

Softshell

Softshell jackets are perhaps the most versatile of all jackets.

Although a fleece is great for warmth, a softshell jacket has the best of both worlds. Not only will it provide warmth, it also offers more protection from the elements. Highly comfortable, these jackets are a popular choice for everyday wear.

Softshell jackets were initially created for activities like climbing and mountaineering. The fabric is incredibly breathable and has a great deal of stretch, made to keep you moving, dry and warm.

Soft and flexible, softshell jackets are best for keeping active. They also work great as a mid-layer in severe weather or as an outer layer in moderate conditions, and are great to protect you from windy conditions.

 

Down-insulated jackets

Down insulated jackets are filled with the best insulator in the world.

Made from feather by-products of geese, ducks, or other waterfowl, the down insulation will keep you warm without weighing you down.

Insulated down jackets and body warmers are ideal pieces of technical clothing for adding an extra layer of insulation without adding much weight. The lightweight jackets have a small pack size so they can fit easily into walking trouser pockets or the smallest of free spaces in your backpack.

However, down-insulated jackets are weak to moisture and provide less protection against the elements. Although some jackets use water-resistant treated down, the jacket is best suited to drier conditions.

 

Conclusion

Choosing the right jacket for you will depend on your activities and weather conditions.

If you are going to be active, the flexible softshell jackets are the best. The lightweight down-insulated jacket is great to carry to keep you warm in cold and dry conditions. In wet conditions, the fleece will keep you warm and dry quickly.

All the jackets work best when worn in layers.

Ready to choose your perfect jacket? Browse our range today.

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