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First Bushcraft Show In UK

May 26th, 2011

The Bushcraft Show will take place in Cumbria from 3 – 5th June 2011 on the edge of Lake Windermere in the YMCA Newby Bridge. Individuals and families have a great weekend in store and can have a go at what they’ve seen Ray Mears tackle. The three day event will be jam packed with amazing activities that will take you, your friends and family on a wood lore and survival adventure. Right from the opening morning, you will be able to try your hand at woodland survival crafts such as trap building and triggers, rope making, bow drilling, stone sharpening. You will pick up loads of new skills – from tracking animals and learning about wildlife trails to identifying the difference between edible and poisonous plants. You will be able to watch and learn from experts on the art of wood carving, stone sharpening, and hide working. What the best bush tucker is and tasty ways to cook it. Become an expert at Basha Coracle making – an improvised boat using a waterproof tarp and items from the surrounding countryside.  Information on The Bushcraft Show including timetables, tickets, courses and accommodation as well as the full entertainment programme is available at www.TheBushcraftShow.co.uk.

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Capture Dartmoor On Camera Competition

May 21st, 2011

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Dartmoor National Park, the National Park Authority has launched an online photography competition with some great prizes. Visitors and residents alike are being encouraged to get out and capture the essence of Dartmoor on camera – its natural beauty, distinctive wildlife or fascinating cultural heritage. “If you have a photo which you feel really captures the special qualities of Dartmoor National Park, then we would love to see it. By the end of the competition we should have an amazing online gallery of images which celebrate what Dartmoor National Park means to people,” explains Jackie Ridley, Promotion and Development Officer for Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Entrants to the competition could win some great prizes – the first prize is a landscape photography workshop with Devon-based landscape photographer Adrian Oakes; second prize is a large canvas wrap of one of your own photos.

Photo credit: Dartmoor West from Saddle Tor – Richard Reed

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Transform Journeys With ‘The Complete National Cycle Network’ Free App

May 18th, 2011

Access over 25,000 miles of walking and cycling network across the UK, anytime anywhere, with ‘The complete National Cycle Network’ app from UK charity Sustrans. The free app will be available soon from the iTunes store and is the first time the charity will make this UK-wide transport network, that serves millions of people locally, available for mobile phones. Sustrans has created the app from its OS-based online mapping facility and it has been specifically designed to help people make more of their everyday journeys on foot or by bike.

It includes 25000 miles of route – including all 13000 miles of award-winning National Cycle Network and a further 12000 miles of regional and local routes and links. All routes have been assessed and approved to be included in the mapping and are shown at a 1:10000 scale. It integrates with the public transport network and provides links to the Transport Direct journey planning website, making it easier to get bus and train updates from any location so you can plan longer journeys. The app also recommends routes for easy local travel as well as more long distance ones for leisure walks and rides.

The latest route developments and additions to the Network will be updated fortnightly and you can plan and save routes or share them with your friends. You can also record and keep a GPS track of your route as you walk or ride along and centre the map on your current location. It also has a direct link to the Sustrans website – www.sustrans.org.uk – where you can check out events, the latest transport news and local walking, cycling and neighbourhood projects in your area.

Martyn Brunt, Sustrans’ Development Manager for the Network, said, “The high standards Sustrans has applied in developing the National Cycle Network mean it shows the best routes for walking and cycling across the UK, and the level of local detail, no matter where you are, makes it a great ‘go-to’ app for local knowledge, everyday travel or leisure.”

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Third Rothbury and Coquetdale Walking Festival

April 18th, 2011

Walking festival in Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park has teamed up again with Shepherds Walks to bring together the third Rothbury and Coquetdale Walking Festival – www.rothburywalking.co.uk – in June. With sixteen walks over eight days there is something for everybody from short history walks to walks along the border ridge between England and Scotland.

Highlights include:

Drover Roads of Coquetdale – an 8 mile guided walk looking at the old drover roads that criss-crossed Rothbury and Coquetdale. When droving was at its peak between the 16th-18th Centuries, great trains of cattle of traditional hardy hill breeds were driven from Scotland to the markets of England. These old green roads – many of them hundreds of years old – still wind through the hills and make firm walking through breathtaking countryside.

Nordic Walking – a full day’s training course for those wanting to try out this way of walking for fitness and health. Nordic Walking is perfect for people who want to get more active and fit. It is simple to learn, suitable for people who have been inactive for a while and a great way to gently encourage full body movement. The poles help to reduce pressure on the knees and joints and help propel the walker along making walking feel easier than you expect.

The festival walks are led by a range of experienced walk guides from the National Park (www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk) and from Shepherds Walks, set up by Jon Monks, a local Northumbrian hill shepherd (www.shepherdswalks.co.uk).

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Mountain Bike Trail A Huge Success In Its First Year

April 14th, 2011

Mountain bike trail celebrates first birthday

The Monkey Trail at the Forestry Commission’s Cannock Chase will be officially one year old on April 17. It has enjoyed a huge popularity over the past 12 months being ridden more than 100,000 times. That adds up to1 million miles of healthy riding by bikers – the equivalent of biking around the world 51 times.

During this time the route, which starts at the Birches Valley Visitor Centre, was also voted as the ‘Reader Trail of the Year’ by readers of the popular magazine Mountain Bike Rider – www.mbr.co.uk. They ranked it as being better than all other man-made trails as well as our thousands of kilometres of bridleway.

Sponsored by bike manufacturer Giant, The Monkey Trail is an 8 kilometre extension to the existing ‘Follow the Dog’ trail. The trail, which is characterised by short sharp climbs and long flowing descents, was created by a partnership between the Forestry Commission and a group of local volunteers called Chase Trails.

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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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