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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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Free Factor 2 gloves with orders over £100

October 27th, 2010

Free factor 2 gloves with orders over £100We are now giving away a free pair of Factor 2 Gloves with every order with a total value (excluding shipping charges)  in excess of £100.

To take advantage of this offer just add your products to the cart in the normal way. A message will appear at the top of the cart telling you how much more you need to spend to take advantage of the offer. Once the order value reaches £100 the message will change and will allow you to add a free pair of factor 2 gloves.

You can always rely of Sub Zero for some great offers!

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Gore-Tex Gaiters New to Sub Zero Store

October 20th, 2010

Novagaiter Goretex breathable walking boot gaiter by Terra Nova

Novagaiter Goretex breathable walking boot gaiter by Terra Nova

Gaiters are useful  in wet and muddy conditions to keep your feet and lower legs dry and clean. They can also be used in the spring/summer months and during dry weather  to prevent dust, small stones and vegetation from entering your shoes amd boots. They also protect your lower legs and ankles from sharp rocks and crampon spikes. There are a wide range of gaiter brands available but breathable gaiters are best as they help prevent the lower leg becoming wet from condensation.

Novagaiter by Terra Nova

Novagaiter by Terra Nova is a very breathable gaiter using Gore-Tex XCR in the upper, designed to fit virtually any boot. Durability is retained with the use of 1000 denier Cordura at the ankle and a replaceable, highly durable ‘Polytex’ underfoot strap. Easy front entry with zip and Velcro seal to prevent water penetration. Stainless steel fittings are used to prevent rusting and a handy, reflective, tab makes removal in the dark a simple operation. Use in conjunction with Sub Zero thermal underwear base layers for warm and dry winter walking and backpacking.

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Thermal Underwear Base Layer Special Offer

October 18th, 2010

Save £10 when you buy a set of Sub Zero thermal underwear Factor 1 base layers. The pack consists of a unisex thermal long sleeve top and a pair of unisex thermal bloo john leggings, both in colour black. Sizes range from XSmall to XXLarge and will fit most body shapes with their unisex design.

Thermal Underwear Factor 1 Base Layers

Manufactured in the UK by Sub Zero, this thermal underwear is one of the most technical range of base layers available. They are produced 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.

Thermal underwear base layer Factor 1 long sleeve and bloo john leggings by Sub Zero

Thermal underwear base layer Factor 1 long sleeve and bloo john leggings by Sub Zero

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Thermal Underwear to Keep the Elderly Warm

October 16th, 2010

With winter fast approaching the elderly are especially at risk from health complications caused by cold temperatures. Keeping warm is a priority, but with high energy costs a lot of pensioners on limited incomes worry about heating their properties.

Keeping warm is not just about having your central heating on 24 hours. There are a number of practical and cost efficient techniques that the elderly can employ to beat low winter temperatures:

  • Try and move at least once an hour to generate body heat.
  • Wear lots of thin layers of clothing rather than a few thick layers to trap body heat.
  • Eating a hot meal or drinking a hot drink will also help maintain your core temperature.
  • At night use an energy efficient electric blanket in bed.
  • Insulate your loft to reduce the amount of heat lost.
  • Wear thermal underwear during the day and at night.

Meraklon Thermal Underwear

Here at Sub Zero we have been manufacturing thermal underwear in the UK for over 40 years and we know a thing or two about keeping warm. We are best known for our technical base layers and mid layers for outdoor adventure sports but we also produce a range of mid layer thermal underwear ideal for the elderly who need to keep warm in a sedentary environment.

Meraklon thermal underwear long sleeve top by Sub Zero

Meraklon thermal underwear long sleeve top by Sub Zero

Our Meraklon thermal underwear range does not have an athletic cut synonymous with our other ranges that make it suitable for pensioners. The inside face of the fabric is heavily brushed  providing a super-soft fleece lining next to the skin, whilst the outer face of the fabric has a handle not too dissimilar to brushed cotton. All of our tops are cut long and our leggings have a high waist to avoid lower back exposure when sitting down.

Washing instructions couldn’t be more simpler. The water temperature should not exceed 50C or 120F and either line dry or pop close to a radiator. Due to the synthetic nature of the yarn, Meraklon thermal underwear dries very quickly and does not need ironing.

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Thermal Underwear & Accessories for Early Morning Commuting

October 14th, 2010

With the summer officially over and the threat of early morning frosts ever present, you would be wise to wrap up warm before attempting your journey in to work. This is especially important  if you are walking or braving the roads on your bicycle.

Thermal Underwear to Keep You Warm

The key to keeping warm is to wear a number of thin layers of clothing – the layering system. The idea is to trap layers of warm air inbetween the different layers, as it is the air that is actually the insulator not the fabric. If you get too warm you can easily remove an item of clothing.

The first thing to remember is not to wear cotton thermal underwear in your layering system. Cotton absorbs many times its own weight in water but requires a lot of energy to release it – this is why you have cotton towels and why it also takes them so long to dry. You may be warm whilst you are walking but as soon as you stop you will start to get very cold as your body heat is used to evaporate the moisture stored within the cotton fabric.

To keep warm without a chill you want to be wearing synthetic thermal underwear such as Sub Zero Factor 1 base layer.

Thermal underwear base layer Factor 1 long sleeve unisex top by Sub Zero

Thermal underwear base layer Factor 1 long sleeve unisex top by Sub Zero

These are manufactured in the UK from a polyamide yarn that is extremely soft but very durable.  It has a moisture loving treatment impregnated in to the yarn that actively transports moisture away from the skin to the outer layer of your clothing so it can quickly evaporate. If it is really cold then use in conjunction with Sub Zero Factor 2 Mid Layer thermal underwear, one of the warmest thermal underwear ranges available on the market today.

Stay warm, arrive safely!


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Sub Zero Thermal Underwear Team Tame The Beast

September 30th, 2010

On Sunday 19th September 3 intrepid but stupid people from the Sub Zero Thermal Underwear team ran The Beast trail race. The event consisted of 2 laps of a 5 mile cross country course that included steep hills, water, mud, and 32 obstacles usually tackled by horses!

Thermal underwear was our secret weapon!

After a tentative start the team soon got up to speed. Usually the water jumps at this time of year are warm after being baked by the summer sun but for a few days prior to the event the temperature had been very cool and the water was freezing. Luckily we were wearing Factor 1 Plus Long Sleeve thermal underwear tops that at least kept our top half warm. Our legs on the other hand were left open to the elements apart from Rach who wisely wore Factor 1 Bloo John thermal underwear leggings. A lesson learnt for next year.

With adrenalin pumping through our system we managed to complete the second lap quicker than the first. A few tumbles were witnessed as the obstacles were harder to negotiate with heavy trainers and tired legs, but we jumped back up and plodded on. The final finish times were reasonable for the event – 1:24:15, 1:28:39, 1:28:39.

Sub Zero Thermal Underwear team

Sub Zero Thermal Underwear team

If you fancy running The Beast next year then visit the organisers website at The Beast Run

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Extreme Winter Sports Travel Insurance

September 18th, 2010

Adventure and excitement is now sort after by many travellers which has made activity holidays, winter sports in particular a popular choice for many. In response to this, insurance providers have created what is known as winter sports insurance which is a policy tailored to cover the increased risk associated with these types of activities.

The nature of winter sports makes it important that you have the best travel insurance. By best we mean a policy that is going to completely cover all your needs at a fair and reasonable price. After all you’ll be wasting your money if you come to make a claim and it turns out you weren’t properly covered for the activities you were doing. If you have a good understanding of what you need to look for in a travel insurance policy and are able to compare different providers then this is quite achievable.

The first thing you should check is whether the types of activities you’ll be doing are covered in the insurance providers definition of ‘winter sports’, otherwise the policy won’t meet your needs. There are lots of variations that an insurer can have so you may not be covered for what you’d expect to be defined as a winter sport making it important to always check the details of your policy.

Another important thing to look out for is whether your policy includes cover for your equipment. A general policy will usually cover your personal possessions if there lost or damaged but will rarely cover any specialist sports equipment you may have with you. This is why it’s necessary to have a specialised policy that recognises the activities you’ll be doing.

Your main focus when looking at a policy for any type of activity where there is an increased risk of you having an accident is the medical cover it provides. This is where a specialist policy comes into it’s own as it will cover your medical expenses that could potentially run into the thousands compared to the relatively low price of a travel insurance policy.

Specialised insurance policies are now numerous and available for a variety of different activities. Sports cover holiday insurance is another type of policy you may need as it’s aimed at covering you for activities like mountain biking and climbing, sports where the right travel insurance will make a big difference if something were to go wrong. The same basic rules apply for all activity related travel insurance policy but for more information on the different policy types visit www.travelinsuranceguide.org.uk

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Lightweight Backpacking Top 10 Kit Tips for Autumn

September 10th, 2010

Does the thought of lugging around a huge heavy pack this Autumn put you off planning a weekend away? If so then maybe lightweight backpacking is for you.  Making just a few changes in your choice of kit and creative thinking can drastically reduce the final carrying weight of your rucksack.

10 ways to reduce the weight of your backpack

  1. Frugality – It sounds like common sense but before you pack something ask yourself  “do I really need this?”.
  2. Multifunction – Take pieces of kit that can perform more than one function. For example a candle can be used for light, a waterproofing agent and a fire starter
  3. Go titanium –  It’s 45% lighter than steel but just as strong.  Don’t be put off by the price, it will pay for itself in the long run and your back will thank you for it.
  4. Titanium spoonfork

    Titanium spoonfork

    Sleep light – Take a sleeping bag that is suitable to the prevailing weather conditions.  The difference in weight between a 3 season sleeping bag and a 4 season sleeping can be considerable. If it does get colder than expected wear your clothes to bed.

  5. Cooking – Do you really need lots of pots and pans on your trip? A small pan can easily take the place of a mug or bowl. Why take a full cutlery set when your fingers and a Titanium Spoonfork will suffice. Again go titanium to save on weight.
  6. Clothing – It is always advisable to take 2 sets of clothes, one to wear and one as a spare so be selective in what you take. A long sleeve thermal base layer can double up as a t-shirt if it gets too warm by rolling up the sleeves. They also make ideal pyjamas if the nights are cool.
  7. Titanium Tent Pegs

    Titanium Tent Pegs

    Shelter – There are lots of very lightweight tents available on the market these days. If your budget does not stretch that far then buy a tent that has a separate fly sheet. On milder weekends you need only take the outer sheet to pitch. Replace heavy manufacturers tent pegs with ultralight titanium tent pegs.

  8. Portion Plan – Work out exactly how much food you are going to need each day. Fat contains double the amount of calories than carbohydrate and  protein. This will allow you to pack enough food using less space and weight.
  9. Heavy water – A weighty essential commodity but you can reduce the amount you need to carry. If you know there are going to be secure water sources along your route then only carry what is needed to see you between these point. Drinking as much as possible at these sources will also reduce the amount you need to carry.
  10. Washing – Is it necessary? Think of all that weight that could be saved if that toiletries bag went missing. Just take a small pack of wet wipes for hygiene.

Please remember that your safety and well-being is your first priority when considering what to pack in your rucksack.

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