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Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas For A Walker

December 13th, 2016

Walkers Top 10 Kit

If you are struggling to come up with ideas for the walker in your family then we have picked our top ten products that will keep them happy when outside in all weathers.

1.Base Layers
Sub Zero Base Layer Thermal Underwear Range For Walkers

A cold walker is a miserable walker. Treat them to some  good quality base layers this Christmas and watch them transform from a prickly plodder to a happy hiker.

 

 

 

 

2. Bottle Flask

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle Flask For Walkers

 

 

If you are rather partial to a brew when walking and do not want to carry a stove, then taking an insulated vacuum flask with the tea or coffee already made is a great way of grabbing a quick cuppa when outdoors. Thermos flasks come in all shape and sizes these days, from wide mouth lunch jugs to robust stainless steel bottle flasks.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Waterpoof Hat

Waterproof Hats For Walkers

 

Keeping your head dry in wet weather can be achieved either by pulling up your waterproof jacket hood or by wearing a waterproof hat. The advantages of using a waterproof hat rather than a hood is that they are more insulating, give you a better field of vision, and can be stored easily in a pocket or backpack.

 

 

 

 

4. First Aid Kit

First Aid Kits For Walkers

 

Everybody has an accident at some point when walking, whether that be from stumbling on uneven ground, cutting a  finger on map edges, or  wearing poorly fitted walking boots that lead to blisters. If left untreated for any length of time, these wounds may hinder your progress or become infected. The solution is to carry a first aid kit in your backpack or pocket, allowing you to treat any minor injuries sustained by yourself or your walking group.

 

 

 

5. Survival Bag

Survival Bags And Blankets For Walkers

 

 

Like all good boy scouts you should be prepared when stepping out in to the great outdoors. Lightweight and compact, these survival bags and blankets are manufactured form space age materials to keep you warm and dry until help arrives. They can also double up as a large visual aid should you get lost when walking.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Insulated Down Jacket

Insulated Down Jackets For Walkers

 

 

The ultimate in walking comfort, insulated down jackets are like wearing a duvet on the hills. Being lightweight and compact, they can easily fit in to odd spaces in a backpack, and just need a good shake before being worn to activate the down insulation.

 

 

 

 

7. Outdoor Compasses

Brunton Outdoor Compasses For Walkers

 

 

If the walker in your family is always getting lost then invest in a field compass to keep them on the straight and narrow. These compact lightweight navigational devices easily fit in to your jacket or trouser pocket, and come in a variety of styles with different features.

 

 

 

 

8. Solid Fuel Camping Stoves

Ghillie Kettle Solid Fuel Camping Stoves For Walkers

 

 

 

Not the smallest of stoves we must confess but they eliminate the need for fuel to be carried. When you want a brew, just forage around for twigs, fir cones and leaves, and these Ghille Kettles will light with ease and boil water in a matter of minutes. Pan sets can be suspended above the top exhaust, allowing for a meal to be cooked at the same time. Manufactured in the UK from lightweight anodised aluminium, these solid fuel camping stoves are a very useful gadget for the survival enthusiast and minimalist walker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Walking Socks

Technical socks for walkers

 

Blisters and sores on walkers feet usually occur due to poor quality socks and bad fitting boots. Wearing a constructed walking socks will help to manage moisture, cushion your heel and sole, and help to prevent internal slipping and rubbing.

 

 

 

 

 

10. Waterproof Gloves
Waterproof Gloves For Walkers

 

Wet hands quickly start to feel cold in the cooler months. Being able to keep them dry and also functional means that good fitting waterproof gloves are required.

 

 

 

 

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Shop Small With Amex And Save Money

December 8th, 2016

American Express Shop Smart Campaign

Shop Small

Small businesses like Sub Zero Store are the backbone of the local community. We employ local people. We support local business. We are more flexible than large city centre and outlet stores . We provide superior customer service.  We are helpful and caring. We contribute billions to the national economy. But often we are overlooked, marginalised and unappreciated. So when somebody comes along to help, like Amex Shop Small, we all should be shouting it from the roof.

Money Back Offer

From 3-18th December 2016, American Express are running their annual Shop Small campaign. This national campaign by Amex aims to promote the uniqueness of small businesses and encourages American Express card holders to purchase goods from them. All that Amex customers have to do is spend £10 or more in a single transaction at a participating small business to receive a £5 statement credit. This offer not only applies to high street stores, but also online retailers like Sub Zero Store.

What To Purchase

At Sub Zero Store, we stock a wide range of functional outdoor products to keep you warm, safe, and secure. Not only do we stock the award winning Sub Zero brand of outdoor clothing, we also have a wide range of technical brands that have been tried and tested by our dedicated sourcing team. When researching new product lines, we do try to buy kit that is made in Great Britain,  but this is sometimes difficult due to the nature of the product.

So why not save some money with the Amex Shop Smart campaign and treat yourself this Christmas to a nice snug base layer to keep out the winter chill.

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Best lightweight thermal underwear for Autumn weather

September 9th, 2015

What is the best lightweight thermal underwear for changeable Autumn weather?

Autumn can be an unpredictable month as one day it can be scorching hot whilst the next day you can get out of your tent and find ground frost. This swing in the weather cycle is not ideal if you are out on the hills for a  prolonged period of time as you have to pack for all eventualities. But how do you fine the best lightweight thermal underwear for the job? Researching the following four  properties when buying thermal underwear should help you get the best from your purchase.

Insulation

Best lightweight thermal underwear Sub Zero Factor 1 plusTo lighten your load it is a good idea to wear thermal underwear that will adapt to both hot and cold conditions. This is not  an endorsement for  thermal brands that claim they will keep you cool in summer and hot in winter. Anyone with a simple grasp of physics or textiles knows this is an impossibility. The best you can hope to achieve is a lightweight thermal  base layer that will insulate you in the cooler weather, but not be so insulating that you start to cook when the sun comes out.

But how do you know how insulating/warm a thermal underwear brand is going to be? A simple but underused test is the TOG, which measures the thermal resistance of a fabric.  You have probably seen it used on duvets, mattresses and pillows, and the lower the figure, the less insulating it is. In the Autumn you need a lightweight thermal underwear brand that has a TOG rating of between 0.35-0.50. Anything higher and you are going to be too warm, anything lower and you will chill.

Wicking Rates

What this means is basically how quick perspiration is moved from the skins surface to the outside surface of the fabric, so it can evaporate or be moved on to the next clothing layer. The best lightweight thermal underwear garments will have a hydrophilic treatment applied to them. These chemicals actively aid the movement of moisture – hydrophilic means water loving – so vastly improve the fabrics own moisture transportation system. In the cooler Autumnal weather this process keeps a dry layer of air next to the skin (air being the insulator) helping you to keep warm. In warmer weather you will probably wear the lightweight thermal underwear on its own. A quick wicking rate will pump moisture out to the surface of the thermal and allow evaporation. This will help to cool you as water has a high heat capacity and needs a lot of energy to phase change i.e. transform from a  liquid to a gas.  In layman’s term, your excess body heat is absorbed by the water on the fabrics surface to change to a gas,  or evaporate as us mere mortals know the process.

Construction and Fit

Best lightweight thermal underwear needs good construction and fitThirdly, the lightweight thermal underwear must be snug fitting. By snug I do not mean restricting blood to an appendage so it goes purple with loss of circulation.  The base layer must be close fitting so no air can be wafted when you move. For someone who has not got the body of David Beckham this is not going to be a pretty sight as a good fitting thermal will contour to all your lumps and bumps. However, this close fit ensures that air is trapped next to the skin, insulating the wearer. It also aids hydrophilic treatments as they only work efficiently when there is a heat gradient. The best way to achieve this is by having the fabric in close contact to the skin.

The best lightweight thermal underwear garments will also be constructed sympathetically to your activity. Look for thermal underwear that has a long body length so when you bend over to pick something up or tie your shoe laces your lower back does not become exposed. The sleeves should also be of a significant length that when you lift your arms they do not ride up and expose much your skin.

Colour

Finally, your choice in colour will also play an important part in how cool and hot you feel. Black is a good absorber of light wavelengths and will attract more energy from the sun than a lighter colour. However, black is also a good radiator of heat so in overcast weather it will loose heat quicker than a lighter colour. White is obviously the best colour for reflecting heat as it absorbs very little light. If you need thermal underwear in the autumn and are not sure on what weather conditions you are going to be subjected to then choose a colour between the extremes of white and black.

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60% more products available to buy online at Sub Zero Store

August 21st, 2015

subzero_trustpilot_ratingAlways looking to improve our customer service and product range we have recently carried out a major upgrade to our website so that we now have 60%+ more products available to buy online. Our range has been extended to include many more summer and winter lines from our own brand and our supplier network, so that we stock everything you would need for weekend hiking or trips to extreme environments around the world.

While we have obviously changed the appearance of the site this has been a very small part of the changes. The main focus of our efforts has been delivering more choice and a better online shopping experience to our loyal customers. To this end we have added account facilities to our site so that you can now login to your account and create multiple delivery addresses, manage saved shopping baskets, review past orders and view your product ratings. We are also tracking stock levels so you will know before placing your order that your chosen product is in stock.

block_09.jpgOur new site also gives us the ability to deliver a more varied series of promotions so we will be working with our suppliers on the run up to the Christmas period to delivery some truly exciting new offers and promotions. We hope that you will enjoy them and that you will find some really great presents for the dedicated outdoor enthusiast.

But in addition to all these super technical changes we have updated our customer service so you can now enjoy free UK delivery on all orders over £25, a 180 day returns period, one year warranty across our entire product range and same day despatch if you order by 3pm. We can’t say fairer than that!

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Camp Cooking – up to 50% off!

March 31st, 2015

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Spring has arrived!

 

Sunshine and blue skies makes us want to get out there and really enjoy the outdoors!

With three bank holidays in the next couple of months, it’s the perfect time to think about an outdoor break, and road test your camping gear before going on a summer adventure.

Whether you enjoy the outdoors ‘Bear Grylls’ style, or enjoy a more leisurely break with the whole family, Sub Zero Store have a complete range of outdoor gear to make your camping trip run smoothly… and at the moment we are offering up to 50% off camp cooking equipment!

Our outdoor accessories are also recommended by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, so if you or your child is taking part in a DofE programme this year, now is a fantastic time to get kitted out.

camp cookingOne of the most exciting parts of any outdoor adventure is camp cooking. Foregoing the luxuries of your kitchen at home is a chance to try something new and exciting! And eating outdoors is one of life’s truly simple pleasures.

So with this in mind, let’s start with camping stoves. Gas stoves, multifuel stoves or solid fuel stoves, we have some fantastic offers on high quality kit suitable for any adventure, in any climate, including remote locations where fuel can be scarce. A traditional gas stove gives you easy and fast heat to get your sausages sizzling in super quick time. A multifuel stove can use any liquid fuel such as LP gas, gasoline/petrol, diesel, kerosene, even aviation fuel. A solid fuel stove makes use of natural fuels around you such as sticks, grass, pine cones, birch bark and so on. Or, if you prefer a more traditional campfire, our firelighters will give you a helping hand to get your fire started… you’ll be toasting marshmallows in no time at all!

No matter where you are, hot or cold, it’s always essential to make sure you have plenty to drink. Sub Zero Store stock a range of mugs to keep your drinks warm or chilled, with lids and carabiners for hydration on the move. In sizes from 200ml to 500ml, Sub Zero Store have a mug for even the smallest of backpacks. And if you’re short on space, our Primus 4 Season Stainless Steel Camping Mug and Lifeventure Stainless Steel Mug can be used directly on your stove for heating food or drinks. Or, for shorter trips and picnics, we have great discounts on thermal flasks for keeping food and drinks hot or cold.

camp cooking

So whatever your adventure, Sub Zero Store have the camping kit to keep you warm, nourished and hydrated. Take a look at our special offers here, and with free UK delivery when you spend just £75, our 50% sale makes spring the perfect time to plan your adventures for 2015… and enjoy some camp cooking!

 

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Stay Safe on the Slopes

February 17th, 2015

stay safe on the slopes

 

The FCO have launched travel advice guidance for Brits travelling to a winter ski or snowboarding holiday abroad to make sure they stay safe on the slopes.

The guidance includes essential advice and tips to ensure that travellers avoid injury and expensive medical costs whilst on the slopes. The key messages are:

    • Take out comprehensive insurance that covers all of your winter sports activities
    • Don’t drink and ski
    • Protect our head and policy – many insurers insist you wear a helmet
    • Don’t attempt slopes you’re not experienced or fit enough to tackle
    • Make sure someones knows where you’re going and tell them of any changes to your plans

 

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Sub Zero Store Sale Continues… up to 50% off our best sellers!

January 14th, 2015

SUB ZERO SALE

As the cold snap draws closer, the Sub Zero Store sale continues…

We are offering up to 50% off a wide range of fantastic products to keep you warm while you enjoy the winter weather!

With huge discounts on best sellers across all departments, there has never been a better time for outdoor adventures!

Up to 50% off thermal, waterproof and windproof gloves, thermal ski socks, thermal head gear and pocket multi-tools

40% off our Factor 1 Plus base layer range

30% off our Merino Wool thermal base layer range

Click on the images below or check out our special offers page!

 

Sub Zero Store sale

Handy multi-tools from just £3.99!

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Was £19.99 NOW £9.99!

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Thermal Head Gear from £9.99!

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Up to 50% off our thermal ski socks!

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30% off our Merino wool base layer range at Sub Zero Store

January 12th, 2015

Sub Zero Merino Wool Base Layers

Our popular Merino wool base layer range not only offers unbeatable warmth and protection in very cold temperatures, we are also offering a fantastic 30% off our best selling range!

 

Merino Wool Thermal Underwear Base Layers by Sub Zero Store are the first layer of clothing you wear to maintain a warm and dry micro-climate next to the skin. The combination of soft natural fibres and Lycra technology makes this your best choice for active sports in low temperatures.

 

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Using the world’s finest and softest New Zealand Merino wool, these high quality base layers have a core of Lycra with this fine grade of wool spun around it. This gives the garments a high degree of stretch and recovery, stability when washed and a greater yarn lifespan. No need to stretch your woollen garment back in to shape after a warm wash.

For extra comfort, our Merino wool base layer range is manufactured three dimensionally without any seams – they are knitted in a single piece. This process allows us to knit features in to the garment that will aid the wearer, such as rib zones under the bust for added support, a low profile neck, and thumb holes on the cuff.

Merino wool base layer

Soft, high quality natural fibres, the flexibility of Lycra and seam free production make this one of the most effective and comfortable base layers on the market. Available in styles for both men and women, and in black, grey and pink, they look great too.

Ideal for hikers, skiers and mountaineers who want to wear natural fibre thermal underwear with the performance of a synthetic garment, that moves with you.

Take a look at our range of Merino wool base layers here, and don’t forget, delivery is free when you spend £75!

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Sub Zero Celebrate Small Business Saturday!

November 28th, 2014

As a small business helping you to explore our big world, Sub Zero Store are proud to celebrate Small Business Saturday this weekend.

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Small Business Saturday is a movement founded by American Express to celebrate small businesses. The event always takes place on the first Saturday in December, encouraging consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

If you spend over £10 on your American Express Card between 6th and 21st December, American Express will refund £5!

 

Sub Zero Store are also offering a number of special offers to help you with your Christmas shopping!celebrate Small Business Saturday

We have more special offers and new products to be announced in the next few weeks. Make sure you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and come back to www.subzerostore.co.uk!

We’re so proud of our products, values and service, so help us celebrate Small Business Saturday this weekend!

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Waterproof Thermal Gloves By Extremities Now in Stock

November 12th, 2014

 Waterproof power liner glove

Keep your hands warm and dry in Extremities new ranges of waterproof thermal gloves.

With the cold weather now creeping upon us after a glorious end to the Autumn, protecting your hands, feet and head should be a priority for people still wanting to enjoy the outdoors. With the advancement in fabric technology, you now no longer need to wear large cumbersome gloves to keep you hands warm and dry. With this in mind, Terra  Nova have launched two new waterproof thermal gloves ranges for Winter 2014 under their Extremities Brand, the Waterproof Power Liner and the Waterproof Sticky Power Liner. These ranges offer a waterproof glove that is both dexterous and  lightweight.

Extremities Power Liner Lightweight Thermal Gloves – Based on the Extremities Power Liner gloves but with the addition of a waterproof breathable membrane. The outer fabric is manufactured from a quick drying polyester stretch fabric, with the inner lining being brushed for extra comfort. The Power Liner Gloves are ideal for active sports such as running, cross country skiing and walking in cool weather.

Extremities Sticky Power Liner Lightweight Thermal Gloves –  Based on the Extremities Sticky Power Liner gloves but with the addition of a waterproof breathable membrane and a layer of 3oz synthetic insulation for extra warmth. The outer fabric is manufactured from a quick drying polyester stretch fabric, with the inner lining being brushed for extra comfort. The double layer cuff is comfortable and warm, whilst a silicon print across the palm and fingers adds long lived grip for active sports such as hiking, skiing and scrambling. The Sticky Power Liner gloves are also ideal for commuting and any outdoor work where dexterity and grip are required.

These gloves are very popular and are only available this year in limited numbers. The sizes are unisex and range from Small-XLarge. The colour availability is just black at the moment.

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