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  1. Base Layers and Mid Layers for All Weather Adventures

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    As hot days and light nights give way to autumn, the cooler temperatures offer perfect conditions for sports, challenges and outdoor adventures.

    This seasonal change needn’t put a stop to the things you love. Getting active in the autumn and winter is energising, inspiring and essential for a healthy mind and body.

    Base layers that warm you up while keeping you fresh are an essential part of your winter wardrobe. The right thermal clothing helps keep you active all year round. Combine thermal base layers with mid layers for total protection against the elements.

    Sub Zero Store offer high performance base layers suitable for the autumn and winter months, whether it’s the daily commute, weekend sports or family fun. Sub Zero base layers are also perfect for wearing underneath motorcycle clothing.

    Our wide range of thermal clothing and underwear for adults and children suits all activities and any budget.

    Base Layers for Kids

    Children's Base Layer

    Children’s Base Layer


    Kids’ thermal underwear comes in long or short sleeved tops with a soft fleece lining.

    The base layers have a soft cotton feel but all the benefits of a synthetic fabric, these garments offer comfortable flexibility for action packed adventures.

    From toddlers to teenagers, the weather won’t stop them having fun!





    Base Layers for Adults

    Adult Base Layer

    Factor 1 Adult Base Layer

    For active adults, Sub Zero recommend the Factor 1 base layer thermal and the Factor 1+ seamless thermal underwear range.

    Thermal long sleeved and short sleeved vests and leggings are 100% Polyamide, this soft fabric creates a warm, dry microclimate next to your skin, but at the same time removes perspiration.

    Our seamless option is knitted in a single body section for maximum comfort. With no seams to chafe they are the optimum base layer for active sports such as running, cycling, skiing and more.

    Starter Adult Base Layer

    Starter Adult Base Layer




    Sub Zero offer the Factor 1 Starter Base Thermal Underwear for more leisurely pursuits such as dog walking, gardening and every day activities.

    This base layer range offers excellent value for money and is great for those who are new to cold weather outdoor activities. Short sleeved and long sleeved vests and leggings have a soft, fleece inner face for extra warmth.




    Mid Layer Clothing

    Turtle Neck Mid Layer

    Turtle Neck Mid Layer

    For very cold temperatures you may need to combine base and mid layers. Layering clothes traps air against your skin for maximum comfort and prolonged warmth. A well-fitting combination will keep you warm and move with your body giving you complete flexibility for any activity in cold climates.

    Sub Zero’s extensive mid layer range of clothing includes long sleeved and short sleeved tops, leggings and an all in one.


    Finish your base layer combinations off with our stylish outer layer range, which includes fleeces, waterproof jackets, down jackets, hats, gloves and thermal socks and get ready for a truly memorable autumn!


  2. Active Options In The Cairngorms National Park

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    The light and sound installation ‘Sòrn’ at Strathmashie Forest, Laggan in the Cairngorms National Park (the UK’s largest national park at 4,528 sq km) has been created by the artist Gill Russell. Funded by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), the Cairngorms Local Action Group and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the project celebrates 2011’s UNESCO Year of the Forest by creating artworks in outdoor locations in the national park which ‘enhance awareness of the heritage of the forest and of the people who live there’. Sòrn is the culmination of the project and has been supported by Laggan Forest Trust which is hosting the exhibition over the winter months. Sòrn is designed to be seen in darkness so anyone wishing to view the installation is advised to visit in the evening. Located on a good forest track five minutes from the Wolftrax car park, Sòrn is well signposted but remember to bring a torch!

    More down to earth, a new mountain bike centre near Tomintoul, which could create the longest single track descent in Scotland, has been approved by the CNPA. Two trails will be built – 10 kilometres and 19 kilometres – through the forests and on existing forest roads. The descent from the summit of Carn Daimh on the longer of the trails will be approximately 4.7 kilometres. CNPA Planning Officer, Mary Grier, said, “Interesting and challenging trails will be created from the existing landform rather than being man-made and will involve limited construction and minimal tree felling. We’ve also added a condition that the trail should be no wider than 1.2 metres, all of which helps protect the surrounding forest and landscape. Currently both cyclists and walkers use the forest roads and the likelihood of conflict between the two has been identified as low.  The increased promotion of the new centre could attract more people to enjoy the outdoors in this area of the park and explore the existing network of paths.”


  3. Walking Or Cycling The Taff Trail From Cardiff Bay To Brecon

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    One Of World’s Best Outdoor Trips

    Walking or cycling the Taff Trail – Route 8 of the National Cycle Network from Cardiff Bay to Brecon – is one of the best global experiences of 2011 according to National Geographic. The Taff Trail was handpicked by National Geographic Traveler editors as one of their 10 Best Trips of Summer 2011. It ranks alongside some of the best experiences from across the world, including kayaking in Alaska and snorkelling with dolphins in Honduras.

    Lee Waters, Sustrans Cymru Director, said, ‘Here we have real recognition that our walking and cycling routes in Wales can offer something exceptional and rank among some of the best experiences in the World. It highlights the need for a network of high-quality routes that will benefit local people, who use them day-to-day, and attract visitors from all over the globe.’

    The Taff Trail is a 55 mile route, which is mostly traffic-free and runs from Cardiff, through the South Wales Valleys and into the dramatic Brecon Beacons. Sustrans is currently working with partners on a major revitalisation for walking and cycling in the Valleys, which includes creating 100 miles of new routes that will bring the National Cycle Network to within two miles of a further 636,000 people.


  4. Swiss Alps 800 Mile Charity Cycle Ride

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    A group of cyclists have started the biggest physical challenge of their lives – a gruelling 800 mile cycle ride from Crans-Montana in the Swiss Alps to Holkham Hall in Norfolk. The ride, which was the brainchild of Viscount Coke, is being staged to raise funds and awareness for Walking with the Wounded (WWTW), a charity which is dedicated to funding the re-training and re-skilling of wounded servicemen and women to assist them in finding new careers outside the military.

    Starting in the mountain resort of Crans-Montana, the route will cross over into France via the Jura mountains before heading up through France, across the Champagne region and into England before finishing in Norfolk. The group, which includes several riders who only sat on a road bike for the first time this summer, aims to raise £50,000 for WWTW.

    The charity shot to national prominence earlier this year with their first major expedition – a trip to the North Pole that featured HRH Prince Harry among the expedition party – which is the subject of a BBC One documentary, ‘Harry’s Arctic Heroes’.

    The funds raised by WWTW’s expeditions and the ride will help finance new qualifications, courses and further education for those who are seriously injured, therefore enabling the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded to re-build their lives and to return to the work place.

    Fergus Williams, Director of WWTW added, “During the course of operations, many young men and women suffer horrific injuries. When the wounded return home they face a very different future to the one they had planned, with challenges they never imagined and never trained for. For many, their future in the Armed Forces is unsure. This is the future that Walking with the Wounded is supporting.”

    To find out more about the trip visit


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

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    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 – – 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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