Climbing and hiking in warmer weather offers its own set of challenges in the UK - not least remembering the sunscreen even if that might seem over-optimistic. This time of year you need to look to a brand that totally understands the challenges you meet in staying comfortable as you stay out longer in the hills. Versatility is the key to success and your first step might be to consider a softshell.
The OVO Energy Tour Series is coming to Stevenage again this Bank Holiday Monday! It's the UK’s most prestigious televised cycle race series for men and women and attracts top cyclists including Olympic and World Champions. The Stevenage Old Town location offers a rare chance to experience the intensity and excitement of the circuit race at close hand. Remember it’s pedestrian access only to the High Street from Sunday evening and all the shops and eateries are open. If you’re in the area then free-wheel down to us in store and get impartial advice on making your cycle shoes more comfortable and take a look at our range of Patagonia’s excellent MTB clothing. If the crowds aren’t your thing then visit us at countryside.co.uk now to browse Patagonia’s MTB gear for men and women - your off-road cycling ambitions start right here with some ‘wheely' good prices too!
So the weather forecast says no rain, clear skies and negligible wind? Don't be tempted to leave the waterproofs at home though. Remember they might come in handy if it's windy at the top. Better to shave a few grams off your pack by a clever choice of insulation layer than skip that golden rule. How so? Visit countryside.co.uk now and see exactly how to lighten the load with Patagonia's Micro Puff Jacket and Hoody. Right now you'll find we're at the best price too so you'll really be walking on air!
We hope you managed to enjoy some of the record-breaking weather this weekend but if you didn't - don't worry as no one misses out on good times at countryside.co.uk. Visit us now and you'll find some start-of-summer Special Offers on Patagonia and many of your favourite brands - the temperatures are sizzling and so are our deals!
Fjallraven craft products for a lifetime of memories. Hailing from the small town of Örnsjöldsvik in Sweden, a place where mountains and forest meet the sea, their clothing and equipment is perfectly in tune with nature. Fjallräven is an outdoor clothing and equipment company that’s committed to making nature more accessible and in true Swedish style, they focus on simplicity and practicality and they have the utmost respect for the environment we enjoy. Visit us at countryside.co.uk and take a leisurely stroll through our men’s and women’s Fjallraven collection for Spring – buy wisely though as it’ll last long enough to be an heirloom!
A good sleeping mat is as essential as a good sleeping bag and a night out without one will soon remind you of that. True, there are times when an uncomfortable night is just unavoidable, but when you’re not on an Alpine bivvy, waking up cold with a stiff back and bruised hips is best avoided! Mountain Equipment already has an enviable reputation for quality sleeping bags and this season we are excited to showcase their new range of very impressive sleeping mats.
We’re always asking: which jacket should I pack? For cold belays, waiting out storms, limited space or post-surf reheating; camps in the desert or open bivvies, after long trail runs or rest breaks during your night race…never again will you have to choose between weight, space or warmth with Patagonia’s Micro Puff. Visit countryside.co.uk to find out about the Patagonia Micro Puff range – their lightest and most packable insulated jacket ever. There’s almost nothing to them but you’ll find they contain the answer to everything.
We know we rabbit on about Patagonia here at countryside.co.uk but there are few other outdoor brands with such heritage and who use their business so robustly to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis we face. Furthermore, this season Patagonia are continuing their efforts to build the best product and cause no unnecessary harm. To that end, all of their Better Sweater and men’s and women’s Synchilla Snap-T styles are Fair Trade Certified sewn. What that means is every purchase sends more money back to factory workers who earn premiums that can be allocated as cash, used for collective social investment or both. So, this Easter, if you’re on the hunt for something a bit more lasting than chocolate, crack on and get a new Patagonia fleece - you’ll feel a whole lot better inside!
At last BST has arrived. No, we don’t mean an alternative version of that pork based sandwich, we mean British Summer Time. The evenings will be getting lighter and that means more opportunity to get outside! If the winter months mean ‘hibernation’ for you rather than ‘motivation', now is the perfect moment to start getting those legs back to full hiking, biking or climbing fitness so you can have more fun later. We know it’ll take a bit of effort so why not consider upgrading and find yourself the very lightest of outdoor essentials? It’s hard enough to get yourself up hill and down dale let alone lugging the gear. Patagonia have their lightest insulation yet this season with their Micro Puff, Osprey have load hauling multi-day packs coming in at a shade under 1kg and Mountain Equipment can impress you with their Impellor Jacket at only 170g! Visit us at countryside.co.uk to 'see the light!”
Hopefully the recent bouts of cold weather and snow have not been a challenge for your outdoor gear? If they have, then maybe 2018 is the year you need to invest in a decent set of base layers or a waterproof that’s, well, waterproof! The snow won’t last forever (we know that’s disappointing for some!) so why not visit countryside.co.uk in good time before the “April showers” and have a look at all the options we have in store for you from the new season’s best outdoor brands? As a nudge in the right direction check out Patagonia’s Torrentshell Jacket; a reliable, go anywhere, no fuss waterproof that packs down nice and small until really needed. Not only does it come in great colours it’s also recycled nylon, fair trade certified and a great price so you can feel good as well as look good on the hill!