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Manufacturers, within their own brand will have many different sub-brands or ranges. As consumers and retailers we automatically understand this. If I was to buy something from the Berghaus Extrem or The North Face Summit Series ranges for example, than I would know that I would be buying a product primarily designed for active use in within a mountain environment. As opposed to products outside these ranges which I know will be made to the normal Berghaus/The North Face high standards, but have not necessarily been designed for mountaineering use.

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After my last post explaining why we are doing a charity hike for St Rocco’s Hospice. I thought that the next logical step was to look at how we are training. However it seems that events have overtaken me with our local paper taking up the story and sending down a photographer.

Making Headlines

Resplendent in our St Rocco’s T Shirts, we strike a pose for the Warrington Guardian

It was quite a nervous experience on Tuesday (18th June) when arriving at our shop for the photo shoot with the Warrington Guardian. I was, being a “prima donna” disappointed to find that I had not been allocated my own changing room or make up artist, however I did remember the hairbrush to sort out the remaining few strands of my hair.

The photographer arrived and duly made myself, Martyn and Daniel pose with our St Rocco’s T Shirts in front of a tent, holding rucksacks and walking poles, in a set up akin to early big game hunters. Indeed, all that was missing to create such an image was a couple of dead animals, although Martyn does his best by looking like he’s just been stuffed! Paul the final member of the team managed to hide during all the fun, and missed out on getting his picture in the paper.

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As we launch our Charity Appeal aiming to raise money for St Rocco’s Hospice in Warrington, Gareth takes a sideways look at the why’s, what’s and how’s of our charity Yorkshire 3 Peaks Trek on the 21st July.. CheapTents Charity Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk

Rambling on to a Ramble..

I think it’s human nature to moan, well that’s my excuse! People moan when it rains and as soon as it is sunny they will be moaning that we need rain. Well my answer to that moan is simple….”at least you’re not dead!”

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Recently I read a question about the failure of waterproofs on an outdoor forum. The explanation was that the moisture had come from sweat due to the waterproofs wetting out in the persistent rain. I suggested cleaning & treating the waterproofs with Nikwax products, whilst another forum member suggested using a similar product from Aldi or Lidl.

Logos of TNF, Berghaus, Mountain Equipment, Salomon and more!

We ask “What added value do outdoor brands
provide for outdoor enthusiasts?”


This discussion concentrated my thoughts on the benefits of buying branded outdoor products instead of similar products from a supermarket.

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Recently Jez Ainsworth from outdoor gear brand Jack Wolfskin popped into our retail outlet in Warrington (238-240 Manchester Road, WA1 3BE) to tell us about some of the features in our current Jack Wolfskin range.

Jack Wolfskin @ Cheaptents

Jack Wolfskin has been part of our family for around 12 months, and the team here at CheapTents are really impressed by what we have seen throughout their range, whether it being little things such as paw print branding on zips to larger things such as the quality of their fabrics, Jack Wolfskin is a brand which will continue to grow in the U.K.

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The Logo of camping gear brand Big AgnesWe’re excited to announce that we are now stocking tents from the famous US camping gear brand, Big Agnes. Located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, their headquarters are in the heart of the Rockies, where they test out their award winning outdoor equipment. One possible origin of the company name is said to be that of a local mountain. It is also worth mentioning that Big Agnes are committed to the environment and ethical treatment of workers in their supply chain.

We’ve spent a lot of time in the local backcountry so we feel downright connected to it. We name our products after local history, places, peaks and rivers which is always a fun process. It brings back memories of trips both successful and epic and hopefully inspires you to come explore.

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The logo of climbing gear manufacturer Black DiamondHere at CheapTents we are pleased to announce that we are stocking a range of head torches from Black Diamond.

Best known for their climbing equipment, Black Diamond are a company of outdoor enthusiasts who use the products which they design and manufacture.

We [Black Diamond] apply a single global standard to the manufacturing quality of our product and the environment in which our employees make it. This is our gear. We build it. We use it. We’re damn proud of it.

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Blue Plaque at 86 Crofton Avenue, Timperley

The blue plaque commemorating
Benny Rothman

It is hard to imagine now, that in the past, wealthy land owners would not allow the general public on their land. Yet without direct action taken by Bernard “Benny” Rothman and others, we would not be able to enjoy walking and hiking in the British countryside to the extent that so many of us do. As you may or may not know, Benny Rothman was instrumental in the 1932 mass trespass on Kinder Scout. A detailed account of the trespass, its place in British history and how it led to the formation of our National Parks and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act can be found on the Kinder Trespass website.

In April 1932 over 400 people participated in a mass trespass onto Kinder Scout, a bleak moorland plateau, the highest terrain in the Peak District.

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Jack Wolfskin LogoIn April this year we were delighted to announce that we had started stocking Jack Wolfskin tents. Now we are excited to be bringing in a great range of Jack Wolfskin products, including rucksacks, outdoor clothing and walking boots. Below is an overview, describing some of the gear in our new range, which can be purchased via our Jack Wolfskin outdoor gear shopping page.

Jack Wolfskin Rucksacks

Our rucksack range includes packs for hiking, mountaineering and cycling.

  • Manufactured from robust lightweight materials, the Jack Wolfskin Alpine Trail 40 incorporates the ACS Tight Carry back system and is suitable for use on single and multi-day hikes.
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The Lightwave T20 Hyper XT tent is a 2 man, 4 season tunnel tent weighing in at a respectable 2.25 kg. The T20 Hyper XT as the XT in its name suggests has a large extended vestibule with plenty of room for storage, to cook or just hang out.  Designed for 4 season use, it will come as no surprise that T20 Hyper is solidly constructed and able to handle what nature can throw at it.

lightwave t20 hyper xt

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