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If you’ve been out walking when the weather is mild but showery you’ll know that keeping comfortable can be a bit awkward. If you keep your waterproofs on all the time you end up overheating, but then you don’t want to get wet when it rains. This is where softshell jackets come in. During changeable, mild weather, they are ideal for use as a mid-layer or outer shell. Softshells keep you warm without you getting too overheated and are also water resistant so will keep you dry in a light shower.

Softshell Outdoors Jacket from The North Face

The North Face Durango Hoodie Softshell designed for use in the mountains

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We are excited to announce that we are stocking a new range of parkas from Didrickons. If you are looking for a stylish and practical winter coat then Didrickons’ parkas are just what you need. Our range includes parkas for men, women, boys and girls so you can keep your whole family dry and warm during the cold winter months.

Men's, Women's and Children's parkas from Didricksons

Didricksons Parkas – Winter Coats for all the Family


Our Didrickons parkas are from Didrickon’s Storm System range.

All products marked with the STORM SYSTEM label are specially developed for particularly harsh weather. Their shell fabrics are fully waterproof and all seams are sealed by tape and/or welding. The STORM SYSTEM products are all about protection and they are designed to keep you dry and warm during all weather conditions.

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When you’re out in the cold and wet its vital to keep warm. The warmest outdoor jackets use an insulation material sandwiched between a outer shell. Just like with sleeping bags, there are two main choices for insulation material. These are either down or synthetic. Both of these insulation materials loft up, trapping air voids which is warmed by your body heat. Outdoor gear manufacturers are constantly trying to come up with new ways to advance insulation technology and one such product is PrimaLoft’s ThermoBall. This is a down-like synthetic fill used exclusively by The North Face.

Insulation materials for outdoor jackets and sleeping bags

Primaloft ThermoBall, Synthetic and Down Insulation

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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 outdoors 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 North Face Sale BannerUpdate: Our sale has now finished but you can always find The North Face clothing at competitive prices on CheapTents!

January is traditionally the time of year when retailers have their sales, as they like to clear stock in order to bring in new spring/summer lines. The outdoor industry is no different and as a result there are some great bargains to be had in our The North Face 25% Off Sale!

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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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Back in May we published a post letting everyone know that the 2012 OMM location was still a mystery, and that the OMM 2012 will not be in the Kielder Forest. Last week (14th July) OMM announced the location of the 2012 OMM to be the Howgills.

Omm 2012 race gathering

OMM 2011 Racers – Image: OMM

Howgill Fells

The Howgills Fells can be found between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District, with southern parts lying within the Dales. The Howgills Fells include 2 Marilyn’s, The Calf at 2,218ft (676m) and Yarlside at 2,096ft (639m) in addition there are also many smaller peaks.

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Have you looked out of the window today? It’s Friday and it’s raining again!

the river that was a stream

A river bursts its banks in the Lake District. Source: Flickr by twak

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P-8 Jacket
from The North Face

The Men’s Resolve Jacket has for many years been the North Face’s flagship budget lightweight waterproof jacket, ideal for walking, trekking, around town or as a car coat for inclement weather. However, in my opinion the Resolve is starting to look its age, it seems that the North Face may agree as they have brought out the P-8 Waterproof Jacket.

The The North Face P-8 has the same RRP as the Resolve Jacket, yet the P-8 is, in my opinion, significantly better than the Resolve!

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A Windy Hike on Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh

A Windy Hike on Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh. Source: Flickr by joe.lipson

Standing in our shop last week I had an epiphany whilst examining two different windshirts, a thought came into my mind which stunned me that wind proof clothing is even more versatile than I thought! Now in my defence I know Waterproof Jackets are 100% windproof, but what I was thinking about was the other windproof and wind resistant products that are on the market. The kind of clothing designed especially for summer or active use, as you don’t really want to wear your waterproof on a lovely bright BREEZY day do you? Or a fleece that as soon as the wind gusts is as much protection as a chocolate fireguard?

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