outdoor equipment home Search

Outdoor clothing, climbing and camping equipment including sleeping bags - a ShoppingTrolley UK buyer's guide

Millets
Well known High Street name selling sleeping bags, camping equipment and outdoor clothing online.

Camping Equipment and Outdoor Clothing

When the summer months approach and the weather gets warmer, the prospect of a weekend spent in a tent, for many families, becomes a tempting alternative to more expensive ways of taking holidays. In this article, I will give you some brief information on how to choose sleeping bags, and what outdoor clothing you will need for various activities. You can also view this article on choosing a tent.

Field and Trek
- Outdoor clothing, sleeping bags and camping equipment, including everything needed for hill walking, camping, backpacking, trekking, mountaineering and climbing.
Simply Hike
Have a range of tents and outdoor equipment.
Get free postage on orders over £50 with code HIKEMAR which expires 1st April, 2011.
Tentastic
Great value tents and outdoor equipment with free delivery if you spend over £100.
Gear Zone
- Top brand outdoor clothing and gear including tents, climbing, camping equipment, clothing and much more.

Appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for hill walking

Hill walking can be an enjoyable activity, but you will need to dress appropriately. Clothing should keep you warm and dry, and protect you from wind, rain, snow etc, so the outer layer needs to be wind and waterproof. You should also consider wearing clothes that are "breathable" to allow sweat to evaporate, to keep you dry. You should also have waterproof and windproof gloves, and appropriate head gear as a third of our body's heat loss is through our heads.

Footwear will need to satisfy these requirements:

  • It should be waterproof and suitable for use in rain or snow.
  • The soles should have a good grip to help prevent you slipping.
  • The boots themselves should offer support to your feet and ankles.

Thick socks will make your boots more comfortable and offer additional warmth for your feet. Socks made from natural fibres offer the best insulation properties whilst allowing perspiration to evaporate. Natural fibres include cotton, wool and silk.

You can also wear gaiters in very wet conditions to help prevent water running down your legs into your boots.

Sleeping Bag Guide

  • sleeping bagsFilling - sleeping bags can be filled with either natural feathers (duck / goose down) or a synthetic equivalent (hollow fibre). Sleeping bags that have a synthetic filling are a lot cheaper, retain a degree of function even when damp and are more easily washed. However, synthetic insulation has a comparitively short life as the synthetic fibres, once compressed, do not regain their fullness, leading to a degradation of the sleeping bag's insulating properties.
  • Hood / collar - some sleeping bags have a hood, which helps to prevent heat loss through your head. Others have a collar which goes round your neck, again to prevent heat loss.
  • Season Ratings
    From 2005, the new EN13537 : Requirements for Sleeping Bags came into force. Sleeping bags that meet the requirements of the legislation will display four temperatures.
    Upper Limit - the highest ambient temperature for the comfort of an average man, without him sweating.
    Comfort - the lowest ambient temperature for an average woman, at which she would be comfortable.
    Lower Limit - the lowest ambient temperature for an average man, at which he would be comfortable.
    Extreme - an ambient temperature below which an average woman would expect to be physically injured by the cold eg get hypothermia.
Sleeping Bags etc @ Cotswold Outdoor
Outdoor equipment and clothing including Snow Sportswear, outerwear, footwear, lightweight clothing, sleeping bags, kids stuff, climbing equipment and tents.
Outdoor Megastore
The clearance warehouse for many of Europe's outdoor suppliers. Products include ski and climbing gear, camping and caravanning supplies.
Whipperleys
- Outdoor gear including rucksacks and travel bags, camouflage netting, combat trousers, boots, T-shirts, Webtex, head gear, travel bags, assault vests and camping equipment.
Outdoor Gear UK
- Outdoor equipment and wear for men, women and children including ski gear, camping equipment and tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks, GPS and more.
Snowdens of Haworth
- New and used army surplus equipment, wear, footwear and camo fashionwear, together with non-military clothing and supplies for work and leisure.
Scott Country
Everything for life in the great outdoors including air rifle and pistol shooting, archery, binoculars, trek, travel and footwear, fishing, night vision, knives and multi tools, shooting seats, Tilley endurables and much more.
Nimpopo
- The largest UK online fishing tackle supplier has relaunched and is now packed with over 3000 tackle bargains - shipped express, worldwide.
Outdoor World Direct
- Specialists in equipment for camping and walking, including tents, air beds, rucksacks, footwear, torches and other items.
FRS Countrywear
- Luxury countrywear. working countrywear and leisurewear by top brands including Barbour, Musto, Jerzees, Screen Stars and many more
Tout LeMonde
- Navigation and other supplies for enjoying the great outdoors including binoculars, compasses, pedometers, watches, pocket knives and headlamps.
Stewardsons Country Clothing
- Specialist stockists of wear, footwear and accessories for walking, hiking and camping, including brands such as Regatta, Wynnster, Craghopper, Brasher Boots and many more.
Off The Path
- Barbour and country wear from Stewardsons of Hawkshead, including wax cotton outwear, picture fleeces, shoes, boots, socks, hats and more.
Outdoor World
- Everything for camping and the outdoors including caravan and cycle equipment and accessories. Items sold include tents, groundsheets, cookers, heaters and more.
Flecktarn
- Climbing and camping gear, including tents, stoves and rucksacks.

Singers Outdoors
- Outdoor equipment including tents, hiking boots, ski clothing, army surplus, wellies and children's clothing.