Why shop from your specialist outdoor retailer?

Administrator, 02 March 2011
They really know their stuff when it comes to outdoor gear. They have the right training and knowledge to help you choose the right piece of clothing or equipment whatever your level of experience. And the folk who work there are usually out there practicing what they preach when they’re not in store helping their customers. ‘Specialist’ can sometimes be an off-putting word, especially if you are new to the outdoors. It raises questions such as ‘do I have to be an expert to shop there?’ to which the answer is most definitely no!

The benefits to visiting your local outdoor shop are extensive and include:

  • A large range of products from trusted outdoor brands to suit every budget
  • Properly trained staff who can ensure you are getting the right product and advice for your outdoor adventure, whether you are a beginner or expert.
  • Ensuring that the product you buy is fitted properly for you, which is very important, especially when buying footwear and backpacks.
  • Friendly and welcoming staff who are generally outdoor enthusiasts themselves so understand your needs!
  • Just a great place to go to get some tips and local knowledge.
  • Working towards more ethical and environmental practices both internally and with the brands they stock.
  • And all retailers who are members of the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) abide by a code of practice which is put in place to enhance the high standards of quality and service expected by consumers when purchasing outdoor clothing, equipment, accessories and related goods or services.

So visit a proper outdoor specialist to really get you going safely on your adventure – whatever your level and budget. Good kit doesn’t have to be expensive, lasts and is an investment – financially and for your safety and enjoyment for many years to come.

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