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Arc’teryx Aerios FL GTX Shoes review

Nick, the Exeter store manager, has been testing these Arc'teryx shoes and gives his view. A few months ago I got the good news that I was to be testing a relatively new shoe in our range, the Aerios FL GTX from Arc'teryx. This was very handy as I had pretty much wrecked the other [...]

Taunton Leisure sponsors Redpoint Climbing Centre!

We are delighted to share the news that Taunton Leisure is sponsoring Redpoint Climbing Centre on Winterstoke Road in Bedminster as part of a long-term partnership, which includes discounts for members and prizes. This state-of-the-art climbing centre, based in an old art deco cinema has walls from 3-12.5m, including the infamous stalactite, meaning it has [...]

Moonraker Challenge 2019!

Do you enjoy an orienteering challenge? If so Moonraker could be for you! Raising money for local Somerset causes along the way this challenge takes place in October near Bishops Lydeard (nr Taunton), have a read below to find out more... What is Moonraker? A night time team based orienteering walk organised by the Rotary [...]

Here’s our top tips for your next camping trip

Here’s our top tips to enjoy your next camping trip If it's a new tent then practice pitching your tent before going on your first camping trip, this makes your first experience at the camp site a much more enjoyable one! Or if you haven't been for a while then checking pegs, poles and any [...]

Best Glamping Tents 2019

Best Glamping Tents 2019 Glamorous camping, or "glamping" as it's more commonly known, is a popular form of camping that focuses on bringing some luxury and comfort to the whole 'sleeping outdoors' experience. We've put together our five best glamping tents. Each with their own individual features, which make them highly desirable in their own [...]

Top tents from the Taunton Leisure Tent Shows 2019

Tent Show Highlights 2019 It was fantastic to see so many people at the recent Exeter and Bristol tent shows and it was a real pleasure talking to customers about their camping experiences and plans for the season. Those new to camping or revisiting the idea of a camping holiday after many years were intrigued [...]

Free foot clinic with expert podiatrist

Free foot clinic with expert podiatrist Come and have your feet checked over by a qualified podiatrist at a free foot clinic at our Taunton branch on 29th June 2019 Alastair Oxberry from The Foot and Gait Clinic will be at our store on East Reach on June 29 from 2-5pm offering complimentary advice to [...]

Scarpa Chimera Climbing Shoe Review

Scarpa Chimera Review by Nick Baron In the 18 years since I have been climbing, I have tried 40 different models of shoes. 15 of them have been from Scarpa so I guess you could say that I am a bit of a fan of their boots. When I looked through the list I also [...]

The Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket Review

The Rab Microlight Alpine has been tested as an everyday winter jacket, out hiking and while travelling to the Alps Rab Rab are a British brand and were founded by Scottish climber Rab Carrington. Today they are based in Sheffield and make clothing and equipment ‘by climbers, for climbers’. They continue to pioneer new material [...]

MSR Pocket Rocket Review

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 and the NEW Pocket Rocket Delux MSR Pocket Rocket 2 The Pocket Rocket stove has been around for quite some time now and has been the go-to stove for many lightweight enthusiasts. It’s efficient performance and minimal size makes it a market leader. How could it be improved? Time moves on [...]

Altberg Dalesway Boots Review

Aleks from Bristol has been out testing the latest Alt-berg Dalesway Vegan Boots The Test I have recently had the pleasure of taking my new Alt-Berg Dalesway Vegan Boots out on the hills for their first outdoor adventure. We had a windy but beautifully sunny Sunday and a couple of my friends wanted to do one [...]

Sleeping Bag Buying Guide

Choosing the right sleeping bag, relevant for your adventures is time well spent. Whether your trips are more suited to a synthetic or down sleeping bag, this guide will help with the technical considerations. Down Bags The benefits of having a down bag are: Warmer Lighter More compressible than synthetic (this helps if you are [...]

Celebrate Somerset countryside with artwork

Does Happiness Grow on Trees? If you live and work in Somerset or are a visitor, then you are invited to enter a creative competition this month (May 2019) demonstrating how you feel when you are outdoors in the county’s green spaces. Somerset’s three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are searching for artwork entries [...]

Sea To Summit Delta Range Review, Camping in the Swedish Winter

The ultimate dinnerware for huddled, chilly, dinner parties in the Scandinavian winter wilderness The Test At the beginning of March, I took part in the Swedish Hilleberg Outdoor Academy Winter Tour 2019. Four days and nights in temperatures as cold as -28c. We trekked for up to 7 hours each day through the stunning forests, [...]

Celebrating National Walking Month

We're celebrating National Walking Month We’re hoping to encourage more people to get out walking across the country as part of National Walking Month this May (2019). We’re offering free advice on footwear, rucksacks and other walking essentials, as well as tips for some of the best walks around. As part of National Walking Month, [...]

Osprey Rook review

Osprey Rook 65L Backpack Two trips out, a very wet and windy day, on the Quantocks and a more amenable day on Dartmoor. This gave contrasting conditions to test out the new ‘Rook’ rucksack from Osprey. The features First impressions, with a fairly straightforward ‘top loader’ style of design, was a sack with enough key [...]

Free footwear check for Healthy Feet Month

Free Footwear check for Healthy Feet Month Keen and amateur walkers are being invited to take advantage of our free footwear fitting service being offered as part of a national Healthy Feet Month We’re supporting the April event, which is run by the College of Podiatry, by offering complimentary boot fittings daily during normal opening [...]

Osprey Kestrel Review

Osprey Kestrel 38l Backpack The test An opportunity to test the Kestrel 38 fell perfectly with my up and coming training sessions with Ten Tors and DofE groups.  The need for a good day sack that has enough room for additional ‘leader’ gear plus the usual personal stuff had been on my mind.  I usually [...]

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