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We offer specialist custom boot fitting as well as technical outdoor clothing and accessories in our Church Stretton store and online.
We offer specialist custom boot fitting as well as technical outdoor clothing and accessories in our Church Stretton store and online.

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Top 5 Tips For Walking With Poles:

One. Buy a pair:
Using just one pole can lead to an imbalance of weight and pressure on just one side of the body and can cause more issues than it fixes. We recommend using a pair as they provide extra contact with the ground and mirror our natural symmetry giving us more traction.

Two. Set them to the correct height:
The right height for you is not the right height for your partner, friend, walk leader so always set your poles so that your arm is bent at a 90 degree angle at the elbow.

Three. Use the poles to propel you:
When walking on the flat or up an incline your poles should be behind you, this utilises under used muscles in the arms and shoulders and If used correctly poles can save around 30 tonnes of pressure off your knees per hour over an eight hour walk.

Four. Don't be a spotty dog:
As your right arm goes forward so should your left foot and vice versa; opposite arm to opposite leg, Practice without your poles first then introduce the poles but just drag them behind you to get your swing right, then lastly grip the poles and start pushing back on them.

Five. Buy a good brand:
We stock Leki, What we like about Leki is that whichever pole you choose from their range we know it is a good quality pole, the aluminium poles are made from Aircraft grade aluminium, and all the poles have the strongest locking mechanisms on the market so when your trek gets tough you won't be let down by your pole. From the Voyage Pole to the Micro Vario Carbon Trekking Pole, you are getting top grade precision engineering.

For any further help or advice please feel free to pop in to our Church Stretton store or all us on 01694 724293.
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So it's June, the sun is blazing and temperatures are set to be the highest for June since the summer of '76 and guess what i'll be doing? I'll be thinking about the rain, and you should be too!
All too often we stash away our waterproofs in the bottom of our rucksacks during the summer months, then when we need them the most - when we're on top of the hill and the clouds gather overhead, we find that it's been way to long since we reproofed our waterproofs. We have so many people coming in on rainy days feeling damp assuming that they need a new jacket, but with a little bit of TLC your waterproofs should last for years. Depending on the type of jacket you have, how hard you work it, if you use a backpack with it, and how often you care for it, waterproof membranes can last between 5-10 years.
So how do you know if your jacket needs reproofing without standing in the shower today? Easy, take a glass of water or a water spray (or have some fun with the super-soaker in the garden!?) and take a look at how the water sits on the fabric. If the water "beads" as in the image above then you're good to go. If it "wets out" and soaks into the fabric then chances are you're in need of a reproof.
But we don;t just recommend this to keep yourself dry, maintaining the water repellency of a fabric will also maintain your product's breathability and also prevents the fabric from soaking up the water and gaining weight - really important on events where weight is key.
We would recommend keeping your products clean in between reproofs with a product such as Nikwax Tech Wash because dirt attracts water therefore it might be your jacket or trousers just need a clean. If this doesn't work, move on to a reproof to replace the DWR (durable water repellency) coating that your product came with when purchased, we advise Nikwax TX Direct.
Why Nikwax? Well, all their products are waterbased, non hazardous and environmentally friendly. They are free from flurocarbons, harmful solvents and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). In addition Nikwax donate to conservation projects minimising their carbon footprint and balancing carbon emmisions so you can polish your halo and feel smug that you are warm and dry on the hill
For more information on how to reproof your garments, click here, and scroll down to watch a short video by Nikwax.
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The Outdoor Depot was proud to receive a very special visitor today. Check out our video to see Monty the Penguin's visit - hope you like it.
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