Walking kit that doesn’t break the bank
If you are thinking about a walking holiday – or have booked one already – one of the biggest questions is: What to pack? Of course, it does depend on where you are walking and at what grade. If you are a keen walker you might already have most items, including waterproof jacket, baselayers, walking boots and rucksack. But if you are just starting out as a new-ish walker the chances are you are looking for a few items of new kit. One brand that has recently impressed with its lower prices but mid-range quality is Karrimor. For too long Karrimor, which was once a popular, high quality brand, had lost its way and could be recommended only for fair-weather, not-too-frequent walkers. Now the company appears to be back on track is with a good range of modern products that shout quality but at easier-on-the-pocket prices. If you want high-end choose the likes of North Face, Arc’teryx, Berghaus, Helly Hansen etc but you will pay a lot more for these. But if you want no-fuss good quality for lower prices try Karrimor. In particular, I like their rucksacks. I have been using a Karrimor X Lite 35+5 rucksack for all of my Munro bagging trips this year and I have found it comfortable, hard wearing and high on details. You can see more of my thoughts on Karrimor walking kit in Budget Friendly Walking Gear.
More Karrimor walking kitKarrimor walking kit does a good job of keeping the elements out especially if you are planning a summer walking trip or a lower-grade winter walking tour. The new Karrimor 3-in1 jacket It does what it says on the label. A waterproof outer jacket and a warm fleece inner jacket that zips together to form a warm and waterproof all-in-one jacket. If you are looking for a versatile jacket that is both warm and waterproof or separately warm and waterproof this is a good choice. I like that Karrimor clothing feels well-made and durable. The Velcro fastenings, for example, are strong and sticky. The zips and fabric are high quality. There are some thoughtful features, too, including a padded collar, adjustable cuffs, foldaway hood and soft inner fabric inside the collar where it touches the face when fully zipped up. For an RRP of £49.99 you will not find Gore-Tex or two-way zips but the waterproof outer does offer good resistance to rain and wind. See all Karrimor 3 in 1 jackets All those walking extras Karrimor also sells lots of walking extras including gloves, socks, neck warmer and drinking bottle at really good prices. Karrimor X Lite gloves. £6.99 for gloves with lots of technical features including a pairing clip to keep your gloves together when not in use, smart phone fingertips, silicone finger grips (for extra grip) and reflective detailing. A tough alloy drinking bottle for carrying water while walking priced at £3.99. Karrimor calf-length trekking socks with good cushioning and padding, heal and toe impact protection, elasticated arch support and two pairs for £6. A useful, fleecy warm Karrimor snood (you wear this around your neck or even your head, with a drawstring adjustor. Priced at £3.
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