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Wet, shivering and worn out...

...is no way to experience outdoors  - went through the head of our founder on one of his hikes back in the 80's. These character building experiences lead to a desire to save others from the same misery, by providing them with the right advice and gear for enjoying the outdoors and so Open Air was born on 18 October 1990.  We are an independent outdoor store located in the centre of Cambridge in Green street, focused on products that work, with honest, friendly and intelligent advice.

How we save your time

We want to give you meaningful choices. If we stock three similar products, it is because each and every model offers something unique, either in terms of features, fit or function. We will guide you expertly through those differences in person or through our written advice. We often search out smaller quality makes that you will not encounter in your average chain, Swedish and Norwegian brands like Fjallraven and Bergans, great Yorkshire bootmaker Alt-Berg, or fast and light rucksacks from Osprey. In doing so, we hope to give you unique and real choices that are most relevant to what you intend to do, be it heading into the hills, climbing alpine peaks or travelling to far flung locations.

We sell gear that works

It feels great to look at your old worn out leather boots that have been your trusty companions for years, think of all of the adventure you had in them and knew you made the right choice. We are here to help you with that choice and thus only keep things that stand up to the claims being made about it. We value durability and reliability over flashiness and latest fashions. We don't sacrifice quality to meet price points. We love the outdoors and derive real pleasure from using great gear that lasts. Do not feel intimidated if you are on a tight budget, or just taking your first steps in the outdoors. Do come and visit, we have all been there and are always happy to give you unbiased advice and make suggestions of products, that suit your needs and wallet, whether it is in our own shop or at a different retailer.

We live by providing exceptional service

Loyal customers are our most important assets we have as a independent business. We put your needs at the top of our list and work diligently to deliver service levels that will surprise you. Don't take our word for it either, take a look at Trustpilot which gather independently obtained reviews, or check out our recommendations on Facebook and Google. We bike, climb, walk and travel, and can quickly get to the bottom of your needs, help sort out your kit list and prioritize the items that you need.