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Jonathan

30/12/2020

Happy New Year!

We’re excited to be looking forward to 2021, and have a whole host of seriously exciting plans in the works, which we can’t wait to share soon. Whilst COVID-19 may have been the biggest story of 2020, there were still plenty of ups as well as (lock)downs, so here’s a quick look back at a few of our highlights from our year. We’ve always been proud of our independence, and keen to take advantage of this when selecting the ranges we stock. In late 2019, we were excited to welcome... Read More

10/11/2020
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Introducing Open Air’s New Remote Services

Over the summer we’ve developed more online content, and introduced remote services, such as our remote footwear fitting service, to benefit those who can’t make it into our Cambridge store, or prefer not to, for whatever reason. Our customer services heroes are still here to answer your emails and live chats, and take your calls, but we’re getting ever busier with more in-depth enquiries, so we’ve introduced these services to give more time to respond to those. We aim to give you a taste of our in-store experience, and let... Read More

10/11/2020
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Business Not As Usual

It’s safe to say this isn’t quite how we imagined celebrating Open Air’s 30th birthday. In line with the government’s latest announcement of a new lockdown period, our physical Cambridge stores are now closed until December, except for customers collecting Click & Collect orders. But don’t despair, as our Leki and Open Air web stores remain fully open for business, where you can find our full range of products, and benefit from our fast and efficient dispatch. Not only that, we’re also upping our game by making a wider range... Read More

20/07/2020

Open Air Camp Kitchen: Flatbread Recipe

Text and images by Jonathan These are a lovely campfire treat, which you can whip up in the great outdoors (if transporting the dry ingredients together, make sure you keep the salt and yeast separate until you come to make them), or prepare the dough in advance and cook them on your stove. Ingredients (makes about 12): 500g Strong White Bread Flour 10g Salt 10g Instant Yeast 30g Unsalted Butter 300ml Water (preferably warm, but not scolding) NB: If you’re planning on making these at camp, make sure you keep... Read More

08/06/2020
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Meet the Open Airists: Jonathan

This week we introduce our keen hiker, backpacker, and cyclist Jonathan: Hi, I’m Jonathan and I’ve been working at Open Air for just over a year now. I do a bit of everything at Open Air – you might find me in the main shop, our specialist footwear department, manning our new shop at number 28 Green Street dedicated to Fjällräven, or dispatching online orders! It’s been great fun to work with a bunch of other people who have a real passion for the outdoors in its many forms and... Read More

27/05/2020
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Open Air Camp Kitchen: Dried Meals and Camping Food

In our first few posts in the camp kitchen series, we gave an overview of camping stoves and types of fuel, and an in-depth look at gas stoves. In this post, we turn our attention to the exciting part: food! If you’re camping on a campsite, or able to restock with food each day, then you’ve got plenty of options for cooking. We’ll share some of our favourite camping recipes in some future blog posts which might inspire you for your next trip! If, however, you’re carrying everything in your... Read More

13/05/2020
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Open Air Camp Kitchen: Top Tips for Eating on the Trail

In the opening parts of our camp kitchen series, we looked at how to choose a camping stove and the different types of fuel. Next week, we’ll bring you an in-depth look at dried food for backpacking and camping – a great way to save weight, time, effort, and fuel when cooking in the hills. To whet your appetite, here are some of our top tips for eating on the trail – enjoy! Embrace treats You’ve earned them! Keep things relatively simple At the end of a long day walking... Read More

07/05/2020

Staff Book & Film Picks: Brett

This week Brett shares a favourite book and film which both celebrate a life in the outdoors: Fishing in Utopia by Andrew Brown Why I like it: I bought this book on a whim a couple of years ago, and couldn’t put it down; one of the few books I have read that I genuinely wanted to be much longer! Andrew Brown moved to Sweden in the late 1970’s, married, and lived with his wife and son in a cottage in the woods. The book is partly about the sheer... Read More

06/05/2020
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Open Air Camp Kitchen: Quick Guide To Camping Stoves & Fuel Options

Text by Jonathan; images by Angus Whitby Need help choosing a camping stove? Yesterday we brought you an in-depth look at gas stoves. Today, as part of our series on all things camp kitchen, we’ve put together a handy guide to the alternative camping stoves and fuels you could choose. Most stoves only work with a single type of fuel, and different fuels have different strengths and weaknesses, so you’ll first need to consider which type you want to use. If you want to be able to use your stove... Read More

05/05/2020
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Open Air Camp Kitchen: Guide To Canister Gas Stoves

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you a series of articles looking at cooking in the great outdoors. Hopefully, they will provide some useful advice and inspire you to start planning and preparing for your next trip, once it is safe to go camping again. In the meantime, please do stay home and stay safe! We begin our series with an in depth look at canister gas stoves. If you’re starting out backpacking and looking for a stove suitable for UK camping, a gas stove is our choice... Read More