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Gear Talk

03/02/2020

How to store, clean and care for your sleeping bag.

For the modern outdoor adventurer, the sleeping bag is likely to be one of the most expensive gear purchases made. Naturally, you’re going to want your investment to keep you warm on cold nights for many years to come. But just how exactly do you look after a sleeping bag? Can you even wash them? And will leaving it squished in its stuff sack damage it? Fear not, Open Air is here to provide advice on all things sleeping bag care, laundering and storage! Sleeping Bag Care Sleeping Bag Storage... Read More

22/01/2020

What is the warmest sleeping bag?

Buying a warm sleeping bag for a camping or hiking trip can be overwhelming. With so many different shapes, seasons, warmth ratings (and a good quality night’s sleep on the line!), it’s hard to determine what is going to be the most appropriate. With more than 30 years assisting campers and hikers, whether you need a sleeping bag for a music festival or something to keep you comfortable whilst trekking in the Himalaya, Open Air is here to assist you buying your next warm sleeping bag, whatever your adventure. Sleeping... Read More

23/12/2019

How to Buy Walking Boots that Fit

Images and Text by Angus Whitby. Well-fitting walking boots aren’t just necessary to prevent bruised toes and blisters. They support your ankles and feet, reducing fatigue and injury over the course of your walk. Following on from our blog post on choosing the best walking boots or shoes, here is a more detailed overview of walking-boot fitting for those who are unable to visit our footwear department on Green Street for personalised walking boot fitting service. How should walking boots fit and feel? You want to be well supported and comfortable... Read More

23/12/2019

How to Clean and Care for your Walking Boots

Images and Text by Angus Whitby. Outdoor walking boots are designed to be hard wearing but improper care and neglect can drastically reduce their lifespan. In this blog post, we’ll look at how to look after your walking boots and provide some top tips to ensure dry feet and long-lasting use. Regular cleaning Take the time after every outing to give your boots a good clean after every outing. Use warm water and a semi-stiff brush to remove mud and grit from the boots. Don’t forget to fill the boot up... Read More

23/12/2019

How to Choose the Best Walking Boots and Shoes

Images and Text by Angus Whitby. If your new walking boots don’t fit properly, you risk trip-ruining discomfort (or worse serious injury) so it pays to get the best fitting walking boots you can. That is where Open Air’s footwear department is here to help with nearly 30 years of collective experience in assisting boot and shoe fitting for men, women and children. Use these tips for buying the best walking boots. Footwear Styles Comfortable walking boots are an essential part of your outdoor experience. No one wants sore feet... Read More

15/12/2019

Celebrate Christmas with Gifts from Fjällräven

From Cambridge to mountain, from city to nature, Fjällräven products are highly functional created for active lives. And with the opening of our new Fjällräven store-in-store on Green Street, we’re ready to help you celebrate this Christmas, bringing to you our pick of the perfect Fjällräven gifts for men, women and children. Totepack No.1Fjallraven’s simple and stylish Totepack No.1 is unbelievably practical and can be carried on the shoulder, in hand, or as a backpack. Featuring a secure zippered opening, constructed of Fjallraven’s signature waxed G-1000 material, Totepack is perfect... Read More

07/12/2019

The Best Gift Ideas for the Outdoor Enthusiast at Open Air

Open Airists, it’s that time again!  Green Street has never looked prettier with christmas lights criss-crossing the iconic cobbled roadway creating a very magical experience when the sun goes down. And with Christmas mere weeks away, our stores are a hive of activity. Whilst Christmas shopping can be a rather overwhelming prospect, one normally has a few easy people on their list to buy for and we’re pretty sure outdoor enthusiasts fall into that camp. (There is ALWAYS room for another tool, backpack or gadget to add to the kit... Read More