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Peebles Store: Christmas & New Year opening hours

Gift Idea: Paramo Pasco Jacket

Our final gift idea for this Christmas is a recent addition to the Paramo range of Analogy waterproofs. The Pasco (£220)is the lightest and most versatile men's jacket that they make using the tried and tested standards Analogy fabrics. The Pasco Jacket is designed for demanding walks and backpacking trips. It offers flexible ventilation, including very generous arm/ torso vents, for swift and significant temperature adjustment while on the move. It guarantees hard-wearing weather protection and perspiration removal with excellent features for top performance on the hill. It is snow-friendly as well as hill-friendly so great for skiers and snowshoers.
Excellent field of vision and protection provided by fully adjustable, securable hood with wired peak.
It offers flexible ventilation, including very generous sleeve/ torso vents, for swift and significant temperature adjustment on the move.
Fully articulated shoulders and elbows for maximum freedom of movement.
Pump Liner® reinforcement…

Gift Idea: Marmot® Ridgerock Jacket- ideal for this un-festive weather

Only two more days of gift ideas; it's raining and doesn't look like stopping any time soon. So take a look at the Marmot® Ridgerock Goretex® jacket. Retailing at £200, our Peebles store have a few available at a specioal pre-Christmas price of £160, excellent value for a quality 2-layer Goretex® jacket, with muted styling that means it's at home in the city or the hills.
A versatile all-rounder in high quality 2-layer GORE-TEX® fabric that guarantees absolute weather protection. The hood can be rolled away when not needed and there is a drawcord for individual size adjustment at the hem. With its classic design, the Ridgerock also cuts a fine figure on more urban terrain.

Gift Idea: Don't leave home without your Wingman

Both the Harrogate and Peebles store have got the Leatherman Wingman® £40: your go-to tool for projects around the house, at work, or at the campsite. A great, lightweight, pocket-sized, stainless steel tool; the 14-function Wingman features an outside-accessible, one-hand opening blade and newly-designed spring-action jaws. With plenty of handy tools, and backed by a team of designers, assemblers, and manufacturing crew from Portland, Oregon, this is one amazing value tool. Covered by the Leatherman 25-year warranty.
Tools: 420HC Combo KnifeBottle OpenerCan OpenerMedium ScrewdriverPackage OpenerPhillips ScrewdriverRuler (1 in/2.54 cm)Small ScrewdriverSpring-action Needlenose PliersSpring-action Regular PliersSpring-action scissorsSpring-action Wire CuttersWire StripperWood/Metal File Features: 25-year WarrantyRemoveable Pocket ClipStainless Steel BodyStainless Steel Handles Measurements: 2.6 in | 6.6 cm (blade length)3.8 in | 9.7 cm (closed)7 oz | 198.4 g

Gift Idea: Half price socks from The North Face® for £5

We've got three bargain boxes in the Peebles store that you can browse for bargains from Paramo, Haglöfs and The North Face®- all at half price or less. There is a variety of discontinued base layer pieces from Paramo and Haglofs all at only £10 and from The North Face® we have a selection of running socks. The Lightweight running socks were £10 and the Cushioned version were £11.50 but our remaining stocks are ALL £5 per pair- unbeatable value

Gift Idea: There are always new Buff® designs to choose from

We've just taken our last delivery before Christmas from Buff®, with plenty of new designs for Winter 2013 to choose from. New in the Original Buff® (£12.50) range are woven striped designs which, unlike the standard printed designs don't have a wrong and right side. The popularity of the merino Wool Buff® (£22.00) continues to grow, so new colours and designs have been added to the collection of these supersoft merino models. They are 14cm longer than the Original Buff® and the properties of the wool allow for a selection of richly coloured dyes to be used. Check out the technical specifications below.

ORIGINAL BUFF® is a multifunctional tubular accessory ideal for many activities. Designed to keep you warm in the cold, Original BUFF® will also wick moisture (sweat) away from your skin to keep you cool when it’s hot. The lightweight, breathable, microfibre fabric is also wind resistant and extremely comfortable to wear.  USES
ORIGINAL BUFF® can be worn as a neckerchief, headband…

Gift Idea: Two today from Silva and Life Venture

The elves got a little behind in the workshop yesterday and, while chasing their tails to catch up, neglected to post a gift idea on Tuesday. So here's two to make up for it:
First up the Silva ex distance pedometer £20 compact, lightweight, easy to use and featuring a new, contemporary design with warm colour accents on a glossy white body. A newly designed robust clip secures the unit to the waist belt in the best possible way; just in case, there’s a safety lanyard to prevent accidental loss. The unique built-in filter function prevents unwanted recording of occasional non-related movement during a walk, jog or day at work which assists in accuracy. The ex distance counts both steps and distance.
Next the Lifeventure Mega Trek mug £12 transporting your hot drinks from campsite to car and holding a substantial 500ml of your favourite beverage. This sturdy mug is lined with stainless steel (watch out- some inexpensive models (like the ones you often see at petrol stations) might l…

Gift Idea: Socks are always welcome

Socks are a popular Christmas gift but they do not need to be novelty musical ones, or feature embroidered Homer Simpsons to be welcomed by the recipient. How about some soft, yet rugged Deluxe Merino hiking socks from Horizons £9 thoroughly cushioned and with a relaxed cuff. Available in a festive red or subtle navy blue

Alternatively for women we have the Bridgedale Merino Fusion Trekker £15- our most popular women's sock by far. Warm and cosy in the winter, yet incorporating Coolmax® fibres that promote wicking, ensuring that perspiration is drawn away from the skin in warmer conditions

Gift Idea: select from our Haglöfs Range with 25% off

Make your gift selection from the Peebles store's range of Haglöfs clothing all with 25% OFF Starting with the B Tee wicking T shirt was £30 NOW £22.50

The Barrier Pro Hood is an extremely lightweight, packable, wind resistant insulated jacket which was £150 and is now available for £110
The Tilta Jacket is a lightweight, breathable waterproof using Goretex® Active Shell was £260 now fantastic value at £195 We also have micro fleece pullovers and jackets and other insulated jackets all with 25% off.

Gift Idea: Invest in a premium waterproof jacket with £50 off

Developed for use on Alpine ascents and Scottish Winter climbs, the new Montane Alpine Endurance eVent® jacket £300 can handle the most extreme mountain conditions.
The foundation its performance rests on is the breathable, waterproof and durable nylon-faced eVent® fabric it's made from. Next is the attention to cut and design. The tailoring prevents arm lift raising the hem when you are reaching high and the articulated arms prevent seams constricting round the elbows and biceps.
Then there are the components and details. This is where our inner gear freak comes out to play. We can wax lyrical about the fine 12-13 stitch count on all the seams; the way the core body vents are angled for under-arm comfort and to work in conjunction with a pack; the colour matched 13mm micro-taped seams to maximise breathable surface area.
This jacket exudes quality and considered design that can only be fully appreciated in the flesh. So we'd recommend coming to see us and letting us show you …

Gift Idea: Thursday Trio of Marmot Fleeces

Fleece has become so ubiquitous that sometimes it's easy to forget that a good technical fleece can offer levels of performance that are way above the norm. So it is with the Marmot Alpinist Tech Jacket £80:

The warmth to weight ratio of this grid-polyester fleece is outstanding – it offers solid midweight insulation and incredible compactibility. Softshell-bonded zippered chest pocket and handwarmer pockets provide additional protection; interior zippered pocket with headphone port keeps you groovin’. If you aren't after the technicalities of an Alpine midlayer, then maybe the warmth and style of the Norheim Hoody £100 will suit you better. Substantially crafted from cosy sweater knit fleece, with a subtle and flattering profile, this jacket is guaranteed to deliver warmth, comfort, and complements. A wind flap tucked behind the front zipper knocks down chilly drafts The epitome of the soft tactile fleece is the fluffy Women's Flair Hoody £80 Stay cosy in this beautiful sof…

Avalanche Service Begins for Winter 2014

sportscotland Avalanche Information Service launches for winter 2013-14
Avalanche forecasts for selected areas of the Scottish mountains start this week. Throughout the winter the sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) will issue daily reports on the avalanche dangers in the most popular mountain areas, allowing mountaineers, ice climbers and off-piste skiers to make informed choices about where and whether to go. It means a dedicated band of avalanche experts going out every day, whatever the weather, to carry out assessments of the snow conditions in the Northern and Southern Cairngorms, Lochaber, Glen Coe and Creag Meagaidh. And, for the first time this year, they will also provide a limited forecast for the Torridon area in the North West Highlands. A pilot service will start on 24 December and run to 29 December, then run from 1 to 5 January, 10 to 12 January, 31 January to 2 February, and from 14 to 22 February. The sportscotland Avalanche Information Service will be…

Gift Idea: LED Lenser SEO 3 Headlamp

The LED LENSER® SEO® 3 £40is a high-quality headlamp with impressive performance. It uses three high-quality LEDs with up to 90 Lumen power, a maximum beam length of 40m and endurance of 10 hours . Just like all of the lamps in the LED LENSER® SEO® range, it offers a key lock to prevent the lamp from switching on accidentally when it's stored in your rucksack. There is also a glare-free red LED light. Running on three AA batteries, the discharge is also micro-controlled by  Smart Light Technology (SLT) to optimise battery life.

Gift Idea: Prism Gloves by Montane®

We thought we'd update our blog and facebook page with some Christmas Gift Ideas over the next few days. Here's the first: Prism Gloves by Montane® £35
These revolutionary new gloves have a micro pack size and a superb warmth to weight ratio. Featuring PRIMALOFT® ECO insulation they also have a PERTEX® windproof outer and a brushed microfleece lining. Ideal as multi use gloves that will live unnoticed in your pack or pocket, they can easily be pulled on when needed.

A size medium weighs only 59g and they come with a tiny stuff sack for storage. Fingers are of pre-curved box construction for an excellent fit and seams are curved away from the inner wrist to avoid irritation. The grip dots on the index and middle finger and thumb uses conductive thread so they can be used to operate touch screens too.

Birthday Week Deals in Peebles

It's our birthday week in Peebles again and after the success of last year's 20th anniversary celebration discounts and offers we've got more on offer for our 21st.
Starting on St Andrew's Day 30th November we'll have 20% discount on a wide range of clothing, footwear and accessories across the Peebles store. Check out our window display for twenty gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast in your life, all for £20 or less.
Thursday 5th December (the actual date of our anniversary) is The BIG Christmas Lights switch on in Peebles and we will be open late. After you've seen Beltane Queen Rianna switch on the lights don't forget to make your way down to the Old Town where all the shops, including Out & About, will be open late. More information about the timetable of the evening can be found by following this link
Our special offers conclude on Saturday 7th December which is Small Business Saturday
This year is the first Small Business Saturday in the UK. You …

Winterise your Rucksack

With the the clocks about to go back, The Mountaineering Council of Scotland have issued a timely reminder to climbers and walkers urging them to take simple steps now to keep themselves safe through the autumn and winter.
Days are already getting shorter and will seem shorter still when the clocks go back an hour this weekend.
“A head torch is a crucial bit of kit for these shorter days,” says mountain safety expert Heather Morning.
“It can make the difference between getting home safely and spending the night out on the mountainside, lost or injured.”
Heather, Mountain Safety Adviser for the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS), said: “Shorter daylight hours, dropping temperatures and the first dusting of snow on the hills are obvious indicators for hill walkers to think about extra kit in their rucksacks.
“A head torch – with a spare battery – is crucial just in case your chosen route takes a wee bit longer than expected. 
“It’s also well worth considering putting away those light…

Marmot® For Life #5 Available FREE now

The fifth issue of Marmot® For Life magazine is available to pick up FREE in our stores now.

Highlighting the heritage and focus of the brand through the adventures of its European sponsored athletes, it features some inspiring names and locations you may not have heard of. More than just a glorified product catalogue the magazine, nevertheless, details the technology behind the clothing being used in the extreme environments visited.
Marmot's mission is inspired by the alpinist spirit of adventure to search and achieve in a harsh world with products that are simple, appropriate, dependable and good looking and this is equally applied to the items we stock from their range that are suited to the qualities of the British climate and terrain.
Marmot Life is written in German with corresponding English translations. There is only one part of it that's Lost in Translation, at least for me. If anyone can explain the significance of "DJ Mullet" on the partner advert  for K…

Autumn Issue of FREE magazine Scottish Walks available now

Among 20 inspiring walks all over Scotland our local hills feature heavily in this autumn's issue of FREE hillwalking magazine Scottish Walks. Included are route descriptions for the walk over the hills to Innerleithen between Soonhope and Lee Pen; the round of Glensax and an ascent of Broad Law, the highest hill in the Borders. Pick up your free copy when you are next in the Peebles shop. 

Montane Windproofs REDUCED in Harrogate

Since we're actually having something resembling a proper summer this year, it's worth remembering that a windproof smock or jacket is a great addition to your summer outdoor kit, providing enough protection when the wind gets up on the tops without causing overheating and packing down into a bag barely larger than an apple. In our Harrogate store we've got some great deals on Montane windproofs, including the Women's Marathon was £45 now £29; the Featherlite smock was £40 now £27; the Velo was £65 now £39 and the Filament down from £60 to £39

New Issues of Scotland Outdoors and Scottish Walks

Under the stewardship of new editor Don Currie, Scotland Outdoor magazine has grown and the latest issue has more pages packed with inspirational ideas for enjoying the outdoors this summer with articles exploring Scotland from Ailsa Craig to Fair Isle and St Abbs to South Uist. Cover price remains the same at £3.80
Also available now is the Summer issue of FREE publication Scottish Walks with a range of route descriptions for walks all over Scotland. Pick up your copy next time you are in the Peebles branch

Facebook Freebie for Valentine's Day Likes

Head over to our Facebook Page at facebook.com/outandaboutoutdoor for your chance to get your hands on a FREE pink AA maglite for Valentine's Day

Bit of an experiment in Peebles

We're trying something a bit different in the Peebles store at the moment. We've always displayed our clothing grouped by function: all the legwear together; the waterproof jackets in another part of the shop; the midlayers on a different rail again. It's seemed like the obvious way to make use of our limited space and when you want to chat to us about the relative merits of our products it's good to have them all to hand. But we wondered if there might be a better way to present the character of the brands we stock.

I'm in the middle of the buying season for the kit we'll be selling in Winter 2013-14 and I realised that I don't just think  about what to buy in relation to competing products offered by other brands but also in terms of how the things we've chosen complement each other within the brand. That can be a major design feature like a group of products all aimed at the same end use or a little thing like a matching coloured trim across a few s…