I do a lot of walking in the countryside in and around where I live so I need items that are long lasting but are reasonable in price. Enter Karrimor. I have Karrimor trainers, waterproof walking shoes, rucksack, mini clip towel, the list just goes on.
I have always found Karrimor to be a brand I can trust, their items, be it trainers or waterbottles, always seem to be well made from high quality materials, but are still available at a reasonable price, I recently bought a pair of Summit trainers for £22.99, the actual retail price being £44.99, bargain. Their clothing range keeps up with all the trends and comes in bright fashionable colours as well as simple black. Their shoes come in a variety of styles and colours as well so you're guaranteed to find a pair to suit your need.
They make a wide range of products as well, from camping equipment to high visabilty clothing for runners, from hiking boots to mountaineering gear, nearly all activities are covered by the Karrimor brand. I recently took a trip to London and did a lot of walking in seriously high temperatures, but my feet didn't feel at all tired in my trusty Karrimor trainers, unlike the rest of me which was hot and sweaty.
When I go out walking you can guarantee that I'll have at least two items of Karrimor equipment with me, it's a brand I wouldn't be without, I've been buying their products for years. Well if it's good enough for Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell, then it's good enough for me.
A few weeks ago we went to York for an overnight trip on a Thursday, and while we went to enjoy the sights of the city we also went there to do a bit of shopping. I especially enjoy the independent shops of York - the chocolatiers and cute little boutiques, but I do sometimes indulge in the chain shops, too. While there we went into one of the larger sports chains, and they had a very good sale on. The first thing that caught my eye was a wall of trainers and boots, and spotting a fantastic pair of Karrimor shoes I knew I had to have them.
Karrimor offer a variety of sporting products, but it is their footwear that they are perhaps the best known for. The trainers I bought were on offer at £35, although they retail at £70. They are predominantly dark blue in appearance, with a paler blue central area around the laces. The darker blue areas are textured in a material that has a feel of an amalgamation between velvet and suede. The area around the laces has a cross-hatch pattern, and the laces are subtly striped. Aside from the aesthetic appeal of the shoes and the fact that they are extremely comfortable, one of the main pulling points was that fact that they are waterproof. Given the torrential rain we have been having the last few days I have been able to put the trainers to the test. Last night I went to a fireworks display, where I spent around three hours standing in the rain, and I was delighted to discover the shoes are indeed fully waterproof. I had been wearing two pairs of socks just in case they let any water in, but when I removed the shoes at the end of the night not only were they completely dry, no water had penetrated into the shoes themselves, either.
The trainers have fantastic grips on them. The deep grooves, fashioned from a rubber-based material allow you to cling on to even very slippery surfaces, such as the rain soaked roads and pavements I navigated in the dark last night. They do add some weight to the shoes, but not as much as you would expect. Similarly, the insides of the trainers are padded around the outside, and very comfortable to wear. They are also very breathable, and do not make my feet feel sweaty for long when I am running.
Karrimor products are of a great quality, and designed to be durable. I can see these trainers lasting a good long while, even with extensive use. The company offers other footwear products too, such as sandals and boots, as well as rucksacks and training equipment. If you are looking to invest in an excellent pair of sporting shoes particularly, Karrimor will not disappoint.
I first heard of Karrimor when I decided I was going to climb the Inca Trail in Peru. I knew I need good equipment, but also whilst not letting go of my fashion sense. I was so happy to find Karrimor!
Only having discovered Karrimor for about 5 months, i do have a reasonable about of knowledge about their products. They sell a range of hiking and such kind of products. Some include: walking shoes, running/ hiking clothes, camping gear, tents, backpacks, portable cooking sets and trekking socks. My favourite products that I have are the following:
Karrimor Summit Walking Shoes
I bought these walking shoes as I felt that they were definately not as bad looking as other walking shoes and also they had alot of good qualities. The upper part of the shoe is made of suede leather and light weight mesh panels . The outsole are made of moulded rubber for traction on rough ground. These shoes are grey and pink are actually really nice for walking shoes. They are comfortable to wear go help to grip. One thing that I did notice was that the laces did come undone quite alot. I think was due to them being round laces. After tyeing them again and again, I doubled knotted them and then they were fine, so I will need to remember to do this! I bought these shoes at an amazing price of £20.99 reduced from £69.99 from Sports Direct, so i was pretty happy with the bargain I found.
Karrimor Trail Back Pack - 40L
I bought this black 40L backpack on Amazon, sold by Sports Direct for £28.00. I liked the design of this bag, as it was the right size for me and as it was black it wouldnt attract too much attention. I have used this bag once already and it seemed to do the trick. This backpack's features includes a: durable coated water resistant fabric, hydration system, ice axe/trekking pole loops, height adjustable chest straps, expandable sides for additional volume, wind tunnel back system with an internal back stabilizer, internal sleeping bag compartment that can be unlocked to form a large main compartment, 3 pockets on lid, 1 of which stores the rain cover provided. One thing that i would say I didnt like about this backpack is that I didnt quite understand all the features that it came with and could have probably made more use of it if I had known. But I guess thats my own fault. Must learn before I actually use this backpack for a big trip in November!
Karrimor Trail 200 Sleeping Bag
I bought this blue and grey rectangle sleeping bag for £10.00 from Sports Direct. The outside is made of water resistant 190T coated polyester. The lining is made of 170T soft polyester and filling is made of 200g/m2 hollow fibre. The size of this sleeping bag is 180 x 75cm and is ideal for adults, as long as your not too tall. This sleeping bag is recommended for use in the summer and the recommended temperature ranges are between 1 to 16 degrees celcius. This sleeping bag comes with a sleeping bag bag also. This bag was pretty comfortable to sleep in but was a little bit too slippy and when I moved the bag moved too.
I would definately recommend Karrimor products to those who need this kind of thing. I love the ranges, designs, prices and quality of products they offer. For the prices that I have found when buying these products I could not have been happier. I am looking at some of their other products at the moment and i am sure I will make the final sale when I have sufficient funds. This is definately a brand i would recommend over and over again. They make hiking gear look stylish.
I am pretty new to walking and climbing but after climbing Mt Sinai in Egypt i am well and truely hooked! I decided a few weeks ago to buy some proper walking equipment as my trainers really hurt my feet climbing the mountain. My clothes were also totally unappropriate for the weather and i was extremely uncomfortable.
After seeing a Karrimor advert in sports soccer i decided i wanted to look like the girl in the advert! With my amazon vouchers from dooyoo i have bought some Karrimor traveller walking shoes at £14.57 (a bargain price) They arrived last week and are absolutly perfect. Very comfortable and soft yet supportive on the ankle. Although i havent used them for climbing yet i have worn them out a few times and they are brilliant!
I have also got my eye on a Karrimor jacket, bag and socks as we are climbing Snowdon at Easter. I will have to save up quickly and write a few more reviews i think!
Excellent value for money - far better than some other mountineering brands with regards price.
Reasonably modern looking (as far as walking boots ond equipment can go!)
A great low cost brand more than fit for purpose. I will definately be buying more Karrimor in the future - just got to keep earning then amazon vouchers!
1st of all, I'm just want to tell bout the old classic karrimor rucksacks which design from jura, discovery, panther, jaguar and condor. In my collection, I got 2 old design panther SA 75 also my brother jaguar SA Supercool which also old design. Unfortunately I cant upload the image of my rucksacks but mostly for those old time experience climbers which been using the karrimor since 80's-90's will know which old design I'm mention bout. Actually I just wondring about the old karrimor rucksacks production that if I'm not mistaken been totally replace by the new karrimor new design rucksacks somewhere in year 98-99 till now. Even the old type rucksacks is overall quit expensive $250-1200 (RM 450-1200 in Malaysia from 1989-1995) last time, the quality of the rucksacks is so amazing which I'm been using my 2 panther SA 75 for almost 7 years ++ its still build though and overall been used for almost highest point in Malaysia and Indonesia. For the new karrimor design, honestly to say, I'm quit dissapointed and sad for its quality and design is really poor!! I'm not say the new karrimor brand is totally bad, but just thinking why is its cant be compare to the old type karrimor classic design which totally give 200% satisfaction to users. At this moment, I'm still looking for the Jaguar 65 SA Back Supercool old classic design either been used of brand new. For those who got any info bout karrimor old design in Asia especially in Malaysia, please do reach me at email@example.com really appreciate very much.
OK, so here in Britain there are no Alps.
Nor can we boast Rockies, Himalayas, Andes, Amazon rainforests or endless arid deserts.
But here exists a great heritage of exploration and climbing. Whymper beat the Italians to make the ascent of the Matterhorn, Bonington was a part of the first Annapurna South Face ascent, and of course, we all know about Everest in 1953.
British mountains may not be the highest in the World, but they can be just as unforgiving. Conditions on Scottish mountains can be severe, the challenge is great, and extremes of snow, ice, wind and rain so often turn a hill-walk into a rescue operation, often with tragic endings.
Karrimor has manufactured equipment and protective clothing for over 55 years. Their tried and tested rucksacks are a common sight on British mountains, and have been chosen by many great mountaineers in expeditions all over the World.
Rucksacks are probably their best known products. They have, over the years also introduced boots and sandals, protective Gore-Tex outerwear, warmwear including fleece, camping accessories and a sensible range of travel clothing.
Each range carries an extensive choice of products, all designed for differing needs. Last year, I bought a small rucksack to use on days out. It can hold a couple of books, a camera, some food and drink comfortably, it cost £20 and looks great.
You wouldn't take it up Mont Blanc, but there are plenty of other Karrimor rucksacks that would be up to the job. One of these is called the Alpiniste S60+15.
In 1991, I bought its predecessor; The Alpiniste 65.
So it wouldn't be appropriate for me to review todays version, but I can describe how Karrimor produced a product which I have loved to bits, and has lived up to all expectations.
It cost £125 back in those days, a lot of cash. 13 years later, I have no regrets, and also feel no need to replace it. In fact, I don't need to replace it. It has a lifetime guarantee, as do most Karrimor products. It has been up and down mountains in the UK, Africa and Asia, been through hundreds of scrapes, tumbles and drops, it is often chucked about by airport baggage handlers and has survived the roof of Asian buses.
OK, there are a few stains and scuff marks, but the 1000 denier fabric is all intact, showing no signs of thinning, and the stitching is still as robust as it was when new. All the straps have been produced in a really tight 'webbed' effect that seems indestructible. Like most rucksacks, Karrimor never claimed this to be waterproof, but its easy to use a bin-liner within the sack.
The Alpiniste, as the name suggests, was primarily designed for Alpine mountaineers. The model in the stores today has been designed to similar principles.
Mine, is 65 litres and is 'tall and narrow' with no side pockets. This gives the climber more elbow room on difficult ascents. If you don't climb however, you will appreciate the slim design when travelling on crowded trains, or through busy places,
The sack, even when full, sits comfortably and close to your back. The hip belt is nicely padded, and takes a lot of weight off your shoulders. I would always recommend you try it out in the shop. It may not suit you, and Karrimor recognise that different people have different backs, and ladies need a different shape to the gents. There are plenty of decisions to make when buying a rucksack. Sometimes, a few adjustments with the straps will make all the difference.
Mine is covered with all the attachments I could ever need. There are 2 loops for carrying ice-axes and hammers. There are plenty of straps with which to add sleeping bags/mats and a patch to secure crampons. All the zips and fasteners are big and chunky, and can be tackled with numbed cold fingers or thick-gloved hands. Compression straps mean you can shrink the capacity if you are carrying a half-load and don't want the contents bouncing around.
My girlfriend hates this rucksack. She dreads it when we are at the airport, and is embarrased to be seen with me (She has a smart roller case). Check-In staff often send me to the 'Oversized luggage' area where people with bikes and surfboards go. They say its because the straps can get caught in the conveyor belts!
But I love it, and use it for weekend breaks and city trips, even when most people opt for a case.
Recently, they have introduced some stylish travel bags and cases. So, if my girlfriend tries to destroy my rucksack (She will find it difficult!) I'm sure we could come to a compromise when selecting a replacement.
So, it was money well spent all those years ago, and I won't be forking out for a new one unless mine gets stolen.
I'm a big fan of the Karrimor clothing too. In addition to the mountaineering garments, they do some stylish travel clothing. It's all quite discreet looking, and is as suitable for wandering across rough terrain as it is for going out to dinner. I have a pair of trousers which cost £40, where the lower legs can be zipped off, and hey; they're shorts!
They look fine, and don't have loads of chunky pockets right down to the ankles! Just a couple of zipped hip pockets and another discreet pocket just above the knee. I can carry, passport/money, phone and a digital camera without anyone noticing big bulges (Ladies, stop giggling!). I don't know what the material is, but I do know it is brilliant!
It is light, strong and windproof, best of all is that it never needs ironing!
On my adventures, I have washed these trousers in mountain streams and hotel sinks. They dry really quickly (imagine trying to dry jeans on a Welsh campsite!) and are ideal for anyone who loves the outdoors or foreign travel.
So that sums up Karrimor. They don't do all the bright conspicuous stuff that makes you stand out in poorer countries. Its stylish, yet functional, and built to last. It's kit for the Himalayas, and its kit for walking to the pub on a cold night. It costs a lot of money, but that is typical of the all the outdoor suppliers. Have a look at their website (currently under re-construction) at karrimor.com
I have had my Panther 2, now renamed 65- simply because it is a 65 litre sack, for more than 10 years now. It has been on numerous expeditions including Bronze, Silver and Gold D of E award hikes and been dragged under over and through more hedges, fences and rivers than I care to count. And yet, it still goes on. On its own it is not particularly water proof. In fact, a sieve is probably more waterproof- but do bear in mind that this sack was bought in the late 80's and the fabric on the newest models is almost definitly a little bit better to say the least. I always use at least 2 rucksac liners, as heavy duty as I can get, by which time the sack is as water proof as you can make it. The Harness is the brilliant SA system, ok, there may be a thousand and one different types of harness out there, but the SA has done me well over the years. It may not be particularly 'cool', but I have not found one that truely is 'cool', however, despite its creaks and idiosyncracies, I have got used to it over the years, and it still keeps going. The Two side pockets are big enough to fit a litre bottle of Robinsons fruit juice in- or an equivilent along with some other things if you need to, and the top pocket is absoultly massive- I still cant get over how big it seems, however, when it is full it does have the annoying habit of 'flopping' over the rest of the bag if it is anything but full. The strap attachments on top of the bag are very useful, but I have found that they are not all that stable- I dont know if that has been rectified on the latest sacks, and the drawstring closure on my early model doesn't really close all that much. However, I know that that has changed with the other models. However, despite all the things that seem to be slightly wrong with it, it still goes on, Karrimor seem to have made a real warhorse here, and I suspect that it has quite a few more hills to be dragged over
before it gives up the ghost.