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A one stop shop for all your needs!
Member Name: Biggsyboo
Advantages: Many outlets, hundreds of amazing products!
Disadvantages: Not every town has one
Cotswold Camping or Cotswold outdoor, which ever you know it as let me inform you of how much I have utilised and love this shop.
'The' Cotswold Outdoors shop located near Swindon, funnily enough in the Cotswold's. The original store is a grand affair, and as geeky as it may sound to some, it's worth taking a trip off the M4 motorway when you're near for a visit. The log cabin style store is a glorious 3 stories high, jam packed full of every piece of camping equipment you could shake a rambling stick at, built to mirror the wooded surrounds in which it is located. If you're a novice day walker to expert rock climber/ mountaineer there is something in the store for you.
Even the grounds in which the shop is located in is worth an afternoon tour. The Cotswold's has some beautiful waters to visit with a plethora of wildlife to view. Perfect even, to break in a pair of boots you may have purchased from this wonderful camping store. I'm like a kid in a sweet shop every time I visit.
If however you live some distance away from the Cotswold's have no fear. The success of Cotswold Outdoor is such that there are now 55 stores nation wide, so pop into one when you're next on your town or high street. Each of the stores is similar in layout to the original, which is great to see a theme throughout the UK.
Again, fear not if you are unfortunate enough to not have one in your town as the Cotswold Outdoor website is simplicity itself. All equipment is categorised for ease of use, which can be broken down further to pinpoint the products you are looking for. Whether you're looking for a particular make, garment or searching via gender, you can easily scroll through all products at the click of a mouse. A great feature about the of website is the 'sale' section which is always worth a look as there are always some bargains to be had, to the point if your like me. See it, then convince yourself (and the misses) that your need it!
Also, another method of getting hands on the items for sale is via the telephone, all you need is a description of the item required or item number, followed by payment and the posting of you're wears.
As previously eluded to, I have used these stores for many years and I return again and again. Not just because of the kit on sale, but also each of the staff within all of the stores I have visited have a vested interest in outdoor pursuits. To the point where staff members go to efforts to include a 'Bio' and photographs of each member, highlighting their particular interest. Whilst this creates a nice personable approach, it also serves as a handy tool. I have been approached in the shop previously where by a staff member asked if I required any help, a run of the mill occurrence in many retail outlets. However, in Cotswolds Outdoors, once I described what I was specifically after, the sales assistant gave up that particular sale and asked a colleague who had experience in the area I was looking for. A great touch I feel which reflects the passion in the products they sell and the outdoor environment they are used it.
My personal outdoors pursuits include canoeing, mountaineering, hill walking, camping mountain biking and canyoneering, anything that gets me out into the fresh air really. However, prior to any expedition my first port of call is Cotswold Outdoors where I am guaranteed to find something I need! From clothing, to food rations to maps. As my personal outdoor skills have improved, my purchases have too. Again, a credit to the store, for example, my first trip many years ago involved me purchasing a simple Silva Compass to aid navigation; this has progressed through the various styles Compasses and roamers available to the GPS I now own. All at great price ranges to match the skill set in which you are best suited too.
For parents with children about to embark on Ten Tors or the Duke of Edinburgh Award I cannot recommend enough a visit to this site or shop. There is equipment available that can provide the most advanced sleeping systems and clothing available on the market, a must in providing the best protection against the elements.
Like many stores fashion does feature highly on the agenda with regards to the clothing on the market, but this is not to the detriment of the usability of the kit and clothing. The styling will also match the seasons to which time of year we are in so shoppers can be sure to get the best kit for the weather out side. In fact this was noted so when we had the snowy/freezing weather last year before Christmas, whilst looking for a Nupse jacket for a Dartmoor hike, the staff had to inform me that they had nearly sold out due to passing commuters shop needing a warm jacket. Clearly the word was out!
The camping equipment is vast, whether you are planning a family camping trip to a single man hike there is a tent for you, from the huge multi-rooms to the lightweight 2-man. If the tent your after is not in store, one can be ordered from the catalogue in store, like wise, for sleeping systems and rucksacks, all in different sizes and styles to match you and your preference.
With regards to makes of equipment, if you can think of it, I'm sure you will find it, form Bergaus to Haglofs, it'll be there. Personally I like the North Face equipment, in Bristol we have a North Face shop, however, loyal to brand I still do my purchasing at our high street Cotswold camping store.
What ever you need from hats to socks Cotswolds Outdoors stock a wide range, the avid fashionable shopper and the hardened rock climber will both be at home in this store. To benefit people further, Students, Police and HM Forces get a 10% discount and I understand that if HM Forces are serving at a British Force Postal Office (BFPO) address then a 20% discount is available. Dedication for those who need the equipment.
I hope this review has provided you with enough to have a look at the very least. Its great, thanks for reading.
Summary: For all your outdoor needs, use this store, I've ben using it for years!
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