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PHD allow you to design your own Jacket!

PHD the specialist outdoor clothing and equipment company have created a unique section to their site which lets you design your own jacket.

This feature is nothing new with there being a custom sleeping bag site already. When designing the jacket you can decide the size of the arm length, body length and body width in sizes from XS to XXL. As well as the sizes you can select colour, fabric, the type of filling. Different combinations, result in different prices. In total there could be as many as 48,000 permutations when designing.

A great idea especially if your in between sizes. Check it out at

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Some highlights of the Berghaus autumn/winter 2011 collection

We love Berghaus gear at Outdoor Enthusiasts and we’re very much looking forward to their new products this year. So we thought that we’d share some highlights of their new products for the autumn/winter 2011 collection.

Berghaus will use the new Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric in new Extrem jackets and trousers, including the Velum jacket and Velum smock. The fabric, which was developed under a partnership with W L Gore and Berghaus, is said to be “the most breathable Gore-Tex fabric ever”, and uses a lighter, thinner membrane and laminate technology. Clothing made from this fabric are ideal for fast paced adventurers.

At the heart of the new Trail collection for autumn/winter 2011 is a range of men’s and women’s jackets and trousers made from two-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabrics. The new lines are said to offer a combination of classic and contemporary styles.

Trail Sports
Again, there will be the introduction of new jackets made using the new Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric. Berghaus has used the fabric in the minimalist men’s and women’s Rapide jackets which are waterproof and light—a men’s size large weighs in at just 219g.

Everyday Outdoors
Products in this category are designed for pretty much everyone. You don’t have to be in the mountains to be wearing high performance outdoor clothing! For men, Berghaus will be offering the new Brecon Jacket which delivers waterproof, breathable technology through the two-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric.  The Brecon can be worn in the hills or on the high street. For women, there is the Aumont cold weather jacket made from a mixture of the company’s own water and wind resistant AF fabric and duck down fill.

For autumn/winter 2011, the company is offering the Foot Furnace Mids mountain boots for men and women, Prognosis boots for children, and the Faraja Leather boots and Sannine boots for women. We would expect all the boots to be manufactured to Berghaus’s highest standards.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any pictures to show you.

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Win £1000 of Blacks vouchers

We’ve just come across this great competition to win £1000 worth of Blacks vouchers. All you have to do is click here to enter the competition.

Just imagine all the gear you could buy with £1000 –  a new rucksack, some brand new walking boots, a top of the range waterproof jacket….you’d be completely set up for the outdoors!!!

Good luck!

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Essential performance properties in ski clothing

January and February are peak times for ski trips, especially in the February half term. Ski trips can make a great outdoors holiday for families, groups of friends or couples.

To ensure that you are prepared for your trip, make sure that you are equipped with the appropriate clothing and equipment. There’s nothing worse than being on the slopes and finding that your equipment has broken or that your jacket is completely soaked through because you decided not to opt for a waterproof jacket.

So here’s a list of some of the performance properties which you should consider when purchasing ski clothing:

  • Water resistance – This is self explanatory. Skiing when wet can be uncomfortable and lower your body temperature which may result in a cold.
  • Wind resistance – The wind can send chills down your spine especially if you are skiing at high speeds down a mountain. Opt for a wind resistant garment to help you to stay warm.
  • Moisture wicking properties – This is a particularly good feature for next-to-skin garments like baselayers. This property will help to regulate your body temperature and keep you comfortable and dry.
  • Breathability – To keep warm, it is necessary to wear a lot of layers. But breathable garments can help to make your clothing just that little bit more comfortable to wear.
  • Lightweight – You are bound to be wearing a number of layers when on the slopes, so lightweight garments won’t weigh you down and can  sometimes give you that extra flexibility when manoeuvring.