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Upgrade Your Walking Experience

  • Sophie
  • 29th June 2015

A peaceful day out on the hills; fresh air fills your lungs as you absorb the breath taking scenery which surrounds you walking in the great outdoors is a real joy, so you don't want any niggling discomforts to get in the way of the fun, especially if you want to go further and tackle more adventurous routes.

Let us walk you through the best ways to upgrade your gear so you can upgrade your walking experience!

There's more to choosing boots than just getting the sizing right. There are plenty of other things to consider, even down to the best way to lace them up it can all make a big difference to your overall comfort. In a Cotswold store, staff can offer a free, expert boot fitting service, so pop in and they'll be happy to guide you through it all.


The right pair of socks can make a big difference to the comfort of your feet. Modern walking socks are made with numerous different yarns and techniques, so with the right balance of padding, elastic, insulation and moisture management, you'll have happy feet.


"Nimble as a mountain goat time to upgrade from two legs, to four. A pair of walking poles transforms you into a quadruped, adding stability and taking the strain off of your knees, reducing recovery time and letting you roam further.


Soft shell jackets are super versatile. They're tough, breathable and because of the comfortable, supple fabrics that are used, they don't rustle like a waterproof. They keep some of the water at bay, but for heavier rain you'll want to switch to a waterproof.


Even the most breathable of outerwear won't help if what you wear underneath stays damp, and that's just what cotton does; once it gets damp, it stays damp. Get yourself into some base layers which shift the moisture away from your skin, keeping you from feeling clammy.


In lower temperatures, cold fingers, chilly ears, and a draught down your neck can often put a bit of a dampener on an otherwise brilliant day out. Choose some good gloves, a decent hat and a scarf or neck gaiter.


A well fitted rucksack actually feels lighter to carry. The right shaped rucksack, properly adjusted, eliminates unnecessary strain on your back, neck and shoulders. In Cotswold, they'll offer a free rucksack fitting to help you to get that perfect fit.


It's essential to keep hydrated on a day out and if your water bottle is in your rucksack, it's often easy to forget to regularly drink. A hydration system can eliminate this problem; a big pouch of water which fits into your rucksack with a long hose means you can easily access your water whenever you need.


You should always have a map and compass with you when exploring trails, but a GPS makes very light work of navigational duties. Basic models help confirm where you are on a map and more sophisticated models show the map on screen with you marked on it.


Some waterproofs can keep all the moisture in as well as keeping it out. By choosing a more technical, breathable fabric such as Gore-Tex, you can avoid a jacket full of condensation, which will help you to stay comfortable for longer.

Visit your nearest Cotswold store for some free expert advice or shop their walking range online now.


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