What are the best quality brands for hiking gear?

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Found 4th Dec 2016
New to the world of hiking and need to get a good quality 3 in 1 coat windproof, breathable, water proof.

What are the best brands to go for quality wise?

Appreciate any pointers

Thanks

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Northface... Berghaus...etc

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abbss1

Northface... Berghaus...etc



​Finding North face quite expensive is the price justified?

Lots of used bargains on ebay / gumtree etc. Occasionally you can pick up a Gore-tex shell jacket in TK Maxx or M&M.

Berghaus, Dare2B are both good.

Most of the stuff with Goretex is a good bet....the old saying," you get what you pay for" is true in the outdoor gear clothing stuff. Go Outdoors or Cotswold aren't too bad price & choice wise plus most of their staff are well informed.

For a "non-brand" also Decathlon is hard to beat.

adamwilko007

​Finding North face quite expensive is the price justified?



Yes.

North Face and Helly Hansen have discount outlets at various locations in the UK. The branded stuff is generally better, but Decathlon is great if on a budget.

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cecilmcroberts

For a "non-brand" also Decathlon is hard to beat.



​Is it the same quality wise as North face without the big name attached to it? Thanks

adamwilko007

​Is it the same quality wise as North face without the big name attached … ​Is it the same quality wise as North face without the big name attached to it? Thanks



Much like anything some yes some not so upon which same applies to North Face where some is more fashion over form. They normally very good instore at recommendations but personally I'd be going for the top of the range decathlon stuff which will come in at entry point level of North Face products. Don't forget layering is always best and they good for cheap thermals but I must admit actually a fan of the current range of thermals in Lidl's they have on at present, really recommend the yellow sort of colour thermal vest with hood and kinda snood builtin £5.99 bought two last year and still going strong and bought another this year while they had them in again lol.

Karrimor..use all the time and good for the price.

anttippo1

Karrimor..use all the time and good for the price.



​They used to be good then Sports Direct bought the brand. Been utter rubbish with way over inflated rrp's ever since.

Buffalo make excellent gear. I'd say the Buffalo Special 6 is probably the best bit of outdoor gear ever created.

There are loads of high end manufacturers making excellent kit if budget is not a consideration. Alpkit and Montane make pretty good stuff for those of us that have to consider our finances.

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Are trespass any good?

adamwilko007

Are trespass any good?


A scottish brand, so should be up to the scottish weather.

Check out rab gear as well, they make quality, well cut and designed jackets, based in Derbyshire, Peak District and worn the world over. Montane (Northumberland) also make quality jackets,

north face have stopped producing the high end summit series, and went in JD sports big, so much of it is fashion wear these day . I'm sure some stuff is still for hiking

As others have said probably better off layering,
I walk pretty warm so I find a good base layer and a windproof top is enough for all but the coldest days, with a paclite style goretex for the rain,

I don't wear the thicker style 3in1 jackets, as I'd overheat
Edited by: "whatyadoinsucka" 5th Dec 2016

This is a bargain imho, Pertex shell ideal for layering

surfdome.com/mon…362
£71.99, medium and large only
quidco usually pretty hire too and 10% Codes frequently knocking about

Edited by: "whatyadoinsucka" 5th Dec 2016

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whatyadoinsucka

This is a bargain imho, Pertex shell ideal for layering … This is a bargain imho, Pertex shell ideal for layering https://www.surfdome.com/montane_jackets_-_montane_atomic_jacket_-_moroccan_blue-209362£71.99, medium and large only quidco usually pretty hire too and 10% Codes frequently knocking about




Thank you this looks great would 10,000 mm be enough for heavy rain?

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whatyadoinsucka

A scottish brand, so should be up to the scottish weather.Check out rab … A scottish brand, so should be up to the scottish weather.Check out rab gear as well, they make quality, well cut and designed jackets, based in Derbyshire, Peak District and worn the world over. Montane (Northumberland) also make quality jackets, north face have stopped producing the high end summit series, and went in JD sports big, so much of it is fashion wear these day . I'm sure some stuff is still for hiking As others have said probably better off layering, I walk pretty warm so I find a good base layer and a windproof top is enough for all but the coldest days, with a paclite style goretex for the rain, I don't wear the thicker style 3in1 jackets, as I'd overheat



A lot of people have said the same in the last few days to me that north face is starting to become more and more a fashion label

Jack Wolfskin go look at the stuff they have

I've had my North face 900gm puffer jacket for at least 10 years - still looks fairly new.
So can definitely vouch for their quality.

canada goose

bo84gle

canada goose



Canada Goose is a rather expensive brand & more for extreme weather than hiking - you not think?

Haglof & Lowe Alpine sell some reasonably priced Base layers.
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